29 April 2013

Auto-enrolment Pension Legislation

Auto-enrolment is new pension legislation, introduced by the Government, which is aimed at increasing the number of people who save for their retirement through a workplace pension scheme.

This legislation will impact the University with effect from 1 May 2013.  To see if you will be affected, please click here.

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‘Big Bang’ machine comes to Belfast

The world’s largest science experiment, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), and the man behind the Higgs particle theory, are coming to Queen's.

From Saturday 4 - Friday 10 May in the Whitla Hall,  members of the public can walk through a life size model of part of the LHC tunnel and get hands-on with a number of interactive exhibits.

Sponsored by the Science and Technology Facilities Council, the week-long exhibition will also feature a lecture from Physicist Peter Higgs, the man behind the Higgs Boson, and Queen’s graduate Dr Steve Myers, who is Director for Accelerators and Technology at CERN, the organisation that built and operates the LHC in Switzerland.

For further information on the programme of events click here.

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Campus Works: Summer 2013

This year sees an increasing level of capital works on the campus and a number of major projects will be on site by summer 2013, subject to planning approval in some cases.

Click here to find out more about the projects which will take place on the Main Site, the Health Sciences campus and the DKB/Ashby Site.

If you have any questions about the works, please contact Estates on 028 9097 5005 or

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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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Vice-Chancellor's Blog

In his latest post, the Vice-Chancellor reflects on the recent 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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Car hire bookings

Two firms - Avis-Budget and Enterprise Rent-A-Car - have been appointed to provide car hire services to the University within Northern Ireland and GB.  The appointments have been made using the HE regional consortia framework agreement for vehicle hire. 

All bookings should be made via the AeTM Travel Self Booking Tool, operated and maintained by the University’s appointed travel management company – Selective Travel Management.  The booking tool can be accessed via Queen’s Online. 

Further information on the booking process can be found at

Members of staff who do not currently have access to the AeTM , but who will require it for booking car hire, should contact the Purchasing Office in the first instance.

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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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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Andy Meharg

Professor Andy Meharg from the Institute for Global Food Security, School of Biological Sciences, will deliver his inaugural lecture, Arsenic on your plate, on Thursday 2 May at 4.00pm in Lecture Theatre 1, Medical Biology Centre (MBC), Lisburn Road.   A reception will take place afterwards in the foyer (MBC).
Please RSVP to

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Queen's University Symphony Orchestra 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. Tickets, priced £7 and £5, are available by contacting 028 9097 5337,

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Centre for Vision and Vascular Science Coffee Morning

The Centre for Vision and Vascular Science will host a coffee morning on Wednesday 1 May at 10.30am on the ground floor of the Institute of Clinical Science, Block A.  All proceeds will be donated to Diabetes UK.


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Portrait unveiling

All staff are invited to attend the unveiling of Comhghall Casey's portrait of Brenda McLaughlin in the Great Hall on Monday 20 May at 4.30pm.

Please RSVP to Queen's Gender Initiative (QGI) at

The event is part of the QGI Portraits Initiative.


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Queen's University Management School postgraduate events

Queen's University Management School will host the following postgraduate events in May and June:

  • Wednesday 22 May: QUMS Part-time Postgraduate Open Evening, 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.

  • Thursday 20 June: QUMS Part-time and Full-time Open Evening, 5.00pm - 7.00pm, in the Teaching and Conferencing Block at Riddel Hall. Open to prospective students interested in the above programmes as well as our full-time programmes including three new programmes being launched in September 2013: International MBA, MSc Computational Finance and Trading,  and MSc Marketing.

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

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Call for applications - ISCTSJ

Call for applications for an Institute Fellow 2013 – 2014
The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (ISCTSJ) invites applications from academic colleagues at Queen’s wishing to take up a Fellowship available in the Institute during 2013-2014.  One position is available for the academic year.  The successful applicant will be appointed full-time to the Institute for this period.

Details are available at,382524,en.html. The closing date for applications is 4.00pm on Friday 17 May.

Call for applications – Interdisciplinary Research Groups 2013 – 2014
ISCTSJ invites applications from researchers interested in establishing an Interdisciplinary Research Group to focus on a particular problem, question or issue in the broad field of conflict transformation and social justice.  Two awards worth £5,000 each will be made for the academic year 2013-2014.  Previously successful applicants are eligible to apply for a second year of funding up to a maximum of two consecutive years.  The programme of activities is expected to start in September of the year in which the award is granted.

Details are available at,382527,en.html. The closing date for applications is 4.00pm on Friday 17 May.

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Win 2 tickets to see The Reluctant Fundamentalist at Queen’s Film Theatre

Based on the best-selling novel, Mira Nair's timely new film is a gripping thriller that explores the cultural divide between East and West since the attacks of 9/11.

Changez (Riz Ahmed) and Bobby (Liev Schreiber) meet in a Lahori teahouse, where the young Pakistani professor tells the American journalist his story. He recounts his relentless pursuit of corporate success on Wall Street and the path that led him back to his native Pakistan when his American dream began to crumble after 9/11. A powerhouse performance by Ahmed and Nair's confident direction ensure this will be one of the most-talked-about films of the year.

To win a pair of tickets please email with The Reluctant Fundamentalist in the subject line and the answer to the question: Who wrote the novel that the film is based on?

Competition closes Wednesday 1 May at 12.00pm and the winner will be contacted by email.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist will be showing at QFT from Friday 10 May to Wednesday 15 May.

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Queen's Sport

Adult Activity Programme- Course Enrolment still available
Spaces are still available in Queen's Sport's Spring 2013 Adult Courses. Pilates, yoga (various types), swimming, climbing and Jive & Swing are just some of the courses offered. The 12 week ‘Back 2 Basics Programme’ is also on offer, beginning 13 May.
For further details please click here.

Do Your Best Swim
Queen’s Sport will be staging a swim challenge in support of Cancer Focus Northern Ireland from Monday 10 June until Thursday 13 June. Click here to get involved.

Summer Scheme 2013
Don’t miss the chance to enrol your child in this year’s Summer Scheme. Enrolment for University staff opens on Tuesday 7 May, for Queen's Sport members on Friday 10 May and others on Monday 13 May.
Click here for more information.

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.

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

CED's 7th Annual Conference
CED will host its 7th Annual Conference Using Active and Interactive Approaches with Students on 28 June 2013 from 9.30am - 3.45pm in the Council Chamber/Canada Room.

The External workshop facilitators are Dr Kate Exley, University of Leeds and Professor Colin Beard, National Teaching Fellow, Sheffield Business School. Queen's workshop presenters are Dr Karen King, School of Biological Sciences and Dr Geraint Ellis, School of 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 contact, 028 9097 1447.

Registration is via Queen’s Online.  Full instructions for booking are on the website.  For information or for assistance with registration please email the Centre at or telephone 028 9097 1447.

A full list of all CED events and courses together with further information can be accessed here.

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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Monday 13 May: Introduction to Social Media, 10.00am - 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 14 May: Introduction to CMS (Web Authoring), 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 15 May: Facebook for Beginners, 10.00am - 12.30pm
  • Thursday 16 May: Twitter for Beginners, 10.00am - 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 22 May: Introduction to PivotTables using Excel, 9.30am - 12.00pm
  • Thursday 23 May: Making Best use of Word (advanced features in Word), 9.30am - 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 29 May: Introduction to CMS (Web Authoring), 10.00am - 1.00pm

To book a course go to Queen’s Online – - and under ‘Other’ click Training Courses. Course descriptions at For more information, contact or 028 9097 6189. Twitter feed:
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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
  • 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

Researcher Development

  • 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

To view all courses,  please click on:

To book a place on the above courses log onto Queen's Online - - then select Training Courses from the list on the left of the page.

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