National Learning at Work Day, which aims to highlight the importance of workplace learning and skills, takes place on Thursday 23 May. This year's theme is Many ways to learn.
To mark the Day, the Staff Training and Development Unit (STDU) is inviting staff to challenge themselves to learn something new. Post your challenge on the online noticeboard at http://padlet.com/wall/challengeyourself and see what other people are challenging themselves to learn. Afterwards you can go back to the wall and let STDU know if you met your challenge.
You can also access a number of learning resources, some of which are only available for this week, by clicking here. Read some words of wisdom, staff profiles and find out some of the activities that are going on in Staff Training.
If you want further details, contact Roisin Macartney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new staff initiative is being launched to highlight some of the great work being carried out across Queen’s campus.
A Bite of Queen’s is a series of lunchtime events for staff which will give you the opportunity to go behind the scenes of some of the University’s great buildings and hear about the amazing work being carried out by our colleagues who work in them.
The tours are free and will include a brown bag lunch.
The first A Bite of Queen’s tour is of the landmark Lanyon Building on Friday 31 May, 1.05pm-1.50pm. If you are interested in taking part, please email email@example.com. Places are limited. Please advise of any dietary requirements.
The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (ISCTSJ) will be officially launched tomorrow by former President of Finland and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Martti Ahtisaari.
For many years, researchers at Queen’s have been engaged in transformative work right across the world: in the Middle East, South Asia, Eastern Europe and in Northern Ireland. The new Institute will build on their achievements and create new opportunities, providing a harmonious space where researchers and political figures can engage with society.
To mark the launch, a two week programme of events will run from Tuesday 21 May to Friday 7 June.
QFT will host a Film Memorabilia Sale today, Monday 20 May, at 5.00pm.
On sale will be a host of amazing cinematic goodies that have been collected over the last 40 years, including posters, movie stills, film slides, magazines. Film Stills are 50p each and movie posters are priced from £4.
Proceeds from the sale will go to Oxfam. The event begins at 5.00pm in the QFT.
Go along for this unique chance to own some movie memorabilia.
A reminder to staff that the unveiling of Comhghall Casey's portrait of Brenda McLaughlin takes place today, Monday 20 May, in the Great Hall at 4.30pm. All staff are invited to attend.
The event is part of the QGI Portraits Initiative.
An event to celebrate and showcase peer mentoring for postgraduate research students will take place on Tuesday 21 May, 5.15pm-6.30pm in Seminar Room 1, Ground Floor, International and Postgraduate Student Centre.
Peer mentoring, which is running in eight different Schools this year, offers new first year students a mentor in order to facilitate the transition into the research environment.
During the event mentors will be awarded certificates by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor James McElnay for their excellent work throughout the year. Each School has developed mentoring according to its requirements and mentors, mentees as well as academic staff will be present to give their perspectives.
Anyone interested in peer mentoring for postgraduate research students is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided.
The Gender Initiative will hold a promotions workshop for all female academic staff on Wednesday 29 May 2013, 12.30pm – 2.00pm, in Lanyon/0G/049.
The workshop is an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and insight on the promotions process. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information, click: Academic Promotions Workshop
Queen's Marine Laboratory is joining forces with Development and Alumni Relations to invite alumni and staff to a Family Fun Day on Saturday 1 June, 11.00am - 4.00pm.
During the day, which is part of the Strangford Maritime festival, scientific engineers will show you and your family the experimental wave tank in which research is being done to harness energy to produce electricity. In the Teaching Lab you’ll meet marine biologists who will show you mini-beasts and seaweed from the Lough as you’ve never seen them before through a microscope.
If you would like to attend, email email@example.com to register your family.
ReActivate Functional Movement Class
Queen's Sport has launched a new functional movement class called ReActivate. The class is ideal for those new to group fitness, those returning to exercise or rehabilitating after an injury, and active adults who want improved mobility, strength and flexibility.
For further information, download the ReActivate information booklet by clicking here.
Back 2 Basics
Queen’s Sport’s 12 week Back 2 Basics programme is now underway, however, there are still some spaces available.
Enrol now at Queen’s Sport reception. For further information on Back 2 Basics, including feedback from the Winter/Spring course, please click here.
Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education
There are places available on the following course in June:
Higher Education Lunchtime Forum
CED Annual Conference – 28 June
CED's 7th Annual Conference, Using Active and Interactive Approaches with Students, will take place on 28 June, 9.30am - 3.45pm in the Council Chamber/Canada Room. The Conference Programme and further details are available here or from firstname.lastname@example.org,028 9097 1447.
Registration is via Queen’s Online. Full instructions for booking are on the website. For information or for assistance with registration, please email the Centre at email@example.com or telephone 028 9097 1447.
A full list of all CED events and courses together with further information can be accessed here.
Places are available on the following courses:
ECDL testing dates: http://go.qub.ac.uk/ecdltestdates (more dates will be added for June, July and August). For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 028 9097 6189 or go to http://go.qub.ac.uk/ecdl
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Leadership and Management Development
Developing for Success: (Aimed at Professional Support staff Grade 8 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC3 and above)
For further information on the above courses and to view all available courses, please select the following link: http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/stdp/AllCourses/
To book a place on the above courses log onto Queen's Online - www.qub.ac.uk/qol - then select Training Courses from the list on the left of the page.
Financial Assistance for Staff – Part-Time Courses
Financial assistance is available for staff to undertake part-time courses of study leading to a qualification. Support is obtained via the Staff Training and Development Unit (criteria apply).
If you are considering applying for a course in the next academic year 2013-14 that is required for your current post or as part of career development within the University, you may be eligible for financial assistance.
Please read the guidelines (www.qub.ac.uk/stdu/FinancialAssistance/) and apply before the 31 July 2013 deadline. Applications received after this date may be supported depending on available budget. Applications must be discussed and authorised by the relevant Head of Area.
For further information, contact Suzanne McMorrow, Training Co-ordinator, email@example.com or 028 9097 6606.
Applicants who received support in 2012-13 and are continuing their course must apply for support for each year of study. Many relevant part-time courses are offered by University Schools and Departments, including the School of Education. Please contact Departments directly for advice on particular courses.