4 February 2013

Vice-Chancellor's Blog

In his latest post, the Vice-Chancellor reflects on the links between Queen's and the city of Belfast, and how the work taking place on our own doorstep is having an impact globally. To access the blog, visit

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Qsis Staff Newsletter

The first edition of the Qsis Staff Newsletter has now been published. The Newsletter provides an insight into what Qsis offers staff and includes a forum for your feedback and contribution.

To read the Newsletter, please click here.

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Queen's Now - February 2013

The February edition of Queen's Now is available online at

In this month's edition, we find out why the National Student Survey is important to Queen's and Professor Catherine Clinton from the School of History and Anthropology talks about her role in Steven Spielberg's latest film.

Also included is an interview with Professor Manuel Salto-Tellez, the Director of the newly opened Northern Ireland Pathology Lab, and we hear how the winning departments in the recent Switch Off competition plan to celebrate.

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Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2013

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is a national online survey which is designed to help universities improve the quality of their postgraduate taught degree provision.  At Queen’s the surveys provide valuable feedback which assists the University to ensure that postgraduate taught students have the best possible experience during their time here.

This survey will be launched on Tuesday 5 February and postgraduate taught students will receive individual email invitations requesting them to complete the survey. Course co-ordinators, advisers of study, supervisors, lecturers and other staff involved in postgraduate provision are asked to encourage the postgraduate students in their Schools to participate.

For further information, please contact Aisling Harkin in the Postgraduate Student Centre at

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National Student Survey now open

The National Student Survey (NSS) 2013 is now open, so please encourage your final year students to participate.

Eligible students can complete the survey online or via their smartphones at  They may also opt out of the survey at any point by contacting Ipsos MORI.  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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School of History and Anthropology Newsletter

The latest edition of the School of History and Anthropology Newsletter is now available online. To access the edition, click on the link: Newsletter Dec 2012/Jan 2013  
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Doctoral Impact and Career Tracking Study

Research Councils UK and the four Higher Education funding bodies (includes DEL) have commissioned CFE to lead on a research study into the value and impact of doctoral training.  The aim is to develop greater understanding of the difference doctoral graduates make in the workplace and the extent to which doctoral training drives innovation and growth.  The evidence from this research will inform decisions on future investment in doctoral training. 

CFE want to hear from anyone who graduated with a doctorate between 2003 and 2006 as well as supervisors, research centres, and others with links to doctoral graduates  who can help contact graduates. 

For further information and to register your interest in the study, go to or contact

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Enterprise Clinic: The Impact Development Fund

As part of its Enterprise Clinic series, the Research and Enterprise Directorate would like to invite research staff to a special session on the soon to be launched Queen’s Impact Development Fund. The Clinic will take place on Wednesday 6 February, 12.00pm-2.00pm in the Research and Enterprise Offices, 63 University Road.

This fund is part of an initiative aimed at enabling Queen’s researchers to increase their collaboration with non-academic partners. The suite of programmes available cover a range of project types, from proof-of-principle work on new technologies and short, direct engagement with companies, to the development of long-term corporate partnerships.

Registration is free.  For catering purposes, please confirm your possible attendance or dietary requirements with Kerry McCormick,

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PTQ comedy event

The PTQ committee would like to invite staff to a comedy and music night to celebrate the 86th publication of the magazine. The night will focus on raising money for RAG's charities and rejuvenating the name of the PTQ.  The event will take place on Monday 11 February at 9.00pm in Bar Sub in the Students' Union.  Tickets, priced £5, can be purchased at the door.
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Win 2 tickets to see Hyde Park on Hudson at Queen’s Film Theatre

Hyde Park on Hudson is a delightful account of the inaugural meeting between Franklin Delano Roosevelt and King George VI. Based on Stuckley's diaries and letters, discovered after her death, the film centres on the pivotal weekend in 1939 when King George (Samuel West) and Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) paid a Royal visit to FDR's estate (the titular Hyde Park) in the hopes of securing the support of the US for the war effort in Europe.

To win a pair of tickets, please email with Hyde Park on Hudson in the subject line and the answer to the question: Olivia Colman plays Queen Elizabeth in Hyde Park on Hudson but which Channel 4 comedy did she star in with David Mitchell and Robert Webb?

Competition closes Wednesday 6 February at 12.00pm and the winner will be contacted by email.

Hyde Park on Hudson will be showing at QFT from Friday 1 - Thursday 14 February.

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Queen's Sport

Back 2 Basics Programme - 12 week training challenge
Back 2 Basics is a new 12 week programme aimed at Beginner and Intermediate trainers. The programme concentrates on the fitness fundamentals of exercise and nutrition. The course, which starts on Monday 11 February, is made up of four 7.00am sessions per week. 

For more information, click here.

Activity Programme
Spaces are still available on the Activity Programme with courses to suit everyone. For further information, click here.

Coach Education  – Part 2
Registration for Coach Ed Part 2 is now open. For more details, or to download an application form, please click here.

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Library Seminars on Open Access

A number of Library seminars are coming up this month to help staff improve their citation rates and meet funder requirements regarding Open Access.

The seminars will focus on two areas:

  • Queen’s Research Portal  (Institutional Repository).  How the Library will support institutional authors to take advantage of this new service and meet the requirements of research funder policies around Open Access whilst maximising the impact of research by harnessing the Open Access advantage.
  • The future direction of government policy, funding and the implications for Queen’s
    e.g. RCUK Open Access Policy and block grant funding available from April 2013 to defray costs associated with publication charges.

Presentations on this twin-track approach to Open Access will be limited to 20 minutes with 40 minutes for questions and discussion. The seminars will take place in the McClay Library Auditorium from 1.00pm-2.00pm on:

  • Tuesday 5 February: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences
  • Friday 8 February: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Monday 11 February: Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
A sandwich lunch will be provided. For catering purposes, please register your intention to attend with your Subject Librarian in advance of scheduled seminar.
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STDU courses

Places are available on the following courses:

STDU courses

  • Monday 18 February: General Risk Assessment, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 20 February: Handling Conflict for Support Staff, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 21 February: Motivating the Team for Supervisory Staff, 9.15am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 26 February: Writing Skills for Support Staff, 9.30am – 1.00pm

Researcher Development

  • Wednesday 20 February: Writing Your Academic CV, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 21 February: Introduction to Qualitative Data Analysis Techniques, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 22 February: Research Ethics for University Staff, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 27 February: Induction for Research Staff,  9.00am – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 28 February: Intellectual Property Rights and Research, 9.30am – 5.00pm

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

Upcoming Workshops:

  • Wednesday 27 February: Introduction to Coaching as a Management Style,  9.30am – 4.30pm 
  • Tuesday 5 March: Project Management for non  Project Managers, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 26 March: Creative Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making, 9.30am – 4.30pm 

View full range of courses (view by category – leadership, management and supervisory) in the online programme:

For further information on the above courses and to view all available courses, please select the following link:

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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Guest Speaker Series
Professor Phil Race, Independent Consultant in Higher Education, will lead an interactive workshop on Smarter lectures - making learning happen in large-group setting on Tuesday 19 February, 10.00am – 1.00pm, in the Senate Room. For further details click here or contact, 028 9097 1447.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education
The following January courses are available for booking:

  • Wednesday 13 February: Interactive PowerPoint Presentations, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 13 February: Teaching with Emotional Intelligence, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 20 February: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Please note that a decision is made one week in advance as to whether or not to run the course so early booking is advisable.

Please register via Queen’s Online. For further information, 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:

  • Wednesday 6 February: Introduction to Social Media, 2.00pm - 5.00pm
  • Thursday 7 February: Making Best Use of Outlook 2010, 9.30am - 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 12 February: Word 1: Essentials (ECDL - Word Processing), 9.30am - 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 13 February: Introduction to CMS (web authoring), 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Thursday 14 February: Guide to Computing Facilities, 9.30am - 10.45am
  • Thursday 14 February: PowerPoint 2: Advanced, 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 20 February: Working with SharePoint for Site Administrators (Owners) and Site Contributors, 9.30am - 1.00pm
  • Monday 25 February: Facebook for Beginners, 2.00pm - 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 26 February: Using the Computer and Managing Files, 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Monday 4 March: PowerPoint 3: Creating Poster Presentations, 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Monday 4 March: Twitter for Beginners, 9.30am - 12.30pm

To book a course,  go to Queen’s Online – - and under ‘Other’ click Training Courses. Course dates are available here. Course descriptions are available at For more information, contact or 028 9097 6189. Twitter feed:
ECDL testing: The next test date is Thursday 7 February, 9.30am - 11.00am. Test dates at For inquiries about ECDL and ECDL Advanced: or 028 9097 6189
Today’s Tip  – For advice on securing your PC at home or at work, visit

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