18 January 2021

HAVE YOUR SAY
STAFF PULSE SURVEY

Queen's University's first staff pulse survey, facilitated by People Insight, has now launched.

You will have received your unique link via email from People Insight and you are encouraged to have your say by taking part – there are just 12 questions and it only takes a few minutes to complete. 

As with previous surveys, the information that you provide in response to the survey is strictly confidential and cannot be traced back to you individually. By sharing your views and experience, you can have your say and help shape a better employee experience for everyone who works at Queen's. The survey closes at 5.00pm on Friday 5 FebruaryFind out more on the People and Culture website.

This survey has been designed in the context of COVID-19 and allows the University to check in with staff to understand how you are feeling and how we can best support you; and to inform how we deliver teaching and research.

 

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Brew Monday 2021 - Stay Connected
WELLBEING
BREW MONDAY – MONDAY 18 JANUARY

The third Monday in January is usually known as 'Blue Monday'. Let's turn this day on its head and into something positive on 'Brew Monday' by encouraging people to get together over a warming virtual cuppa.

It's more important than ever that we stay connected, even if we have to keep a physical distance.

Why not nominate someone in your team to set up a Microsoft Teams meeting for you all to have a virtual cuppa and chat, or reach out to a family member or friend to chat, listen and support one another.

If you or anyone you know needs to chat, you can contact a Samaritan.

As well as having a virtual cuppa and a chat, you can also support Brew Monday by making an online donation here. A donation to Samaritans can bring warmth to someone at the toughest time of their life.

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CHARITY
THANK YOU – QUB PORTERS' CHRISTMAS TOY APPEAL 2020

The Portering team would like to extend their appreciation to members of the Queen's community who so generously donated towards their 2020 Christmas Toy Appeal. Through your contributions, the Portering team were able to donate just over £6,500 to St. Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army's Christmas fundraising efforts. This has helped provide gifts for disadvantaged children at a time when many in our local communities are facing financial insecurity. 

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.

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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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

To help protect yourself and all within the Queen's community and wider public, please download the STOPCovid NI contact tracing app, available at:

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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BREXIT
BREXIT: ADVICE FOR STAFF AND STUDENTS

The United Kingdom left the European Union (EU) single market and customs union at the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020. This means that there will be new rules for citizens and businesses in the UK.

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.

RECRUITMENT
INTERNAL VACANCIES

The University is currently advertising for the following positions internally:

  • 20/108525 – Clerical Officer - Job Share, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • 20/108526 – Clerical Officer, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • 20/108550 – Technician, School of Pharmacy

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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Cervical Cancer Awareness
WELLBEING
CERVICAL CANCER PREVENTION WEEK

This week is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week. Cervical Cancer Prevention Week is an opportunity to raise awareness of the risks of cervical cancer, and help women and people with cervixes learn about how to reduce these risks and prevent the illness.

It's vital that you are: attending cervical screening when invited; knowing the symptoms of cervical cancer and seeking medical advice if experiencing any; taking up the HPV vaccine if aged 11-18, and encouraging others to do so; knowing where to find support and further information.

For further information about Cervical Cancer screening, the NHS has provided this website to give more information.

To help raise awareness, the NHS has partnered with Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and their #SmearforSmear campaign across social media. Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust is the UK’s leading cervical cancer charity and provides information and support to women through stories and blogs. They also although you to submit a question and receive a response from a medical professional.

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EVENT
QUEEN'S AND AFBI STRATEGIC ALLIANCE STAFF WEBINAR

The Queen's and AFBI Strategic Alliance has now been formalised through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) that sets out the guiding principles under which the two organisations will work together in order to deliver transformational research in the areas of food, environment and agriculture.

To mark this significant milestone staff are invited to take part in a joint Queen's and AFBI staff webinar between on Tuesday 2 February from 1.00pm to 2.30pm. This will provide an overview of the Alliance's background, areas of research focus and plans for the future, followed by a Q & A.

Please register as soon as possible here. A link to the webinar will be sent out to those who register in due course. 

LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
APPLY NOW – CONNECTED LEADERS LEVEL 2 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

As part of the continued focus on developing leadership capability at Queen's, People and Culture's Connected Leaders level 2 Leadership Development Programme, with an optional ILM level 5 award in leadership and management, launches in March 2021. Applications are welcome from 4 January 2021 until 5.00pm on Wednesday 20 January 2021.

The programme is suitable for Leaders at Level 2 of the Leadership and Management Framework, described as staff who have leadership responsibility for a team(s), or area of work or specialism that is strategically important, eg Managers reporting to a Head of Department, Senior Administrators, Professional Specialists such as Finance or HR Business Partners, Senior Technicians, Co- and Principal Investigators and Module or Subject Leads.

Connected Leaders level 2 will present participants with realistic leadership challenges and scenarios, to enable real time, practical learning. Full details about the programme, including content, dates and application form are available on the Connected Leaders level 2 webpage.

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SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT
FELLOWSHIP ACADEMY ANNIVERSARY

This January Queen's marks the one year anniversary of the official launch of the Queen's Fellowship Academy. Read the full story on the Staff Gateway.

The Fellowship Academy was established to offer a comprehensive range of bespoke tailored opportunities to support future research leaders and influencers with their professional, academic and personal development and progression. Further information on the Fellowship Academy can be found here.

(Photograph: Fellowship Academy Launch event on 13 January 2020)

IMPACT
QUEEN'S POLICY ENGAGEMENT AND RESEARCH BLOG

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

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:

  • Building new habits and making things happen in 2021: Joyce Johnston (Head of Reward and Wellbeing, People and Culture Directorate) provides staff with some tips from the Staff Wellbeing Team to help you stick to your new health and wellness resolutions in the new year.

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

EVENT
BLACK LIVES MATTER? ATTITUDES TO MINORITIES AND MIGRANTS IN NORTHERN IRELAND

Staff are invited to the webinar 'Black Lives Matter? Attitudes to Minorities and Migrants in Northern Ireland' on Wednesday 27 January at 3.30pm via Zoom.

Details and registration.

This webinar focuses on attitudes to minorities and migrants in Northern Ireland, using data from the 2019 Northern Ireland Life and Times survey. The main presenter is Dr Lucy Michael, followed by a panel discussion.

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EVENT
DAME INGRID ALLEN LECTURE (ANNUAL GENDER EQUALITY LECTURE)

The SMDBS Gender Equality Office invites staff to attend the Dame Ingrid Allen Lecture (Annual Gender Equality Lecture) on Friday 29 January from 11.00am to 12.15pm via Microsoft Teams.

The guest speaker is Professor Parveen Yaqoob. Further details, including Professor Yaqoob's biography and the online registration form, can be found at the following link.

More information / Register.

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EVENT
WASTE AWARENESS WEBINAR WITH BELFAST CITY COUNCIL

Queen's staff and students are invited to a short Waste Awareness Webinar with Belfast City Council on Wednesday 27 January from 2.00pm to 3.00pm.

Register here. The joining link will be sent after registration.

During this webinar, experts from Belfast City Council will take attendees through the journey of what happens to rubbish after it has been collected. Hear why it is so important to divide up recyclables and how small everyday changes can help to reduce waste, protect the environment, and keep the local community clean to create a better Belfast for all.

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SUSTAINABILITY
TOP TIPS FOR SAVING ENERGY WHILST WORKING FROM HOME

Queen's Carbon and Energy Team have put together some top energy saving tips for reducing energy usage and carbon footprint whilst working from home. See here for more Climate Conscious Living tips.

Let the sunlight in
Make sure your work-space has plenty of windows and natural solar light so lights can remain off.

Keep the heat in
If you have a radiator near a window, make sure you tuck the curtains behind the radiator to reduce heat loss.

Try not to overfill the kettle
Are you a tea or coffee addict? Make sure you only boil the amount of water you need when getting your cuppa.

Tweak the heat
Turn down your thermostat by one degree, and keep warm by wearing an extra layer.

Plug power
Finished charging your laptop and devices? Make sure you switch off all unused sockets.

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HSC REC
VACANCIES: HSC RESEARCH ETHICS COMMITTEES AT THE ORECNI AT BSO

Do you want to make a difference? Is the protection of the rights, safety and dignity of patients who are research subjects important to you? Are you interested in research which benefits patients and service users? If so, the ORECNI service at BSO would welcome your involvement and support. They are seeking new members for Health and Social Care Research Ethics Committees (HSC REC) in Northern Ireland.

Full information and application form. To discuss the role of a research ethics committee member please telephone Tamla Ervine or Fiona McNally at ORECNI on 028 9536 1400.

The deadline for applications is 4.00pm on Thursday 28 January. Interviews are scheduled for 22 and 23 February.

Postdoc Development Centre – Career Exploration Interviews
POSTDOCTORAL DEVELOPMENT
CAREER EXPLORATION INTERVIEW

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 November interview will take place on Friday 22 January from 10.00am to 11.15am. This interview will feature Dr Joan Edwards, Specialist Animal Nutrition at Palital Feed Additives, and Dr Ivan Fisher, Vice President Regulatory Affairs and Head of Mergers and Acquisitions at G&L Scientific (Regulatory and quality control consultancy).

All are welcome. More information / Register.

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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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EVENT
'PUBLIC CoLAB' ONLINE EXHIBITION AND PERFORMANCE

Staff are invited to attend the Online Exhibition and Performance of 'Public CoLab' on Friday 22 January at 3.00pm.

Attend here.

Public CoLab is an annual practice-based collaborative project between Broadcast students and Architecture students. This year, the project's focus will be 'Stories and Spaces in a post-Covid world'. The project takes place from Monday 18 to Friday 22 January and will culminate in the public Online Exhibition and Performance on the Friday.

During the week, participating Broadcast and Architecture students will research public space and people's various needs of that space and come up with stories and solutions for the adaptation of public space in a post-Covid, pandemic-prepared world.

The Public CoLab project is co-ordinated by Don Duncan, Lecturer in Broadcast Practice in the School of Arts, English and Languages, and Dr Nuala Flood, Senior Lecturer in Architecture in the School of Natural and Built Environment.

This is the second year this specific inter-Faculty and inter-School collaboration has taken place. Last year, the thematic focus of was 'Stories From the Future that Matter Today' – a broadcast/architecture response to climate change and flooding projection in the Belfast area, which led to a public exhibition in the Sonic Lab at SARC and to this colour publication.

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STUDENT SUPPORT
TUTORS AND ADVISORS OF STUDIES: 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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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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STUDENT WELLBEING
2021: EASIER SAID THAN DONE – MINDFULNESS SESSIONS FOR STAFF AND STUDENTS

The Student Wellbeing Service has organised a programme called '2021: Easier Said Than Done'. As part of this programme, and due to the popular 'Key to Opening Up During Lockdown' Mindfulness Sessions held in 2020, the Student Wellbeing Service has arranged for two staff sessions:

Register here to view the full programme

Tired of seeing 'New year, New you' everywhere? With the challenges of 2020, we need to be mindful of the goals we set ourselves, and be kind to ourselves.

It takes 21 days to make a new habit, or change an existing one, so staff and students are invited to get involved with Student Wellbeing's 21-day campaign (with a twist).

Mindfulness will help you to set goals, focus on the achievements you have made, and appreciate what you have. Sessions will help you to embed kindness and compassion within yourselves, and towards others.

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GRADUATE SCHOOL
THE GRADUATE SCHOOL: SEMESTER TWO PROGRAMME

The Graduate School recently launched its Semester Two Programme for January – May 2021. This programme acts as a guide to illustrate some of the many development opportunities available to postgraduate students this semester, as well as a range of community and wellbeing events to help them to stay connected.

View the full programme here.

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THE GRADUATE SCHOOL
INNOVATION AFTER HOURS WITH LINZI ROONEY, OWNER OF BORN AND BRED

The Graduate School invites the Queen's community to the next 'Innovation After Hours' event on Thursday 4 February from 6.00pm to 7.00pm via Microsoft Teams.

February's speaker is Linzi Rooney, owner of Born and Bred – an online and Belfast City Centre store.

Register here

Established in 2018 as a rebrand to Studio Souk, Born and Bred showcases products and producers from across the island of Ireland, telling a distinctive story of place. In Linzi's words, "the local, the unique, the authentic, needs to be the story that our city tells the world."

Born and Bred is Lonely Planet's top choice for arts and crafts in the city and has featured as one of the top 10 places to shop in Belfast by the New York Times along the way. Mummy to two little girls, Linzi splits her time between the city centre store, growing and developing her own product collection and the online store. Committed to the ethos of helping artists thrive, Linzi personally delivers a mentoring programme designed to help artists transform their hobby to a sustainable, profitable creative business.

 

Innovation After Hours is a chance to network with people who are interested in innovation and entrepreneurship and to be inspired by those who are working on interesting ventures. It's a casual virtual meet up open to Queen's students, staff and the general public. Join online from the comfort of your own home as The Graduate School welcomes an inspiring new guest speaker on the first Thursday of every month.

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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.

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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 VLE Training:

  • Wednesday 20 January, 1.00pm to 1.30pm: Building Communities. Register here.

    This session will focus on how to create and maintain a social presence online highlighting some of the key Canvas tools to help foster student engagement and interaction. Practical advice will be given on how to set the scene, create, facilitate and engage your students, to help build that sense of community in your course.
  • 1-2-1 Support Sessions: Book a 30-minute virtual support session to work alongside a Digital Learning Developer (from your School, Faculty or VLE Pedagogy Support Team) to troubleshoot issues or fast-track your Canvas course development. (Subject to availability). Register here.

Recording of Training Sessions: Recordings of all of previous VLE Pedagogy Support training sessions are available to watch here: https://go.qub.ac.uk/Training2020

Connected Learning at Queen's: The 'Connected Learning At Queen's' online, self-paced Canvas course has been designed to support you in the development and delivery of your Canvas course during AY2020/21. The course includes tailored guidance and short, how-to type videos to guide you on your journey. Find out more: https://go.qub.ac.uk/ConnectedLearningCourse 

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LEARNING AND TEACHING
CANVAS VLE SUPPORT

New Rich Content Editor in Canvas

Canvas has updated the Rich Content Editor (RCE), which is now available in all Canvas courses. It looks very similar to the original editor you are used to but provides a new and improved interface with some enhanced functionality. To understand what's new, check out this useful blog post: Canvas New Rich Content Editor.

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. Check out the post linked below for the latest information on BBAlly and what this will mean for both staff and students at Queen's. Link to the latest guidance below which includes training and support on offer:

Accessibility Toolkit

This 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, highlights accessibility checker tools such as the Canvas Rich Content Editor and Blackboard Ally and signposts other assistive technology and third party tools. The course is only available to full time, academic staff and can be accessed via this link: http://go.qub.ac.uk/AccessibilityToolkit 

Digital Learning @ Queen's

The Digital Learning @ Queen's site brings together key support and guidance (for both staff and students) related to various digital platforms. Find help, training and latest information all in one place. The site also creates an opportunity to recognise and share effective and innovative teaching practices, across the University.

Canvas for Assessment in Semester 1 (AY2020/21)

The following guidance Canvas for Assessment in Semester 1 (AY2020/21) will support you in setting up and administering assessments in this current first semester. A useful Canvas Assignment Setup Checklist can also be accessed via the following link: http://go.qub.ac.uk/AssignmentChecklist 

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.

 

CANVAS QUICKLINKS

Assessment in Semester 1 AY2020/21
Guidance on Assessments: http://go.qub.ac.uk/CanvasAssessment
Canvas Assignment Setup Checklist: http://go.qub.ac.uk/AssignmentChecklist

Accessibility
Accessibility Toolkit: http://go.qub.ac.uk/AccessibilityToolkit  
Blackboard Ally and Canvas: http://go.qub.ac.uk/BB-Ally
Digital Accessibility: http://go.qub.ac.uk/DigitalAccessibility  
Accessibility Checklist: http://go.qub.ac.uk/QUBAccessibilityChecklist 
Accessible Video Infographic: http://go.qub.ac.uk/AccessibleVideo

Training and Support Resources
Digital Learning @ Queen's: http://go.qub.ac.uk/DigitalLearning-QUB 
Canvas Training Schedule: https://blogs.qub.ac.uk/digitallearning/canvas-training 
Guided 1-2-1 Support: https://go.qub.ac.uk/1-to-1 
Connected Learning at Queen's: https://go.qub.ac.uk/ConnectedLearningCourse 
Canvas Course Development Guide: https://go.qub.ac.uk/CourseDevelopment 
Go Live Checklist: http://go.qub.ac.uk/Checklist-GoLive 
Online Classroom Checklist: http://go.qub.ac.uk/Checklist-OnlineClassroom 

Recording Video
Quick Guide to Record Video: http://go.qub.ac.uk/RecordVideo 

Supporting Students
Resources for Introducing Canvas to Students: http://go.qub.ac.uk/IntroducingCanvas 
Student Canvas Orientation Course: http://go.qub.ac.uk/StudentCanvasCourse 
Student Guidance on the Blog: http://go.qub.ac.uk/CanvasForStudents 
Student Digital Skills Hub: http://go.qub.ac.uk/StudentDigitalSkillsHub 

Other
Digital Etiquette: http://go.qub.ac.uk/Digital-Etiquette 
Synchronous Vs Asynchronous Infographic: https://go.qub.ac.uk/Sync-Async 
ABC Learning Design: http://go.qub.ac.uk/Learning-Design 

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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.
  • 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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LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT FOR STAFF
COURSE AVAILABILITY – JANUARY 2021

Places are now available for the following courses in January 2021. Register via iTrent.

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

  • Learning for All – Effective Remote Mentoring: Tuesday 26 January, 9.30am to 1.00pm.

    This interactive workshop will provide an understanding of the principles of mentoring, the core skills needed to provide an impactful mentoring experience and how to develop an effective mentoring relationship and experience.
  • Managing and Motivating People and Teams Remotely: Wednesday 27 January, 9.30am to 1.00pm

    The challenging role of the manager has been made even more complex in the current remote working environment. The circumstances that have led to the need for remote working have had significant impact for staff and managers personally and professionally. The role of the manager to provide structure, guidance, support and be able to motivate are essential in these new ways of working.

    This half day session will build managers confidence to effectively manage in the remote working environment. This session will consider the ‘mind-set shift’ in what success looks like for you and your team, to understanding, defining and truly being flexible with your team - while continuing to ensure contributions are as effective as possible.
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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 until February 2021.

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

Next available sessions:

  • Tuesday 19 January, 11.00am to 3.00pm
  • Tuesday 26 January, 9.30am to 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 17 February, 9.30am to 1.00pm

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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INFORMATION SERVICES
OFFICE 365 TEAMS

There is a new feature in Teams that allows you to share your screen and content from Teams 'Chat'. Click the Screen Sharing icon, top right, next to 'Audio call'.

Further information is available on the Office 365 Training & Support SharePoint site.

To arrange a Teams Clinic for staff in your School that goes beyond the basics, please email itcourses@qub.ac.uk.

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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 still available on the following online courses:

  • Using Microsoft Teams: Tuesday 19 January, 10.00am to 11.00am
  • Creating Infographics and Visual Content: Wednesday 20 January, 10.00am to 11.30am
  • SharePoint for Site Contributors: Thursday 21 January, 10.30am to 11.30am
  • SharePoint for Site Owners: Thursday 21 January, 12.30pm to 1.30pm
  • Introduction to Power BI: Tuesday 26 January, 10.00am to 11.30am
  • Introduction to Microsoft Bookings: Tuesday 26 January, 11.00am to 12.00pm
  • Advanced Word Processing: Getting More out of Word: Thursday 28 January, 10.00am to 11.00am

The training programme will be delivered using Microsoft Teams.

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

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