14 January 2013

Christmas Switch Off Results

The School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and the Finance Directorate have won the Christmas Lo’ Lo’ Lo’ Switch off Campaign.

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering managed to reduce its electricity consumption on Christmas Day by 50.12% with the Finance Directorate achieving a reduction of 53.17%.

As a result of the Switch Off Campaign, every Operating Unit achieved a reduction in consumption, giving the University its best Christmas Day performance in four years.

If Schools and Directorates maintained this level of reduction throughout the year, the University could save 830 tonnes of carbon or £191,609 – this would power the Ashby tower for around eight months.

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Vice-Chancellor's Blog

In his first post of 2013, the Vice-Chancellor reflects on an exciting start to the new year with the opening of the Northern Ireland Molecular Pathology Laboratory and Northern Ireland Biobank, and looks ahead to an important month for students.

Access the blog at:

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Q in 90 seconds

A new cancer facility at Queen’s, the first integrated laboratory of its kind in the UK and Ireland, is to revolutionise cancer research and diagnosis for thousands of patients across Northern Ireland.

The new facility is a partnership between Queen’s Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology and the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.

To view the Q in 90 seconds coverage of the opening, please click here.

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Perks 2013: register now for a chance to win £50

Register your 2013 Perks card by 31 January to be entered into a draw to win a £50 Shopping Card of your choice from the Perks' selection of discounted shopping cards. Register your card at

If you registered your 2012 card, just click the update button and enter your 2013 card number, you don’t need to re-register.

If you are 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.


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Copy deadline for Queen's Now

The copy deadline for the next edition of Queen's Now is Wednesday 23 January. Articles should be sent to
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Enterprise Clinic - Invest NI POC Programme

The next Enterprise Clinic will take place on Wednesday 16 January between 12.00pm - 2.00pm in the Research and Enterprise Offices in 63 University Road.

Organised by Research and Enterprise, the clinics provide an informal drop-in facility to grab lunch, meet key colleagues within the Research and Enterprise team and get advice and guidance on support available to accelerate the impact of your research.

As the next round (Phase II) of the Invest NI funded Proof of Concept (POC) programme is now open for applications, with up to £106,000 available per project, this Wednesday's Clinic will be an opportunity to meet and have informal discussions with colleagues in 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, Research and Enterprise would appreciate if you could confirm possible attendance or any dietary requirements in advance with Kerry McCormick,

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Cochrane in Ireland Conference:Registration closes Friday 18 January

The School of Nursing and Midwifery will host the ninth Annual Cochrane in Ireland Conference, Cochrane Reviews: Making an Impact, on Friday 25 January 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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Innovation in e-Learning Awards 2013

The JISC Regional Support Centre of Northern Ireland (JISC RSCni) e-Learning Awards scheme is now open for submissions.

The scheme promotes the embedding of e-learning by identifying, recognising and rewarding the many individuals and teams throughout Northern Ireland who are spearheading the development and effective use of technology to enhance teaching and learning.

Open to all learning providers in Higher Education, Higher Education in Further Education, Further Education and the Training Sector, the e-Learning Awards scheme invites submissions from individuals or teams at all levels of e-learning expertise and sophistication.

Submissions will be judged for each sector in three categories with a maximum of two submissions for each category from each institution.

The award categories are:

  1. Innovation in Teaching and Learning
  2. Innovation in Technical Infrastructure
  3. Innovation in Learning Support

Last year Queen's School of Pharmacy won an award for its work. Details are available on the RSCni website

At this first stage all you have to do is register your interest in submitting a project and fill in a brief form. For further information and to access the form, visit:

The closing date to submit an interest form is Friday 18 January.

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Open Access Publisher memberships

The Library has recently acquired open access memberships to various publishers to help Queen’s research staff with payment of open access publication fees. Memberships include:

  • BioMed Central Pre-pay Membership: limited funding is available to pay full publishing costs of articles authored by Queen’s researchers and published by BioMed Central.
  • Royal Society Open Access Institutional Membership: entitles Queen’s research staff and students to a 25% discount on article processing charges (APCs) for open access publications in any of the Royal Society’s journals.
  • PLOS (Public Library of Science) Institutional Membership: this membership is pending.  Queen’s researchers will be entitled to a 10% discount on publication fees in all PLOS journals.

Queries regarding these Open Access Publisher memberships should be sent to Ursula Mitchel, or your Subject Librarian.

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Medical Research at Queen's: Wednesday 30 January

Staff can hear about the exciting medical research projects being led by Queen’s teams and their impact on improving patient outcomes at an event on Wednesday 30 January at Riddel Hall.

At the Medical Research at Queen's: Discovery to Recovery event, four professors will each talk about their research within the world-leading medical research centres within the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences:
  • Professor Joe O’Sullivan, representing the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, will speak about his team’s research into prostate cancer
  • Professor  Ian Young, representing the Centre for Public Health, will discuss his work to reduce heart disease
  • Professor Danny McAuley, of the Centre for Infection and Immunity, will share his work to find new ways to treat failing lungs, and
  • Professor Usha Chakravarthy, of the Centre for Vision and Vascular Sciences, will outline how her research work into age-related macular degeneration can help to reduce sight loss.

Further details of the speakers and the titles of their talks are included on the attached leaflet: Medical Research Impact event  

The event will take place on Wednesday 30 January from 5.30pm.
Places are limited. Please express your interest in attending by emailing:

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Win 2 tickets to see The Sessions at Queen’s Film Theatre

Based on the life and writings of poet Mark O'Brien, who lived his life in an iron lung following a bout of polio, The Sessions is a funny, moving and very frank account of his endeavours to lose his virginity at the age of 38.

More information on the film is available at:

To win a pair of tickets, please email with THE SESSIONS in the subject line and the answer to the question:

For which film did Helen Hunt win her Academy Award for Best Actress?

The competition closes on Wednesday 16 January and the winner will be contacted by email. The Sessions will be showing at QFT from Friday 18 to Thursday 31 January.

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Queen's Sport

Queen's Sport Children's Activity Programme
There are limited places available on Queen's Sport Children's activity programme which is packed with fun activities such as Gymnastics, Trampolining, Basketball, as well as the Climbing and Splash ‘n’ Swim Programmes.

New for 2013, Queen’s Sport has announced that it will be running a Children’s Taekwondo course.

Course enrolments have commenced, so book now to avoid disappointment.  For more information, please click here.

New Year, New Programme
Enrolment is now open for Queen's Sport's Activity Programme which has classes and courses to suit everyone.

Pilates, yoga (various types), swimming, climbing, boxing, Jive & Swing, and Ballet are just some of the courses offered at Queen’s Sport. The courses are open to Members and Non Members.

For further information, visit or contact reception on 028 9068 1126.

Swimathon 2013
Queen's Sport will again host the Annual Swimathon in 2013. Teaming up with Marie Curie Cancer Care, Swimathon challenges you to go to great lengths and raise vital funds for a fantastic cause. Swimathon offers a range of challenges to suit all ages and abilities, and includes Individual 5K, Individual 2.5K, Individual 1K, Team 5K, Team 1.5K or Corporate Team 5K.

This year’s sessions will take place on:

  • Session 1: Friday 26 April, 7.00am – 10.00am
  • Session 2: Saturday 27 April, 12.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Session 3: Sunday 28 April, 10.00am – 1.00pm

Please note, the pool will be closed during these times.

All full price entries have been reduced by 50% for the whole of January, so sign up today to take advantage. For more details or to register, please click here.

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IT training courses

Staff can now book any of the IT courses in Semester 2, including two new courses, Twitter for Beginners and Facebook for Beginners.

Places are available on the following courses:

  • 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)
  • Tuesday 5 February: Adobe Photoshop 1: Basic Digital Image Editing, 9.30am - 12.30pm 
  • 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

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 15 January, 9.30am - 11.00am. For inquiries about ECDL and ECDL Advanced, contact or 028 9097 6189.
Today’s Tip  – Useful source for project planning and management, courtesy of

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STDU courses

STDU Courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • 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 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

Places are available on the following courses:

  • 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 
  • 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.

Book now for courses in February and March:

  • Tuesday 5 February: Managing Change in Higher Education
  • Tuesday 5 March: Project Management for non Project Managers
  • Tuesday 26 March: Creative Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making

View the 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 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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CED courses

National Teaching Fellowship Scheme 2013 (NTFS)
The NTFS 2013 is now open.  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 about the Scheme, please contact Linda Carey, or 028 9097 3099, or Liz McDowell, or 028 9097 5301.

Briefing Session on Queen's Teaching Awards 2013
A briefing session on Queen's Teaching Awards Scheme will take place on Tuesday 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;
  • encourage colleagues to apply for a Teaching Award;
  • 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 on here.

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

  • Wednesday 16 and 30 January: Exploring Online Learning, 2.00pm – 5.00pm (Two session course with on-line activities between sessions)
  • Tuesday 22 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 & Giving Lectures, Part 1: Tips and theory, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Registration is via Queen’s Online.  Full instructions for booking are on the website.  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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