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Round Up

26 July 2021

QUB Student Experience Surveys
STUDENT VOICE
ANNUAL STUDENT SURVEYS RESULTS

Detailed results are now available from three annual surveys which monitor the academic experience of our student population at key stages in their journey through higher education.

  • National Student Survey (NSS) – key data on students in their final year of undergraduate study
  • Second Year Experience (SYE) – key data on students in their second year of undergraduate study
  • First Year Experience (FYE) – key data on students in their first year of undergraduate study

These surveys are instrumental in giving students a voice in their education. Detailed results are available to staff via the Student Survey Results section of the DASA SharePoint site. If you would like access, please contact Nick (n.bohill@qub.ac.uk) or Duncan (d.berryman@qub.ac.uk).

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RESEARCH
COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESEARCH ENABLING FUND (CP-REF)

The Covid-19 Pandemic Research Enabling Fund (CP-REF) has been launched to support individuals whose research has been paused or significantly slowed due to the pandemic lockdown.

Details have been circulated to the Directors of Research in each School but further information and application forms are available from the Research & Enterprise Directorate, please contact Iain Kennedy (i.kennedy@qub.ac.uk)

The deadline for submission is 5.00pm on Monday 9 August 2021.

Applications are invited from individuals, or groups of applicants within a School, to support restarting or re-establishing research programmes or innovative pedagogy.  Applicants may apply for grants of up to £10K (as an individual) or a group of academics may apply as a group (£10K per applicant) to enable outcomes such as focussed time to apply for a grant, completion and submission of a research manuscript or generation of pilot data for a grant application. 

 

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Yi Kang Choo - Student of the Year 2021
EDUCATION AND STUDENTS
2021 ALLSTATE NI QUEEN'S STUDENT OF THE YEAR

The winner of the 2021 Allstate NI Queen's Student of the Year has been announced as Yi Kang Choo, 2020-21 President of the University's Malaysian Students' Society NI (MSSNI), who established a welfare task force for international students impacted by Covid-19.

The announcement was made at the School of Law virtual graduation ceremony on Thursday 22 July, when Yi Kang Choo graduated with an LLB. Choo becomes the first person from Malaysia to win the coveted Student of the Year Award.

Read more about the 2021 Student of the Year.

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 Development Commonwealth Office (FCDO). Please continue to review our FAQs for staff and students and the Public Health Agency website

Watch: Campus Safety videos.

Useful contacts

If the information you are looking for is not addressed in the University's Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs, there are a range of contact points for staff and students:

WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?

CONTACT POINT

CONTACT DETAILS

STUDENT CONTACTS

If you are a student and you have questions or concerns relating to COVID-19 which are not addressed in the COVID-19 FAQs Student COVID-19 Queries (Call Centre) covid19callcentre@qub.ac.uk
If you are a student and have any non-COVID general queries on student support services contact the Student Guidance Centre Student Guidance Centre sgc@qub.ac.uk
If you are a student, you can access a wide range of support available to you from the Student Wellbeing Service website, or if you have any further queries Student Wellbeing Service Online Form: https://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/wellbeing/raw/

STAFF CONTACTS

If you are a member of staff and have any COVID-19 queries relating to your specific area, your COVID-19 Co-ordinator will be the first point of contact

COVID-19 Co-ordinators  Find your COVID-19 Co-ordinator 
If you are a member of staff and you have questions or concerns relating to COVID-19 which cannot be addressed through the COVID-19 FAQs or through discussion with your line manager Staff COVID-19 Queries StaffCovidQueries@qub.ac.uk
If you are a member of staff and have any non-COVID general queries on HR related topics, such as terms and conditions, pay, policies etc. your first port of call should be the HR Hub HR Hub hrhub@qub.ac.uk
If you are a member of staff, you can access support and information on a wide range of issues on the Staff Wellbeing website, or if you have any further queries Staff Wellbeing wellbeing@qub.ac.uk

STUDENT AND STAFF CONTACTS

If you are a member of staff or student and have contracted coronavirus symptoms, received a positive test or been told to self-isolate by the contact tracing system or a medical professional, please self-report via this portal. This information will help the University to support you and put in place precautionary measures to protect others. Self-Reporting Portal (COVID Notification) Link: Self-Reporting Portal 

If you are not able to access the portal you can call the COVID Response Team on 028 9097 3550.
If you are a member of staff or student and have any queries relating to on Campus Close Contact Identification/Tracing University COVID Response Team (UCRT) email: covidresponseteam@qub.ac.uk
If you are a member of staff or student requiring personal health advice specifically in relation to COVID-19 NHS 111 or your GP Telephone: NHS 111 service or your own GP

 

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ASYMPTOMATIC TESTING ON CAMPUS
FREE COVID-19 TESTING IN THE WHITLA HALL

All staff and students are encouraged to avail of the University’s free asymptomatic testing facility before coming on to campus for any reason and then arrange regular testing twice a week or as often as possible for as long as you are on campus. 

Book a test here.

Please note the revised opening times of the on-campus asymptomatic testing facilities.

 

This testing is only for students and staff without COVID-19 symptoms (asymptomatic) - to help confirm that you do not have COVID-19.

This will help to protect those at high risk, fight the virus and ultimately help enable us to go back to as normal a way of life as possible

 

If you have symptoms

The lateral flow testing programme does not replace current testing policy for those with symptoms. If any member of the Queen’s community develops symptoms at any time, it is essential that you self-isolate immediately and book a test here.

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ASYMPTOMATIC TESTING AT HOME
FREE HOME COVID TEST KITS AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM WHITLA HALL

Lateral Flow Device Home Testing kits are now available for staff to collect from our new LFD Collection Point at the Whitla Hall (view opening hours). The new asymptomatic service is an addition to Queen's asymptomatic testing service, with on-campus testing continuing to run in the Whitla Hall. Please note that Elms Village Treehouse is now temporarily closed until September 2021.

There is no requirement to book a collection slot. When picking up a kit, you will need to show your staff or student card and give your email address and contact telephone number to the collection point staff. This information will be used should a recall of test kits be required. 

Once you have taken a test, you will be required to report the results on the NHS website, selecting the following site ID:

  • Queen’s University Belfast LFD Collection Point ID: BFTQ 

 

Accessing the service

The service is currently available to all staff and also to students on placement. Students who are not on placement should continue to access testing at the Whitla Hall.

Full instructions on how to use the kits and how to record your test result are supplied with the testing kits.

The Government recommends that, wherever possible, you should undertake three supervised tests at the University's testing centre before transitioning to home testing. This is to ensure that you are confident in conducting the test before moving to home testing.

 

If you have symptoms

The lateral flow testing does not replace current testing policy for those with symptoms. If any member of the Queen’s community develops symptoms at any time, it is essential that you self-isolate immediately and book a test here.

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SAFETY AND WELLBEING
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.

StopCOVID NI app

Please download the STOPCovid NI contact tracing app: Google Play StoreApple App Store.

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, review your details via iTrent Employee Self Service, using your usual network credentials. Please also take the opportunity to review and, if necessary, update your emergency contact information. For queries, please contact the HR Hub (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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RECRUITMENT
INTERNAL VACANCIES

The University is currently advertising for the following position internally:

  • 21/109073 – Finance Assistant (Grade 4)

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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STAFF RECOGNITION
QUB TEACHING AWARDS 2021

The closing date for receipt of applications for the QUB Teaching Awards scheme is Monday 9 August 2021.

Further details and application forms are available on the CED website. Queries can be directed to e.mcdowell@qub.ac.uk.

In recognition of exceptional circumstances that colleagues have been working under since March 2019, the panel will be happy to receive applications that include discussion on how colleagues have adapted their approach in response to the COVID-19 restrictions to ensure an excellent learning and/or learning support experience for their learners throughout 2019-20 and 2020-21, as well as any plans to continue and develop aspects of this work for the future.

A prize of £1,000 will be awarded to each successful individual or team. The prize will be paid into a dedicated School account for the exclusive use of the winning team or individual for professional development purposes.

 

The QUB Teaching Awards scheme was established to encourage and reward the development of learning and teaching practices and learning support practices that have led to particularly effective/worthwhile learning. The Teaching Awards Scheme is a competitive process and up to 10 Teaching Awards are available.

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CLS 2021: Reflections
EVENT
CONNECTED LEARNING SERIES 2021: REFLECTIONS – EVENT TEAM NOW OPEN

The Centre for Educational Development invites all staff to the Connected Learning Series 2021: Reflections, by joining the event team. Once you join the team, you will have access to all events and more.

Join the CLS 2021: Reflections Team.

CLS 2021 takes place every Wednesday from 4 August to 15 September.

More information, including the programme of events can be found on the event website and on Twitter using #QUBCLS2021.

STUDENT SUPPORT
HELP PROMOTE THE STUDENT SUPPORT AND HARDSHIP FUNDS

We fully recognise that this is challenging and anxious time for students and, in some cases, this may be exacerbated further by financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University's Student Support and Hardship Funds are available to support students in financial hardship during their studies and we would encourage tutors, advisors of studies and all colleagues in student-facing roles to help signpost students to the funds where appropriate:

Student Support Fund

  • Financial assistance to students* from Northern Ireland and Great Britain experiencing financial hardship
  • Financial assistance for hardship caused by the exceptional circumstances as a result of COVID–19.

    *Eligible students include: All full-time and part-time (25% of equivalent full-time course) undergraduates and postgraduate students. Undergraduate students must have taken out the maximum tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to which they are entitled.

University’s Hardship Fund

The University’s Hardship Fund is available to students who are not eligible for the Student Support Fund.

Additional funds have been made available this academic year to help students experiencing financial hardship caused by the exceptional circumstances as a result of COVID–19.

How to Apply

Students can apply to the Student Support and Hardship Funds online by logging into their Qsis Student Account at: https://qsis.qub.ac.uk/ 

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EVENTS
'THE PARTITION OF IRELAND' WEEKLY ONLINE TALKS

To mark the centenary of the partitioning of Ireland, Queen's University Belfast is organising and hosting a major series of online public talks addressing a diverse range of major themes, including the complex origins and legacies of partition, the Irish border in literature, the experience of minorities, and class-based and gender-based perspectives.

Talk 14, 'Life on the line: partition at the border', by Dr Peter Leary, is now available online.

For full details, including speakers involved in the series, please visit the University's Partition of Ireland website.

Upcoming talks:

  • 2 August – 'Acts of partition: from the Government of Ireland Act 1920 to the Boundary Commission 1925', by Dr Margaret O'Callaghan
  • 9 August – 'Writing and the Border', by Professor Glenn Patterson
  • 16 August – 'Partition's Casualties: religious minorities in the new states', by Professor Marianne Elliott
  • 23 August – 'Violence: the human cost of Partition', by Dr Tim Wilson

This series of c.27 talks will run until approximately the end of October 2021. The series is supported by the UK Government and Irish Government, and by the British Academy and the Royal Irish Academy. The talks are being recorded and produced by the BBC.

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POLICY ENGAGEMENT AND RESEARCH
QUEEN'S POLICY ENGAGEMENT AND RESEARCH BLOG

The latest from Queen's Policy Engagement (QPol):

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

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RESEARCH COMMUNICATION
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. Read the latest: 

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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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COMPETITION
STEM PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION 2021

The School of Mathematics and Physics are organising the STEM photography competition 2021. All staff and students are encouraged to join in.

Found out more: STEM photography competition 2021

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RESEARCH AND ENTERPRISE
ENGAGING WITH INDUSTRY PROGRAMME – FOR SOCIAL SCIENTISTS

Social science PhD students and ECRs wanting to know how to engage with industry and the business community are invited to the Engaging with Industry-for Social Scientists programme.

This programme by Helix Hub has been designed specifically with social scientists in mind and it will be delivered through three 3½-hour online sessions on the mornings of Monday 16 August, Friday 20 August and Wednesday 25 August.

Register for the programme here.

The programme will cover the following themes. Participants should make themselves available for all three sessions.

  • Session 1: An introduction to engaging with industry
  • Session 2: Understanding the language of business and networking
  • Session 3: Important commercialisation concepts
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RESEARCH AND ENTERPRISE
ENGAGING AND COLLABORATING WITH BUSINESS WORKSHOP

An online workshop on how social science researchers can engage and collaborate with businesses will take place on Tuesday 7 September at 9.30am.

This workshop is aimed at social science PhD students and ECRs and participants who are new to the concepts of both impact and choosing appropriate pathways to impact.

More information | Register

This single half-day workshop will address why researchers may want to consider engaging with businesses and what it could mean for their research, careers, and funding, as well as the broader benefits to society. Additionally, it will give participants some practical pathways to consider for achieving success.

This training is provided by Saskia Gent, the founder of Insights for Impact.

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RESEARCH AND ENTERPRISE
LIVE INNOVATION CHALLENGE – CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

The Impact Acceleration Team in Research and Enterprise are calling for social science PhD students and ECRs to sign up for the 'Live Innovation Challenge' – a design-thinking programme running over a three-week period from mid-August to early September 2021 in Riddel Hall* (dates below) and facilitated by Rejig.

Register for the Live Innovation Challenge

Those interested in signing up must be available to attend all sessions.

The programme provides participants with an opportunity to engage and collaborate with both Private Sector business and Social Enterprises. Participants will be assigned to a team and given an organisation-specific challenge, which will require a deep dive into design thinking and creative problem solving processes.

Each session will start at 10.00am and participants must be willing to complete the work required between the first and second workshops. 

  • Tuesday 17 August, 10.00am to 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 31 August, 10.00am to 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 1 September, 10.00am to 4.30pm
  • Thursday 2 September, 10.00am to 1.00pm

* This is an exciting opportunity to meet and connect with new colleagues. To ensure the safety of all participants, University and COVID guidelines will be adhered to at all times. If you have any concerns or queries, please email esrciaa@qub.ac.uk

"An experience that will challenge you to think outside the square and your way of approaching problems - this is where innovation begins. It is fascinating to work with an industry partner to develop creative solutions to solve a real-life problem!"
— Dr Amy Wong, Queen’s University Belfast (Participant, June 2020).

 

This programme is part of the wider NPIF Accelerating Business Collaboration programme, coordinated by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account at Queen's, in collaboration with the NINE Doctoral Training Partnership.

 

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RESEARCH AND ENTERPRISE
INVEST NORTHERN IRELAND PROOF OF CONCEPT SCHEME: FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR QUB RESEARCHERS

Academics and Postdoctoral researchers are invited to join a Zoom webinar to find out about how to apply for grant funding from Invest NI to commercialise your research and bring their technology towards market.  It will be hosted by the Commercial Development Team at QUB and Invest Northern Ireland who will speak about what is expected from the different application stages, the commitments and project activities, and what outcomes and follow-on they would like to see from each project.

The webinar will be held from 11am-12pm on Tuesday 10 August

Further details about this event can be found on the Eventbrite registration page.

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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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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
QFT WHAT'S ON

This week's new and continuing films at Queen's Film Theatre, your cinema on campus. Staff ticket price: £5 (standard ticket price £6.95).

For full details of screenings, and health and safety measures in place, visit the QFT website.

RIDERS OF JUSTICE: Mads Mikkelsen stars as man with suppressed anger and revenge on his mind in this blackly comedic Danish action-drama.

THE WORLD TO COME: A farmer's wife and her new neighbour find themselves irrevocably drawn to each other in Mona Fastvold's powerful 19th-century romance set on the American frontier. Stars Katherine Waterston, Vanessa Kirby and Casey Affleck. 

NIGHT OF THE KINGS: Spectacular, thrilling and absorbing, this film is an exhilarating tale of survival and beautiful ode to the power of storytelling.

GIRLFRIENDS: When her best friend and roommate abruptly moves out to get married, an artist making ends meet as a bar mitzvah photographer on Manhattan's Upper West Side finds herself adrift in both life and love. Digitally restored in 4K.

THE SPARKS BROTHERS: Director Edgar Wright's long-awaited documentary about the pop and rock duo Sparks. NB: The Q&A preview screening on Thursday 29 July is sold out but the film will release on Friday 30 July.

Continuing at QFT:

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
SEAMUS HEANEY CENTRE

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

View the update.

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
NAUGHTON GALLERY | NEW SPORTS EXHIBITION

Coinciding with the Tokyo Olympics, the Naughton Gallery has launched its new sports exhibition, VAMOS NIPPON!. Encompassing contemporary art, archival photographs, manga, and even an iconic pair of sneakers, VAMOS NIPPON! offers a fascinating insight into Japanese sport and culture, and has been generously supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Japan Society.

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11.00am to 4.00pm. Free admission. Exhibition continues until 28 August 2021.

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LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT FOR STAFF
NATURE MASTERCLASSES

Queen's has an institutional subscription to Nature Masterclasses. Full details, including the course content, are now available on Queen's new Nature Masterclasses page.

As a Queen's researcher (staff and research students), this subscription grants you access to all available online courses on the Nature Masterclasses platform.

Queen's access to Nature Masterclasses is provided via Single Sign-On. Step by step instructions are provided in the Nature Masterclasses User Guide. (Please do not register on the Nature Masterclasses website, as that will interfere with your Single Sign-On access.)

During 2021 researchers will have access to a broader range of online courses:

  • Scientific Writing and publishing
  • Effective Collaboration in Research
  • Managing Research Data
  • Narrative Tools for Researchers
  • Focus on Peer Review

If you need further assistance with your course access, please refer to the Help page on the Nature Masterclasses website, where you will find further useful information, FAQs and contact details for the Masterclasses support teams.

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CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
CED – TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT COURSES

A number of the Centre for Educational Development courses for the 2020-21 academic year have been listed on iTrent self-service, and are now open for booking. For up-to-date information please follow us on twitter @QUB_CED or check the CED website. Upcoming events include:

Canvas Course on Small Group Teaching/Lab Demonstration - a self-paced course on Canvas for teaching assistants and anyone new to teaching – sign up here.

Writing your claim for Associate Fellowship or Fellowship HEA (AFHEA/FHEA):

  • 18th October – 29th October; 10:00-11:00
  • 6th December – 17th December; 10:00-11:00

This programme will run online for 2 weeks, on Canvas and Microsoft Teams, during which you will complete your claim for AFHEA with online support and feedback

Sign up here.

 

Senior Fellowship – Queens Merit Award:

  • 20th September – 1st October; 10:00-11:00
  • 8th November – 19th November; 10:00-11:00

This programme will run online for 2 weeks, on Canvas and Microsoft Teams, during which you will complete your claim for AFHEA with online support and feedback.

Sign up here.

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DIGITAL ACCESSIBILITY
ACCESSIBILITY TOOLKIT

'Accessibility Toolkit' is an online, self-paced Canvas course that provides guidance for academic staff to become more knowledgeable about digital accessibility. It provides advice on: how to create accessible content for learner variability, giving examples of both good and bad practice; and highlights accessibility checker tools such as the Canvas Rich Content Editor and Blackboard Ally. The course is available to all staff who currently have access to Canvas VLE.

More information: go.qub.ac.uk/AccessibilityToolkit

Accessibility Quicklinks

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OFFICE 365
MUSIC MODE FOR TEAMS

The new Music Mode feature for Teams will begin rolling out in late July, to be completed by September, and will allow users to conduct online music lessons, transmit music performances, or other non-speech content.

It provides the option for the user to transmit high fidelity music.

Teams will automatically adjust the audio bit rate based on the available bandwidth and also provide users with the option to turn off components such as echo cancellation, noise suppression, and gain control if needed.

To enable this feature, go to 'Teams Settings', 'Device Settings' and turn on 'high fidelity' music mode. NB: Please make these adjustments prior to starting the meeting. The feature cannot be turned on from within the meeting if the above-mentioned adjustments have not been made prior to the meeting. Once in the meeting, turn on the high-fidelity audio icon.

Further Office 365 training materials, including Teams, are available on the Office 365 Training & Support SharePoint site.

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