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12 April 2021

EVENT
BEYOND DECISION 2020: IN CONVERSATION WITH SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

Join us for an online event featuring US Consul General Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau in conversation with Queen’s University Chancellor, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. Hosted by Queen’s University Belfast in partnership with the UCL Centre on US Politics, and with support from the US Department of State, the event will take place on Thursday 15 April.

With reflections on the challenges facing the new administration, the future relationship with Northern Ireland and the broader UK and the role of women in politics today, this will be a unique opportunity to hear from Secretary Clinton on these issues. 

Register here.

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CAR PARKS
CAR PARKING ARRANGEMENTS

To ensure that only University staff and students are using the car parks, staff and students wishing to park on the Main Site will be asked to present their staff/student card to a member of Security in order to gain entry to the car park. The new arrangements will commence from Monday 12 April.

All staff and students can continue to use the car parks and salary deductions remain suspended until further notice.

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AWARDS
ALLSTATE NI GRADUATE, STUDENT AND ALUMNI VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR 2021

Nominations are now open for the Graduate, Student and Alumni Volunteer of the Year awards. The awards recognise the achievements of students and graduates and the contributions they make to the University, fellow students and the wider community.

More information | Nominate.

The closing date for submitting nominations is Friday 30 April. Please email a.nisbetfriel@qub.ac.uk with any queries.

If you know of a graduate who is making a substantial impact through their career or having a positive impact on the lives of others, a student who has made a significant contribution to University life or to the lives of others over the past 12 months, or a graduate who has committed time and expertise as a volunteer to the University, please consider submitting a nomination.

These awards are sponsored by Allstate NI and supported by Queen's Graduate Association.

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COVID-19
INFORMATION AND SUPPORT

The University continues to closely monitor the situation in relation to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and to align our approach with guidance from the Public Health Agency and Foreign and 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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GET TESTED TO PROTECT OTHERS
BOOK A FREE COVID-19 TEST

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. 

Our test centre is in the Whitla Hall, directly beside the main Lanyon Building.

Book a test here.

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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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 appt: 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 positions internally:

  • 21/108736 – Postgraduate Programme Secretary, School of Law
  • 21/108740 – Programme Support Officer, Queen's Management School
  • 21/108767 – Computer Support Officer, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • 21/108756 – Grade 4 Administrative Assistant to the RIED Senior Team and Education Support, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • 21/108739 – Clerical Officer with Reception duties, Student Affairs

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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LIFELONG LEARNING
SPRING 2021 OPEN LEARNING PROGRAMME OF SHORT PART-TIME COURSES

The Spring 2021 Open Learning programme of short part time courses is now available for booking.

Classes start the week commencing Monday 3 May. Queen's staff qualify for the concession rate where applicable.

More information | Enrol

Courses include:

  • Creative Writing
  • Bird Watching
  • History
  • Languages
  • Literature
  • Personal Development
  • Personal Finance
  • Religion
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CELEBRATING OUR STAFF
QUB TEACHING AWARDS 2021

The QUB Teaching Awards scheme – celebrating excellence in learning and teaching practices and learning support practices – is now open for 2021.

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

The scheme was established to encourage and reward the development of learning and teaching practices and learning support practices that have led to particularly effective or worthwhile learning.

The Teaching Awards Scheme is a competitive process and normally up to 10 Teaching Awards are available.

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.

In recognition of exceptional circumstances that colleagues have been working under since March 2020, 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.

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TEACHING INFRASTRUCTURE
EVALUATION: UPDATE TO TEACHING SPACES AT QUEEN'S

Queen's is undergoing an exciting update in a number of teaching spaces across campus. These spaces will provide enhanced audio-visual support; for example: the facility to capture audio/video in multiple zones in a space; the use of physical whiteboards and devices; the ability for staff to freely move around and away from the podium; and automatic recording of lectures. Updates will also allow a blend of the physical and virtual class.

Evaluation commences in March/April 2021 and teaching staff can help by participating in any of the planned evaluation activities, eg training, demos, or virtual showcase.

If you would like to support this evaluation, please sign up here.

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

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WELLBEING
THE IMPACT OF COVID – STRESS, UNCERTAINTY AND WAYS TO COPE

Queen's is providing all-staff sessions on The Impact of COVID – Stress, Uncertainty and Ways to Cope, in partnership with Action Mental Health. 

The next sessions for all staff are as follows. More information | Booking.

  • Tuesday 13 April, 11.30am to 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 12 May, 10.00am to 11.30 am
  • Wednesday 16 June, 11.30am to 100pm

The sessions will provide an overview of the impact of COVID-19 and how this can and has impacted on stress levels, whilst also equipping staff with strategies to both identify and cope with the stress of life during uncertain times. 

Everybody is facing uncertainty and challenge. As we move past our first year of COVID-19 and with the loosening of restrictions, anxiety about lockdown ending and the impact of this uncertainty on our daily life is widely felt. Queen's is offering these sessions to support staff as we transition to this new normal.

Covered in the sessions:

  • Understanding stress and pressure – what is stress and is there a difference between pressure and stress
  • Identifying the main stressors in our lives and how Covid-19 has impacted our stress levels
  • Learn how to relax and de-stress with coping strategies such as the principles of ACT, CIA model and The Four As
  • Reframing unhelpful ways of thinking and applying the cognitive triangle (ANTs – Automatic Negative Thoughts)
  • Identifying sources of support – proactive stress management and planning
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WELLBEING
MINDFUL MANAGER TRAINING

As part of Queen's continuing commitment to supporting the Mental Health of staff and students, the following scheduled sessions of Mindful Manager Training will be delivered by Action Mental Health. More information | Booking.

  • Wednesday 21 April, 9.30am to 1.00pm
  • Friday 21 May, 9.30am to 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 22 June, 1.00pm to 4.30pm

Mindful Manager training is aimed at staff with line management responsibility and will provide Line Mangers with the tools required to identify issues staff may be having in the workplace and provide appropriate support.

  • 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 well-being
  • 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 well-being to enable you to support others
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STAFF ENGAGEMENT
QGI COVID-19 PANDEMIC LOCKDOWN SURVEY AND STAFF PULSE SURVEY UPDATE

In September 2020, Queen’s Gender Initiative (QGI) launched the Covid-19 Pandemic Lockdown Survey, developed to help understand how the lockdown affected staff. Following this, our Pulse Survey in early 2021, asked how staff are experiencing work at this time. The findings of both surveys are now available through the QGI website and the Staff Survey website.

You can also visit the People and Culture webpages to read a summary of the recommendations, which are supported by the University Executive Board (UEB) and Standing Committee and align both with ongoing work across Queen’s and Strategy 2030. 

These will be developed into an Action Plan in consultation with Faculties, Schools and Directorates, and shared with you in due course. 

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EQUALITY
RACE EQUALITY CHARTER - FOCUS GROUPS

Queen’s University is establishing a Racial Equity Working Group to lead an institutional programme, of which one of the streams will be an award application to the Race Equality Charter (REC, Advance HE). The University has signed up to the REC which aims to improve the representation, progression and success of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students.

The REC team invites staff, in particular staff who identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, as well as staff with an interest or expertise in racial equity, to participate in focus groups to share views and experiences. 

Please register here for your preferred session.

The feedback from the focus group conversations will be used to co-create an agreed institutional approach on appropriate and sensitive language and terminology. This will be an ongoing conversation, recognising that language evolves over time.

Focus groups for staff will take place on the following date via MS Teams:

  • Wednesday 14 April 10.00-11.30am

Details on arrangements for engagement with our student community will be made available shortly.

The REC provides a framework through which institutions work to identify and self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students. Queen’s Gender Initiative (QGI) is leading on the REC stream and over the coming months, the REC programme of activity will include engagement, education and information events including focus groups, lectures, workshops, seminars, and a culture survey. We are currently establishing a Racial Equity Champions Network representing all Schools and Directorates.

The first theme of our focus groups will explore the appropriate use of language and terminology on race and ethnicity. There has been a great deal of recent discussion in this area and it is recognised that the use of some language and terminology may not appropriately reflect the diverse and distinct ethnic identities of individuals.

 

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SUBSCRIPTIONS
ACCESS TO TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION (THE) FOR ALL QUEEN'S STAFF AND STUDENTS

All staff and students with an institutional email address (ending in '@qub.ac.uk') can enjoy full and unlimited access to Times Higher Education (THE) articles and digital editions online under the university-wide subscription.

THE is the leading voice of global higher education, and a source of the latest news and analysis from across academia. The team of journalists at THE provide sector intelligence for academics and leaders around the world, while commentary from leading researchers and vice-chancellors put them at the heart of the global education conversation. THE is the home to the World University Rankings, providing trusted performance data on universities for academics and sector leaders, students, governments and industry.

THE website access 

  • Visit the THE website to create an online account.
  • Create a THE account by clicking on the 'Register' button.
  • When creating an online account, you will need to use your Queen's email address.
  • Once registration has been completed, you will be able to access all THE online content without any restrictions.

Accessing the digital editions

  • To access THE digital editions, click on the 'Professional' header on the THE homepage and select 'Digital Editions'.
  • Once you have clicked on 'Digital Editions', select the issue that you would like to view.

Accessing the THE app (ios, Android, Kindle Fire)

  • To access the THE app, download the app from your app store provider.
  • Once you have downloaded the app, you will need to select which edition you would like to view.
  • You will then need to log in. To do this, click on the icon in the top right-hand corner and select 'Account', then 'Existing THE account'. To log in, enter the username and password that you created when setting up your online account.
  • Once logged in, select and view any issues of THE.

Queen's has recently reviewed its institutional subscription to THE through the Finance Department. If your area is continuing to pay for a departmental subscription to THE, please contact finance.dept@qub.ac.uk

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CENTRE FOR EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
DIGITAL EXPERIENCE INSIGHTS – TEACHING STAFF SURVEY

The Digital Experience Insights Survey for all Teaching Staff is now open. It is part of a national survey to find out more about how staff use digital technologies and how this affects their experience of teaching. It is aimed to inform the digital environment through feedback and bring about positive change. Digital issues are more important than ever so let your voice be heard.

All Teaching Staff will be sent a Canvas notification with a survey link. If this includes you, please complete the short survey and let us know your digital experiences and thoughts. We know that demands on your time are very high but if you can spare 10 minutes to gather valued feedback it would be very much appreciated.

The survey will remain open until 16 April 2021.

The survey is for all full-time or part-time:

  • Academic teaching staff
  • Academic (Education) teaching staff
  • Teaching Assistants

On completion of the survey, all Teaching Staff can enter a prize draw to win Amazon vouchers up to £50.

Any queries about the Digital Experience Insights Teaching Survey please email ced@qub.ac.uk.

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PEOPLE AND CULTURE
EXTENDED WORKFORCE PROJECT – QWORK SYSTEM

As part of an ongoing Extended Workforce Project, we are implementing a new business system, QWork, to manage our casual workforce. Over the coming months, QWork will be rolled out across the University in a phased approach.

The first phase begins on Monday 19 April for all Student Visa holders who undertake casual work at Queen's. Queen's staff, who engage Student Visa holders as casual workers, should have received an email inviting you to sign up to QWork in advance of the cut-off date. If you have not received an email please urgently contact QWorkadmin@qub.ac.uk.

QWork is a centralised, online system for the recruitment, engagement and payment of casual workers. Once QWork has launched, all casual job opportunities at Queen's will be listed on the system, allowing workers to upload timesheets, view payslips and apply for new jobs through their personalised account.

QWork can only commission work in advance and it is not possible to make retrospective assignments or payments. The new system will also only offer assignments to casual workers that do not exceed their 20 hour per week visa restrictions.

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IMPACT
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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IMPACT
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: 

EVENT
FULBRIGHT IRELAND-USA AWARDS ROADSHOW - QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY BELFAST

The Fulbright Awards provide grants for Irish citizens, and E.U. citizens resident in the Republic of Ireland for 3+ years, to research, study, or lecture in the USA. On Tuesday 27 April at 1.00pm, representatives of The Fulbright Commission Ireland will showcase the awards available and how to succeed at the application stage. The presentation will be followed by a questions and answers session.

 

Panel: 

  • Fulbright Awards Manager, Paula Melvin.
  • A Fulbright Alum or Queen's University Belfast Campus Ambassador.

Zoom link.

Register.

 

 

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EVENT
'EXOPLANETS AND EXTRATERRESTRIALS IN THE LIGHT OF THE CHRISTIAN CREATION AND SALVATION STORIES'

Staff are invited to the lecture 'Exoplanets and Extraterrestrials in the Light of the Christian Creation and Salvation Stories', taking place on Tuesday 13 April at 4.00pm, via MS Teams Live Events.

This lecture is given by Professor Karin Öberg, Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University, and is followed by a live Q&A session.

More information (including link to the live event).

Also joining the event are Professor David Livingstone, School of Natural and Built Environment, and Professor Tom Millar, School of Mathematics and Physics.

This event is part of the Religion, Science and the Humanities Seminar Series 2021.

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EVENT
ASSOCIATION OF CANADIAN STUDIES IN IRELAND CONFERENCE AND PRIZE OPPORTUNITY

Staff are invited to the Association of Canadian Studies in Ireland's (ACSI) next biennial conference – 'Les Frontières et Au-delà / Borders and Beyond' – taking place online on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 May.

Keynote speakers include Perrine Leblanc (Écrivaine Québécoise), Professor Jane Koustas (Brock University) and Dr Axel Meisen (University of British Columbia). Queen's is hosting this bilingual conference, which is interdisciplinary and international in scope.

Register for free here.

PRIZE OPPORTUNITY: Prix de la Délégation générale du Québec à Londres

ACSI is also delighted to announce the Prix de la Délégation générale du Québec à Londres, a prize of 1,500 Euro which aims to promote study and research on Quebec, Canada. To be eligible, candidates must be based at an institution on the island of Ireland.

More information | How to Apply.

Deadline for applications: Monday 26 April.

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LECTURE
SIR THOMAS AND LADY EDITH DIXON LECTURE

The Ulster Medical Society invites staff and students to join them for the Sir Thomas and Lady Edith Dixon Lecture, 'Too much and too little: how does an extra chromosome cause leukaemia in children with Down syndrome?', by Professor Irene Roberts, University of Oxford, delivered online via Microsoft Teams on Thursday 15 April 2021 at 7.45 pm.

Join the event via this link. MS Teams app recommended or join via Google Chrome browser for best results.  Join on your computer or mobile app.

SEMINAR
INCLUSION HEALTH SEMINAR SERIES

Staff and students interested in Inclusion Health and in addressing health inequities are invited to join a seminar by Dr Ligia Teixeira, Chief Executive of the Centre for Homelessness Impact, a member of the What Works Network, will deliver the first seminar on Wednesday 21 April 2021, 1.00 - 2.00pm, via Zoom.

Register HERE.

Please register by Tuesday 20 April 2020. Event open to researchers, policy-makers, service providers and users, members of the public, all health and social care students.

(NB:  upon confirmed registration you will receive an email containing your individual link to the seminar - remember to check your ‘other’ or ‘junk mail’ folders)

 

Inclusion Health (IH) is a research, service and policy agenda that aims to prevent and redress health and social inequities among the most vulnerable and marginalised people in a community.  Tackling inequity is high on the policy agendas of the Northern Ireland Department of Health and many stakeholders have been building collaborative efforts to address related policy and service issues.  

In September 2020, an Inclusion Health Research Group was established at Queen’s University Belfast.  Over the past six months they have been building relationships with those interested in this work in Northern Ireland and wish to create a learning platform to engage a wider audience both in Northern Ireland and further afield.  

In launching this online seminar series, the group invites speakers to talk about their experience and interest in this area, with the hope that it might form the foundation for a future research, service and policy learning exchange network for Inclusion Health in Northern Ireland. 

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THE GRADUATE SCHOOL
THOUGHT LEADERS WITH PROFESSOR ALISTAIR FEE

Staff are invited to The Graduate School's next Thought Leaders event on Thursday 22 April from 6.00pm to 7.00pm via Microsoft Teams.

April's Thought Leader is Professor Alistair Fee, Enterprise Strategist and provocateur in the field of radical ideas, product creation, innovation and design thinking. His talk is entitled 'Thinking Ahead: Agile approaches in uncertain markets.'

More information | Register

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EVENT
SCHOOL OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY ACTIVITY SHOWCASE 2021

The School of Nursing and Midwifery's Research Showcase Committee invites staff to their free 2021 virtual Research Showcase Event, 'The Impact and Reach of Research', taking place on Wednesday 26 May from 9.30am to 12.30pm via MS Teams.

For further information, to register, or to submit an Abstract, please visit the Research Showcase website.

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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 PLAYER

Due to the latest COVID restrictions, the QFT has again had to close its door. But patrons can still experience the best that QFT has to offer, from home, with QFT Player.

For new titles and more information, please see the QFT Player 'What's On' webpage.

 

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.

More about QFT Player.

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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 here. The SHC's pre-Easter update can be viewed here.

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
NAUGHTON GALLERY

Under the current NI Executive COVID-19 restrictions, the Naughton Gallery remains closed. In the meantime, follow the Gallery across their social media channels for updates and digital content including artist spotlights, Collection highlights, Book Club recommendations, ARTSOUNDS playlists, and more.

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UNIVERSITY CALENDAR
GENERAL REGULATIONS BOARD OF EXAMINER TRAINING

The Quality Assurance and Regulations Team in Academic Affairs will be providing training on the regulatory framework for Boards of Examiners for 2020-21 to enable Boards to make confident and robust decisions. Training will take place on the following dates via MS Teams:

The sessions are open to all relevant School staff. Attendance is mandatory for all Chairs of Boards of Examiners. There are a number of sessions available, staff only need to attend one session.

Training will include guidance on the application of the standard Study Regulations, specific considerations for this year given the continued impact of COVID-19 and the conclusion of outstanding 2019-20 assessments under the Supplementary Regulations. Examples of best practice demonstrated at last year's Boards of Examiner meetings will also be shared.

The sessions will be recorded and will be made available to staff who are unable to attend on the dates scheduled.

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LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT FOR STAFF
LEARNING FOR ALL AND PDR SKILLS – NEW DATES FOR 2021

A new schedule of Staff Learning and Development events is now available for registration. Places are available for the following online courses in April – May 2021. Register via iTrent

Please see the Staff Learning Programme 2021 for dates of other scheduled courses. For queries or support, please contact Organisational Development: stafflearning@qub.ac.uk.

  • Personal Development Review (PDR) Skills for Reviewers: Monday 26 April, 9.30am to 1.00pm
  • Learning for All - Effective Remote Mentoring: Tuesday 27 April, 9.30am to 1.00pm
  • Learning for All - Delivering Engaging Learning Sessions Remotely: Wednesday 5 May, 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Managing and Motivating People and Teams Remotely: Thursday 6 May, 9.30am to 1.00pm
  • Learning for All - Working Smarter - Manage Your Time While Remote Working: Tuesday 11 May, 9.30am to 11.30am
  • Personal Development Review (PDR) Skills for Reviewees: Monday 17 May, 9.30am to 1.00pm
  • Learning for All - Communicating in a Remote Working Environment: Tuesday 18 May, 9.30am to 11.00am
  • Learning for All - Team Collaboration While Remote Working: Wednesday 26 May, 9.30am to 11.15am
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LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
LINKEDIN LEARNING – 5-MINUTE CHALLENGE: LET'S TALK COMMUNICATION

For LinkedIn Learning’s April Challenge, take just 5 minutes each day from 13 to 30 April for bite-sized learning which will give you the tools you need to be a clear and confident communicator, an active listener, and a great teammate.

Download the Let's Talk Communication Challenge calendar for more information. The challenge videos are taken from a range of LinkedIn Learning courses which can also be undertaken in full.

 

LinkedIn Learning – an extensive online learning resource – is available for all Queen's staff. Sign up here to request your individual access. Contact stafflearning@qub.ac.uk if you have any questions about requesting access.

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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.
  • Writing your claim for Associate Fellowship or Fellowship HEA (AFHEA/FHEA). Register here.

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.

    • 7 June to 18 June, 10.00am to 11.00am
    • 19 July to 30 July, 10.00am to 11.00am
  • Being an Adviser of Studies: Monday 21 June, 9.30am to 11.00am. Register here.

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

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CENTRE FOR EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT 
HANDBOOK OF ASSESSMENT GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT 2020-21

The Handbook of Assessment Guidance and Support 2020-21 is now available on Queen's Online. The guidance outlined within the Handbook is the University's preferred practice on assessment.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
CANVAS VLE TRAINING

Upcoming Canvas training:

  • Canvas Assignments: Wednesday 14 April, 1.00pm to 1.40pm. Register here.
  • Canvas Quizzes: Friday 16 April, 12.00pm to 12.40pm. Register here.

1-2-1 Support Sessions
Book a 30-minute virtual support session with a Digital Learning Developer from your Faculty, School or VLE Pedagogy Support Team. (Subject to availability)

Recording of Training Sessions
Did you know that recordings of all of previous VLE Pedagogy Support training sessions are available to watch?

Connected Learning at Queen's
The 'Connected Learning at Queen's' online, self-paced Canvas course has been designed to support the development and delivery of Canvas courses during AY2020/21. It includes tailored guidance and short how-to type videos to guide you on your journey.

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LEARNING AND TEACHING
CANVAS VLE SUPPORT

Canvas for Assessment (Semester 2 AY2020/21)
Guidance to support examinations/tests and continuous assessment/coursework during Semester 2:

Digital Accessibility with Blackboard Ally
Blackboard Ally, a tool which will help you to gauge and improve the accessibility of course content is now available in your Canvas courses. The guidance below includes the training and support on offer.

Canvas Storage
Running out of storage in Canvas? Read this new blog post to learn how to manage your storage allocation.

QuickLinks
Check out the new A-Z QuickLinks page on the Digital Learning@Queen's Blog: go.qub.ac.uk/Quicklinks 

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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
MICROSOFT FORMS: CORRECT ANSWER CHOICE IN TEAMS MEETING FORM POLLS

Presenters will be able to mark a correct answer for their multiple-choice polls in Teams meetings. Useful when performing a quick knowledge check or engaging colleagues during a training session and the correct answer choice will be shown after voting in the Results card. This new feature will begin to rollout mid-April and complete by late April.

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

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TRAINING
IT TRAINING COURSES

The new training schedule has been published but more courses will be added. Course dates can be viewed at: go.qub.ac.uk/trainingschedule.

Register for courses via iTrent Self-Service.

Places are available on the following online courses:

  • How to plan your Social Media Strategy and Create Engaging Content: Friday 16 April, 10.00am to 11.00am
  • Introduction to Power BI: Tuesday 20 April, 10.00am to 11.00am
  • Creating Infographics and Visual Content: Friday 23 April, 10.00am to 11.00am
  • Diagrams made Easy with Microsoft Publisher: Wednesday 28 April, 10.00am to 11.00am
  • Excel1: Introduction to Excel: Wednesday 28 April, 10.30am to 1.00pm

The training programme will be delivered using Microsoft Teams.

Details of MediaSite and Turning Point courses, and booking: MediaSiteTurningPoint

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