18 February 2013

New Appointment for Professor Sir Peter Gregson

An email was issued to all staff and students today to advise them that the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Peter Gregson, has been appointed Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University, the UK's only all graduate university. He will take up his new position on 1 August 2013.

To read the full news release, click here.

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Staff Travel Survey

Staff can help influence future Travel Plan initiatives by taking part in the Travel to Work survey.

The survey, which runs from Monday 18 February to Friday 1 March, will identify any changes in travel patterns since 2010, when it was shown that 59% of staff travelled by sustainable modes of transport. The results will be used to influence the University's Travel Plan which aims to reduce single occupancy car journeys.

Staff who complete the survey and enter their contact details will be entered into a draw for a £100 voucher for Deanes at Queen’s and Translink prizes.

To take part in the survey, click:

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Queen’s announced as new partner in Futurelearn

Queen’s has been announced as one of the new partners in Futurelearn, the UK’s first provider of free, open online courses from multiple top-ranking institutions.

The announcement was made as six of the Futurelearn partners take part in a major business and skills mission to India with the Prime Minister, David Cameron.

Futurelearn, which is owned by The Open University (OU), has signed an agreement with the British Library (BL) to develop online courses using BL resources. In addition, Queen’s and the universities of Bath, Leicester, Nottingham, and Reading have now joined the existing partners bringing the total number to 18.

Read the full news release here.
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Staff help raise £7,000 in QUB RAG Apprentice

Congratulations to the staff and student teams who took part in last week's QUB RAG Apprentice. The teams raised almost £7,000 for the four RAG Charities: CLIC Sargent, The Buddy Bear Trust, Shine and The Simon Community.

The task was won by the student team.

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Free National Standards Cycle Training for Staff

Staff are invited to take part in a National Standards Cycling Training course organised by CTC, the National Cycling Charity. Funded by Active Belfast, the free cycle training is available from now until 29 March 2013.

All training starts at the front entrance to the Ozone and Indoor Tennis Centre within Ormeau Park. The training is taught outdoors.

For further information, including details on how to register, click here

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Student Volunteer of the Month

Do you know a student volunteer who goes the extra mile or has shown devotion and commitment to a community? If so, then why not nominate them for the Students' Union Volunteer of Month - a recognition programme aimed at highlighting  the efforts of enrolled students who give up their time to help others.

Nominations can be for an individual or a group of students. The closing date is Friday 22 February.

To nominate click here.
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Limited Traffic and Pedestrian access at BCH

Due to essential planned maintenance there will be limitations to traffic and pedestrian access to the Lisburn Road and Donegall Road entrances to Belfast City Hospital.

Work will commence on the road leading to the Loading Bay entrance to BCH from Monday 18 February for a period of eight weeks (dependent on weather conditions). The road will be in use as normal but there will be width restrictions and at times the road will be partitioned off to enable the works to take place. This may cause delays.

Alternative entrances/exits to the site are available which would eliminate the need to pass through the loading bay road.

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International Festival of Chamber Music: 21-24 February

The International Festival of Chamber Music takes place at Queen's from 21-24 February.

The opening recital will be given by Paul and Huw Watkins who will premiere atria for cello and piano by Professor Piers Hellawell from the School of Creative Arts. The work, which has been commissioned by the Belfast Music Society for the Festival, will premiere on Thursday 21 February at 8.00pm in the Great Hall.

Final year and postgraduate students will take to the stage on Friday 22 February at 1.10pm in the Harty Room for a student showcase recital.

For further information on these and the other performances, visit:

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International Women's Day Talk: 6 March 2013

As part of this year's International Women's Day celebrations, Dr Moyra Haslett from the School of English will give an illustrated talk entitled Claiming a place: group portraits of women, 1779-2003. The lecture, which is being given in collaboration with Queen’s Gender Initiative, will take place on Wednesday 6 March 2013, 12.30pm -2.00pm in Canada Room/Council Chamber.

Lunch will be provided. Please confirm your attendance by emailing Cathy Tolan at:

For further details on events taking place to celebrate International Women's Day, click here.
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Queen's Sport

Queen’s Parkrun- Free 5K timed run
Queen's Parkrun celebrates its first anniversary this Saturday, 23 February, at Upper Malone.

Parkrun is a free 5km timed run which takes place every Saturday at 9.30am at Queen's Sport at Upper Malone. The event is free, but participants should register in advance. Parkrun is organised by volunteers. If you would like to help, email

For more information on Parkrun, including how to register, click here.

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

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IT courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • 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
  • Thursday 28 February: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS, 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Monday 4 March: PowerPoint 3: Creating Poster Presentations, 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Monday 4 March: Twitter for Beginners, 2.00pm - 5.00pm
  • 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
  • Monday 25 March: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL - Spreadsheets), 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Monday 25 March: Excel 2: Managing Data, 1.30pm - 4.30pm
  • 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 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 at For inquiries about ECDL and ECDL Advanced: or 028 9097 6189
Today’s Tip: It has always been possible to draw diagrams within Microsoft Word but Word also provides an easier way to produce schemas, hierarchical representations – use SmartArt (covered in Diagrams made Easy, on Wednesday 13 March).

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STDU courses

Places are available on the following courses:

STDU courses

  • 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:

Booking for the above courses is via Queen's Online.

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The next issue of Reflections, the Queen’s Learning and Teaching newsletter, is due to be published later this semester.  If you would like to submit a contribution for this issue, please send your articles to Linda Carey,, or Liz McDowell,, by Friday 12 April.

Guest Speaker Series

  • Tuesday 19 February: Smarter lectures - making learning happen in large-group setting by Professor Phil Race, Independent Consultant in Higher Education, 10.00am – 1.00pm, Senate Room. 

Higher Education Lunchtime Forum

  • Wednesday 20 February: Student Peer Review – Improving Feedback and Enhancing Learning by Dr Anne Jones, Centre for Educational Development and Dr Bjoern Elsaesser, Civil Engineering, 1.00pm – 1.55pm in the Old Staff Common Room.

For further details on the above courses, click here or contact, 028 9097 1447.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education

The following courses are available for booking.

  • Wednesday 20 February: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 27 February: Using the TurnitinUK Originality checking Software, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 6 March: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including Questionmark), 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 6 March: Engaging Students in Assessment and Feedback, 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.

Courses can be booked via Queen's Online.

For a full list of CED Courses, click here.

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