8 April 2013

Research Showcase Day: 17 April

The University's first Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences research showcase day will take place on Wednesday 17 April.

The theme of the day is Thinking Forward through the Past, and the day’s programme is organised by the Research and Enterprise Directorate and the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, as part of the University’s ‘Local Talent, Global Impact’ initiative.

On the day, leading researchers from the Faculty will profile their work to audiences at various locations across Belfast.

At a lunchtime event (12.00pm - 2.00pm), in the Whitla Hall, staff can hear the School of Law's Professor Phil Scraton talk about his work as a key member of the Hillsborough Independent Panel. There will be an opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with Professor Scraton and meet other researchers from the Faculty.

To register for the lunchtime event, email

For further information, visit

You can follow regular updates throughout the day on Twitter using #QUBimpact. Staff unable to attend the Phil Scraton talk can take part in the Q&A using #philscraton.

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Directorate Roadshows start this week

Places are still available on the Research and Enterprise Roadshows which will take place on Wednesday 10 and Monday 15 April.

The aim of the Roadshows is to bring staff up-to-date with changes in the Directorate and to give an overview of the support and opportunities currently offered to researchers.

Open to all staff, the events will comprise a presentation, Q&A session and an opportunity to network with the team over lunch.  The dates are:

  • Wednesday 10 April, 1.00pm-2.00pm
  • Monday 15 April, 1.00pm-2.00pm

The events will take place in the McClay Library Auditorium and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Chris Browne,, 028 9097 2549, by Tuesday 9 April to allow for catering arrangements.

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5p shopping bag levy introduced

From today, retailers and businesses in Northern Ireland must charge at least 5 pence for each new single use carrier bag they supply to customers.

This doesn’t just apply to plastic bags, but also covers single use bags made from other natural materials.

You don't have to pay the levy if you use your own bags when shopping. Whether it’s a 'bag for life', a canvas bag, or just an ordinary plastic carrier bag, it all helps the environment.

A limited number of Queen's branded bags are available for staff as part of the 'Embracing a low carbon future' campaign. If you would like one, please email

For further information on the bag levy, click here.

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March/April edition of Queen's Now

The latest edition of Queen's Now is available online at:

Included in this edition is the opening of the Institute for Global Food Security and a look ahead to next month's showcase event highlighting the positive impact of research from the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Fellowship opportunities and expression of interests for Project Research Groups

The priority research theme of the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities for the 2013-14 academic year is: Cross-currents in global humanities: communicating the challenge of cultural exchange beyond borders. Further details on the theme are available at: Institute of Collaborative Research in the Humanities 

The Institute is now inviting applications for fellowship opportunities and expressions of interest from colleagues wishing to set up Project Research Groups.

Fellowship opportunities
The Institute welcomes applications from academic colleagues wishing to take up one of two fellowships available in the Institute during 2013-14. Further information is available here. The closing date for applications is Friday 12 April 2013 at 4.00pm.

Project Research Group
Expressions of interest are invited from academic colleagues wishing to set up a Project Research Group in the Institute for the 2013-14 academic year. Further information is available here. The closing date for submitting an expression of interest is Friday 12 April 2013 at 4.00pm.

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Research into mobile phone security and privacy

Participants are wanted for an online survey for research into security and privacy threats to mobile phone users.

The aim of the survey is to gather information about privacy and security issues users may have experienced when using their phones. This is an important area of research given the growing use of mobile phones, and smartphones in particular. The survey is intended to identify concerns, issues or problems that users have encountered in order to inform future policy and potential technical solutions.

Participants, who supply an email address, will be entered in a draw for one of four £50 Amazon tokens.

To take part in the survey, visit:


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Compliance with RCUK Open Access Policy from 1 April 2013

The new RCUK Policy on Open Access came into effect on 1 April 2013.  This Policy states that all peer-reviewed research papers arising from RCUK-funded research and submitted for publication after 1 April must be made Open Access.

RCUK has a preference for immediate, unrestricted, on-line access to such articles resulting from payment of an Article Processing Charge (APC) to the publisher (the ‘Gold’ route), but Open Access, which is achieved through deposit of the Author Final Accepted Manuscript in a repository such as the Queen’s Research Portal (the ‘Green’ route), is also acceptable.

From April onwards, it would be helpful if academic staff create appropriate links in Pure between grant funding and the publications which result to help manage Open Access requirements in the future.

Queen’s is in receipt of a small block grant to fund APCs for RCUK-sponsored articles. This fund is managed by the Library. From 1 April onwards, academic staff should make publication decisions in the usual way while bearing in mind the need to publish in compliant journals. Advice on publisher and journal compliance with funder Open Access requirements is available from the Library. A dedicated e-mail address has been set up to deal with inquiries -

When an RCUK-funded article is accepted for publication, academic staff should contact this e-mail address, forwarding the e-mail confirming acceptance for publication; Library staff will be able to offer advice on Open Access options and on the availability of funding for APCs. While centrally managed, each School will be allocated a notional budget according to their RCUK spend the previous year.  Please note that current funding is unlikely to cover all RCUK sponsored articles and these will have to be prioritised by Schools.  

Further information on Open Access and details of the RCUK Policy are available from the Library website.

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Selective Travel Management survey update

The Purchasing Office would like to thank everyone who participated in the Selective Travel Management survey.  Your feedback has been greatly appreciated and useful for identifying areas of improvement.

Congratulations to Rachel Paterson from the School of Biological Sciences, who was picked as the lucky winner of a pair of Flybe flights to any mainland UK destination from Belfast City Airport.

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Innovation Lecture: Monday 22 April

Professor Gerard George, Imperial College London, will deliver the Innovation Lecture on Monday 22 April at 6.30pm in Riddel Hall.

Entitled Innovating With ‘Hard Constraints’: How Low Cost Innovation is Changing What We Do, the lecture is part of the InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme. In his lecture Professor George will discuss how businesses can make products and services useful to an expanding global market, and will argue that we need a cultural change to be able to innovate within the hard constraints brought on by the current economic downturn.

You can find out more about the lecture at


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Queen’s University Management School (QUMS) Postgraduate Events

QUMS will hold a number of events for prospective part-time and full-time postgraduate students as follows:

QUMS Full-time Postgraduate Information Day
Monday 22 April, 12.00pm - 2.00pm, in the Canada Room/Council Chamber: Informal event where prospective students can chat to academic staff about the range of full-time programmes on offer, including three new programmes: International MBA, MSc Marketing, MSc Computational Finance and Trading.

QUMS Part-time Postgraduate Open Evening
Wednesday 22 May, 5.45pm - 7.30pm, in Riddel Hall: For those interested in the following part-time programmes: Executive MBA, MSSc Organisation and Management, and MA Human Resource Management.

QUMS Part-time and Full-time Open Evening
Thursday 20 June, 5.00pm - 7.00pm, in the Teaching and Conferencing Block at Riddel Hall: open to prospective students interested in any of the above programmes.

Register your interest in attending and find further information by clicking here.

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Queen's Sport

Swimathon 2013
Queen’s Sport will host the Marie Curie Cancer Care Swimathon from 26-28 April 2013. For more details and registration, visit

Children’s Activity Programme
Queen's Sport Children's Spring Activity Programme, including Splash and Swim, is open for enrolment. Activities include climbing, basketball and gymnastics. For further information, click here.

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STDU Courses

STDU Courses:

  • Wednesday 10 April: Dealing with Complaints (Lunchtime ‘Lite Bite’ Session), 12.00pm – 1.30pm
  • Tuesday 16 April: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH), 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 16 April: Career Development for Support Staff, 10.00am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 17 April: Manual Handling and Lifting, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • 22, 23 and 29 April: Training Skills for Occasional Trainers (3 half days), 9.15am – 1.00pm

Researcher Development:

  • Wednesday 17 April: Applying Your Research to Policy Agendas, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 25 April: Planning Your Research Career, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 21 May: Integrated Research Application System (IRAS), 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 29 May: Career Exploration for Researchers, 9.30am – 1.00pm

Leadership and Management Development
Developing for Success: (Aimed at Professional Support Staff Grade 8 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC3 and above)

  • Wednesday 17 April: Presenting with Impact, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 1 May: Managing Difficult Conversations, 9.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 28 May: Managing Change in Higher Education, 9.30am – 4.30pm

The above courses can all be booked via Queen's Online.

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IT Training Courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 16 April: Making best use of Outlook, 9.30am to 1.00pm
  • Monday 22 April: Guide to Computing Facilities, 9.30am to 10.45am
  • Monday 22 April: Creating Charts Using Excel, 1.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 23 April: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS, 10.00am to 1.00pm
  • Monday 29 April: Working with SharePoint, 9.30am to 1.00pm 
  • Tuesday 30 April: Adobe Photoshop 3: Digital Skills and Efficiencies, 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 01 May: SPSS 2: Data Analysis using SPSS, 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Monday 13 May: Introduction to Social Media, 10.00am to 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 15 May: Facebook for Beginners, 10.00am to 12.30pm
  • Thursday 16 May: Twitter for Beginners, 10.00am to 12.30pm
  • Thursday 23 May: Making Best use of Word (advanced features in Word), 9.30am to 4.00pm

To book a course,  go to Queen’s Online – - and under ‘Other’ click Training Courses.
ECDL testing: Test dates for April at
Today’s Tip: To find out how to access your drives and use Office applications and more from off-campus please visit: (and from the right hand menu choose Remote Access).


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Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education

There are places available on the following May courses:

  • Wednesday 1 May: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 8 May: Evaluation of Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Friday 17 May: Linking Teaching and Research, 10.00am – 1.00pm

Registration is via Queen’s Online. 

A full list of all CED events and courses together with further information is available here.

Guest Speaker Series

  • Wednesday 24 April: Dr David Baume, independent higher education consultant and founding chair of SEDA, will lead a workshop on Getting Published about Teaching and Learning, 2.00pm – 4.00pm in the Old Common Room.
  • Friday 26 April: Dr Eric Yao and Ms Anne Tierney, Glasgow University, will lead a workshop on Engaging First Year Students with Employability, 9.30am – 1.45pm in the Council Chamber/Canada Room.
The next issue of Reflections, the Queen’s Learning and Teaching newsletter, is due to be published later this semester. Please send your contributions to Linda Carey, or Liz McDowell,, by Friday 12 April 2013.
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