28 January 2013

Call for nominations for The DNA of Innovation: Volume 3

The Research and Enterprise Directorate is inviting nominations from colleagues to be profiled in The DNA of Innovation: Volume 3. This volume will focus on the impact of secondments or placements that academic staff have taken part in.

Colleagues 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. 

Each nomination should provide:

  • full contact details for the individual colleague who may be interviewed;
  • a title of the research project the secondment was connected to (and its funders);
  • a 250 word summary of the aims of the secondment, its research links and its impact.

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

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

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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Travel Options for Staff

From today, DRD Roads Service is advising motorists to allow extra time for their journeys in Belfast City Centre as improvement works continue to the road network as part of the ‘Belfast on the Move’ project.

To save on fuel and avoid the stress of rush-hour traffic, staff can avail of a number of University initiatives which promote alternative travel options:


  • Staff can purchase an Annual Travel Commuter Card through an interest-free loan.
  • If you don't want to buy an annual ticket but would like to use the train two or three days a week, download the mlink application to your smartphone. This gives you the flexibility of purchasing three day flexible tickets as well as weekly and monthly tickets – full details are available here.

Bus: Staff can purchase a Metro or Ulsterbus Smartcard, with pre-loaded journeys, from the Students’ Union reception.

Cycling: The Cycle to Work scheme (Cycle+) allows staff to purchase a bike and safety equipment.

Full details are available at

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National Student Survey now open

The National Student Survey (NSS) 2013 is now open, so please encourage your final year students to participate.

Eligible students can complete the survey online or via their smartphones at  They may also opt out of the survey at any point by contacting Ipsos MORI.  Students who complete the survey will be entered into a prize draw conducted on behalf of the University by Ipsos MORI with the opportunity to win an iPad.

If you have any queries about the survey, please contact Pat McNally, Educational Developer, CED, on 028 9097 1435 or by email

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Do you have what it takes to compete in the QUB Apprentice?

Have you ever watched the Apprentice and wanted to have a go? Well, now you can. The Students' Union is looking for staff to take part in a special charity edition of the QUB Apprentice as part of this year's RAG Week.

Staff and student teams will go head-to-head in an apprentice-style task which will be set on Tuesday 12 February at 5.00pm. Each team will have 24 hours to make their best attempt at the task. The boardroom will take place on Wednesday 13 February at 6.00pm in front of an audience when one team will win and one person will be fired from the losing team.

All the money raised will go to RAG's four charities for this year:

  • Simon Community NI
  • Buddy Bear Trust
  • CLIC Sergeant

If you would like to be part of the staff team, contact Aidan Hughes at by Monday 4 February.

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New promotional video for Theology

The Institute of Theology has launched a new promotional video which showcases the subject and explains to potential applicants what they can expect when taking a Theology degree.

The video was launched to over 500 pupils and their teachers who visited Queen’s last week to hear four lectures from Union College staff on A Level Religious Studies topics. 

Made by the University’s Video Services team, the video portrays an interested applicant - played by Rebecca Bonar, a second-year Theology/English student – who tours the University and gets advice from current students.

To watch the video, go to:

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Help tailor the information you want to hear from INTO

INTO QUB Logo INTO University Partnerships, a global education partnering organisation in collaboration with Queen's, are redeveloping their website and would like your input.  They are currently running an online survey for their university partners to influence the ways in which they shape and deliver content.

To take part in the survey, click here.

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Reading Day - Friday 15 March 2013

Friday 15 March 2013 has been designated a Reading Day for students. Students have been advised that unless specific teaching or practical elements have been specified for them by their School on that day, their attendance at the University is not required.

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New Menus - Deanes at Queen's and Speakeasy

Deanes at Queen's has launched new pre-theatre, working lunch and #BackinBelfast menus. To access the menus, click on the links:

Pre Theatre Menu

Working Lunch


The Speakeasy in the Students' Union also has a new menu. To access it, please click on the link: Speakeasy Menu  
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Researchers from the Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health at the University of Ulster are piloting food portion size estimation tools as part of a joint project with Queen's and are looking for volunteers to take part.

Each volunteer will be asked to attend a 30 minute session where they will:

  • use a range of tools to help estimate portion sizes of different foods and
  • complete a short questionnaire detailing their gender, age, occupation and information about food portions.

Each session will be based in the Northern Ireland Technology Centre on the Malone Road. All volunteers will be entered into a draw for a £110 One4all gift voucher.

If you are aged between 18 and 64 years and are interested in taking part, or would like more information, please contact Dr Michelle Spence,

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Queen’s Mindfulness Group

Queen’s Mindfulness Group meets 1.15pm – 1.45pm on Mondays (Elmwood Learning and Teaching Centre/SR4) and Thursdays (Snack Bar, SU). This is a quiet space open to all students and staff to practice mindfulness.

Mindfulness is about paying deliberate, careful attention to what is going on in your body, your mind and your immediate environment. The practice can help us to see situations more clearly and respond more effectively to difficult situations.

Attendance is on a ‘drop in’ basis with no pre-booking necessary, however, on your first visit you may want to go a few minutes early to receive some simple instructions. If you have any queries, contact Clare on

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Public Lectures in Genetics

Professor Anne Hughes from the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences will deliver the RAE Armstrong Lectures in Genetics during February. The lectures will take place at 5.00pm in the MBC Lt 1 on:

  • Thursday 7 February: Mendelian disease - Act II
  • Thursday 14 February: Research into complex disease- success or expensive failure?
  • Thursday 21 February:Genethics - a long view

For further information, please contact Deborah Myles, School of Biological Sciences, 028 9097 5787.

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National Teaching Fellowship Scheme 2013 (NTFS)
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.

Guest Speaker Series
Professor Phil Race, Independent Consultant in Higher Education, will be leading an interactive workshop on Smarter lectures - making learning happen in large-group setting on Tuesday 19 February at 10.00am – 1.00pm in the Senate Room. For further details click here or contact, 028 9097 1447.

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

  • Wednesday 30 January: Preparing & Giving Lectures, Part 1: Tips and theory, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 6 February: Preparing & Giving Lectures, Part 2: Practical session in small groups, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 13 February: Interactive PowerPoint Presentations, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 13 February: Teaching with Emotional Intelligence, 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 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 courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Monday 4 February: Managing a University Social Media, 10.00am - 4.00pm
  • 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
  • Wednesday 13 February: Introduction to CMS (web authoring), 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Thursday 14 February: PowerPoint 2: Advanced, 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Monday 25 February: Facebook for Beginners, 2.00pm - 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 26 February: Using the Computer and Managing Files, 9.30am - 12.30pm

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 Wednesday 30 January, 12.00pm to 1.30pm. Test dates at For inquiries about ECDL and ECDL Advanced, contact or 028 9097 6189.
Today’s Tip  – If you frequently give similar answers to email inquiries consider using Quick Parts in Outlook –  further details are available here.

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STDU 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 30 January: Working Smarter, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 5 February: Managing Change in Higher Education, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • 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 

View the full range of courses at:

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

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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