21 January 2019


HR is changing its name to People and Culture

The HR Directorate is changing its name to ‘People and Culture’, marking the next step in their ongoing transformation as they implement the commitments set out in the People and Culture Strategy, People First.

You will see this change of name reflected in the directorate's new website which launches today. The new website is designed to improve the user experience and make things simpler for you. The site's structure matches how it is being used by managers, employees, and job applicants, making it easier to navigate and locate information.


Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion Re-monitoring Exercise

Every two years, the University is required to carry out a monitoring exercise of the Equality Monitoring data it holds on its staff to ensure the University has an accurate and up-to-date record of each staff member's Equality Monitoring data and we are complying with our statutory obligations.

All University staff are asked to log onto iTrent self-service and to review and/or update the information held on them. Instructions can be found here.

Please complete this exercise by 5.00pm on Thursday 31 January.

If you have any queries, please contact Leeann Matchett, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, 028 9097 3039.

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The majority of University staff will have provided Equality Monitoring data when they commenced employment, but for some staff this information may no longer be accurate or reflect their personal circumstances.

For example, there may have been changes to marital status, dependant status or disability in the last two years. Also we are collecting some new information to enable us to monitor Religious Belief.

Please note that the information you submit is entirely confidential and can only be accessed by staff within the University's Diversity and Inclusion Unit who manage this information in compliance with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).



Travel More Sustainably

Staff are reminded that the University currently offers interest-free loans on public transport Annual Commuter Travel Cards.

The number of Annual Commuter Cards issued to staff increased by 30% during 2018 and it is the most cost-effective means of travel on public transport. So, if you are you tired of sitting in traffic jams or struggling to find parking when commuting to the University, why not try public transport and arrive at work more relaxed and less stressed.

More information on Annual Commuter Travel Cards can be found at www.qub.ac.uk/sustainabletravel.



Stress Control

The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust are offering a free, six-week stress management programme.

The Programme will run every Wednesday from 6 February until 13 March in Group Room 3, Queen's PEC.

Please register here.

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What is Stress Control?

  • Stress Control was devised by Dr Jim White in Glasgow and is now used widely around the world.
  • The class runs once a week for six weeks and teaches skills and techniques for managing stress.
  • Topics covered include: an overview of what stress is; controlling your body; controlling your thoughts; controlling your actions; getting a good night's sleep; and planning for the future.
  • Stress Control is a class, not 'group therapy' – you do not have to talk about personal difficulties in front of others.
  • You are encouraged to attend all six sessions to get the most benefit.
  • Stress Control classes are free.
  • Come along by yourself or feel free to bring a friend or family member with you.


Big Garden Birdwatch 2019

The Big Garden Birdwatch 2019 takes place between Saturday 26 – Monday 28 January.

In 2018, more than 519,000 people all over the UK counted an incredible 8,262,662 birds. By taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch, you will help RSPB monitor wildlife trends and identify problems, enabling them to implement solutions.

Also, if you are aiming for Silver this year in Green Impact, taking part in RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch is one of the criteria (S024).

To find out more about the Big Garden Birdwatch, or to register, please follow this link.


Student Development

Development Weeks 2019

The next series of Development Weeks events will take place from Monday 20 – Friday 31 May.

Under the theme of 'Personal and Creative Learning', the website is now accepting activity proposals from both staff and students. Please start submitting and encouraging students to submit from now. All ideas are welcome.

Please contact the Development Weeks team with any queries: DevelopmentWeeks@qub.ac.uk.

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Development Weeks 2019 – January series
Thank you to all staff and students who hosted and contributed to the first Development Weeks series of events in 2019, which took place from Monday 7 – Friday 11 January. There was representation from all three Faculties as well as DASA, Information Services and the Students' Union.

Over the course of the week, 56 events took place with approximately 1,000 students attending. Examples of events included:

  • A Virtual Reality Careers Showcase and alumni networking
  • Opportunity Fairs in Social Work and Mission Agencies Abroad
  • An Introduction to Coding: Python & Machine Learning
  • Personality Assessment – Find out how you approach work, life and studies (Non-Psychology Students)
  • Inspiring Leaders Masterclass
  • Discovering China
  • Research Experience Day 

Students' Union

Cavaliers in Need

  • Cavaliers in Need, Tuesday 12 February, 9.00am – 5.30pm, Clubrooms 3 & 4, 1st Floor, SU Elmwood

QUB RAG charity Cavaliers in Need return to Queen's Students' Union in time for Valentine's Day.

Staff are invited to take a 'paws' from your work and book a 15-minute slot for yourself and up to three colleagues. Each person must bring £3 on the day to gain entry. All proceeds go to the QUB RAG charity.

Please book here.




Queen's Dental School are currently recruiting patients for treatment within its student dentist training programme.

The Dental School is offering free dental treatment for adults who require routine treatment such as fillings, crowns and root canal work, dentures or simple gum treatment. Please note, dental implants, tooth whitening and orthodontics are not offered.

Interested patients must be assessed for their suitability by one of the School's dentists and, if accepted for treatment, be able to attend daytime appointments. The dental treatment will be carried out at the School of Dentistry, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, and will be carried out by dental students under the direct supervision of qualified dentists.

To find out more, please phone 028 9063 6394 or email dvs@qub.ac.uk.

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The information you send the School will be provided to Belfast Health and Social Care Trust so an appointment can be booked for you to attend. Belfast Health and Social Care Trust will collect, store and process your personal and health related data in line with their privacy policy.



The Conversation – Editors to Visit Queen's

Over the coming months, Queen's will host visits from some of the editorial team from The Conversation. This is an excellent opportunity to find out how The Conversation works, the positive impact it can have on your work and how to get your ideas published by them.

The first visit is by Assistant Editor Laura Hood on Monday 18 February. In addition to being responsible for all political content on The Conversation, Laura is also running female-only workshops at universities to increase the number of women writing for the outlet.

Health and Medicine Editor, Clint Witchalls, will be at Queen's on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 April. As part of his visit, he will host workshops and one-to-one sessions in the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine.

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If you are interested in meeting the editors, please email comms.office@qub.ac.uk for further information.

To see the most recent examples of articles published by Queen's staff, visit the University's page on The Conversation website.



QPOL Policy Engagement and Research Blog

Below are recent staff articles on QPol. Click on the links to read. To submit an article, email Kevin at qpol@qub.ac.uk

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The Conversation

Please see below for the latest Queen's articles published in The Conversation. Click on the links to read. If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, or contributing to the Anthill Podcast, contact comms.office@qub.ac.uk to find out more.


The Graduate School

Thought Leaders

The next Thought Leaders event in The Graduate School will take place on Thursday 31 January. Leading the session will be Professor Roger Woods, Research Director for Electronics and Computer Engineering in the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Roger's research interests include computing systems, innovative telecommunications hardware platforms and acceleration of Big Data analytics. He is Founder and Chief Scientist of Analytics Engines, a company which provides the business backbone for data analytics and management with the world's most flexible, scalable data platform and which won the 'ITLG Emerging Technology Award 2013' at the Global Technology Leaders Summit in the US.

Please register via Eventbrite.

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Research Funding

The Pump-Priming Fund for Interdisciplinary Research

The Pump-Priming Fund for Interdisciplinary Research, open to all research-active academic staff at Queen's, provides flexible funding for creative, collaborative and challenge-led research initiatives that demonstrate strong potential to develop into research programmes that will attract significant external funding. 

Seed funding grants will be made available through two calls, opening in December 2018 and in Summer 2019. The closing date for the first call for applications is 12.00pm on Monday 18 February 2019.

More detail, including guidance documents and application forms, can be found on the Research and Enterprise website on Internal Funding Opportunities (scroll to bottom of the page).

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Queries regarding the Fund should be directed to Dr Jonathan Greer in the Research Policy Office (rpo@qub.ac.uk / 028 9097 1139).



Global Challenge Networking Programme – Mental Health Research

  • Mental Health Research, Wednesday 30 January 2019, 12.00pm – 2.00pm, Old Staff Common Room

All staff with a research interest in the field of mental health are invited to this open networking event and lunch to help develop personal connections and research collaborations across the University on this shared topic. The event will begin with a brief introduction to the Global Challenge Networking Programme – including a broad overview of the mental health research landscape at Queen's – and will be followed by group discussions.

Please register your interest by emailing rpo@qub.ac.uk by Friday 25 January.

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Centre for Environmental Data and Recording (CEDaR) Information Session

International Student Support Green Impact Team invite staff and students to attend a Centre for Environmental Data and Recording (CEDaR) Information Session on Friday 1 February, 1.00 – 2.00pm.

CEDaR collects, stores, manages and releases information on the wildlife of Northern Ireland and its coastal waters. At this Information Session, you will hear about CEDaR's work, the online recording system and watch a demonstration on how easy it is to make a species record. You will also learn about CEDaR's new project in building an interactive Atlas for Northern Ireland.

Book your place here.

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MRC P2D: Postdoctoral Industrial Placement Fund

Postdoctoral staff are invited to apply to the P2D Postdoctoral Industrial Placement Fund – flexible funding for industry engagement. For further information and application guidance please visit Queen's MRC P2D webpage or email businessalliance@qub.ac.uk.

There is a maximum of £2,000 per applicant. Applications to the scheme are only permitted for activity that is aligned to MRC science areas. Applications should be submitted at least one month in advance of the planned travel and all activities must take place before the fund closes on 31 August 2019. You are eligible to apply if you are a member of Queen's postdoctoral research staff with interests in the health sciences.

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The P2D Postdoctoral Industrial Placement Fund aims to encourage greater understanding of industry research amongst Queen's postdoctoral researchers through visits to companies to discuss potential collaboration and enhance understanding of 'the business of science'.



Postdoc training – How to write collaborative grants

  • How to write collaborative grantsThursday 31 January, 9.30am – 12.30pm, 1st Floor, Seminar room, 63 University Road

Applying for grants is one of the main activities of researchers: always planning for the next funding to keep research going. Collaborative applications involving a wide range of organisations can be challenging.

Following the funding process overview delivered last autumn, this session will focus on application writing. Please find details here.

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UKRI GCRF Collective Programme – Multiple & Systemic Risks – Networking Meeting

UKRI have pre-announced a funding call on Multiple and Systemic Risks. This call will be for projects focused on tackling multiple and systemic risks associated with environmental hazards in developing countries.

In anticipation of the launch of this funding call in early 2019, Research Development will host a networking meeting open to all academics.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday 23 January, at 2.30pm, in the Research and Enterprise Directorate Seminar Room, 63 University Road. If you are interested in attending, please email Internationalresearch@qub.ac.uk.

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The emphasis on these calls is to be Challenge led and interdisciplinary and in partnership with academics and stakeholders in LMICs. The purpose of the meeting is to bring an interdisciplinary group of academics together to develop application/s for this call.



CCRCB Public Open Day

As part of this year's NI Science Festival, the CCRCB are holding a Public Open Day on Saturday 16 February, 10.00am – 2.30pm.

The Open Day will include interactive activities for all the family and talks from leading CCRCB researchers who are translating science into clinical practice.

For more detail and to register, please see the NI Science Festival website. Staff can also download this poster for information.


Academic Support

National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) Writing Workshop

The Centre for Educational Development is running a writing workshop for colleagues who are interested in applying for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme.

This two-part session is about helping people who are thinking of applying to be an institutional nominee for a National Teaching Fellowship this year, next year or some time down the line, to write their application. A successful application is a chance to gain recognition for all the work you do teaching and supporting students.

  • Part 1 of 2: Thursday 24 January, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, Room OG/54 Lanyon
  • Part 2 of 2: Thursday 7 February, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, Room OG/009, Main Site Tower 

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Each institution can put forward up to three nominees and colleagues hoping to go forward as a nominee will be asked to provide detailed bullet points indicating how you meet the criteria outlined below, sufficiently detailed to allow the panel to make an informed selection decision.

Your application will include discussion around the following criteria:

  • Individual excellence: evidence of enhancing and transforming the student outcomes and/or teaching profession; demonstrating impact commensurate with the individual’s context and the opportunities afforded by it.
  • Raising the profile of excellence: evidence of supporting colleagues and influencing support for student learning and/or the teaching profession; demonstrating impact and engagement beyond the nominee’s immediate academic or professional role.
  • Developing excellence: evidence of the nominee’s commitment to and impact of ongoing professional development with regard to teaching and learning and/or learning support.

You can register for this event via iTrent. A sandwich lunch will be provided. Queries can be directed to e.mcdowell@qub.ac.uk.



National Teaching Fellowship Scheme and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence 2019

Advance HE has opened this year's National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) with submission deadlines of Wednesday 3 April and Wednesday 27 March respectively.

The NTFS recognises and rewards individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession. In 2018, two colleagues in Queen's – Dr Gerry Gormley, Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, and Dr Lezley-Anne Hanna, Pharmacy – each received a National Teaching Fellowship.

In 2019, the University can nominate up to three individual members of staff for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme. A nominee to the NTFS should be a Fellow (any category) of the HEA or working towards Fellowship.

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To support potential National Teaching Fellowship 2019 nominees, the Association of National Teaching Fellows (ANTF) is hosting the free events below.

The purpose of the CATE is to recognise and celebrate collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning. Each award will recognise a team which has enabled a change in practice for colleagues or students at an institutional or discipline level. The University can nominate one team that can clearly demonstrate impact on teaching and learning through collaboration.

To apply to go forward as a nominee to either Scheme, colleagues are invited to submit an expression of interest and detailed bullet points indicating how they would meet the criteria outlined in the Award guidelines - these should be sufficiently detailed to allow the internal selection panel to make an informed decision. This should be emailed to Liz McDowell (e.mcdowell@qub.ac.uk) by Friday 8 February. Advice and support to the nominees will be provided by the Centre for Educational Development to develop and format the applications for submission to Advance HE.

Further details about the Schemes, including access to the Guidance for Institutions and Individuals, are available on the Advance HE website. Queries can be directed to e.mcdowell@qub.ac.uk.



Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2019 – Call for Abstracts

Queen's Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Shaping Change in an Educational Setting, will be held on Wednesday 17 April in the Peter Froggatt Centre.

The Centre for Educational Development are calling for proposals from staff for oral and poster presentations on this theme.

All papers should be submitted to CED@qub.ac.uk by 12.00pm on Monday 18 February. Staff will be notified if their proposal has been accepted by Friday 15 March. All submissions should be should be in PDF or Word format.

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This year's theme will explore: 

  • How Queen's University Belfast is shaping change in a higher education landscape
  • How these changes are reflected in the student experience at Queen's
  • How these changes can positively impact on learning and teaching at Queen's

The theme will be organised into four key strands:

  • Supporting all students to live, learn and work in an ever-changing world
  • Exploiting the potential of digital technology to enhance the learning and teaching experience for all
  • Linking research to instructional strategies and applying research to practice
  • Widening access and incorporating effective practice so that all students can fulfil their potential

Oral presentations will be up to 15 minutes in length. For the poster session, students and staff are encouraged to produce joint posters on examples of how they are responding to change in their discipline. It is hoped that all Schools would be represented at the conference in some way.

This should not be more than 500 words. It should state clearly how your presentation meets the theme of the conference. It should stand alone and not contain references or notes.

A maximum of five should be supplied.

Please ensure the submission is checked for spelling (UK English) and grammatical errors, and that inclusive language has been used. Please also try to avoid jargon and ensure that any acronyms are spelled out in full the first time they are used.




School of Nursing and Midwifery International Lunchtime Seminar

  • 'Consistency of examiner judgements on competency-based assessments: A case study in medical education', Friday 1 February, 12.00pm – 1.00pm, MBC, Room 01/006

This seminar – delivered by incoming (July 2019) postdoctoral Teaching Fellow Amy Wong – will focus on Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), which has been implemented globally for both summative and formative purposes across health professional education. This seminar will be relevant to all health care professionals engaged in providing feedback in OSCE or considering or developing OSCEs as an assessment strategy.

The seminar will be followed by a networking lunch. RSVP to Cris Grant in the School of Nursing and Midwifery for catering purposes: y.grant@qub.ac.uk.




The January 2019 Bulletin for the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) is now available online.

Staff can download the bulletin at this link.

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Reflections Newsletter

The latest edition of Reflections is available on the CED website.

This edition focuses on innovations in teaching and education within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.



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Arts and Entertainment

Music Events

Please see upcoming music events below. More information on all events can be found on the School of Arts, English and Languages website.

SEMINAR | Speech Recognition – Fundamentals, State of the Art, and a Major Challenge: Noise – with Professor Ji Ming. Wednesday 23 January, 1.00pm, Sonic Lab. Free event – all are welcome.

In this talk, Professor Ming will discuss the fundamentals of automatic speech recognition (ASR), including the 'classical' approaches, and the most recent advances including the deep-learning based approaches. He will focus on the search of the solutions to a major and unsolved challenge: noise.

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CONCERT | Boulez – Dialogue de l'ombre double for clarinet and electronics – with Robert Plane (clarinet). Thursday 24 January 1.10pm, Sonic Lab. Free event – all are welcome.

Boulez's Dialogue de l'ombre double is one of the most significant works for solo clarinet and electronics. Robert Plane recorded his own 'shadow' tracks for this performance. Boulez dedicated the work to Luciano Berio on his 60th birthday, whose own music, alongside Stravinsky's classic Three Pieces, complete the programme. (Photo credit: Jake Morley.)



SU Shop Offers for staff and students

The Students' Union will soon be handing out Offer Booklets across campus, which are also available from SU Reception.

The booklets have details on a range of SU Shop offers, including 20% off meal deals, coffees, pens, QUB branded notebooks, clothing and more.

The SU Shop is on the Ground Floor of SU – Elmwood (directly behind the old Union building).


Sport and Health

Queen's Sport Updates

Queen's Couch 2 5K
Enrolment is now open. Sign up here. For more information or enquires, please contact Chloe McIlwaine on activecampus@qub.ac.uk.

The overall aim of the Couch 2 5K programme is to provide opportunities to get active on campus. The programme represents a structured pathway to make walking, jogging and running accessible and fun through a flexible programme. Participants who complete the programme will be granted free entry into Queen's 5K Race. Showers and changing will be available at Queen's Sport for all participants.

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  • Sessions every Wednesday at 6.00pm (Queen's Sport, PEC)
  • Please arrive five minutes early for pre-session brief
  • Start date – Wednesday 6 February
  • Programme will run for eight weeks
  • Cost: Free

Queen's Sport Membership Offer
Staff can make Queen's Sport part of your daily routine by taking out Queen's Sport membership today. There is no joining fee and no contracts. Join online here

Memberships include access to cardio, weights, functional training, 75+ classes, swimming, racquet sports and FREE Fitness Plus consultations with gym staff. There are Peak and Off-Peak membership, as well as lump sum or monthly payment, options.

Queen's Sport members qualify for special course rates, physiotherapy, sports massage and five-a-side bookings.

For more information, please contact Queen's Sport on 028 9038 7684/685 or email memberships@qub.ac.uk

This membership offer is available until 31 January.

Adult and Children's Activity programmes
Queen's Sport inclusive Adult and Children's Activity programmes offer classes and courses to suit all abilities, including popular courses Yoga, Pilates, Climbing, Dance, Strength and Swimming.

Courses are open to both members and non-members. Enrolment is open and spaces are still available.


Arts and Entertainment

Queen's Film Theatre listings

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

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (New): Retelling of the turbulent life of Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan), who had, by birth, a rival claim to the throne of Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), who rules as England's Queen. Based on the book Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart by Dr John Guy.

COLETTE (Continuing): Witty, Belle Époque-era biopic starring Keira Knightley and Dominic West as literary couple Colette and Willy, whose relationship rewrote social and gender rules.

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THE FAVOURITE (Continuing): Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) directs Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz as they revel in the wit of Lanthimos' royal court life.

THE CAMINO VOYAGE (Continuing): A crew including musicians Glen Hansard and Brendan Begley, artist Liam Holden, stonemason Brendan Moriarty, and the late writer and poet Danny Sheehy embark on a voyage to the Camino by sea.


Arts and Entertainment

Naughton Gallery News

EXHIBITION | It Was A Night 
Runs until Sunday 3 February 2019

London-based artist Marie Jacotey is intrigued by nocturnal dramas, emotional insomnia, and the intimacies at stake in couples' bedrooms, presenting a selection of works in It Was A Night, relating to a time of night, dusk, or dawn. Simultaneously sexy and sinister, Jacotey's work depicts the familiar truths of relationships and intimate emotions, combining image, text and cinematic perspectives to offer an insight into the lives and experiences of their protagonists. Free entry – all welcome.


Culture and Arts

Seamus Heaney Centre News

Anthology Launch – Blackbird: Volume 2
Thursday 24 January, 7.00pm, Crescent Arts Centre, FREE (BYO)

Join us for the launch of the second volume of the Blackbird Anthology, edited by Dr Darran McCann and including work from recent graduates of the Seamus Heaney Centre.

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SHC presents… ROCK
Thursday 7 February, 7.00pm, Crescent Arts Centre, FREE (BYO)

The Seamus Heaney Centre presents a series of themed nights in the Crescent where participants have seven minutes to respond to that evening's theme. This evening is about ROCK. Each night also features an expert or enthusiast from outside the literary world; February's special guest is artist Rachael Campbell Palmer.

Email r.brown@qub.ac.uk to participate.

Call for Papers – Deadline Sunday 20 January 2019
'Finished and Under Construction: Irish Poetry Since 1998'
Friday 1 – Sunday 3 March 2019, Keynote speaker: Colin Graham

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words to finishedandunderconstruction@gmail.com by Sunday 20 January, including a short biographical note of no more than 100 words.

Website: finishedandunderconstruction.com | Twitter: @finished_under

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  • 'Using Canvas to improve engagement and enhance feedback', Wednesday 23 January, 1.00pm – 1.55pm, Senate Room (Lunch from 12.45pm)

Dr Aidan McGowan, School of EEECS, is a multiple QUB Teaching Award winner and Canvas early adopter. In this lunchtime session, Dr McGowan will explain and demonstrate how Canvas has enabled him to track and improve student engagement and enhance the formative feedback experience for his students, especially by providing weekly quizzes and video feedback. Despite a significant increase in cohort size, this has led to a significant decrease in the number of students seeking support in face-to-face meetings.

Please register via iTrent. Queries can be directed to ced@qub.ac.uk.


Staff Development

People and Culture Update – Learning and Development for Staff

Learning for All – a core range of learning events are now available to enhance personal and professional skills for all staff. See this poster for the range of courses and dates open for booking.

A wide range of additional learning events and resources will continue to be offered by other departments, including IT Training, Centre for Educational Development, Safety Services and Finance. Learning opportunities are delivered by internal teams with expertise and responsibility for specific learning needs, external partners and increasingly via online courses, resources and toolkits.

Staff can book on to courses via iTrent.


Continuing Professional Development


A number of Centre for Educational Development courses for the 2018-19 academic year are now are now open for booking and listed on iTrent self-service

For up-to-date information, please follow CED on Twitter or check the CED website.

  • Wednesday 23 January: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

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  • Wednesday 30 January: AFHEA: Key pedagogical approaches and educational technologies that can be translated into innovative learning and teaching sessions, 1.00pm – 4.00pm *
  • Thursday 31 January: QuestionMark (for Computer Assisted Assessment), 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 13 February: Dynamic PowerPoint Presentations, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 13 February: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 20 February: AFHEA: Writing and using good learning outcomes, 1.00pm – 4.00pm*
  • Wednesday 27 February: AFHEA: Curriculum design, 1.00pm – 4.00pm*
  • Wednesday 13 March: AFHEA: Assessment & feedback strategies for the promotion of effective learning, 1.00pm – 4.00pm

*1 of 5 AFHEA mandatory sessions, facilitating the application for the Associate Fellowship HEA (Queen's Merit Award)


Learning and Teaching

An Introduction to TurningPoint web

This session on Tuesday 29 January, from 1.00pm – 4.00pm, will focus on sharing the TurningPoint student polling solution, currently utilised by over 100 universities in the UK and Ireland.

The session is open to all interested staff and stakeholders, including course directors, Heads of School, lecturers and administrative staff. Attendees will get to try the polling solutions for themselves; please, therefore, bring a smartphone, tablet or laptop along and you can respond to the live questions polled. Laptops will also be provided.

A lunch buffet will be provided on the day. Booking available on iTrent self-service.

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The TurningPoint student polling solutions allow for interactive engagement with your students, in a safe and secure online polling environment, that can be run within or outside of PowerPoint. The solution provides for a great degree of flexibility in choosing to run an anonymous session or the ability to track performance scores to individual students.

This aims to be a fun, interactive and engaging session, popular for anyone who wishes to increase engagement with their students in the coming academic year.

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IT Training Courses

Please see below details of upcoming IT training courses, now available to book on iTrent.

Course dates can be viewed here.

Tip of the day
Studying for Advanced ECDL Word Processing, or simply want to learn how to format your Word documents more efficiently? The Advanced Word processing course on Friday 22 February includes topics such as bookmarks, hyperlinks, styles, cross reference, captions, index and table of contents.

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Places are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 23 January: Working with SharePoint for Site Contributors, 9.30am – 11.30am
  • Wednesday 23 January: Working with SharePoint for Site Administrators, 11.30am – 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 23 January: Creating Infographics and Visual Content, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Monday 4 February: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 1, 9.30am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 7 February: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL Spreadsheets), 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 12 February: Excel 2: Managing Data, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 14 February: Excel: Creating Charts Using Excel, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 18 February: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 2, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 22 February: Advanced Word Processing: Making Best Use of Word, 9.30am – 4.00pm

To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email ecdl@qub.ac.uk. For more information on ECDL: go.qub.ac.uk/ecdlqub


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