15 April 2013

Research Showcase Day: 17 April

All staff are invited to an event this Wednesday to hear Professor Phil Scraton talk about his work as a 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 of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

The event, which takes place on Wednesday 17 April, 12.00pm - 2.00pm, in the Whitla Hall, is part of a research showcase day when leading researchers from the Faculty will profile their work to audiences at various locations across Belfast.

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.

To register for the lunchtime event, email

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.

For further information, visit

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New Interchange Opportunity

A new secondment opportunity has been circulated by the Northern Ireland Interchange Partner Group for the position of Chief Executive, Ilex Urban Regeneration Company (Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister).
Full details of this opportunity can be found here.

If you require any further information, contact Tony Earley, Senior Personnel Officer, 028 9097 1124,

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Latest CCRCB Bulletin

The latest CCRCB Bulletin is now available online. Click on the following link to access it: CCRCB Bulletin April 2013
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Copy deadline for Queen's Now

The copy deadline for the next edition of Queen's Now is Monday 29 April. Please send contributions to

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

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Professor Kang Li's Inaugural lecture

Professor Kang Li from the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will deliver his inaugural lecture, entitled Data, Intelligent Systems and Control, on Wednesday 24 April at 4.00pm in the Emeleus Lecture Theatre, Physics Building. A reception will take place afterwards in the Senate Room.

RSVP by Tuesday 16 April to Fionnuala McCrink, Bernard Crossland Building, 028 9097 4669,
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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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Young Artists Required

The Institute of Child Care Research is hosting an art competition for 5-18 year olds resident in Northern Ireland. Gift vouchers for the value of up to £100 will be awarded to winning entries, and the art work will be displayed on the ICCR website.

Entries must address one of four research themes: children and families; health and wellbeing; children in public care and adopted; and teenagers.

To enter, children need to download an entry form here, and send their art work together with a completed form to: Lisa Monaghan, ICCR, Queen’s University Belfast, 6 College Park, Belfast, BT7 1LP.

The closing date for entries is 31 May 2013, and winners will be notified by the end of June. Entries will be judged on creativity, artistic merit, and relevance to the theme.

Further details on the competition are available at:

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Queen's Sport

Adult Activity Programme- Course Enrolment now available
The Spring 2013 Adult Courses are now open for enrolment. Pilates, yoga (various types), swimming, climbing and Jive & Swing are just some of the courses offered at Queen’s Sport.

Queen's Sport's 12 week Back 2 Basics is now open for enrolment and the course begins 13 May. For further details on Queen's Sport's Fitness Courses and Back 2 Basics, please click here.

Children’s Activity Programme- Spaces Still Available
Limited spaces are still available on climbing, swimming and trampolining. For further information, please click here.

Summer Scheme 2013
This year's scheme will run for seven weeks, from Monday 1 July until 16 August 2013 (Monday - Friday) except Friday 12 July. Activities include climbing, swimming, trampolining, gymnastics as well as team and ball games.

Enrolment for University staff opens on Tuesday 7 May, for Queen's Sport members on Friday 10 May and others on Monday 13 May.

If you would like to receive an email with the details for enrolment, please email:    

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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

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 above courses can be booked via Queen's Online.


CED Annual Conference: 28 June
The Centre for Educational Development will host its 7th Annual Conference, Active and Interactive Learning and Teaching, on 28 June 2013 from 9.30am - 3.45pm in the Council Chamber/Canada Room.

Facilitators include Dr Kate Exley, University of Leeds, Professor Colin Beard, National Teaching Fellow, Sheffield Business School and from Queen's,  Dr Karen King, Biological Sciences and Dr Geraint Ellis, Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering.

Participants will be given an opportunity to explore a range of approaches to enhance the student learning experience and increase student engagement. The Conference Programme and further details are available here or email, 028 9097 1447.


The deadline for submitting articles for the next issue of Reflections, the Queen’s Learning and Teaching newsletter, is Friday 19 April 2013. Contributions should be sent to Linda Carey, or Liz McDowell,


NSS: Final two weeks
There are two weeks left for eligible students to take part in the National Student Survey 2013.  Ipsos MORI may continue to contact non-responding students by telephone. Please encourage eligible students to complete the survey online or via their smartphones at The survey closes on Tuesday 30 April.

Students who complete the survey will be entered into a prize draw conducted on behalf of the University by Ipsos MORI with the opportunity to win an iPad.

If you have any queries about the survey, please contact Pat McNally, Educational Developer, CED on 028 9097 1435 or by email

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IT Training Courses

Places are available on the following courses:

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

To book a course,  go to Queen’s Online – - and under ‘Other’ click Training Courses. Course descriptions are available at
ECDL testing: Test dates for April are available at Staff members who have a logbook need to check that they are still eligible to take tests. For inquiries about ECDL and ECDL Advanced, contact or 028 9097 6189 or go to

Today’s Tip – Do you want to have shorter URLs for your publicity or other communications? Then visit

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STDU Courses

There are places available on the following courses:

STDU Courses

  • Wednesday 8 May: Personnel Procedures, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 8 May: General Risk Assessment, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 9 May and Monday 13 May: Presentation Skills for Support Staff (2 half days), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 20 May: Management Essentials – Facilitating Change (for Grade 7 staff), 10.00am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 21 May: Computer Workstation Risk Assessment, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 22 May: Health and Safety for Co-ordinators, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 13 June: Effective Minute Taking, 10.00am – 1.00pm

Researcher Development

  • 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 1 May: Managing Difficult Conversations, 9.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 28 May: Managing Change in Higher Education, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Courses can be booked via Queen's Online. For further information on the courses, visit

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