2 December 2013

1% Pay Award

In accordance with the advice provided by the Universities and Colleges Employers Association, the 2013 nationally negotiated pay award of one per cent will be implemented in the December payroll -  this will be backdated to 1 August 2013.

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Vice-Chancellor's Blog

In his latest blog post, Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor James McElnay reflects on some recent university events which have shown the wider world what we do at Queen's.  He also looks ahead to Winter Graduation and congratulates those who took part in Movember. To read the blog, visit:

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£200 of Amazon vouchers available in Christmas competition

Up to £200 worth of Amazon vouchers are up for grabs in the Twelve Doors of Christmas competition.

Starting today, a daily profile of 12 recent graduates will be revealed behind a Queen's door in the run-up to Winter Graduation. Read about the individual career stories of some of our best graduates and find out about the doors that a Queen's degree has opened for them.

Once all the doors and graduates have been revealed, all you have to do is identify the Queen’s doors pictured to be in with a chance of winning. An entry form will be available on the last day of Winter Graduation (Friday 13 December). To enter, simply list the door locations and submit the online form.

Prizes include one £100 Amazon voucher, one £50 Amazon voucher, and two £25 Amazon vouchers. Winners will be announced on Wednesday 18 December.  Click here to see the doors.

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Election of Staff to Membership of Senate - voting closes 4 December

Electronic voting, through Queen’s Online, to elect two members of Academic Staff and two members of Support Staff to membership of Senate will close at midnight on Wednesday 4 December 2013.

Further details are available at  This provides information on all staff standing for election to Senate, along with Guidance Notes on how to vote.  

To ensure as many staff members as possible vote in this election, if you encounter any difficulties in casting your vote, please contact Dominic Doherty, Returning Officer, on 028 9097 3726 or by email to

The results of the election will be published on Thursday 5 December 2013.

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Porters' Toy Appeal

The Porters have launched their Christmas Toy Appeal.

Gifts can be left at the Christmas tree in the Administration Building or at a number of collection points throughout the campus. These include the porters' offices at the Ashby Building, Medical Biology Centre, Elms Village and at any of the Chaplaincy Offices on Elmwood Avenue. The appeal deadline is Monday 16 December.

If you cannot make it to one of the collection points, but would still like to donate a gift, contact

Toys from this year’s appeal will be given to The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul.


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Movember teams raise almost £20,000

Congratulations to all those who participated in the university-wide Movember campaign. Twenty teams from across the University took part raising almost £20,000. The team from Estates topped the leaderboard with over £2,500.

Click here to find out how the money was raised.

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Information Services Coffee Morning: Thursday 5 December

The annual Information Services Coffee Morning takes place on Thursday 5 December in the Great Hall between 10.00am-11.30am.

Ballots for the raffle can be purchased in advance, and up to 10.45am at the coffee morning.  Prizes include a laptop, an iPad Mini, an overnight hotel stay, meal-for-two vouchers, a Blackberry phone and numerous hampers.

There will be lots of goodies for sale on the day, perfect for Christmas gifts. All proceeds go to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

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Delivery of personal mail

In the run-up to Christmas, staff are reminded that the University Mail Room does not accept personal mail, including parcels from online companies requiring a signature.

While it is recognised that companies such as Amazon will be used to order course workbooks, staff are asked not to order personal items from this and other online companies to be delivered to the Mail Room.

All staff are asked to put alternative arrangements in place to ensure that personal items of mail are not delivered to the University.

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Agri-Food economy debate: Tuesday 10 December

The Chief Executives’ Club and A & L Goodbody invite you to attend a Northern Ireland economy debate on Growing our Agri-Food Industry: Challenges and Opportunities for 2014. The event will take place on Tuesday 10 December in Riddel Hall, 5.30pm-7.45pm.

Chaired by Business and Economics Journalist and Broadcaster Jim Fitzpatrick, panel members include:

  • Clarke Black, Chief Executive, Ulster Farmers’ Union
  • Professor Chris Elliott, Director, Institute for Global Food Security
  • Angela McGowan, Chief Economist, Danske Bank UK
  • Tony O’Neill, Chair, Agri-Food Strategy Board / Convenience Foods and New Business Director, Moy Park Ltd
  • Peter Stafford, Chair, A & L Goodbody

Refreshments will be served from 5.30pm and the debate will begin at 6.00pm.

For further information, click on: Agri-Food economy debate.  Please RSVP to, 028 9097 1153, to secure your place.

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Queen’s Sport

Back 2 Basics Winter 14
The Back to Basics Programme, which is for beginner and intermediate trainers, focuses on fitness fundamentals, such as exercise and nutrition, giving you the knowledge and confidence to maintain your fitness and manage your body. General enrolment for B2B Winter 14 Programme opens today. For more details on this popular course, click here.

Queen’s Sport Christmas Vouchers
Give the gift of fitness and well-being this Christmas with a Queen's Sport gift voucher, available to suit any budget. Vouchers can be purchased at Queen’s Sport reception from today, alternatively contact Sales staff for further details on 028 9038 7684 or click here.

Christmas Membership
All-Inclusive Christmas Memberships are now available at Queen’s Sport. One, three or six month packages available. For prices and more information, please click here.

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Students’ Union Shop

Christmas Stocking fillers and more at the Students’ Union Shop:

• Just arrived… Queen's branded and non-branded 2014 Diaries from pocket size to A4.

Departmental and business purchases can be organised via internal transfer or account card. 15% discount available for all internal transfer/account stationery purchases (including 2014 diaries) during December and January (minimum spend £20). For further product and pricing information, please contact, 028 9097 1048.

• Excellent range of stationery – including ‘fashion’ notebooks, pens and accessories.

• Fairtrade gifts and treats and essentials, including Christmas cards, chocolates, pens and notebooks.

• Fairtrade leisure wear, including vests, gym tops, shorts and sweats plus new stock of zipped jackets and hoodies.

The Students’ Union Shop is owned and operated by Queen's with all profits reinvested to improve the Students’ Union facilities and enhance the student experience.

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QFT listing and competition

This week at QFT:

  • Captain Phillips - A multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the US container ship starring Tom Hanks.
  • Leviathan - Set aboard a hulking fishing vessel as it navigates the treacherous waves off the New England coast, this documentary captures the harsh, unforgiving world of the fishermen in starkly haunting, yet beautiful detail.
  • Short Term 12 - Award-winning indie drama starring Brie Larson as Grace, the manager of a short-term care facility for young people.
  • Jeune & Jolie – The new film from director François Ozon follows the journey of 17-year-old Isabelle as she begins to explore her sexuality.
  • Nebraska (from Friday) - Irascible and forgetful, senior citizen Woody (Bruce Dern) is convinced he has won a million dollars in a marketing scam and insists that he and his estranged son David make their way from Montana to Nebraska to claim his prize.

Staff ticket price £5, standard ticket price £6.50. £4 tickets for everyone Mondays and Tuesdays. Please visit for more details.

To win a pair of tickets to Nebraska, please email with NEBRASKA in the subject line and the answer to the question: Bruce Dern is father to which actress who gained critical acclaim for her roles in Mask, Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart? Competition closes Wednesday 4 December at 12.00pm and the winner will be contacted by email.


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Christmas at the Speakeasy

The Speakeasy Kitchen, Students’ Union, is now serving a Christmas Dinner special for just £7. Just order at the bar. Everyone welcome.

If you're looking for somewhere to have your Christmas lunch/night out, they are also taking bookings and have a three course option available for £13.50 per person. Contact for more information.

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Santander offer for staff

Santander are offering Queen's staff the chance to receive 20 free shares when they apply for a mortgage through a Santander university branch, and the mortgage is then approved. 

Please inquire in the Santander branch in the Students' Union for more details or contact the Branch Manager, Colm Quinn, on  05511431212 or

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Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education
All CED courses are now available for booking.  There are places available on the following new course scheduled for the beginning of January.

  • Wednesday 8 January: Using Technology to Enhance Online Learning  (NEW COURSE), 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Guest Speaker Series 2013-14

  • Thursday 30 January: Mick Healey is an HE Consultant and Researcher and Emeritus Professor at the University of Gloucestershire.  Professor Healey will be running two workshops in the Council Chamber/Canada Room:
    (i) Refreshing and Renewing the Curriculum, 9.30pm-12.00pm and
    (ii) Rethinking the Undergraduate Dissertation: Avoiding throwing the baby out with the bathwater, 12.45pm-3.45pm
    You are invited to participate in one or both of them either individually or as a member of a course teaching team.  

For further details, please click here, email or telephone 028 9097 1447.

Higher Education Lunchtime Forum

  • Wednesday 4 December: Colleagues are invited to attend a lunchtime event on Perspectives on Undergraduate Peer Mentoring at QUB, 1.00pm – 1.55pm in the Old Staff Common Room. Sandwich lunch provided from 12.45pm. This session is aimed at exploring how peer mentoring could be of benefit to Schools which do not currently have schemes in place. 

For further details, please click here, email or telephone 028 9097 1447. Registration for all courses and events is via Queen’s Online.  

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

QUB Teaching Awards 2014
Up to 13 Teaching Awards are available in 2014.  A prize of £1,000 will be awarded to each successful individual or team which will be paid into a dedicated School account for the exclusive use of the winning team or individual for professional development purposes. 

The closing date for receipt of applications is 4.00pm on Friday 14 March.  Further information is available in the Teaching Awards Notes for Guidance. 

The Notes for Guidance, application templates and examples of previous applications are available to download here. Queries should be directed to Liz McDowell, 028 9097 5301.

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STDU courses

STDU courses in December:

  • Wednesday 4 December: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 11 December: The Engaging Researcher, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 12 December: Career Development for Support Staff, 9.30am – 3.00pm
  • Thursday 12 December: Using Your Purchasing Card, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 17 December: Health and Safety Induction, 10.00am – 12.00pm

To book a place on a training course, log onto Queen's Online, then select Employment Details from the list on the left of the page and follow the link for iTrent Self Service.

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IT training courses

Place are available on the following courses:

  • Thursday 5 December: Creating Screen Shots and Training Materials using Word and SnagIt, 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 10 December: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS, 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 10 December: Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.30pm - 2.45pm
  • Thursday 9 January: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators [Owners] and Site Contributors), 10.00am - 1.00pm

To book a course, go to Queen’s Online and under ‘Other’ click Training Courses. The training dates for Semester 2 may be viewed in a 1-page PDF:  Please note these courses are for staff members. For more information, contact  or 028 9097 6189.

ECDL – Test dates until end of semester: To find out more: or 028 9097 6189 or go to

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