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10 August 2020

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PEOPLE AND CULTURE

2020/21 AURORA PROGRAMME – APPLY NOW

The Advance HE Aurora leadership development programme is a unique development opportunity for aspiring female leaders in higher education, which focuses on enabling women to prepare for leadership roles.

In promoting career progression for women, Queen's supports a number of women to attend from across faculties and professional services. See the University's Aurora Leadership Development Programme webpage for more information and to access an application form.

Closing date for received applications: Friday 28 August.

The programme supports early- to mid-career women and those who identify as women, up to Senior Lecturer level or the professional services equivalent, normally Grades 7–9, to fulfil their leadership potential by addressing core leadership areas through development days, self-directed learning, in-house mentoring and action learning, whilst building strong networks of early career women across the sector. The 2020/21 programme will be delivered online and has been redesigned as a virtual experience.

 

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RESEARCH AND ENTERPRISE

UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AT QUEEN'S: SURVEY

Queen's is committed to helping to deliver the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are aimed at achieving a better, more sustainable and equitable future for us all by 2030.

The Research Impact team in the Research and Enterprise Directorate would like to know what staff think Queen's can do to further progress its work towards these ambitious and important goals. Research Impact are interested in ideas relating to research, teaching and learning, schools and community outreach, the University's buildings and grounds, and much more.

Members of staff, including PhD students, can find out more by completing this short survey.


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SCHOOLS

NEW HEAD OF SCHOOL OF PHARMACY

Professor Colin McCoy took up the position of the new Head of the School of Pharmacy in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences on 1 August 2020.

Commenting on his appointment, Professor McCoy said: "This is an exciting and challenging time to be taking up this position. The importance of the role of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists in the management of, and development of solutions to, the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as healthcare more generally, is very clear just now. Queen's is a world-class place to study and do research in these subjects."

Colin earned his PhD from Queen's in 1994, then took up a Royal Society Fellowship at the Collège de France, Paris, where he worked with Nobel laureate, Jean-Marie Lehn. He returned to Queen's in 1996, firstly in the (then) School of Chemistry, before moving to the School of Pharmacy in 1999 to take up a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, which he held for eight years. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in the School in 2006, to Reader in 2009, and to Professor in 2012.

In 2016 he was appointed Dean of Internationalisation for the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences where he led the Faculty internationalisation strategy, and played a significant role in the development of the University's flagship transnational education initiative, China Queen's College (CQC), where undergraduates based primarily in Shenyang take Queen's degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology.

Colin's research interests lie in the design of triggered drug delivery systems, the development of infection-resistant biomaterials and the design of sensor technologies for drugs and biologically-relevant species. His research has attracted in excess of £5M of funding, and he is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and several patents.

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COVID-19

INFORMATION AND SUPPORT

The University continues to closely monitor the situation in relation to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and to align our approach with guidance from the Public Health Agency and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). 

The Vice-Chancellor has provided an update to all staff regarding the transition back to campus of significant numbers of staff who have been working from home.

Key information for all staff includes:

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RECRUITMENT

INTERNAL VACANCIES

Staff can view internal vacancies on Queen's Online. Other vacancies are often advertised externally and are on the Job Vacancies page.

For career updates, staff can also follow the Recruitment team on Twitter: @QUBWorkHere.


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SAFETY AND WELLBEING

DOWNLOAD THE 'STOPCOVID NI' APP

A Northern Ireland-specific contact tracing app 'StopCOVID NI' has been developed by the Department of Health and is now available on your app store. To help protect yourself and all within the Queen's community and wider public, we are encouraging all our staff to download this free app from our health service, which will support contact tracing, support our health service, help prevent another lockdown and save lives.

The app works by telling you automatically if you've been near another app user who tests positive and can also let them know if you test positive, though the app never knows or shares your identity or location.

You can download from:


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CAMPUS FOOD AND DRINK

CAMPUS CAFÉS

A number of cafés on campus are now open. The cafés are initially offering reduced menus and opening hours, and this will be revised as the staff and student population on campus increases in the coming weeks. These locally owned businesses appreciate your support.

Hope Café | McClay Library
Hope Café is taking part in the government's Eat Out to Help Out initiative. Monday to Wednesday for the month of August. When you eat in your bill will be reduced by 50% to a maximum discount of £10.00 per person. More details in Hope Café.

Junction Café | Main Site Tower
Junction is offering its breakfast menu and as well as a range of other lunch dishes. Junctions fantastic coffee, scones and tray bakes are also available.

Clements @ The MBC
Clements has its full range of handcrafted coffees, hot and cold drinks available and a range of sandwiches, bakery items and confectionery.


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WELLBEING

BURNOUT AND COMPASSION FATIGUE

With our continuing work responsibilities and rapid lifestyles, we have all experienced work stress at some point in our lives. Paired with the general uncertainty at this time, tasks may seem stressful and overwhelming, leaving us feeling stuck, drained and helpless.

Staff Wellbeing's partners at Inspire NI have developed this workbook to help staff manage stress, burnout and compassion fatigue. The workbook will provide staff with tips on how to identify the cause of the stress and/or burnout and what steps that can be taken to reduce it. There are also links providing further reading to assist staff.


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RETURN TO CAMPUS

COVID, STRESS AND RETURNING TO CAMPUS: ALL STAFF SESSIONS

As Queen's starts planning for the transition to campus, the Diversity and Inclusion Unit have partnered with Action Mental Health to provide all staff sessions on Covid, Stress and Returning to Campus. The sessions will provide an overview of stress and what causes it, whilst also equipping staff with strategies to both identify and cope with the stress of life during uncertain times.

Participants will also learn about stress and the difference between helpful pressure and unhelpful stress, and will also be provided with the opportunity to identify coping strategies and practice short moments of mindfulness.

There are a range of different session times available in order to support staff flexibly during this time. For a full overview of the session and to book your place, please register via iTrent self-service


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CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

CONNECTED LEARNING SEMINAR SERIES

The Centre for Educational Development would like to invite all Queen's staff to join in the Connected Learning Seminar Series this summer. The sessions will explore module design, feedback, synchronous/asynchronous learning, engaging learners online, and other topics to support academics and support staff in developing teaching strategies for the new academic year

Upcoming seminars (registration information given below):

  • Wednesday 12 August, 10.30am to 11.30am: 'Ensuring student engagement online through a Universal Design for Learning framework (UDL)', Jason Bunting (QUB SU VP Education), Tracy Galvin, and Dr Maryam Malekigorji
  • Wednesday 19 August, 10.30am to 11.30am: 'Beat the pivot panic: Proactive design for online engagement', Dr Orna Farrell (Dublin City University)
  • Wednesday 26 August, 10.30am to 11.30am: 'Enhancing Student Engagement Using Digital Tools', Jen McParland, Emma McAllister, Michael Kelly.

Register for the events by joining the Connected Learning Seminar Series MS Team, where all the events and discussions will be available live (recordings will be provided afterwards to all registered attendees).

For more information, please contact ced@qub.ac.uk.

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LEARNING AND TEACHING

CANVAS VLE: CANVAS TRAINING

Alternative Assessment Resit Period

For online guidance on Canvas assignment set up, please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/AlternativeAssessment and refer to the Canvas Assignment Set-up Checklist when setting up Assignments in Canvas. Queries relating to the Resits in August should be directed to exams@qub.ac.uk.

If you are preparing for the resit period in August you may wish to double check the end date of your course to ensure that students are allowed to continue to participate in the course (eg submit assessments) and to enable you to complete grading if required. By default, the AY 2019/2020 term end date for courses is 30 September 2020. Staff with the relevant access can override the default end date if required. For information on the default term dates and guidance on how to change the start and end dates in a Canvas course, link to the following blog post: Completing the Academic Year.

Upcoming Training this week

  • Tuesday 11 August, 2.00pm to 3.00pm: How To Facilitate an Online Session. Register here.

    This session will focus on how to facilitate a 'live online' session so as to foster engagement and interaction. The session will be practical in nature and will demonstrate and provide simple, useful advice to make your virtual classes run as smoothly as possible, regardless of delivery method chosen (ie 'virtual' or a mix of 'in class' and 'virtual').

  • Wednesday 12 August 10.30am to 11.30am: Ensuring student engagement online through a Universal Design for Learning framework (UDL). With Jason Bunting (SU VP Education), Tracy Galvin, and Dr Maryam Malekigorji. Register here.

  • Wednesday 12 August 2.00pm to 2.30pm: Teaching with Video. Register here.

    Cover the basics of how to record bite-sized videos to embed in your Canvas course. Suitable tools and how-to demonstrations will be covered in this virtual training session.

  • Friday 14 August 10.00am to 11.00am: Building Your Course in Canvas. Register here.

    Fast track the development process as you prepare your course for September 2020. The session will cover how to prep your Module Development Area, a safe space to develop content which is not visible to students. From there you can import content from last academic year’s module to use as the basis for your AY2020/21 course. Learn how to pull in ready-made QUB templates from Canvas Commons to further enhance your course design. Avail of specific advice on ‘core course elements’ such as; setting a Home Page, Course Navigation, Structure, Key Learning Information, Accessibility, Copyright & Settings to ensure your course is ready for September 2020.

  • Friday 14 August, 1.00pm to 1.30pm: Canvas: Top tips for student engagement and assessment processes. With Mr Don Duncan (School of AEL). Register here.
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LEARNING AND TEACHING

CANVAS VLE: COURSE PREPARATION FOR SEPTEMBER 2020

Get Canvas-Ready for September 2020

A self-paced Canvas course has been developed to support you in preparing for the next academic year 2020/21.  The course includes online guidance materials and short how-to type videos supported by a range of virtual training to help you plan and develop your academic module(s) in Canvas over the summer months. 

Quick Guide for recording learning materials

Check out the new Quick Guide to video recording which will step you through the process. Keep things simple and take a practice run now to identify any hardware requirements you may have.

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PEOPLE AND CULTURE

STAFF MENTORING

The Organisational Development team in the People and Culture Directorate has recently updated its Staff Mentoring webpage. Updates include:

  • a definition of mentoring, which was developed by colleagues across the University;
  • a mentoring map of available schemes; and
  • useful information on resources to support mentoring, including LinkedIn Learning.

Find out more.


IMPACT

QUEEN'S POLICY ENGAGEMENT AND RESEARCH BLOG

Recent posts on Queen's Policy Engagement (QPol) Research Blog.

To submit an article to QPol, email Kevin or Alice at qpol@qub.ac.uk.


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IMPACT

THE CONVERSATION

Please see below for the latest Queen's articles published in The Conversation

The Conversation is a news website written by academic and republished to global media outlets. Articles by Queen’s academics have been read by 12.5 million people internationally. To find out more about The Conversation, please visit this page.


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BREXIT

BREXIT: ADVICE FOR STAFF AND STUDENTS

dedicated website has been established to provide information and support to both staff and students and to help keep you up to date with the latest developments relating to Brexit.

Staff and students are encouraged to check these webpages regularly for updates.


RESEARCH ENGAGEMENT

NORTHERN IRELAND VIRTUAL FESTIVAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE: APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

Applications to host online/virtual events, to take place between 7 and 15 November 2020, are now open. The UK-wide festival is a celebration of the social sciences, and aims to promote awareness of social science research to new audiences. Successful applicants will be awarded up to £750 for their virtual event.

Further information / Apply.


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AHSS

PODCAST SERIES: PEACE AND CONFLICT – UNDERSTANDING OUR WORLD

This podcast series looks at conflict and peace-building around the world, from Afghanistan to Ireland, Colombia and South Africa to the Middle East.

Academics from Queen’s share their experiences and reflections on how societies can transition from conflict to peace and how the traumatic political legacies of conflict can endure and continue to shape political discourse today.

Spread across eight episodes, we hear from Queen’s academics, whether currently working on the front-line in Afghanistan, or involved in shaping education systems in Northern Ireland and other contexts, or providing insights globally in their conflict-related research.

Listen and subscribe here.


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CENTRE FOR EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

REFLECTIONS JOURNAL

The latest edition of Reflections is now available on the Centre for Educational Development website.

The focus of this issue is Student Partnership and student-led initiatives.


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LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT FOR STAFF

RESEARCHER DEVELOPMENT ONLINE

In the current working environment, staff are encouraged to explore online learning and development resources. Alongside access to LinkedIn Learning, including a number of learning collections focused on researcher skills, staff can access further researcher specific online resources, including Nature Masterclasses Online, Professional Skills for Research Leaders and access to the Vitae resources.

Further details are available from Organisational Development.


LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

LINKEDIN LEARNING FOR ALL STAFF

LinkedIn Learning – an exciting new online learning resource – is now available for all Queen's staff.

Sign up here to request your individual access.

Contact stafflearning@qub.ac.uk if you have any questions about requesting access.

LinkedIn Learning top features include:

  • Content: 15,000+ digital courses taught by industry experts
  • Curation: Relevant course recommendations in Professional Skills, Human Resources, IT Learning and many more
  • Convenience: In-depth and bite-sized courses for learning while on the go
  • Develop your skills and career with learning paths and bite-sized videos for learning 'in the moment'

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

QUEEN'S FILM THEATRE LISTINGS

QFT reopened on Friday 7 August. The team have introduced several measures to reduce risks facing Queen's staff and QFT customers, whose wellbeing remains the number one priority. QFT thank everyone for their support during the closure and look forward to seeing you again.

Please see this week's QFT listings below. Staff ticket price: £5 (standard ticket price: £6.95). Full film details are viewable on the QFT website.

PARASITE: BLACK AND WHITE EDITION: After its extraordinary success in Cannes and at the Oscars, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, Independent Spirit Awards, Bong Joon Ho's brilliant Palme d'Or-winner returns in this special black-and-white version. The transfer was overseen by director Bong and offers the lustrous contrasts of monochrome.

SAINT FRANCES: Writer Kelly O'Sullivan stars in her bittersweet tale of a child-phobic waitress turned nanny, an exhilarating examination of female lives on screen.

SUMMERLAND: The feature film debut of Olivier Award-winning British playwright, theatre director and screenwriter Jessica Swale, Summerland is an emotive story of female empowerment set against the backdrop of World War II.

PROXIMA: Tickets go on sale on Monday 10 August for Alice Winocour's exhilarating and emotional drama starring Eva Green.

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

SEAMUS HEANEY CENTRE

Weekly updates are now available from the Seamus Heaney Centre.

See the latest update from the Centre here.


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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

NAUGHTON GALLERY

Plans are currently underway for a September reopening of the Naughton Gallery with a brand new exhibition which will run for the first semester of the new academic year. The gallery's increased digital content will continue over the summer and throughout the new exhibition.

In the meantime, continue to stay safe and engage with the gallery online through projects including their Artspeak Book Club, the weekly Online Art Exchange, ARTSOUNDS Spotify playlists, and their new HOMEWORK project, highlighting the artworks in audience's homes. Follow the gallery on social media to find out how to get involved, and remember that you can explore the University's permanent collection of art online through Art UK.

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TRAINING

ONCAMPUS JOBS – BITESIZE TRAINING SESSIONS

OnCampus Jobs are now offering their Bitesize Training Sessions through Microsoft Teams. This training is for any member of Queen’s staff who is involved in any part of the process of:

  • Recruiting
  • Commissioning
  • Supervising
  • Processing payments for students working on campus

It is also recommended for Managers and anyone else who may be involved in the process at any level now or in the future.

The training materials have been reviewed and updated to reflect current circumstances, therefore staff are welcome to attend even if they have previously completed the training. Join by emailing oncampusjobs@qub.ac.uk to be added to the training.

The next session is on Wednesday 19 August at 12.00pm.


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CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

LAUNCH OF THE STAFF DIGITAL LITERACIES HUB

The Centre for Educational Development have developed a new Digital Literacies Hub to allow staff at Queen's to audit their digital skills and explore new areas for development. A rich set of resources has been curated to help staff unlock their digital potential and support them in an ever-changing and demanding digital environment.

There are six different digital capability themes to explore, where staff can reflect on their skills and strengths and also build up their digital confidence and expertise.

For comments or queries about the Staff Digital Literacies Hub, please contact ced@qub.ac.uk.


CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

CED – TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT COURSES

A number of Centre for Educational Development courses for the 2019-20 academic year have been listed on iTrent self-service, and are now open for booking. Upcoming events include:

  • Wednesday 19 August, Being an Adviser of Studies, 9.30am to 11.00am

For up-to-date information, follow CED on twitter @QUB_CED or visit the CED website


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CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

QUB LEADING PROGRAMMES (EXTERNALLY ACCREDITED)

This is a blended learning 19-week programme with two face-to-face sessions (October/May) and weekly online activities with a portfolio submission date of July 2021. (Course dates: 28 October 2020 – 30 July 2021.)

The programme is targeted at new, aspiring and experienced Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes leaders.

Successful completion of this programme can contribute to one of the case studies should you wish to apply for SFHEA (Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy). 

Register here.

The aims of the Leading Programmes are:

  • to support you in your professional development as an educational leader;
  • to support and recognise your individual progress, practice & professional achievement;
  • to enhance curriculum development and, hence, the student learning experience;
  • to promote the development of professionals with the knowledge, skills and attributes to effectively lead, nurture and guide educational change and development in the sector.

This is externally accredited by SEDA.

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INFORMATION SERVICES

OFFICE 365 TEAMS

Check out the new meeting and calling experience in Teams here.

To access training materials on Office 365, including Teams, click here and log in with your normal username and password.


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TRAINING

IT TRAINING COURSES

Staff can access our training materials via http://go.qub.ac.uk/itdocs, logging in with their normal username and password. Most course materials can be found in the folder, IT Training materials, Office 2016.

The outline for 2020-2021 IT training will be available soon but in the meantime, if you have queries relating to the Office 2016 materials, email itcourses@qub.ac.uk. Online workshops/clinics will be held to cover queries.


WHAT'S ON AT QUEEN'S

PROMOTING VIRTUAL EVENTS

What's on at Queens, Queen's central source for information on University events, has recently undergone a design and functionality refresh to improve both the internal and external user experience. The aim of the site is to showcase and promote the wide range of events that occur across the Queen's community.

As departments move to hosting webinars, web conferencing and live sessions, What's On at Queen's is an ideal platform to assist in the promotion of these virtual events.

For more information on how to get your event listed, please contact eventscalendar@qub.ac.uk or visit the What's On at Queen's website.


To submit an item for Round Up, please email details to roundup@qub.ac.uk by 1.00pm on the Thursday before the Monday edition in which they are to appear.

The Round Up will continue to issue on a weekly basis over the summer months.

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