22 April 2013

Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards

Student Services and Systems has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Registry Team category of the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2013.

The department was shortlisted for the successful development of a streamlined Enrolment and Registration (E&R) process and its focus on the student experience, through the students’ eyes.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 20 June. For further information on the awards, click here.

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Q in 60

To watch the 'Q in 60' video from last week's Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Showcase Day, click here.

Featured in the news video are: Dean of the Faculty Professor Shane O'Neill; Professor Joanne Hughes from the School of Education who shared her research with audiences at the Grand Opera House during the Showcase Day; and Professor Phil Scraton who gave the keynote address on the day about his research into the Hillsborough disaster.

To watch the full keynote address by Professor Phil Scraton, click here.

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Vice-Chancellor's Blog

In his latest post, the Vice-Chancellor reflects on last week's Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Showcase Day and the importance of highlighting the impact of what we do at Queen's.

To access the blog, visit

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Movement Innovation Lab Open Day

Staff are invited to an open day in the Movement Innovation Lab in the PEC on Monday 29 April.  There are two slots: 10.00am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-5.00pm, when the team will outline the service with a live demonstration of the facilities.

The newly opened Lab offers an innovative new motion capture facility. In collaboration with Image Studio, it offers a comprehensive service from definition and design through to final product for your entertainment, sporting, industry or research needs.

For further information on the Lab, click here.

To book a place on the open day, please email detailing numbers and a preferred time-slot of either morning or afternoon. 

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FINAL WEEK of the National Student Survey 2013

There is one week left to take part in the National Student Survey, so please encourage your final year students to participate.

The response rate for NSS 2013 is just below 70 per cent. In this final week, please encourage eligible students, mostly final year students, to complete the survey online or via their smartphones at Ipsos Mori will close the survey at midnight on 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, 028 9097 1435,
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The First and Second Year Experience Surveys (FYE and SYE)

The University’s First and Second Year Experience Surveys, launched in February, will remain open to students until 30 April. All eligible students have been sent an email with the web link and those who have not yet responded are being sent regular email reminders.

Please encourage all first and second year students to complete this survey. The response rate for the SYE is close to last year’s final rate of 38.3%. However, the response rate for the FYE is lower – on 17 April, it was 32% compared with a closing rate of 39.3%.

Students who complete their respective survey will be entered into a prize draw with the opportunity to win one of four prizes of £50.

If you have any queries about either of these surveys, please contact Pat McNally, Educational Developer, CED on 028 9097 1435 or by email

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New Generation Thinkers: Charlotte Blease

A short film featuring Dr Charlotte Blease from the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy is now available on the BBC website.

This is one of a series of films made as part of New Generation Thinkers: each year producers from BBC Radio 3 and BBC Television Arts, together with the Arts and Humanities Research Council, select a group of young academics who have the potential to turn their ground breaking ideas into sensational broadcasting.

In the film Charlotte discusses the ethics of doctors who prescribe placebo medication. To watch the video, click here.

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Nominate colleagues for Staff Volunteer of the Year Award

Applications are now open for this year's Volunteering Excellency Awards which recognise the positive contribution staff and students make to the community.

Staff are invited to nominate colleagues in the Staff Volunteer of the Year category but are also welcome to nominate individuals in any of the other categories:

  • Student Volunteer of the Year
  • Course Rep of the Year
  • Voluntary or Charitable Group/ Club/ Society or Organisation of the Year
  • Voluntary or Charitable Event or Activity of the Year

The closing date for submitting nominations is Friday 17 May and the awards will take place on Monday 3 June in the Great Hall.

Click on the link to nominate: VEA Nomination Form

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Take part in Eco-Home Programme

Staff and students are invited to take part in the Eco-Home programme run by Tidy Northern Ireland. The programme aims to support and advise householders on ways to save money on their household bills whilst protecting the environment.

To take part you need to sign up and complete an initial survey by 30 April. You will then have one month to use their saving tips on the themes of waste, energy, water and transport. A final survey needs to be completed by 31 May to see if any environmental improvements have been made.

You can take part individually or as part of the Queen's University Belfast staff team (Register under QUB staff on the Eco-home website:

Prizes are available for participating.

To find out more please click here or email


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Change of address for Institutes

The Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities (ICRH) and The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (ISCTSJ) have moved premises from 22 University Square to 18 and 19 University Square respectively.

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Annual Religious Studies Lecture at Queen's

Professor Mike Hulme, University of East Anglia and former Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, will deliver the third Annual Religious Studies Lecture on Wednesday 1 May at 2.00pm in the Canada Room. 

Entitled Climate Change and Virtue: an apologetic, the lecture will suggest a different, non-programmatic response to climate change: a reacquainting with the ancient and religious idea of virtue. 

You can find out more about the lecture here or by contacting Professor David Livingstone, Director of the Religious Studies Research Forum, at

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ARK seminar: Tuesday 23 April

The next ARK seminar will take place on Tuesday 23 April, 12.00 - 1.00pm. Entitled Taking Boys Seriously: A 5 year longitudinal study of adolescent male school-life experiences, the seminar will be delivered by Ken Harland (University of Ulster), Sam McCready (University of Ulster) and Michael McKenna (YouthAction NI).
This seminar presents the findings of a five year longitudinal study carried out by The Centre for Young Men’s Studies at the University of Ulster in collaboration with YouthAction Northern Ireland. 

The seminar will take place at NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, followed by a sandwich lunch.  The seminar is free, however, places must be booked by email, or by telephone 028 7167 5513.

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QUB’s Got Talent: Final takes place this week

QUB’s Got Talent, sponsored by The Signature Works, takes place on Thursday 25 April in the Mandela Hall with a line-up of eleven talented acts from across campus.  The show, hosted by Malachi Cush, will feature guest judge Julian Simmons.  At the end of the event, the winning act will receive a £1,000 cash prize.

QUB’s Got Talent is open to students, staff and members of the public.  Tickets are on sale now for £7 from the SU Reception.


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Nominations invited for SU Awards

Nominations are now open for this year’s Students’ Union Awards. The Awards will be held in The Space, Students’ Union on Wednesday 1 May 2013.

If you would like to nominate any individual, Club or Society, please complete the nomination form and return via email to  by no later than 5.00pm on Friday 26 April 2013.

The Awards include a category for Staff Member of the Year which seeks to recognise the excellent work of a member of staff who has contributed significantly to the Queen’s community. This award is open to all members of staff including lecturers, sports coaches and support staff.

Click on the links below for more information:

The Nomination Pack 

Nomination Form  

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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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Queen's Sport

Swimathon 26-28 April 2013
Swimmers in Belfast will make a splash for charity on Friday 28, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April as they complete Swimathon 2013 at Queen’s Sport.

They will be helping to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care through Swimathon’s established 5k, 2.5k, 1.5k and Team 5k/1.5k Distance Challenges. The PEC is one of more than 600 pools nationwide hosting Swimathon 2013 sessions.

Entry for Swimathon 2013 closes on Wednesday 24 April. To enter, sponsor a swimmer, or to find out more, please visit

Volunteers needed. If interested, please contact

Ramada Plaza University Boat Race 2013
The 10th annual University Boat Race will take place on 8 June 2013. Corporate tickets are now available, for more details click here. You can now follow the Boat Race on Twitter @UniBoatRace13.

GAA Golf Classic
The 2013 Queen’s Past Members’ Golf Classic takes place on Friday 10 May at Rockmount Golf Course, Carryduff. For more details click here.

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QUSO Spring concert

The Queen's University Symphony Orchestra (QUSO) Spring concert will take place on Thursday 2 May at 7.30pm in the Whitla Hall.  The programme will feature Bizet: L'Arlésienne Suites Nos. 1 & 2 Brahms: Symphony No. 3.

QUSO is entirely student-run, comprising undergraduate and postgraduate students. There are approximately 70 students in the orchestra from various subjects throughout the University who meet up for rehearsals every Wednesday during term time. This is the culmination of a semester's work and promises to be an enjoyable evening of music-making. 

Tickets, priced £7 and £5, are available by contacting 028 9097 5337,

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Join an Open Learning part-time course

Classes in the Spring 2013 Open Learning Programme start on Monday 29 April. There is a large variety of short courses catering for all interests, including:
  • History
  • Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Personal Development
  • Visual Arts and many more …

Staff and student discounts are available. For further information, visit

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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
  • Wednesday 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 can be accessed 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.

 CED Annual Conference: 28 June
The Centre for Educational Development will host its 7th Annual Conference, Active and Interactive Learning and Students, 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.

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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 24 April: Tables and Form design using Word, 9.00am - 12.30pm
  • 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 –

ECDL testing: Next test date is Tuesday 30 April, book at
For further information, contact or 028 9097 6189 or go to

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STDU courses

STDU Courses

  • Wednesday 8 May: Personnel Procedures, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 8 May: General Risk Assessment, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 9 & 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

  • Tuesday 28 May: Managing Change in Higher Education, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Monday 10 June: Finance for Non-Finance Managers, 9.30am – 4.30pm

For further information on the above courses and to view all available courses, click here.

The above courses can be booked via Queen's Online -

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