11 February 2013

Policy on the Acceptance of Gifts, Gratuities and Hospitality

The University is committed to the highest levels of corporate governance and ethical standards in relation to the stewardship of the public and private funds for which it is responsible. 

In this context, Senate has approved a revised Policy on the Acceptance of Gifts, Gratuities and Hospitality to provide guidance to staff and to lay members of Senate/University Committees on the circumstances in which it is, and is not, appropriate to accept gifts, gratuities and hospitality.  The policy is designed to offer protection, both for these individuals and for the University, on those occasions when a gift or hospitality has been accepted, by recording these and the reasons for their acceptance, in an accountable, objective and transparent way. 

The policy covers all University staff, both full-time and part-time, and also includes lay members of Senate and co-optees to University Committees.

Please ensure that you are familiar with the new policy and the related reporting and approval procedures, full details of which can be found here.

Further information is available from the Registrar’s Office on request.  

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Selective Travel Management Survey

Staff are being asked to share their experiences of the service provided by Selective, the University's Travel Management Company.

Selective Travel Management has been providing business travel services to the University since 1 July 2012.  As part of the Service Level Agreement, it has been agreed that a bi-annual survey will be undertaken by Selective to determine their performance during the contract period.

It is very important that the views of travellers and travel arrangers are obtained to monitor Selective Travel’s performance and to identify any areas for improvement.

The survey can be accessed at:

The survey will close on Friday 1 March 2013 at 5.00pm.  All participants will be entered into a prize draw for a pair of Flybe tickets to any of their UK destination routes.

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Calendar of events now available for International Women's Day

International Women's Day (IWD) will be celebrated on 8 March with thousands of events taking place to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. The theme for 2013 is ‘The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum’.

The IWD Committee of the Queen's Gender Initiative has compiled a calendar of events taking place around Queen's and further afield to commemorate the Day. To access the calendar, click here.

For further information on IWD around the world, please visit:

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Last week to submit nominations for The DNA of Innovation: Volume 3

The deadline for submitting nominations for staff to feature in Volume 3 of The DNA of Innovation is Thursday 14 February.

This volume will focus on the impact of secondments or placements that academic staff have taken part in.

Staff should express an interest in being profiled to their Head of School. Heads of School can submit up to three nominees from their School, with the consent of the individuals being put forward. 

For further information, click:DNA of Innovation: Volume 3 

All nominations should be submitted by Thursday 14 February to Dolores Vischer,

To download a PDF copy of The DNA of Innovation, Volumes 1 and 2, please click on the links: DNA of Innovation, Volume 1, DNA of Innovation, Volume 2

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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 Director of Finance, National Museums Northern Ireland (NMNI). Full details of this opportunity can be found here.

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

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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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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.

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PTQ comedy event: Monday 11 February

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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Green Communication Day: 27 February

The School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering would like to invite staff to a 'Green Communication Day' on 27 February in the David Keir Building.

The day is organised by the School's Gold Green Impact teams and will include:

  • Marks and Spencer 'Schwop' scheme - donate your old clothing to Oxfam
  • Tree planting ceremony
  • Environmental lectures by Professor Robbie Burch and Dr Gary Sheldrake
  • Green Impact Raffle
  • Charity collection

Everyone is welcome to attend.

For further information about the activities, click on: Green Communication Day  

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Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Spring Programme 2013

To view the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry's Spring Programme, please click on: Spring Programme 2013  

The first event is a joint reading by Darran McCann and Garrett Carr on Thursday 28 February at 8.00pm in the Crescent Arts Centre. 

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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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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 
  • Wednesday 17 April: Presenting with Impact, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

View the full range of courses 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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Centre for Educational Development

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.

Higher Education Lunchtime Forum
Dr Anne Jones, Centre for Educational Development, and Dr Bjoern Elsaesser, Civil Engineering, will lead a lunchtime event on Student Peer Review – Improving Feedback and Enhancing Learning from 1.00pm – 1.55pm on Wednesday 20 February 2013 in the Old Staff Common Room. For further details click here or contact, 028 9097 1447.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education
The following 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
  • Wednesday 27 February:  Using the TurnitinUK Originality checking Software 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.

Registration is via Queen’s Online. For information or for assistance with registration, please email the Centre at or 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:

  • 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
  • Tuesday 12 March: Adobe Photoshop 3: Digital Skills and Efficiencies, 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 13 March: Diagrams made easy in Word and PowerPoint, 9.30am - 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 19 March: Word Processing: Labels and Mail Merge using Word, 9.30am - 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 27 March: Using Social Media for Teaching and Research, 10.00am - 1.00pm

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 Tuesday 19 February, 12.30pm - 2.00pm. Test dates are available at For inquiries about ECDL and ECDL Advanced, contact or 028 9097 6189.
Today’s Tip  – For advice on securing your PC at home or at work, visit

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