19 November 2018


Vice-Chancellor's Research Prizes – Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the 2018 Vice-Chancellor's Research Prizes has been announced, with 12 individuals and three teams in the running for the positive impact of their work.

The Vice-Chancellor's Research Prizes were established in 2012 to recognise and reward those whose research has impact beyond academia, whether on health, society, public policy, business, education, the environment or quality of life.

Read the full story and view the shortlist on the Staff Gateway.


Green campus

Queen's celebrates UK-first sustainable travel award

Queen's is celebrating international recognition as the first organisation to achieve GOLD standard in Cycling UK's Cycle Friendly Employer accreditation, which rewards companies in the UK who make their workplaces awe-inspiring through cycling. 

To achieve the award, the University demonstrated a very active commitment to improving conditions for cycling, across all sites within the University.

Read the full story on the Staff Gateway.



Annual Christmas lunch

The Great Hall is still taking bookings for its annual Christmas lunch on Thursday 20 December 2018, served this year in the Whitla Hall.

A three course lunch with coffee and mints will cost £25.00 per person and will be served from 12.30pm. Please note all payments must be made at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

For more details and to make bookings, please contact Jennifer in the Great Hall on 028 9097 3559 or hospitality@qub.ac.uk.

Download the Christmas lunch menu here.


Green Campus

Recycling Week 2018

Queen's Recycling Week will take place from Monday 19 to Friday 23 November. A full programme of events aimed at increasing awareness of reducing waste and increasing recycling is available here.

Key events taking place throughout the week include:

The British Heart Foundation Clothes Collection
A charity clothes collection will be taking place across the University during Recycling Week. Donated clothes will be given to the British Heart Foundation to support their ground-breaking work. Clothes Donation Stations will be located across the University. Please see here for a list of locations.

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The Great Autumn Clean Up
Queen's wants to make a real difference to our local environment, so staff are invited to help remove litter from the Holylands and Stranmillis areas of South Belfast in the Great Autumn Clean Up, taking place on Wednesday 21 November between 12.30pm – 2.30pm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please register for the Clean Up here.

Expert discussion panel: Unpacking the Problem with Plastic
Thursday 22 November, 12.30pm – 2.00pm, Canada Room
Cross-sector discussion panel with expert representatives from the plastics industry, academia and local environmental charities. A light lunch will be provided. Find out more here.

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WH Lynn and the Library Building at Queen's: Celebrating 150 Years

As part of the the 150th anniversary celebrations of The Graduate School, Paul Larmour, Karen Latimer and Dawson Stelfox will speak about the architectural history and conduct tours of the Lynn Library.

The event takes place on Wednesday 28 November in the Graduate School at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be served. Places are limited and are filling up quickly. Please book your place here.



Mediasite maintenance and upgrades

The Mediasite service – the University lecture capture and broadcast software – will be undergoing essential maintenance and upgrades from 9.00pm to midnight (GMT) on Tuesday 20 November. The service will be unavailable during this time. Information Services will endeavour to keep the downtime to a minimum but advise users to expect intermittent issues with the service during the day.

Please do not attempt to upload new videos during this time, as the upload is unlikely to complete properly. Additionally, any users (for example, students/Canvas users) who would ordinarily be able to view Mediasite videos will encounter connectivity issues.

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Once the server maintenance has been completed, users may notice some minor changes to the interface. This is normal, as the server is being upgraded to a newer version. You should not lose any functionality once the upgrade is complete.

If you require any assistance before or after the maintenance period, please file a ticket via Queen's IT Service Desk (itservicedesk@qub.ac.uk).

For more information on Mediasite, please follow this link.

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Diversity and Inclusion

Childcare Voucher Scheme

Staff are advised that, as of 4 October, the Childcare Voucher Scheme is closed to new entrants.

Employers for Childcare are continuing to campaign to save the scheme.

For more information, please see the Diversity and Inclusion Unit website.


Social Charter

Inaugural Queen's Equality and Diversity Lecture

Conor McGinn MP, who recently proposed an equal marriage amendment to a Westminster Bill, is to give the inaugural Queen's Equality and Diversity Lecture on 'Rights, responsibilities and respect: Building the common good' on Thursday 22 November at 7.00pm in the Emeleus Lecture Theatre. All are welcome to attend.

Please register here.



Student Plus Staff Wellbeing Event

Student Plus invite staff to join them on Friday 30 November at 3.30pm in the QFT For a singalong version of The Greatest Showman.

Tickets cost £2 per person, with a donation to the Students' Union RAG charity. Tickets are available on a first-come first-served basis in the Student Plus Reception (Ground floor, Lanyon North) from Wednesday 21 November.

Although a Student Plus staff initiative, staff from across the University are very welcome to come along. Please be aware that, as the event is during working hours, organisers would ask you to agree the time off with your line manager.

For more information, please contact Ruby at r.wallace@qub.ac.uk / 028 9097 1023, or Sharon at s.mcburney@qub.ac.uk / 028 9097 1460.



On-site Holistic Therapies for Staff – Friday 23 and Friday 30 November

Nightingale Holistic Therapies promotes wellbeing by providing massage therapies and encouraging individuals to make time to relax and have 'me time'. Nightingale Holistic Therapies aims to provide quality, affordable massage to staff to help de-stress and rejuvenate during the working day. Treatments are available at a discounted price for staff:

  • £10 – shoulder and neck massage (15 mins) 
  • £15 – shoulder back and neck massage (30 mins) 
  • £25 – full body massage (45 mins)

To arrange an appointment, please contact Moyah via Facebook or on 07713563036. The therapies will take place in room 02/005 in the Peter Froggatt Centre on Friday 23 and Friday 30 November.

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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'.


Professional Development

Leadership Institute – New Programme

The William J Clinton Leadership Institute have launched a new programme, 'The Mindful Leader', which carries a 10% discount for current Queen's staff.

The course has been designed for executives who are looking to develop a clearer mind, the capacity to quickly recover, a better attitude toward uncertainty, a more measured approach to difficult situations, and a sense of flourishing as a leader.

Please see here for more information.


Community Engagement

South Belfast Food Bank collection in the SGC

The Centre for Educational Development and Science Shop Green Impact Team are organising a collection for South Belfast Food Bank.

The collection will take place from Tuesday 6 November to Tuesday 27 November, in the Student Guidance Centre, first floor office (follow the posters). If staff have a strong box or carrier bag that food could be stored in, please bring it along.

The suggested items for donation are given below.

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Feminine hygiene products, baby nappies Long life milk Cooking oil
Toiletries (shampoo, soap, razors, shaving cream, etc) Long life juice Sugar, biscuits
Washing powder, washing up liquid Tinned vegetables, tinned fruit
(NO baked beans, please)
Tin openers Tinned meat/fish Pet food
Toilet rolls Tea, coffee Instant mash/soup
Toothpaste, toothbrushes Jam All other non-perishables

If you would like more information, please contact Lina Furnell by email (l.furnell@qub.ac.uk) or on 028 9097 1447. Thank you for supporting local people in crisis.

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The Conversation (and Anthill Podcast)

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.



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To submit an article, email Kevin at qpol@qub.ac.uk



Annual Learning and Teaching Conference

Queen's Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Shaping Change in an Educational Setting, will be held on Wednesday 17 April 2019 in the Peter Froggatt Centre.

The keynote address will be given by Professor Sian Bayne, Professor of Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, Director of Education at the Edinburgh Futures Institute and Assistant Principal for Digital Education.


Horizon 2020

UKRO Researcher's Briefing for Horizon 2020 and future EU funding

What opportunities exist for continued participation of Queen's researchers in EU-funded Horizon 2020 projects? What will happen in a 'no-deal' Brexit scenario? How might the UK Treasury underwrite be implemented? A visit to Queen's by UKRO (UK Research Office, Brussels) is planned for Monday 10 December to help address these questions.

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A Researcher's Briefing on the key upcoming opportunities for UK participation in European research programmes will be delivered by Jon Brookes (Queen's client representative at UKRO and UK European Research Council National Contact Point). More detail and the registration link is available on the Event page.

UKRO is the European office of the UK Research Councils and provides National Contact Point services on behalf of the UK Government. UKRO's mission is to maximise UK engagement in EU-funded research, innovation and higher education activities. 



Medieval Irish event

  • Monday 19 November: Words You Didn't Know You Needed, 6.00pm – 7.00pm, Room 02/018, Peter Froggatt Centre

An evening dedicated to medieval Irish, where participants will get to uncover lost phrases from the language and discover how and why words come into favour, fall out of use and change their meanings over time. Part of the 2018 Being Human Festival. All words featured in the event will be drawn from the Dictionary of the Irish Language

This is a free event, open to the public. Please register here. Staff can follow the Dictionary on Twitter.



20 years of ARK's Life and Times Surveys

  • Celebrating 20 Years of ARK Life and Times Surveys:
    Recording Social Attitudes and Informing Social Policy in Northern Ireland

    Tuesday 27 November, 4.00pm – 5.00pm, Harberton Room, Malone House, Barnett Demesne, Belfast BT9 5PB

This is a free event, but please email e.gray@qub.ac.uk to book your place by Tuesday 20 November.

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The Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey began in 1998 and focuses on the opinion of adults. In 2003, Young Life and Times began monitoring the attitudes of 16 year olds, whilst Kids' Life and Times started recording the opinions of 10–11 year olds in 2008. These data provide authoritative, independent and statistically robust evidence which is freely accessible to everyone.

This event will celebrate the wealth of data provided by the surveys and will see the launch a publication that outlines public attitudes over time to key social issues, and highlights the major contribution that the surveys have provided to policy making in Northern Ireland. 

ARK is a joint initiative between Queen's University Belfast and Ulster University.

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Information Session

PhD Afternoon Tea – Faculty of AHSS

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is hosting a PhD information session with staff and current PhD students on Thursday 29 November, from 3.00pm – 4.30pm in the South Dining Hall.

RSVP is required. Please register your attendance here. More information available on this flyer.



Annual Frank Wright lecture

  • Thursday 29 November: Treaty Consciousness: A History of Rise and Fall and Rise Again?, 6.00pm – 7.30pm, Emeleus Lecture Theatre

Delivered by Professor David Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History and former Chair of the Department of History at Harvard University. In the lecture Professor Armitage will address the rise and fall and rise again of treaty consciousness in global context from the early modern period to the present, in order to shed light on contemporary transformations in the international order, Brexit among them. The lecture is open to the public and free to attend. Registration is not required.

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Professor Armitage is the author of a number of highly influential works, most recently Civil Wars: A History in Ideas (2017). He was recently appointed Honorary Professor in History at Queen's. 

The lecture is an annual event in memory of Professor Frank Wright who was Lecturer in Politics at Queen's University Belfast from 1973-93. 



Lung Function study – call for volunteers

Queen's researchers are looking for volunteers aged 18–80 who would be interested in a research study to assess their lung function. Volunteers should not have a respiratory condition (for example, asthma), or be taking any respiratory medication (for example, inhalers or antibiotics).

Staff interested in taking part should contact Judy Bradley or Katherine O'Neill for more information: 028 9504 0342; NICRF@qub.ac.uk. Further details below.

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In this study the researchers would like to find out the "normal range" results for a new lung function test called Multiple Breath Washout test that is starting to be used in Respiratory clinical trials.

The study involves volunteers attending the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Facility (NICRF) – located in the Belfast City Hospital, University Floor, Lisburn Road – for one visit lasting approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. During this visit, two assessments will be carried out: the new lung function test (Multiple Breath Washout); and spirometry (another lung function test). 

Participants recruited in Year 1 of this study will be entered into a draw to win an iPad. Car parking can be arranged.



Graduate School Thought Leaders

Staff are invited to the next Thought Leaders session on Thursday 29 November, led by Patricia Flanagan.

Patricia has over 25 years of experience working in the Enterprise and Education sectors in Northern Ireland. Since a visit to Stanford University in 2010 Patricia has worked exclusively in Design Thinking and Creative Problem Solving. She pioneered the use of Design Thinking in third-level education in Northern Ireland, developing award winning enterprise education curriculum.

The session will run from 6.00pm – 7.30pm. Please register via Eventbrite.



Graduate School – Innovation After Hours

The next Innovation After Hours session in The Graduate School will be led by Sheree Atcheson, listed as one of the UK's Top Most Influential Women in Tech, and an international multi-award winner for her services to Diversity & Inclusion in the Tech industry. Sheree will lead a discussion on her journey and the tech industry.

Staff are invited along on Thursday 6 December from 6.00pm to 8.00pm to meet up with people who are interested in innovation and entrepreneurship. Please register via Eventbrite.



Careers Service Christmas Jumper Coffee Morning

The annual Careers, Employability and Skills Christmas Jumper Coffee Morning will take place on Wednesday 19 December at 10.30am in the Student Guidance Centre Hub. All money raised will go to cashforkids in aid of their 'Mission Christmas' appeal.

Staff wishing to bring in baked/bought goodies can leave them in the kitchen of the SGC Hub by 10.00am on Wednesday 19 December. There will be a raffle and spot prizes on the day. Tickets can be bought for £1 per ticket or five for £4.

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Online donations can be made here

  • £10 could buy a gift for a child living in poverty, especially one in an age group where we struggle with donations such as babies and teenagers
  • £50 could pay for a selection of gifts for a young person who would otherwise wake up to nothing on Christmas Day
  • £500 could go towards important sensory equipment and toys to aid a disabled child's development 
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International Dance Group

Staff Wellbeing, in partnership with Queen's Sport, are promoting International Dance Group sessions for staff. The sessions will be taken by Mayte Segura, a freelance dance teacher in Queen's Sport, and will incorporate dance from all around the world.

The classes will be held in Queen's Sport every Sunday in November and the first two Sundays of December, from 4.00pm – 6.00pm. Staff will meet in Clements in the PEC at 3.55pm and classes will start at 4.00pm. Sessions are free of charge and registration is not needed.



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.

Concert | Manchester Collective present Pierrot Lunaire by Schoenberg
Tuesday 20 November, 7.45pm – 9.00pm, Sonic Lab, SARC  

Australian soprano Lotte Betts-Dean paints a vivid picture of a woman on the edge in this new translation of Schoenberg's masterpiece, whose wild, seductive chords have confounded audiences for decades.

Tickets: £12 / £8 concession. Please register here.

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Seminar | Women in music technology around the world
Wednesday 21 November, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, Sonic Lab
Roundtable, debate and Q&A session around existing initiatives and scenes of women in music technology around the world. Featuring the Female Laptop Orchestra (UK), Women in Music Tech (USA), Sonora (Brazil) and Yorkshire Sound Women Network (UK). Free event – all are welcome.

Concert | Transmusicking II
Thursday 22 November, 1.10pm – 2.00pm, Sonic Lab
Transmusicking II continues to explore geographical, cultural, technical and artistic challenges of collaborative music making, with co-located and distributed musicians who use multiple tools to relay musical information and create music together. Free event – all are welcome.

Concert/Performance | The Diary of Anne Frank  
Sunday 25 November, 3.00pm – 4.00pm, Sonic Lab
Memorable and atmospheric opera by Russian composer Grigory Frid, in a concert performance by Northern Irish soprano Rebekah Coffey with Trio Ensemble. Tickets £12 / £8 concession available at www.movingonmusic.com.



Seamus Heaney Centre

  • Friday 23 November: In conversation with Mark Doty, Doors open 7.00pm, Harty Room, Music Building.

Readings and conversation with award-winning American poet Mark Doty, as he reaches the end of his November residency as the Seamus Heaney Centre's first International Visiting Poetry Fellow. The event will be followed by a book signing. 

This is a free event, but please book here.



Screening of No Stone Unturned

  • Thursday 22 November: Screening + Q&A | No Stone Unturned, 6.30pm (drinks reception from 5.45pm), Sonic Lab

Screening of the documentary film No Stone Unturned, about the 1994 Loughlinisland massacre, which scrutinises the police investigation of the massacre and concludes that there was police collusion in the crime. Followed by Q&A with the film's co-producer Barry McCaffrey and Niall Murphy, legal representative.

This is a free event – all are welcome. Booking is essential – please book here.


Arts and Entertainment

Queen's Film Theatre listings

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

SUSPIRIA (Opens Friday 16 November): Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love; Call Me by Your Name) pays homage to Dario Argento's horror classic with this feminist update.

DOGMAN (Opens Friday 16 November): Dogman surrounds us in the world of Marcello, his dog grooming business in Magliana, a distant suburb of Rome, and the criminal temptations that surround him there.

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THE MEETING (Opens Saturday 17 November): Based on a real meeting which took place between Ailbhe Griffith and the man who, nine years earlier, subjected her to a horrific sexual assault and left her seriously injured and fearing for her life. Griffith, in an extraordinary move, has chosen to play herself. The screening on Monday 19 November will be followed by a discussion with Ailbhe Griffith and Dr Marie Keenan.

WIDOWS: Four women are left in a deadly lurch when their criminally connected husbands are all killed. Descriptive subtitling screening on Tuesday 20 November at 6.00pm.

A STAR IS BORN: The story of a seasoned musician who discovers and falls in love with a struggling artist.

NT LIVE: THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III (Tuesday 20 November, 7.00pm): Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III by Alan Bennett broadcast live to cinemas in National Theatre Live's first-ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse. 

AGNÈS VARDA: LE BONHEUR (Thursday 22 November, 4.00pm): In one of Agnès Varda's more provocative films, she presents us with the dilemma faced by husband and father François who finds himself falling in love with an attractive postal worker. 

MARGARETHE VON TROTTA: THE GERMAN SISTERS (Thursday 22 November, 8.50pm): A film justly considered one of the classics of New German Cinema, telling a prescient and intimate story of Germany. Based on the real life story of the Enslein sisters.


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Naughton Gallery News

THE BOOK CLUB | Call Me By Your Name
Friday 30 November, 1.00pm - 2.00pm

Selected by Yummertime's Brock and Chris, André Aciman's Call Me By Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' mansion on the Italian Riviera. The Book Club is held in the Naughton Gallery with tea and coffee provided. All are welcome and staff can register by email to art@qub.ac.uk.

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EXHIBITION | Yummertime
Runs until Sunday 2 December

Yummertime is a special collaborative project with San Francisco-based lifestyle and photography blog Yummertime, co-founded by Brock Williams and Chris Lin. The Yummertime exhibition – featuring photography, video, fashion, and more – explores how the blog has captured a zeitgeist, raising key issues around the power and influence of social media in contemporary society. Free exhibition. All are welcome.

Visit the Gallery website to stay up to date with exhibitions, events and information on the Collections. Follow the Naughton Gallery on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify.

The Naughton Gallery is located on the first floor of the Lanyon Building and is open 11.00am – 4.00pm, Tuesday – Sunday.



Welcome Centre

The team in Eventus, Culture and Arts have been working to develop a new range of corporate gifts that will be stocked in the Welcome Centre and that are suitable for University colleagues who undertake international travel.

The team would like to invite all staff who use corporate gifts to join us for a Drop-in Feedback Session on Friday 23 November between 10.30am and 12.30pm in the Newark Room. The session will give you an opportunity to see the options for the new ranges and to give your views on the products. If you have any queries, please contact Sara Johnston on 028 9097 5252 or email queens.welcomecentre@qub.ac.uk.



Students' Union Shop – Recycling Week promotion

To mark Recycling Week (Monday 19 to Friday 23 November), the Students' Union Shop is reducing all products in the 'Save The Rhino' range by 20%.

The 'Save The Rhino' range is made from 100% recycled material, and a percentage of the proceeds go directly to 'Save the Rhino' International.



Finance Training Programme

The Finance Directorate is pleased to note the level of interest in the 2018–19 Finance Training programme. Places are still available on a number of courses in November and December, including Applying for and Managing Research Grants for staff in the Faculty of AHSS and MHLS; Risk Awareness; eMarketplace Introduction and Experienced User Sessions.

Read the 'Quick Guide' to the Finance Training progamme here. Further information, including details on how to register via iTrent, and how to access online learning materials, is provided on the Finance Directorate website. Alternatively, please email financetraining@qub.ac.uk.


Organisational Development

New Learning and Development Courses for Staff

Only a few places remain on the following new Learning and Development courses, available during November and December 2018 and applicable to a wide range of staff. Register via iTrent Self-Service

  • Communicating Effectively
  • Developing Potential through Coaching and Mentoring
  • Creating Collaborative Teams
  • Difficult Conversations and Conflict

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A full schedule of core staff learning and development topics will be launched in January 2019. Further information and a list of all upcoming training courses is available here.

For queries/support, please contact Organisational Development on 028 9097 5381 or email stafflearning@qub.ac.uk.

Staff are also invited to follow Organisational Development on Twitter.


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.

  • Friday 23 NovemberQuestionMark (for Computer Assisted Assessment), 9.30am – 12.30pm

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  • Wednesday 28 NovemberUsing TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 5 December: Assessment for Learning, 10.00am – 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 16 January: An Introduction to Queen's Online for Learning and Teaching, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 16 January: Laboratory Demonstration, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
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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.

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Do you want to connect with other professionals, grow your career, learn from others and share your expertise? Register for the LinkedIn for Beginners course below.

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Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 27 November: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 9.15am – 11.30am
  • Tuesday 27 November: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 11.31am – 1.30pm
  • Thursday 29 November: Facebook for Beginners, 9.30am – 11.30am
  • Thursday 29 November: LinkedIn for Beginners, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 4 December: Creating Infographics and Visual Content, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 5 December: SPSS 2: Data Analysis using SPSS, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Friday 7 December: Excel 2: Managing Data, 10.00am – 1.00pm

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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