1 August 2022
The Ideas Forum provides a platform for Queen's staff to congregate across disciplines to explore research aligned with global and societal challenges and government priorities. It underpins the Research Quality pillar of the University's Research and Innovation Strategy for 2030.
Staff are invited to suggest themes that the Queen's Ideas Forum could focus on in 2022/23. Activities are open to participants of all career stages across the University.
Please take five minutes to share your views by completing the consultation, which is open from Monday 1 August until Friday 23 September inclusive.
Ideas Forum activities will get underway during the academic year 2022/23.
August dates* are now available for PDR workshops for staff. These workshops are designed to develop skills for PDR conversations. Booking is via the iTrent Self Service links below.
|PDR Skills for Reviewees||18 August||9.30am – 1.00pm|
|PDR Skills for Reviewers||30 August||9.30am – 1.00pm|
Please contact email@example.com if you have any difficulty booking a place.
* Please note: A full programme of PDR dates for the oncoming academic year will be published in due course.
The University is currently advertising for the following positions internally:
- 22/110064 – HR Hub Advisor, People and Culture
- 22/110039 – Research Assistant in Lipids, School of Biological Sciences
- 22/110061 – Education Officer, School of Biological Sciences
The nominees for the PDC Postdoc Awards 2022 have been announced and the Postdoctoral Development Centre is pleased to report that a total of 79 nominations were received. Thank you to all the staff and students who took the time to nominate and support our postdocs and research staff.
Congratulations to all nominees, and good luck for the awards in September.
Queen's Social Media Team are looking for researchers and academic staff who love inspiring people with interesting facts, experiments or explainers relating to their area of expertise.
Platforms like Instagram and TikTok have given experts a place to share their knowledge, and the Social Media Team want to inspire the next generation by using Queen's central social media channels to share short videos which bring fascinating topics to life.
You can be any level, from early career researcher to world-renowned thought leader. The key thing is that you are passionate about sharing your subject with the world.
Staff interested in participating do not need any technical expertise. The Social Media Team will teach you everything you need to know and can also edit your video for you. You will learn how to become a social media influencer in the process.
Find out more and provide your details here and the Social Media Team will be in contact with you soon.
Childcare Services have a number of morning slots available (9.00am to 1.00pm) from September 2022 onwards for three- to four-year-olds.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
A pre-application community consultation event for the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre's Factory of the Future takes place today at Corrs Corner Hotel, 315 Ballyclare Road, BT36 4TQ, and includes two sessions, from 2.00pm to 4.00pm and 5.00pm to 7.00pm.
Interested parties can also request information on the proposed development before consultation ends on Friday 2 September.
The £98m Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC), one of the projects Queen's University is delivering with partners under the Belfast Region City Deal, will provide the springboard for manufacturing innovation in Northern Ireland.
AMIC's 10,490m2 state-of-the-art Factory of the Future at Global Point Business Park, Newtownabbey, will provide a specialised environment for advanced manufacturing and engineering sectors to access the very latest manufacturing technology, supported by experienced, professional engineers.
It will build on 50 years of sustained innovation and industry support through the Northern Ireland Technology Centre, the Polymer Processing Research Centre (PPRC) and the more recent university-industry partnership, NI Advanced Composites and Engineering (NIACE), and will consolidate and enhance existing facilities in partnership with Ulster University and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.
Details of the proposed development can also be obtained by email or hard copy by contacting QUB.AMIC@outlook.com, or writing to Juno Planning & Environmental Ltd, 409 Lisburn Rd, Belfast BT9 7EW.
Staff are reminded that, over July and August, the Staff Round Up is issuing fortnightly.
Summer editions issue on the following dates:
- Monday 4 July
- Monday 18 July
- Monday 1 August
- Monday 15 August
The Round Up will resume its weekly schedule from Monday 29 August.
Queen's University Marine Lab will hold their annual Open Day on Saturday 6 August from 10.00am to 3.00pm. This is a free event, suitable and accessible for everyone.
The Marine Lab is based at 12-13 The Strand, Portaferry, and access to the Open Day is via the ramp walkway within the Portaferry Lifeboat Station.
Please contact Emma Healey on email@example.com with any queries.
This is an opportunity to meet some of the staff and students working at the lab, see some of the current research projects, meet some local marine life and see the wave tank in action. The Marine Lab be joined on the day by volunteers from the Citizen Sea project and Dragons in the Hills, who will be showcasing their environmental projects alongside our students. The Portaferry Sails and Sounds Festival will also be taking place in Portaferry over the weekend.
In celebration of our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Queen's is partnering with ArtsEkta as a Friend of Mela Festival 2022.
The 16th annual Belfast Mela will take place from 20 to 28 August with a week-long programme of events across the city. Below are some of the ways in which the Queen's community can get involved.
Launched in 2007, Belfast Mela, was created to celebrate our diversity and provide a shared, inclusive space for all communities to express their own cultural identity. Mela is now one of Northern Ireland's largest arts festivals bringing together music, dance, arts and food from across the world to celebrate our city's proud cultural diversity.
Mela Carnival: Saturday 20 August, 12.00pm to 5.00pm
The newly created 800+ carnival parade will make its way from Writers Square, culminating in a global Pop-up village at City Hall.
The participatory parade will be co-designed with citizens to showcase the rich diversity and creativity of the city and will include large scale floats and sculptural pieces, performance bands, dance groups and community showcases.
Within the colour section of the carnival procession, there will be a float representing the Hindu Festival of HOLI, also known as the Festival of Colours.
Volunteer as a Colour Thrower
Mela need volunteer colour throwers to join the fun and throw rainbow-coloured powders, so get together with some colleagues or fellow students and get involved.
Volunteers can also join in the fun of the procession, wearing a QUB Mela 2022 t-shirt (free for every volunteer) and demonstrate your commitment to diversity and inclusion by getting into the community spirit.
To sign up as a volunteer colour thrower (and to receive your QUB Mela 2022 t-shirt), contact Heather Callighan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discounted tickets for Mela Day, 28 August
To help you enjoy the festival even more, there are discounted tickets available for Queen's staff and students:
- Adult ticket discounted price: £5
- Family ticket discounted price: £13 (*2 children under 16 and 2 adults)
- Child ticket: £5 (under 16)
The Queen's Gender Initiative and Athena Swan Teams invite all staff to an online Imposter Syndrome Workshop from 10.00am to 12.00pm on Monday 5 September.
There is a limit of 50 places available; early registration is advised.
Register here: Imposter Syndrome Workshop registration.
The learning outcomes for the workshop are to:
- Recognise Imposter Syndrome and how it manifests in everyday situations
- Explore unhelpful thinking styles and the impact it has on how we show up
- Discuss the underlying causes of our negative self-talk
- Challenge our limiting beliefs through a coaching activity
This workshop is facilitated by Sandra Lee, Training & Learning Solutions.
Queen's Postdoc Showcase returns on 21 September, in celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2022 (NPAW, 19-23 September). The event will take place in The Wellington Park Hotel, Malone Road, from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
The PDC are still accepting abstracts for poster presentations.
Organised by postdocs, for postdocs, this is an opportunity for all research staff at Queen's to showcase their research, learn about others' research, and to network. The Programme will involve keynote talks by invited speakers around the theme of 'Resilience and Innovation', a research poster exhibition, and presentations and flash-talks by selected postdocs.
The Digital Experience Insights Survey is part of a national survey to find out more about how teaching staff use digital technologies and how this affects their experience of teaching. Its aim is to inform the digital environment through feedback and bring about positive change.
Find out what Queen's teaching staff said in the summary findings: Digital Experience Insights Survey for Teaching Staff, 2021-22.
Thank you to all teaching staff who participated and congratulations to survey prize winners who have all recently been notified.
For queries about the Digital Experience Insights Survey, please email email@example.com.
A full programme of support has been rolled out for managers and staff since the Agile Working pilot launched, to ensure a smooth transition to this new way of working. Please find an overview below. For more information on the support available, including how to attend, please visit the Agile Working Support pages, via the staff intranet.
A note regarding Agile Working focus group sessions in September is also given below.
Agile Working: Support available
- The Agile Working Manager Support Network provides time and space for anyone with line management responsibility to participate in monthly meetings to support the effective implementation of Agile Working at the University through peer learning. Each 90-minute Network meeting will feature speakers from within the line manager community at Queen's who will share their approach to discussing, designing, implementing and reviewing Team Standards within their own area. The next meeting will be held on Thursday 22 September, from 2.00pm to 3.30pm. To join the Network, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All staff are encouraged to attend a 30-minute Briefing and information session. This session will describe what is meant by Agile Working at Queen's and what this means for you as an employee, with time included for Q&A. Please register your interest in attending an all-staff briefing and information session by emailing email@example.com.
- A series of Agile Working Manager Workshops has been developed comprising of four standalone 90-minute workshops designed to support anyone with line manager responsibility. You can find an overview of each session and register your interest to attend via the above link. Sessions will be scheduled in line with staff interest.
Agile Working: September focus groups
In order to effectively evaluate the Agile Working pilot year, we need to hear from as many staff as possible about your experience of agile working. Have your say by registering to attend a 90-minute focus group session in September. More information on upcoming Focus Group dates, including how to register on the Agile Working Evaluation page, is provided via the staff intranet.
The Diversity and Inclusion Unit invites Line Managers to attend an information session about the recently launched Carer Passport on Thursday 18 August from 12.00pm to 1.00pm.
Register via iTrent Self-Service: Registration: Carer Passport – Line Manager Information Session.
It is estimated that 1 in 7 workers in the UK are juggling work with caring. In the 2022 Queen's pulse survey almost 1 in 5 respondents said they had caring responsibilities for a dependant older person and 1 in 10 said they looked after a person with a disability/disabilities.
This information session will explain why we have launched the Carer Passport, what a Carer Passport is and the process that a line manager should follow if they have staff with caring responsibilities who wish to hold a Carer Passport. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the session.
The Diversity and Inclusion Unit invites staff supporting neurodivergent children to attend the following Neurodiversity training sessions on 'Busting Myths about Autism and ADHD', and 'Parenting Children with ADHD'.
Busting Myths about Autism and ADHD
This session on Friday 12 August from 11.00am to 12.00pm, via Zoom, will cover the following topics:
- Common neuromyths related to autism and ADHD
- Why should we care about neuromyths?
- What can we do to bust neuromyths?
The event link will be sent to attendees the day before the session.
Parenting Children with ADHD
The session – taking place on Thursday 25 August from 11.00am to 12.00pm via Zoom – will:
- give an overview of what causes ADHD and how traits of ADHD are displayed in children and adolescents
- explore approaches to parenting that are informed by knowledge of ADHD
- review the research evidence of what works for supporting ADHD at home and at school
The event link will be sent to attendees the day before the session.
Queen's has launched a new Sustainable Print Policy to help limit printing and reduce the University's carbon footprint.
The implementation of the policy will contribute towards the University's journey towards net-zero emissions.
As part of the policy, staff and students are encouraged to work digitally as much as possible and to adopt sustainable print behaviours, printing only when necessary, including minimising paper usage and consumable waste by delivering teaching and learning materials in digital form where possible – an approach that enables students to access materials from any location and on a wide variety of devices.
The University's new Sustainable Print Policy aims to reduce the number of printers in operation across the campus. To support this, the University has put in place a new contract for the lease of new Multi-functional Devices (MFDs) – combined printer/copier/scanner devices.
The new MFD devices will be rolled out across the campus over the summer months.
Arrangements for the removal of current devices and delivery of new MFDs will be communicated directly with Departmental Print Champions and School/Area Managers in due course.
The latest articles from Queen's Policy Engagement (QPol):
- Professor David Connolly: The Promise and Perils of a Humanitarian Ceasefire in Ukraine
- Dr Phil Anderson (Guest Contributor): Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility [MACR] – Why it should be raised in NI
To submit an article to Queen's Policy Engagement, please email Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Conversation is a news website featuring articles by academics, often republished to global media outlets. Articles by Queen's academics published in The Conversation have been read by 12.5 million people internationally. Read the latest:
- Dr James Pow: David Trimble, architect of Good Friday Agreement, dies at 77: his gamble is still paying off for Northern Ireland
- Mark McKinty: How your Spanish holiday could be quite different this year – and why that matters
- Dr Lisa Graham-Wisener: Death literacy: why it's important to talk about dying | Indonesian translation: Melek kematian: mengapa penting bicara tentang kematian
Read the latest staff news stories on the Staff News and Community Gateway:
- In Pictures: Pride 2022 at Queen's
- Queen’s labs achieve Bronze Awards in Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework
- In Pictures: Professor Carol McGuinness portrait unveiled in the Great Hall
Queen's Staff Blog provides a space for staff to share our reflections, knowledge and experiences and build a connected University community:
- BLOG: 'Using Canvas Quizzes for Summative Assessment', by Dr Katherine MA Rogers, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery. Katherine shares her experiences of using Canvas Quizzes for summative assessment, and provides 10 ideas for staff planning for the new academic year.
If you are interested in writing a staff blog piece, please contact email@example.com.
The Institute of Public Health, Public Health Agency, Ulster University, Queen's University Belfast, and University College Cork are hosting an online (free) public health conference on 30 November 2022. The overarching theme of this one-day conference will be the relationship between climate change and health on the island of Ireland.
Call for Abstracts
This is an extraordinary time with health crises seeming to come from every angle. Climate change impacts health both directly and indirectly and has a strong relationship with the determinants of health. The World Health Organization produced a special report for COP-26 which sets the scene for the challenge before us and outlines 10 key recommendations for action.
These recommendations illustrate the breadth of this public health challenge and abstract submissions are encouraged from professionals, practitioners and researchers on work that contributes to the planetary health agenda, across any of these areas including resilient and sustainable health systems, urban environments, transport, sustainable food systems, climate justice and many more.
For more information and to submit an abstract, visit the Centre for Public Health news page. The closing date for submissions is Friday 16 September at 5.00pm.
Early-career researchers at Queen's (from PhD to postdoctoral level) looking to explore and develop their oncology-related business idea, product or service are invited to apply now for Cancer Research Horizons' Lean Launch pre-accelerator programme.
This free entrepreneurial programme will allow successful applicants to access training and funding of £4,000 to test the market and work towards a validated business model.
Find out more: Apply: Cancer Research Horizons Lean Launch programme.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday 17 August.
Staff working on/in a start-up are invited to register for the EIT HEI EntreUnity Summer School, taking place online from Monday 8 to Thursday 11 August.
It is the start-ups' ability to respond to external shocks that separates the top-forming start-ups from the rest. This concise and practical course offers a deep dive into how start-ups do it.
Register here before Monday 8 August: EntreUnity Start-Up SummerSchool.
The following four sessions will be held from 11.00am to 12.00pm BST each day:
- 8 August: Gearing Up with 'Armor' for the startup Journey
- 9 August: Velocity as a Perpetual Vaccine to a Crisis
- 10 August: Readjusting Strategy for Drastic Market Changes
- 11 August: Venture Capital Funding in Uncertain times
This course offers practical case studies and exercises that will help improve the resiliency of your start-up and enable you to go global.
This course is delivered by the Innovation Centre Denmark in Tel Aviv and supported by the Industrial Foundation of Denmark.
Researchers in the School of Psychology are currently recruiting participants for a study about emotional responses to cognitive tasks. This study will require participants to provide emotion ratings before and after completion of cognitive tasks.
The task will take around 20 minutes to complete. Participants will receive a £5 Amazon voucher.
To take part, or for any questions, please contact Dr Sara Lorimer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details of ongoing works being carried out across the University campus can be found on the Estates Directorate webpage.
More information: Campus Development: The week ahead.
The University continues to closely monitor the situation in relation to COVID-19 and to align our approach with guidance from the NI Executive, Public Health Agency and Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
If the information you are looking for is not addressed in the University's Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs, there are a range of contact points for staff and students:
WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?
|If you are a student and have any non-COVID general queries on student support services contact the Student Guidance Centre||Student Guidance Centreemail@example.com|
|If you are a student, you can access a wide range of support available to you from the Student Wellbeing Service website, or if you have any further queries||Student Wellbeing Service||Online Form: https://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/wellbeing/raw/|
If you are a member of staff and have any COVID-19 queries relating to your specific area, your COVID-19 Co-ordinator will be the first point of contact
|COVID-19 Co-ordinators||Find your COVID-19 Co-ordinator|
|If you are a member of staff and you have questions or concerns relating to COVID-19 which cannot be addressed through the COVID-19 FAQs or through discussion with your line manager||Staff COVID-19 Queries||StaffCovidQueries@qub.ac.uk|
|If you are a member of staff and have any non-COVID general queries on HR related topics, such as terms and conditions, pay, policies etc. your first port of call should be the HR Hub||HR Hubfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|If you are a member of staff, you can access support and information on a wide range of issues on the Staff Wellbeing website, or if you have any further queries||Staff Wellbeingemail@example.com|
STUDENT AND STAFF CONTACTS
|If you are a member of staff or student requiring personal health advice specifically in relation to COVID-19||NHS 111 or your GP||Telephone: NHS 111 service or your own GP|
This week's new and returning films at Queen's Film Theatre, your cinema on campus. Staff tickets are priced at £5.50 (standard ticket price £7.40). If you are 26 and under join LUMI to get tickets for £4.50 every day, all year round.
New this week
WIM WENDERS PERSPECTIVE: PARIS, TEXAS: The late, great Harry Dean Stanton's finest role came as the near-mute Travis, on a journey across America to reunite his family, in Wim Wenders' moving tale of loss and redemption.
JOYRIDE: Joyride follows two lovable rogues, a complicated middle-aged mother (Olivia Colman) and a troubled adolescent (Charlie Reid), as they go on a chaotic journey across Ireland.
THE BIG CITY (MAHANAGAR): Satyajit Ray's tale of family and city life is set in mid-50s Calcutta, a society still adjusting to Independence. Back in cinemas as part of the BFI's delayed Satyajit Ray centenary celebration.
IT training courses will continue to be scheduled throughout this academic year, covering a range of desktop products. If your School or Directorate requires IT training for staff geared towards a specific area or set of tasks, please email firstname.lastname@example.org who will arrange a consultation.
View the full list of course dates. Booking is via iTrent Self Service.Read more Read less
Queen's University is an accredited ICDL test centre, operated by the IT Training and Assessment Unit, and offers ICDL and ICDL Advanced to current staff and students. Accreditation in the UK is by the British Computer Society.
To register your interest in taking ICDL or ICDL Advanced, please email email@example.com.