In accordance with the advice provided by the Universities and Colleges Employers Association, the 2013 nationally negotiated pay award of one per cent will be implemented in the December payroll - this will be backdated to 1 August 2013.
In his latest blog post, Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor James McElnay reflects on some recent university events which have shown the wider world what we do at Queen's. He also looks ahead to Winter Graduation and congratulates those who took part in Movember. To read the blog, visit: http://blogs.qub.ac.uk/vcblog/
Up to £200 worth of Amazon vouchers are up for grabs in the Twelve Doors of Christmas competition.
Starting today, a daily profile of 12 recent graduates will be revealed behind a Queen's door in the run-up to Winter Graduation. Read about the individual career stories of some of our best graduates and find out about the doors that a Queen's degree has opened for them.
Once all the doors and graduates have been revealed, all you have to do is identify the Queen’s doors pictured to be in with a chance of winning. An entry form will be available on the last day of Winter Graduation (Friday 13 December). To enter, simply list the door locations and submit the online form.
Prizes include one £100 Amazon voucher, one £50 Amazon voucher, and two £25 Amazon vouchers. Winners will be announced on Wednesday 18 December. Click here to see the doors.
Electronic voting, through Queen’s Online, to elect two members of Academic Staff and two members of Support Staff to membership of Senate will close at midnight on Wednesday 4 December 2013.
Further details are available at www.qub.ac.uk/home/ReconstitutionofSenate. This provides information on all staff standing for election to Senate, along with Guidance Notes on how to vote.
To ensure as many staff members as possible vote in this election, if you encounter any difficulties in casting your vote, please contact Dominic Doherty, Returning Officer, on 028 9097 3726 or by email to email@example.com.
The results of the election will be published on Thursday 5 December 2013.
The Porters have launched their Christmas Toy Appeal.
Gifts can be left at the Christmas tree in the Administration Building or at a number of collection points throughout the campus. These include the porters' offices at the Ashby Building, Medical Biology Centre, Elms Village and at any of the Chaplaincy Offices on Elmwood Avenue. The appeal deadline is Monday 16 December.
If you cannot make it to one of the collection points, but would still like to donate a gift, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Toys from this year’s appeal will be given to The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul.
Congratulations to all those who participated in the university-wide Movember campaign. Twenty teams from across the University took part raising almost £20,000. The team from Estates topped the leaderboard with over £2,500.
Click here to find out how the money was raised.
The annual Information Services Coffee Morning takes place on Thursday 5 December in the Great Hall between 10.00am-11.30am.
Ballots for the raffle can be purchased in advance, and up to 10.45am at the coffee morning. Prizes include a laptop, an iPad Mini, an overnight hotel stay, meal-for-two vouchers, a Blackberry phone and numerous hampers.
There will be lots of goodies for sale on the day, perfect for Christmas gifts. All proceeds go to Marie Curie Cancer Care.
In the run-up to Christmas, staff are reminded that the University Mail Room does not accept personal mail, including parcels from online companies requiring a signature.
While it is recognised that companies such as Amazon will be used to order course workbooks, staff are asked not to order personal items from this and other online companies to be delivered to the Mail Room.
All staff are asked to put alternative arrangements in place to ensure that personal items of mail are not delivered to the University.
The Chief Executives’ Club and A & L Goodbody invite you to attend a Northern Ireland economy debate on Growing our Agri-Food Industry: Challenges and Opportunities for 2014. The event will take place on Tuesday 10 December in Riddel Hall, 5.30pm-7.45pm.
Chaired by Business and Economics Journalist and Broadcaster Jim Fitzpatrick, panel members include:
Refreshments will be served from 5.30pm and the debate will begin at 6.00pm.
For further information, click on: Agri-Food economy debate. Please RSVP to email@example.com, 028 9097 1153, to secure your place.
Back 2 Basics Winter 14
The Back to Basics Programme, which is for beginner and intermediate trainers, focuses on fitness fundamentals, such as exercise and nutrition, giving you the knowledge and confidence to maintain your fitness and manage your body. General enrolment for B2B Winter 14 Programme opens today. For more details on this popular course, click here.
Queen’s Sport Christmas Vouchers
Give the gift of fitness and well-being this Christmas with a Queen's Sport gift voucher, available to suit any budget. Vouchers can be purchased at Queen’s Sport reception from today, alternatively contact Sales staff for further details on 028 9038 7684 or click here.
All-Inclusive Christmas Memberships are now available at Queen’s Sport. One, three or six month packages available. For prices and more information, please click here.
Christmas Stocking fillers and more at the Students’ Union Shop:
• Just arrived… Queen's branded and non-branded 2014 Diaries from pocket size to A4.
Departmental and business purchases can be organised via internal transfer or account card. 15% discount available for all internal transfer/account stationery purchases (including 2014 diaries) during December and January (minimum spend £20). For further product and pricing information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 028 9097 1048.
• Excellent range of stationery – including ‘fashion’ notebooks, pens and accessories.
• Fairtrade gifts and treats and essentials, including Christmas cards, chocolates, pens and notebooks.
• Fairtrade leisure wear, including vests, gym tops, shorts and sweats plus new stock of zipped jackets and hoodies.
The Students’ Union Shop is owned and operated by Queen's with all profits reinvested to improve the Students’ Union facilities and enhance the student experience.
This week at QFT:
Staff ticket price £5, standard ticket price £6.50. £4 tickets for everyone Mondays and Tuesdays. Please visit www.queensfilmtheatre.com for more details.
To win a pair of tickets to Nebraska, please email email@example.com with NEBRASKA in the subject line and the answer to the question: Bruce Dern is father to which actress who gained critical acclaim for her roles in Mask, Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart? Competition closes Wednesday 4 December at 12.00pm and the winner will be contacted by email.
The Speakeasy Kitchen, Students’ Union, is now serving a Christmas Dinner special for just £7. Just order at the bar. Everyone welcome.
If you're looking for somewhere to have your Christmas lunch/night out, they are also taking bookings and have a three course option available for £13.50 per person. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Santander are offering Queen's staff the chance to receive 20 free shares when they apply for a mortgage through a Santander university branch, and the mortgage is then approved.
Please inquire in the Santander branch in the Students' Union for more details or contact the Branch Manager, Colm Quinn, on 05511431212 or email@example.com
Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education
All CED courses are now available for booking. There are places available on the following new course scheduled for the beginning of January.
Guest Speaker Series 2013-14
Higher Education Lunchtime Forum
A full list of all CED events and courses together with further information can be accessed online.
QUB Teaching Awards 2014
Up to 13 Teaching Awards are available in 2014. A prize of £1,000 will be awarded to each successful individual or team which will be paid into a dedicated School account for the exclusive use of the winning team or individual for professional development purposes.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 4.00pm on Friday 14 March. Further information is available in the Teaching Awards Notes for Guidance.
STDU courses in December:
To book a place on a training course, log onto Queen's Online, then select Employment Details from the list on the left of the page and follow the link for iTrent Self Service.
Place are available on the following courses:
To book a course, go to Queen’s Online and under ‘Other’ click Training Courses. The training dates for Semester 2 may be viewed in a 1-page PDF: http://go.qub.ac.uk/trainingschedule. Please note these courses are for staff members. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 028 9097 6189.
Today’s Tip: Security – The University and no other reputable organisation will ever email you and ask for your login credentials. For advice about security, please go to http://go.qub.ac.uk/ITsecurity