7 January 2013

Staff Catering Survey

A review of catering on campus is currently underway and your input would be appreciated to ensure future strategy is fully informed by staff opinion.

Your individual responses will be confidential.  Staff who take part will be entered into a draw for 1 of 2 prizes of £50 to be added to the Queen’s Easy Pay account on your staff card which can be used in outlets across the campus. The survey will close on Friday 11 January 2013 and the draw will take place by Friday 18 January 2013. Winners will be notified by e-mail.

Please click on the link below to take part in the survey:

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Perks 2013 for staff - Now with over 1000 offers

Perks cards and directories have been distributed to all staff. If you have not yet received yours, please check your internal mail pigeon-hole or with your department’s reception. Your 2013 Perks card entitles you to up to 50% discount at over 1000 restaurants, shops, gyms, golf clubs, days out venues and much more.

Once you receive your card, make sure you register it at to view the full range of offers, be kept up-to-date with the newest offers, enter fantastic competitions and much more.

Register now for a chance to win £50
If you registered your 2012 card, just click the update button and enter your 2013 card number, you don’t need to re-register.

New to Perks?  Just click on the register button, fill in your details, and click submit to gain instant access to over 1000 discounts and special offers. It’s that easy.

As an added bonus, everyone that registers their 2013 card by 31 January 2013 will go into a draw to win a £50 Shopping Card of their choice from the Perks' selection of discounted shopping cards.

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New Year Honours

Three members of staff have been named in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

Professor Stuart Elborn, Director of the Centre for Infection and Immunity, has been awarded the CBE for services to Healthcare in Northern Ireland.

Nicky Clarke, Banqueting Operations Co-ordinator at Queen's, has been honoured with an MBE for services to Higher Education in Northern Ireland.

Andree Best in the Centre for Medical Education has also been awarded an MBE for voluntary services to Young People in Ulster though Girl Guiding.

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Jupiter Watch: Tuesday 8 January

Staff will get the chance to star gaze this week when Jupiter Watch returns to Queen's on Tuesday 8 January.

The free event, which is being held in association with the BBC as part of Stargazing Live 2013, takes place from 6.00pm-9.00pm in front of the Lanyon building. Members of the public will be able to use a range of powerful telescopes to view Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system. Astrophysicists from Queen's and amateur astronomers from the Irish Astronomical Association will be on hand to help locate the planet and explain what is being seen.

If inclement weather leads to the event being cancelled, a public lecture will be held by Dr Chris Watson of Queen’s Astrophysics Research Centre, entitled Jupiters around other stars, starting at 7.00pm in the Larmor Lecture Theatre.

For further information, visit

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Staff feature in new television series starting tonight

Staff from the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology are among a team of experts visiting local sites and archaeological digs across Northern Ireland in a new television series beginning on UTV tonight. The programme will be revealing new finds and researching Northern Ireland’s history.

The first programme visits the remains of a Gaelic fort at Dunnalong on the banks of the River Foyle, and the crew uses hi-tech equipment to search for artefacts and trinkets, before digitally rebuilding the structure.

Ulster Unearthed starts tonight on UTV at 8.00pm and runs for six weeks.

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School of Nursing and Midwifery Conference

The School of Nursing and Midwifery will host the ninth Annual Cochrane in Ireland Conference, Cochrane Reviews: Making an Impact, on Friday 25 January 2013 in the Canada Room/Council Chamber.

Registration for the conference closes on Friday 18 January. For full details on speakers, workshops and how to register, please visit

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Porters' Toy Appeal

The Porters would like to thank all those who donated gifts as part of their Christmas Toy Appeal. In total, over 400 toys and £300 in cash were donated.

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Welcome Centre January Sale

The January sale is now on at Queen's Welcome Centre with reductions of up to 50% on selected merchandise.

Please note that staff discount does not apply to sale items.

Opening Hours are: Monday – Friday, 8.00am – 6.00pm and Saturday – Sunday, 11.00am – 4.00pm.

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Join an Open Learning part-time course

Make the most of winter by enrolling on an Open Learning course. There is a large variety of short courses catering for all interests:

  • History
  • Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Personal Development
  • Visual Arts and many more …

Staff and student discounts are available. Classes start Monday 14 January. For further information, visit

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National Teaching Fellowship Scheme 2013 (NTFS)
Applications are now open for the NTFS 2013. Further information and details on how to apply to be one of the Queen’s University nominees to the Scheme are available on the Centre for Educational Development website.  The closing date for receipt of applications in CED is 31 January 2013.

If you have any queries, please contact Linda Carey (, 028 9097 3099) or Liz McDowell (, 028 9097 5301).

Briefing Session on Queen's Teaching Awards 2013
A briefing session on Queen's Teaching Awards Scheme will take place on 22 January 2013, 12.45pm – 2.00pm in the Old Staff Common Room. A sandwich lunch will be provided. The aims of the briefing session are:

  • To provide information on the Teaching Awards application process
  • To encourage colleagues to apply for a Teaching Award
  • To provide guidance on the type of information that might be included in an application.

Please register to attend with Liz McDowell on Further details about the Teaching Awards are available here.

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

  • Wednesday 16 and 30 January: Exploring Online Learning (Two session course with on-line activities between sessions), 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 23 January: An Introduction to Queen’s Online for Learning and Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 23 January: The Dyslexic Student at University, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 23 January: Laboratory Demonstrating, 2.00pm - 5.00pm
  • Thursday 24 January: Supporting Students with Asperger’s Syndrome, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Friday 25 January: Small Group Teaching, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 30 January: Preparing and Giving Lectures, Part 1: Tips and theory, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Registration is via Queen’s Online. For information or for assistance with registration, 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

IT Training courses can now be booked for this semester, including two new courses: Twitter for Beginners and Facebook for Beginners. Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 8 January: Introduction to CMS (web authoring), 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 23 January: Introduction to CMS (web authoring), 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Thursday 24 January: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators (Owners) and Site Contributors), 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Thursday 31 January: Guide to Computing Facilities, 9.30am - 10.45am (open to any new member of staff)

To book a course, go to Queen’s Online – - and under ‘Other’ click Training Courses. Course dates are available by clicking here. Course descriptions are available at For more information, contact or 028 9097 6189. Twitter feed:
ECDL testing: The next test date is Tuesday 15 January, 9.30am - 11.00am. For inquiries about ECDL and ECDL Advanced, contact or 028 9097 6189.
Today’s Tip: Never reveal your credentials in response to an email request.

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STDU courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 15 January: Manual Handling and Lifting, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 16 January: Introduction to Disability Awareness, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 25 January: Understanding and Supporting Students with Mental Health Problems, 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 29 January: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH), 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 14 January, Thursday 31 January and Wednesday 13 February: Your Learning and Career Development (3 Lite-bite sessions), 11.30am – 1.00pm

Researcher Development:

  • Thursday 10 January: Good Clinical Practice Training, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 16 January: Management and Leadership in a Research Role, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 22 January: Effective use of voice: Free your Voice - Find Your Voice, 1.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 23 January: Career Exploration for Researchers, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 28 January: Turbocharging Your Writing, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 28 January: Communicating the impact of your research, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

For further information on the above courses and to view all available courses, please click on the 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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