1 July 2013

Graduation Week

‌Over 4,600 students will graduate during this week's Summer Graduation ceremonies. Joining them will be 15 honorary graduates, including veteran broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough, Oscar winning film director Terry George and gold winning paralympian Michael McKillop.

This year 600 students will graduate with Degree Plus accreditation, recognising the skills gained from extra-curricular activity. Click here to find out from Deirdre Deery in Educational and Skills Development how staff are helping students to develop the skills and experience needed for life after graduation.

Follow this week's graduation on social media: Twitter, Facebook, #QUBgrad

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Vice-Chancellor's Blog

During his time at Queen's, the Vice-Chancellor has conferred degrees on over 50,000 students. As he begins his final Summer Graduation Week, the Vice-Chancellor looks at the importance of preparing students for what lies ahead after graduation and reflects on his own experience of the University.

To read the blog, visit

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Update on Campus Works: Summer 2013

This year sees an increasing level of capital works on the campus and a number of major projects are on site over summer 2013.

Click here for updates on the following projects:

Main site:

  • McClay Library
  • Lynn Building and Library Stack
  • Installation of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant
  • Refurbishment of lecture theatres: Bell (Physics) and Geography

Health Sciences Campus:

  • Centre for Experimental Medicine (CEM)

DKB/Ashby Site:

  • Refurbishment of Lecture Theatres
  • Installation of CHP
  • Ashby Refurbishment: Phase 2b and 2c
  • Sir Bernard Crossland Building
  • No 14 Malone Road

If you have any questions about the works, please contact Estates on 028 9097 5005 or

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Register of Interests 2013 – Action Required

The University seeks to maintain the highest standards in the conduct of its business and requests those associated with it to act with integrity, impartiality, honesty and professionalism at all times. This requires all staff to take reasonable actions 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 and Procedure, 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 associated Committees, to include co-opted appointees;
  • All third parties retained by the University to perform services for, and on behalf of, the University.

As a member of staff, you have two specific responsibilities in this area - these are set out below:

(i)    You should ensure that you are familiar with the Register of Interests Policy and Procedure, full details of which can be found here.

(ii)    You are required to complete an online Register of Interests entry and to ensure that this is kept updated should your circumstances change.  You can access this entry via the electronic proforma, available in the ‘My Services - Other’ section on Queen’s Online -  The form only takes a few minutes to complete and nil responses are also required.

Any queries in relation to the Register of Interests Policy and Procedure should be directed to Julie Carse in the Registrar’s Office, on 028 9097 2502, or by email to

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A Bite of Queen's Photograph Winner

‌Congratulations to Patricia Castle in the School of Psychology who has won the Bite of Queen's photography competition.

Patricia received a £20 Amazon voucher for her winning photograph which was submitted following the recent Bite of Queen's tour of the Lanyon Building. Click here to see the winning photograph.

To find out more about the tours and to view all the photographs submitted by colleagues, click here.

Tours of Riddel Hall and CCRCB will take place in September and October and will be advertised in the Round Up in the new academic year.

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Procurement Policy for Apple Equipment

A new Policy for the Procurement of Apple Equipment has been approved by the University Operating Board and will be introduced with effect from Monday 1 July 2013.

The policy – -  governs the procurement of Apple desktops (iMac), laptops (MacBook Pro and MacBook Air) and iPads.  It defines the principles for dealing with requests for Apple equipment and determines how the subsequent procurement process should be handled.  A list of recommended equipment specifications is also provided, together with advice notes.

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New Q in 60 video

If you missed this year's annual Ramada Plaza University Boat Race, watch the Q in 60 coverage of the day's events by clicking here.

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QFT competition

Having charmed audiences for almost two decades, the Before...series comes to a close with Before Midnight. The film, receiving rave reviews, is the touching finale to the enduring love story between Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), who met as strangers on a train almost twenty years ago.

To win a pair of tickets, email with MIDNIGHT in the subject line and the answer to the question: In which city did Celine and Jesse get to know each other in the first film in the trilogy, BEFORE SUNRISE?

The competition closes Wednesday 3 July at 12.00pm and the winner will be contacted by email.

Before Midnight is showing exclusively at QFT until Thursday 11 July.

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Summer editions of Round Up

From Monday 8 July until the end of August, the Round Up will be produced on a fortnightly basis. Contributions should be sent to by the deadlines below:

Publication Date Submission Date
Monday 8 July Thursday 4 July
Monday 22 July Thursday 18 July
Monday 5 August Thursday 1 August
Monday 19 August Thursday 15 August
Monday 2 September          Thursday 29 August
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Academic diaries now available in SU Shop

The Students’ Union Shop is now stocking a full range of A4, A5 and pocket size 2013/14 academic diaries.

  • Slimline /Pocket – Unbranded £1.95
  • Queen’s University Branded A5 Diaries from £2.95.

For multiple purchases or to arrange internal recharging, please contact

The Students’ Union Shop is owned and operated by Queen's with all profits reinvested to improve the Students' Union facilities and enhance the student experience.

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Queen's NAG Chest Agreement Renewal

Information Services (IS) is trying to ascertain campus wide usage of the software, NAG Chest Agreement. Queen's is currently licensed for all NAG Serial Libraries (C Library, Fortran Library, NAG Toolbox for MATLAB, Library for .NET, and NAG Library for JAVA) on 2 platforms (Windows and Linux/32 & 64 bit). IS is looking to only renew licensing that is fully needed and utilised.

If you use or are aware of anyone using the above libraries please contact:
Denver Gilpin
Information Services - IT Systems and Services
The McClay Library, Room: 1.234
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 6102

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Queen's Sport

Queen’s Sport launches Children’s Summer Camps 2013
The new Queen's Sport Children’s Swimming and Climbing Camps are now open for enrolment. The camps, which are open to new and existing members of the Queen's Sport Children's programme, are an opportunity for children to try a new activity or improve their existing techniques in a fun and safe environment.

The Camps will be held on the following dates:

Summer Climbing Camp:

July Camp: 15-19 July

August Camp: 12-16 August

Prices per week: Members, £46; Non Members, £67

Summer Swim Camp:

August Camp: 20-24 August

Prices per week: Members, £33; Non Members, £48

Enrolment is now open at Queen’s Sport reception. Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so book now to guarantee your space.

Two Month Summer Membership For Only £66
Membership includes access to 70+ classes a week, all fitness areas, swimming, climbing and racquet sports. Click here for more information.

Queen's Rugby Summer Talent Camp
Queen's Rugby Summer Talent Camp, which is aimed at 13-16 year olds, takes place between 19-23 August at Queen's Sport Upper Malone. Click here for more information.

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Travel Books at Blackwell's

Got a well earned rest coming up? Visit Blackwell's Bookshop in the Students' Union and pick up a guide or phrasebook for your destination.

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Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education

The following courses are now available for booking ONLY.

  • Thursday 4 July: An Introduction to Turnitin Software for PG Supervisors, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences ONLY, 11.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 9 July: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including Questionmark) – additional course, 9.30am – 4.30pm
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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 9 July: Introduction to CMS (Web Authoring), 10.00am to 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 30 July: Introduction to CMS (Web Authoring), 10.00am to 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 21 August: Introduction to CMS (Web Authoring), 10.00am to 1.00pm

Courses can be booked via Queen's Online. Course descriptions are available at

ECDL - The next test session takes place on Thursday 8 August; the booking form is available at Please note the sessions will be in the Peter Froggatt Centre room 03/030. For more information about ECDL contact: or 028 9097 6189 or go to
Today’s Tip – For advice on securing your PC at home or at work, visit

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