25 February 2013

Science Media Centre

The Science Media Centre (SMC), London, will bring its popular Introduction to the News Media session to Northern Ireland for the first time on Wednesday 20 March.

The session is aimed at scientists, social scientists, engineers and clinicians from any discipline, who have little or maybe some media experience, but would like to find out more about engaging with the media and promoting the impact of their work.

The event is being facilitated by the Communications and External Affairs Office and the Staff Training and Development Unit, and will run from 9.30am (registration and tea and coffee from 9.00am) until 1.30pm (with lunch served afterwards) in the Canada Room and Council Chamber.

For further information, click here.

To register for a free place, please go to or email by Friday 1 March.

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Register of Interests 2013

The University is committed to maintaining the highest standards in the conduct of its business.  This requires everyone associated with the University to conduct themselves with integrity, impartiality, honesty and professionalism at all times, and to avoid any conflict arising between their official University duties and their private interests. 

To support this process, Senate has approved a revised Register of Interests Policy, which applies to all University members, as set out below:

  • All staff employed by the University;
  • Anyone affiliated to the University through honorary contracts (e.g. visiting academics, visiting researchers and honorary academics);
  • Lay members of Senate and University Committees, to include co-opted appointees;
  • All third parties retained by the University to perform services for, and on behalf of, the University.

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.

To enable the University to safeguard against potential conflicts of interest, the Registrar’s Office also maintains an institutional Register of Interests. It is the responsibility of all individuals to ensure that their entry on this Register is current and properly reflects their personal circumstances.

Maintenance of the Register is facilitated via the electronic proforma which is accessible under the ‘My Services’ section on Queen’s Online -  “Nil” responses are also required in order to ensure that a full and accurate central database is maintained.

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

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Summer 2013 project to increase PC and study spaces in the McClay Library

A significant project to substantially increase the number of reader seats and PC spaces in the McClay Library during summer 2013 has just been approved.

Over 200 additional seats will be created on the ground floor of the Library by removing the office space to the south of the building enabling the area between the atrium and Botanic Gardens to be opened up for student use.  The opportunity is also being taken to increase the size of the student lounge and toilets on the ground floor. 

While there will be some disruption over the summer months, this will be localised on the ground floor as much as possible and will be programmed carefully around the examination re-sit period.

Other planned service improvements in the McClay Library during summer 2013 include enhancing performance of the wireless network and installation of an automatic book sorter which will improve book circulation.

More detailed communication will follow in due course on this exciting project.

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Staff Travel Survey

Staff have until Friday 1 March to take part in the Travel to Work survey. 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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Library Survey for Researchers

The library is committed to providing the highest quality information services and resources to researchers at the University. To help them do this, the library would like academic staff and research postgraduate students to take part in a short (approx 10 mins) confidential Researchers’ Survey.

  • Staff – the survey can be accessed in Queen’s Online
  • Research Postgraduates – you will receive an email with a link to the survey.

Your responses will help to re-shape the resources and services the library currently provides and to determine the support that will be provided in the future.  Please contact your Subject Librarian if you have questions or feedback regarding the survey.

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Queen's Now - Copy deadline

The copy deadline for the next edition of Queen's Now is Tuesday 5 March. Contributions should be sent to

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Institute's first newsletter

The new Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice has produced its first newsletter.  The Institute was established in August last year in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

To view the newsletter, click on:  ISCTSJ Newsletter_Issue 1

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Enterprise Clinic – Invest NI POC programme

This week's Enterprise Clinic will focus on the next round (Phase II) of the Invest NI funded Proof of Concept (POC) programme which is now open for applications, with up to £106,000 available per project.

The clinic, which takes place on Wednesday 27 February from 12.00pm-2.00pm at the Research and Enterprise offices, 63 University Road, will give staff an opportunity to meet and have informal discussions with the POC Team at Invest NI and get advice and guidance on potential applications.

You do not need to register for this 'drop-in' event, however, to assist with catering purposes, please confirm possible attendance or any dietary requirements in advance with Kerry McCormick,
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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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Inaugural lecture: Professor Dave Archard

Professor Dave Archard from the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy will deliver his Inaugural Professorial Lecture, Making a Difference: Normative Philosophy in the World of Law and Policy, on Thursday 28 February at 5.00pm, Lanyon Building, Room LAN01/052.

RSVP to Sarah Toner, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, 25 University Square,, 028 9097 1302.

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International Women's Day Lecture: Friday 8 March

The School of Nursing and Midwifery will host an International Women’s Day Lecture on Friday 8 March.

Entitled The role of women in leadership to effect positive change to create a more compassionate society, the lecture will be given by the Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Hospice, Professor Dame Judith Hill DSc FRCN.

The lecture will take place in the Canada Room at 4.30pm. To confirm a place, please contact Gillian Higgins, or telephone 028 9097 2639.

For further information, click onInternational Women's Day lecture  

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

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Queen's Sport: 5k race, Easter Talent Camp

Queen’s Sport 5K
Queen's Sport 5k race will take place on Wednesday 27 March at 7.00pm. For further information, please click here.

Queen’s Rugby to hold first Easter Talent Camp
In April Queen’s Rugby will hold its first ever Easter Talent Camp at the University’s Upper Malone Facilities.  The camp will give 14-16 year olds the opportunity to work with some excellent coaches in great facilities, and hone their skills against peers from other schools. For further information, contact Queen’s Rugby Development Officer Robert Ford at

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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • 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
  • Monday 21 March: Managing a University Social Media Site, 10.00am - 4.00pm
  • 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 –
ECDL testing: Test dates at The cost to you or your department is minimal. For inquiries about ECDL and ECDL Advanced, contact or 028 9097 6189 or go to

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First and Second Year Experience Surveys 2013 now open
Teaching staff with first and second year students are asked to encourage them to complete the Experience Surveys. All eligible students have been emailed a link to the questionnaire and will receive reminders in March. Two short presentations suitable for showing at the start of a lecture have been emailed to Directors of Education and School Managers.

Students who complete the survey will be entered into a prize draw with the opportunity to win one of four prizes of £50. The survey closes on 22 April.

For further information, contact Pat McNally, Educational Developer, CED, on 028 9097 1435 or

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 an article for this issue, please send your contributions to Linda Carey, or Liz McDowell,, by Friday 12 April 2013.

Guest Speaker Series
Professor Mark Russell, King’s College London and Dr Gwneth Hughes, Senior Lecturer, institute of Education, London will lead a day event on Assessment and Feedback: from principles to practice on Friday 1 March, 10.00am – 3.00pm in the Canada 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 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
Courses can be booked via Queen's Online.
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