Welcome to the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science green impact blog page.  It aims to offer tips and advice on how staff can contribute to reducing the School’s carbon impact. For further information on carbon management please visit the University’s environmental website at http://www.qub.ac.uk/carbon.

LUNCHTIME WALK – Wildflower Alley

Around campus there are lots of natural spaces.  In 2015 local residents launched Wildflower Alley, which is a community project that has won awards.

From 1-2pm on Thursday 23 August there will be an informal stroll through the local Wildflower Alley at QUB with the founder of the Wildflower Alley project.  If you wish to attend, please see further details here

Cycle to Work day – 15 Aug 2018


Wednesday 15 August 2018 is Cycle to Work day in Northern Ireland – for more information see: https://www.cycletoworkday.org/

In EEECS and ECIT we encourage cyclists, both regular commuters and occasional cyclists.  In ECIT, two folding bicycles are available for hire, if you are interested to give cycling a go.  For further information on cycling and our facilities for cyclists, please see our newsletters, particularly newsletter 13.  We welcome any suggestions to improve facilities, please contact any member of the AWARE team.

Saving Water during the Summer

water saving pic

Due to the unusual sustained sunshine we have been enjoying in Northern Ireland, a hosepipe ban is now in force, to minimise the use of water.  For more tips and information, see the NI Water website.  Here are some simple ways to save water:

  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth 
  • Avoid watering lawns 
  • Take shorter showers
  • Take a shower instead of a bath
  • Fix leaking taps – report faulty taps in EEECS to your building liaison officer
  • Only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need
  • Keep a bottle of water in the fridge instead of running the tap for cold water
  • Use full loads in washing machines and dishwashers, rather than half loads

Lunchtime Talk – the Swift



Peter Cush (Northern Ireland Swift Group) will tell us about the most aerial of birds the Swift (Apus apus) which visits us here in Belfast every summer.

Why it is here and where does it come from? How is it coping with an ever changing world? What is so special about it and should we try to conserve it? Can QUB and its staff do anything about its recent declines? What is its fate likely to be in the future?  Come along and find out what you can do to stop the decline of Northern Ireland’s swift population!

Time: 1-2pm

Date: Tuesday 19 June 2018

Location: Old Staff Common Room

Tea and coffee will be provided – you are encouraged to bring your own mug.

Spaces are limited for this event, so please register for free via Eventbrite HERE

Ulster Wildlife Talk: Sharks, Skates and Rays – 1pm, 26 June in McClay Library

Northern Ireland waters contain a wide variety of sharks, skates and rays which are crucial to the healthy functioning of our seas.  Unfortunately, these important species are also some of the most vulnerable fish in our seas – and they’re in trouble!   Populations numbers have declined severely in recent decades and some species are now classed as Critically Endangered.

Rebecca Hunter from Ulster Wildlife will share her knowledge of Northern Ireland’s sharks, skates and rays and the important role they play in our seas. This talk is part of Ulster Wildlife’s new Sea Deep project which kicks off this summer, working with local groups to help safeguard these fascinating but under-threat animals. Rebecca will explain the different ways that everyone can get involved and help to conserve our endangered sharks.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided – you are encouraged to ‘ditch the disposables’ and bring your own mug!

Spaces for this talk are limited, so please register via EVENTBRITE​ to ensure your space!

Clean Coasts Beach Clean – 1 June

The Queen’s Marine Lab team are organising a beach clean in association with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and Coca Cola Clean Coasts Week. The clean will take place on Friday 1st June at 10:15am and any staff and students who would like to take part are invited to come down to Portaferry on Friday 1st June for 10:15am. They will provide tea, coffee and biscuits (possibly cake!) for all the hard workers after the clean, and everyone involved will be entered into a prize draw to win some goodies from Lush! Belfast. Just bring some welly boots – bags, gloves and litter pickers will be provided!

The clean itself shouldn’t take more than an hour.  Please email e.gorman@qub.ac.uk if you are planning on attending, to try to car share.


coasts week

Support Queen’s Big Give!



Donate – Unwanted reusable goods such as kitchenware, clothes, books, CDs, DVDs and non-perishable food can be dropped off at British Heart Foundation and South Belfast Food Bank collection points at the Students’ Union, Ashby and Medical Biology Centre until 9 June 2018. You can also request a free house collection by phoning the British Heart Foundation on 028 9024 5838.

Volunteer – Come along to one of the Elms Clear-Out Days and help sort donations from students leaving accommodation. Last year the donation campaign at Elms raised over £32,000 for charity. This year with your help, we are hoping to reach the £50,000 mark! For further information, contact community@qub.ac.uk or register on Eventbrite:

31st May (Thursday) – 1200-1430 – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/elms-clear-out-day-31st-may-tickets-46141452326

5th June (Tuesday) – 1200-1430 – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/elms-clear-out-day-5th-june-tickets-46142114306

9th June (Saturday) – 1100-1400 – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/elms-clear-out-day-9th-june-tickets-46142227645

Queen’s Big Give has been organised by the Students’ Union, Community Engagement,  Estates Environmental Team and Accommodation.