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26 October 2020

CELEBRATING OUR STAFF

STAFF EXCELLENCE AWARDS NOW OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS

The 2020 Staff Excellence Awards are now open for nominations.

Open to all staff, awards are available in six categories based on our Core Values, ICARE:

  • Delivering Excellence 
  • Community Impact
  • Innovation
  • Outstanding Leadership 
  • Team of the Year 
  • Lifetime Achievement

Any member of staff can submit a nomination online up until the closing date of Friday, 6 November 2020 at 5pm. Award entries should relate to work undertaken in the period between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020.

Further information on the Awards, including how to nominate, is available on the Staff Excellence Awards website: http://go.qub.ac.uk/excellenceawards

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ESTATES

COVID-19: CAR PARKING ARRANGEMENTS

With face to face learning currently only taking place where it is an essential element of the course, we recognise that many permit holders are, therefore, not travelling to the University and using our car parks, while some staff will continue to require access to University car parking in order to facilitate work that cannot be undertaken remotely.

In light of this, all car parks remain open to all staff until further notice (capacity permitting) and we are suspending all salary deductions related to car parking from 1 October 2020 until further notice.

Staff issued with a monthly temporary permit can continue to use car parking, with no further temporary permits required to be issued at this time.

CAMPUS FOOD AND DRINK

CAMPUS CAFES OPEN DAILY

To support any staff working on campus, a number of cafes are open daily on a takeaway basis serving great coffee, fresh sandwiches and lots more. These locally owned, independent businesses appreciate your support.

Hope Café McClay Library
Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 2.00pm

Junction Café Main Site Tower
Monday to Thursday, 8.00am to 3.00pm
Friday, 8.00am to 2.00pm

Clements @ The MBC
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 2.00pm
Friday, 10.00am to 2.00pm

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). 

Please continue to review our FAQs for staff and students and the Public Health Agency website.

 

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COVID-19

COVID-19 - ONLINE PORTAL FOR STAFF AND STUDENTS

Any member of staff or student who is either:

  • self-isolating
  • has developed symptoms
  • or has received a positive test 

is asked to please inform the University via our dedicated online portal.

 

Review your contact information on iTrent

To enable us to contact you swiftly if necessary, it is important we have accurate and up-to-date contact information held for you on our HR System, iTrent. Please, therefore, check and, if necessary, add or update your contact telephone number(s) via iTrent Employee Self Service. Please also take the opportunity to review and, if necessary, update your emergency contact information. Review or update your details via iTrent Employee Self Service, using your usual network credentials.

If you have any difficulties or questions regarding this, please contact the HR Hub at hrhub@qub.ac.uk.

If you feel unwell with COVID-19 symptoms

If you feel unwell with COVID-19 symptoms, you should follow these important steps:

  • Self-isolate immediately. If you are on campus when symptoms begin to develop, please put on a face covering straight away and return to your home or accommodation, avoiding public transport if you can. Where required the university can assist you in booking a special COVID secure taxi to transport you home, please call extension 3550.

  • Arrange a test. You can do this online via this link or by calling 119. The advice from the Public Health Agency is that you should get tested in the first three days of coronavirus symptoms appearing. If you have no access to transport to access a drive through test, the University can help you arrange a special COVID secure taxi, please call 028 9097 3550 for further assistance. Please note that there is a cost for the taxi.

  • Notify. Please inform the University that you are self-isolating via the online portal: http://go.qub.ac.uk/covidupdate.

This is essential to ensure that the University can maintain a record of the staff and students who develop symptoms and apply precautionary measures as quickly as possible. If you live in University Accommodation, other members of your apartment will be contacted and you will be provided with the necessary support. This link is also available on the University homepage and you may wish to bookmark the link so you can find it easily. If you do not live in University Accommodation, you should also inform other members of your household so they can follow the official public health agency advice to self-isolate. Members of staff should also inform their line manager or school manager separately.

Your health and safety is the University’s first priority so please do not let any concerns about your work or study stop you from following any of these steps or public health advice.

VIDEO: Prof. Stuart Elborn provides clear guidance for staff and students to explain what you should do if you develop symptoms, receive a positive test or are contact traced.

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CAMPUS SAFETY VIDEOS

As we begin the new term, we have been working closely with the Students' Union and colleagues across the University to prepare a suite of videos setting out the safety measures in place on campus, as well as key ways in which we can all play our part in preventing the spread of the virus.

Watch all videos
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SAFETY AND WELLBEING

DOWNLOAD THE 'STOPCOVID NI' APP

Please download the STOPCovid NI contact tracing app, available at:

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.

 

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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QUEEN'S SPORT

KEEP ACTIVE WITH QUEEN'S SPORT

With the new COVID restrictions prohibiting indoor Group Exercise now in place, Queen's Sport is happy to announce an expanded online interactive programme starting Monday 19 October. Classes will be delivered using Zoom software.

To sign up for a class you will need to be a member of Queen's Sport and register a free user account with Zoom.

Full class timetable and registration links.

LEARNING AND TEACHING

CANVAS VLE: CANVAS TRAINING

Staff can watch a recording of any of CED's training sessions. To access recordings or register for live training, go to: https://go.qub.ac.uk/Training2020 

Key Training this week

  • Tuesday 3 November, 10.00am to 11.00am: How to Facilitate an Online Session. Register here.

    This session will focus on how to facilitate a 'live online' session to foster engagement and interaction regardless of the delivery method chosen (i.e. 'virtual' or a mix of 'in class' and 'virtual').

  • Thursday 5 November, 10.00am to 11.00am: Building Inclusive Online Learning Communities. Register here.

This session focuses on how to create a social presence and engage your students online. Use of Canvas tools such as announcements, groups, discussions and live chat can help to build that sense of community in your course.

  • Tuesday 10 November, 10.00am to 11.00am: Enhancing Learning through Assessment. Register here.

    This session will enable you to use the formative and summative assessment tools of Quizzes & Assignments in Canvas to help build student engagement and provide useful, actionable feedback.

  • Monday 16 November, 11.00am to 11.30am: Recording Videos for Online Learning. Register here.

    This session covers the 'basics' of how to record bite-sized videos to embed in your Canvas course highlighting suitable tools and giving simple how-to demonstrations.

  • Tuesday 24 November, 10.00am to 11.00am: Building your Course in Canvas. Register here.

    The session will cover how to: prep your Module Development Area; import last academic year's content to use as the basis for your AY2020/21 course; pull in QUB templates from Canvas Commons; set the Home Page; and amend your Course Navigation and Structure to ensure your course is ready for September 2020.
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LEARNING AND TEACHING

CANVAS VLE SUPPORT

Connected Learning at Queen's

The 'Get Canvas Ready For Sept 2020' course, available on your Canvas dashboards has been renamed to 'Connect Learning At Queen's'. This online, self-paced Canvas course is continually being enhanced and added to according to where we are in our Connect Learning Journey. Staff can dip in and out as required to learn more about teaching, learning and assessment at Queen's.

Engaging Students

A summary of various methods for boosting student engagement online is available in bite-sized videos of around two minutes each. The fresh ideas highlighted in this blog post can encourage student interaction in Canvas courses and online lectures: Building Online Learning Communities.

Online Classroom Checklist

To help support your teaching delivery both in class and online (or a mix of both), refer to this Online Classroom Checklist for some top tips and considerations on setting up the session, running the session, and completing the session.

Microsoft Stream

Are your students having problems accessing your videos? See this blog post for some simple solutions: Issues with Student Access to MS Stream Videos.

New Digital Support Webpage

A staff-facing digital support webpage is available to ensure signposting to key resources that are timely and relevant, from one location. This webpage presents links to key guidance, support and training from across the various services (Canvas, MS Teams, MS Stream, etc) which you will be using at this time. Guidance included in this webpage will continue to be expanded on over the coming weeks: https://go.qub.ac.uk/Digital-Support 

Go Live Checklist 

Refer to this Go Live Checklist to ensure you have performed all the necessary steps to make sure your new AY2020/21 course is ready for teaching.

 

Checklists

Training and Support Resources

Video

Accessibility

Supporting Students

Other

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INFORMATION SERVICES

OFFICE 365 TEAMS

Almost every School and Directorate at Queen's has one or two Office 365 Champions. Office 365 Champions are not a help desk but can provide general O365 advice, particularly with Teams and OneDrive. View the list of Office Champions.

If there isn't a Champion for your area, your School Manager can nominate someone by emailing itcourses@qub.ac.uk.

Information on using MS Teams for Teaching and Learning.

Teams training sessions are now bookable via iTrent. Search for 'Using Microsoft Teams'.

Staff (and students) can access training materials on Office 365, including Teams. Log in with your normal username and password.

EVENT

ANNUAL MEETING OF CONVOCATION

Queen's graduates and staff are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of Convocation on Thursday 12 November at 6.00pm. The event will be hosted online, giving attendees across the world the opportunity to participate and share opinions on matters effecting the University.

Professor Ian Greer, President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's, will be in attendance and will deliver an update on the University's key activities and unveil highlights from the forthcoming agenda for the year ahead.

To confirm your interest in attending, and to receive further details on how to connect/review associated documents, please RSVP to convocation@qub.ac.uk.

More information.

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HAVE YOUR SAY

SURVEY EXTENDED: THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC LOCKDOWN: UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUES AND ENGENDERING SOLUTIONS FOR QUEEN'S STAFF

Staff are invited to participate in a survey led by Queen’s Gender Initiative (QGI), Dr Ioana Latu (School of Psychology) and Organisational Development (People and Culture). The survey aims to listen to the views of staff on the impact that the COVID-19 lockdown has had on their productivity and wellbeing, and to create solutions. The survey is completely anonymous.

Due to current circumstances, the survey leaders have decided to extend the survey to Friday 30 October 2020 to enable staff to participate.

The survey, which should take no more than 15 minutes to complete, is available through the link provided via the all-staff email here. We would particularly encourage academic members of staff to participate to help us better understand the effects of lock down on academic productivity and wellbeing.

If you have not already done so, please do take this opportunity to share your views and experiences. The survey is open to all staff. Further information on the survey, including Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the dedicated survey webpage on the QGI website.

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TRAINING

BITESIZE OPEN ACCESS TRAINING FOR REF

Open Access is a requirement for REF eligibility. To ensure compliance with the policy, staff are invited to register for the next 'Open Access Policy for REF 2021' online bitesized training course on Wednesday 18 November, from 2.00pm to 2.30pm via MS Teams. There will be time after to answer any specific questions you have.

Register via iTrent Self Service. The full training schedule is available on the Open Access LibGuide.

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POSTDOCTORAL DEVELOPMENT

POSTDOC AND PHD STUDENT CAREER EXPLORATION INTERVIEWS

The Postdoctoral Development Centre is co-ordinating a series of virtual career interviews to help postdocs and PhD students explore the different career options available to them, directly from successful professionals who established their career outside of academia and, on occasion, from academics.

The first interview takes place on Friday 30 October from 11.30am to 12.30pm and will feature Dr Peter Kerr – Head of Operations at Sonraí Analytics Ltd (NI data analytics company) and previously head of project management at Almac Diagnostics – and Dr Karim Dib, Senior Lecturer in the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute (WWIEM) at Queen's.

All are welcome. More information and registration.

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POSTDOCTORAL DEVELOPMENT

POSTDOC AND PHD STUDENT EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT EVENT

The Graduate School and the Postdoctoral Development Centre have organised a three-part online 'Employer Engagement' event to enable postdocs and PhD students to get a better insight of career options and recruitment processes for PhD-qualified individuals. This event will take place via MS Teams on Tuesday 24 November from 10.00am to 1.00pm. 

More information and registration

This event will feature:

  • Part 1: How can a recruitment company help you get a job?

Panel discussion with recruiters from recruitment agencies whose role is to identify the perfect candidates to join the companies of their clients. They will notably explain how recruitment agencies can help them get a job, how to get their online profile noticed by recruiters, what their clients are looking for in PhD-qualified candidates and types of roles they are recruiting for which could be suitable for them.

  • Part 2: The employer's perspective

    A range of speakers (including from Allstate, Almac, the Strand Arts Centre...) will highlight the types of roles that would be suitable for candidates with a PhD and/or postdoctoral experience in their company, as well as what they are looking for in candidates.

  • Part 3: My career as a lecturer

    Dr Yvonne Dombrovski, lecturer in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, will share what she actually does as a lecturer, her journey getting where she is now and how it felt to transition from a postdoc position to an academic one. She will reflect on her own experience to give some advice to those interested in following a similar path.
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CENTRE FOR EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NTFS AND CATE 2021 VIRTUAL TEACHING EXCELLENCE ROADSHOWS

AdvanceHE, in collaboration with the Association of National Teaching Fellows (ANTF) and the CATE Winners' Network (CATE-Net) are arranging 'virtual roadshow' webinars to support those interested in applying for their prestigious teaching excellence awards. This year, each virtual roadshow event will focus exclusively on either the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) or the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE).

More information on the Teaching Excellence Awards can be found on the Advance HE website. Further information about these events and booking links are available on the CED website.

Queries can be directed to e.mcdowell@qub.ac.uk.

IMPACT

QUEEN'S POLICY ENGAGEMENT AND RESEARCH BLOG

Read the latest Queen's Policy Engagement (QPol) Research Blog posts:

Events

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

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IMPACT

THE CONVERSATION

Read the latest Queen's articles published in The Conversation: 

The Conversation is a news website featuring articles by academics - often republished to global media outlets. Articles by Queen’s academics published in The Conversation have been read by 12.5 million people internationally. To find out more about The Conversation, please visit this page.

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QUEEN'S COMMUNITY

STAFF BLOG

Queen's Staff Blog provides a space for staff to share our reflections, knowledge and experiences and build a connected University community.

If you are interested in writing a staff blog piece, please contact internalcommunications@qub.ac.uk.

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RETURN TO CAMPUS

COVID, STRESS AND RETURNING TO CAMPUS: ALL STAFF SESSIONS

Queen's Diversity and Inclusion Unit have partnered with Action Mental Health to provide all staff sessions on Covid, Stress and Returning to Campus. These sessions aim to support those staff who have transitioned or are transitioning back to work on campus, and may also be supportive for those staff who continue to work from home and are interested in understanding strategies to identify and cope with stress during these times.

The next session will take place on Thursday 29 October from 11.30am to 1.00pm.

More information / Booking.

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.

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TRAINING

MINDFUL MANAGER TRAINING

As part of the University's continuing commitment to supporting the Mental Health of its staff and students, the Diversity and Inclusion Unit in partnership with Action Mental Health are continuing to deliver Mindful Manager sessions.

Mindful Manager training will upskill managers, providing Line Mangers with the tools required to identify issues staff may be having in the workplace and provide appropriate support.

The next available session is:

  • Wednesday 28 October, 11.00am to 3.00pm

Please note, spaces are limited to a maximum of 12 participants per session and this training is aimed at those staff with line management responsibility only.

More information / Registration.

The course will:

  • Give managers the process to follow to ensure consistency and fairness to all staff presenting with mental health issues and how to promote mental health and wellbeing
  • Explain the signs and symptoms of the most common mental health issues and disorders
  • Support how to talk about mental health with individuals who have approached you or who you have approached
  • Identify signposts and supports for individuals with mental health issues
  • Discuss and examine the tools and supports required to enable you to look after your own health and wellbeing to enable you to support others.
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LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT FOR STAFF

PEOPLE AND CULTURE UPDATE – NEW ONLINE PROGRAMME FOR 2020/21

Learning events are available to enhance the personal and professional skills of staff. Places are still available on the following online courses. Register via iTrent Self-Service.

  • Wednesday 28 October: *People Manager Essentials Programme: Managing Performance, 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Thursday 29 October: Developing Resilience: for those Working in a Research Environment, 9.30am to 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 3 November: Learning for All – Communicating in a Remote Working Environment, 2.30pm to 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 10 November: Learning for All – Team Collaboration While Remote Working, 2.30pm to 4.15pm
  • Wednesday 18 November: Writing for Publication, 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 25 November: Learning for All – Delivering Engaging Learning Sessions Remotely, 9.30am to 12.30pm

*Please note: People Manager Essentials courses are open to line managers only.

For queries or support, please contact Organisational Development by email: stafflearning@qub.ac.uk.

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BREXIT

BREXIT: ADVICE FOR STAFF AND STUDENTS

Staff and students can visit our dedicated website for information, support and the latest developments in relation to Brexit.

Please check these webpages regularly for updates.

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EVENT

'ROSALIND FRANKLIN, ÉAMON DE VALERA AND THE IRISH ROLE IN THE DISCOVERY OF THE SECRET OF LIFE'

Staff are invited to the virtual public lecture 'Rosalind Franklin, Éamon de Valera and the Irish Role in the Discovery of the Secret of Life', given by Professor Mark Lawler as part of the 'Samhain agus Science 2020' series during the 80th anniversary celebrations of the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies.

The lecture will take place online, via Zoom, on Friday 30 October from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. The link for the talk will be issued on the day of the talk to those registered two hours before the event is due to begin.

More information.

Register here. If there are any issues, please contact communications@dias.ie.

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EVENT

IMAGINE! FESTIVAL OF IDEAS & POLITICS 2021 – CALL FOR EVENTS

Staff who have an idea for an event can now apply to present it as part of the Imagine! Festival 2021, taking place from 22-28 March 2021.

The festival is open to all suggestions – for example a debate, cafe discussion, exhibition, workshop or kids offering. Please note you are applying to be part of the programme and any event costs are the responsibility of the event organiser.

Information on festival themes, guidelines and application form.

Submissions deadline: Friday 20 November.

For many years, Queen's has been supporting and contributing to the Imagine Festival – the annual programme of performance, discussion and debate, with a mixture of virtual and physical events. The non-partisan festival encourages the participation of under-represented groups in political/cultural debate and stimulates reflection on issues that are often excluded from our local political/cultural discourse. 

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EVENT

INNOVATION WORKSHOP: SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT FOR NON-SOFTWARE INVENTORS

An innovation workshop, 'Software Development for Non-software Inventors', will take place on Tuesday 10 November from 11.00am to 12.15pm via MS Teams

This workshop will be delivered by Barry Lynch, Founder of Gig Grafter, who will introduce some key concepts and approaches for developing software products as a non software engineering founder.

More information / Register.

RESEARCH AND ENTERPRISE

UUKI-BEIS RESEARCH AND INNOVATION FOR GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

Staff are invited to the following series of UUKi-BEIS Research and Innovation for Global Development Workshops:

  • Research and innovation for international development: a focus on impact: Tuesday 10 November 2020, 11.00am to 12.30pm. Register here.

    This session will introduce impact in the context of research for development specifically and is aimed at researchers and research development staff, particularly those with little experience of ODA research.

  • ODA compliance: post-award compliance and due diligence in research for international development: Tuesday 24 November 2020, 2.00pm to 3.30pm. Register here.

This session will outline funders’ expectations and share best practice with regards to demonstrating ODA compliance post-award. It will also provide an update on a UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funded Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) project to provide a national service for international due diligence. This session will be aimed at current and/or previous grant-holders and research development staff.

  • Safeguarding and ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in research for international development: Wednesday 2 December 2020, 11.00am to 12.30pm. Register here.

    Funders and delivery partners will outline principles of and practical guidance on meeting requirements relating to safeguarding and EDI in research for international development. This session is aimed at current and/or previous grant-holders and research development staff.
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ESTATES

ESTATES DIRECTORATE – WEEK AHEAD

Details of ongoing works being carried out across the University campus can be found on the Estates Directorate webpage.

For information, please follow this link.

 

 

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RETAIL

SU SHOP QUB CLOTHING ONLINE STORE

Staff unable to get to the SU Shop at this time can visit the QUB Clothing Online Store from their phone or laptop.

Choose from a wide variety of official QUB branded hoodies, sweaters, t-shirts and more.

QUB Clothing Online Store

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

QFT PLAYER

Due to the latest COVID restrictions, the QFT has had to close its door once again. But its patrons can still experience the best that QFT has to offer, from the comfort of home, with QFT Player. Launched during the initial period of lockdown, QFT Player offers a range of short films, documentaries and features that can be rented or watched for free, with no need to subscribe. These titles include:

TOTALLY UNDER CONTROL: In this new documentary, Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney (No Stone Unturned) details Donald Trump's failed response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

JOHN T. DAVIS COLLECTION: A series of films, many of which are free, from Northern Ireland’s most distinctive documentary filmmaker and cinematographer.

SEAMUS HEANEY CENTRE COLLECTION: The Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen's presents a range of readings, conversations, and short films to international audiences.

More about QFT Player.

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

NAUGHTON GALLERY | TEMPORARY CLOSURE

In accordance with new guidance from the NI Executive, the Naughton Gallery is now temporarily closed. The safety of visitors and staff continues to be the Gallery's priority, and the team looks forward to reopening when restrictions are lifted. In the meantime, be sure to follow the Naughton Gallery across their social media channels, through which they will continue to delve deeper into their current group exhibition, 'Lemonade Stand', showcase the University's permanent art collection, and bring you more ARTSPEAK Book Club recommendations and ARTSOUNDS playlists. The Naughton Gallery thanks patrons for their patience and understanding in these challenging times.

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

SEAMUS HEANEY CENTRE

Staff are invited to 'In Conversation: with Sharon Olds and Nick Laird', on Thursday 5 November at 6.00pm via Zoom. 

Please note: Students will be given priority for this conversation and Q&A, with the Seamus Heaney Centre's Professor of Creative Writing, Nick Laird, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds.

Register with Rachel Brown: r.brown@qub.ac.ukMore information.

In December, the Heaney Centre sits down with Terrance Hayes. A public edit of these conversations will be released later in the year.

SHC Weekly Update
The latest weekly update from the Seamus Heaney Centre is now available online. 

View the update here.

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STUDENT RESOURCES

DIGITAL SKILLS DISCOVERY HUB

The Digital Skills Discovery Hub at Queen's is an online web space created for students to review their digital skills and explore new areas to develop within six different areas of digital capability.

This rich set of curated resources and courses will help students to unlock their digital skills – everything from being an online learner, digital creativity and managing their identity and wellbeing in digital settings.

Staff are asked to please promote the Digital Skills Discovery Hub to their students, enabling the Centre for Educational Development to support them to learn in an ever-changing and sometimes demanding digital environment.

The Staff Digital Literacies Hub can now be accessed here.

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

CED – TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT COURSES

A number of Centre for Educational Development courses for the 2020-21 academic year have been listed on iTrent self-service, and are now open for booking. Courses include:

  • Canvas Course on Small Group Teaching/Lab Demonstration. This is a self-paced course on Canvas for teaching assistants and anyone new to teaching. Register here.

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

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TRAINING

IT TRAINING COURSES

Places are still available on the following online courses:

  • Word: Labels and Mail merge using Word: Tuesday 27 October, 10.00am to 11.00am
  • Office 365 – an Overview: Wednesday 28 October, 10.00am to 11.15am
  • Using Microsoft Teams: Wednesday 28 October, 12.30pm to 1.00pm

Register for courses via iTrent Self-Service.

Course dates can be viewed at: go.qub.ac.uk/trainingschedule. More courses will be added over the coming weeks. The training programme will be delivered using Microsoft Teams.

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.

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