3 June 2013

Cycle challenge starts this week

This week sees the launch of the 10 Minute Cycle Challenge which is being run in partnership with Travelwise NI.

The Challenge starts on Wednesday 5 June and will run for three weeks until Tuesday 25 June.

Staff are encouraged to form teams and to log each cycling journey undertaken over the three week period. Teams must consist of 3 - 6 people and every team must have a 'new' cyclist.  Points will be awarded for each journey over 10 minutes.

There will be a number of prizes on offer.  Prizes are available on a national and local level and teams within the University will be competing for cycling vouchers from local retailers.

For further details and to register, visit

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G8 Pre-Summit Conference at Queen's

G8 leaders will soon be arriving in Northern Ireland for their summit at Lough Erne. To mark the occasion, Queen’s, in cooperation with the G8 Research at the University of Toronto and the Department for Employment and Learning, is hosting a pre-summit conference on Friday 14 June 2013.

With the theme of Trade, Transparency, Tax and Terrorism, the conference will provide a unique opportunity to hear from and engage in discussions with G8 experts and world-leading experts on the issues on the G8 Summit’s agenda. Click on the link to view the conference programme: Pre-Summit Conference  

Places are limited, and attendance is strictly by registration only. For more details visit the conference website at

All queries in relation to the event should be directed to  
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Qsis Staff Newsletter

Please click here to read the latest edition of the Qsis Staff Newsletter.

The Newsletter includes a user engagement survey to gather your feedback on how the Qsis Team can engage with you, the user.

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Queen's Now

The latest edition of Queen's Now is available online at:

In this month's edition we meet three members of staff who have been promoted in the Academic Promotions Exercise and find out who picked up awards at the University's annual Green Awards reception.

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Institute's Programme of Launch Events

The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice's (ISCTSJ) programme of launch events runs until Friday 7 June.

For details of events taking place this week, click on the link,  ISCTSJ_Launch Event  or go to

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Cycle+ Special Offer for Staff

During the month of June, each staff member who places a Cycle+ order at Chain Reaction Cycle's flagship store in Belfast for £500 and over will receive an additional £50 voucher which can be redeemed in store. 

Cycle+ is the University's cycle to work scheme, where the cost of a bike and safety equipment is deducted through a salary sacrifice scheme. More details on the scheme can be found at

There are a number of cycling events coming up in June:
  • Cycle Challenge – 5 and 25 June. Departments and individual staff members are encouraged to participate in a cycle challenge with the opportunity to win spot prizes
  • Bike to Work Week –  17 and 21 June with events planned for each day to encourage staff to try cycling to work.

Don’t forget, staff can also avail of an interest free loan on the purchase of annual commuter cards for rail and bus. For more information on cycling, and all forms of sustainable travel, click here

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School of History and Anthropology latest Newsletter

The latest edition of the School of History and Anthropology's newsletter is now available online. It can be accessed by clicking on the link: School Newsletter May 2013
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Home stay hosts required

INTO Queen’s University Belfast are looking for friendly and reliable Home Stay Hosts to welcome International students into their home. 

Staying with host families gives international students an opportunity to learn about our lifestyle, and both the student and host family can benefit from the cultural exchange.  It also helps students to use English outside the classroom and it is, therefore, important that English is the main language of communication in the home.

You don't have to be a traditional family to host students as long as you have a genuine interest in welcoming an international student into your home, have an extra bedroom and can meet quality standards.  The students will be studying in the INTO Centre in Lennoxvale and would prefer to live within easy reach of the University area.      

To register your interest or to find out more about becoming a Home Stay Host, please contact Andy McCulloch at or 028 9097 6850.

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Launch of the Northern Ireland Elections STV Archive

A new online archive which gives detailed information on general elections at all levels since 1973 in Northern Ireland will be launched at Queen's on Thursday 13 June.

The Northern Ireland Elections STV Archive on the Northern Ireland Elections site makes up the biggest online archive of Single Transferrable Vote (STV) results anywhere in the world. This project was generously funded by The McDougall Trust.

The archive will be launched by Dr Nicholas Whyte, well known elections expert who runs the Northern Ireland Elections site, with some words of assessment from Graham Shields, the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland.

The event will take place at 10.30am on Thursday 13 June in G074, Lanyon Building. The event is free, but places must be booked in advance by emailing or phoning 028 7167 5513.

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Young Artists Required

The Institute of Child Care Research (ICCR) is hosting an art competition for 5-18 year olds resident in Northern Ireland. Gift vouchers for the value of up to £100 will be awarded to winning entries and the art work will be displayed on the ICCR website.

Entries must address one of four research themes: children and families; health and wellbeing; children in public care and adopted; and teenagers.  To enter, children need to download an entry form here, and send their art work together with a completed form to: Lisa Monaghan, ICCR, Queen’s University Belfast, 6 College Park, Belfast, BT7 1LP.

The closing date for entries has been extended to 14 June, and winners will be notified by the end of June. Entries will be judged on creativity, artistic merit, and relevance to the theme.  Read further details on the competition here.

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Queen's Sport

Ramada Plaza Belfast University Boat Race 2013
The 2013 Ramada Plaza University Boat Race takes place on Saturday 8 June. The event is open to the public and corporate tickets are still available.

Summer Membership
Three month all-inclusive Summer Membership now available for only £99.

Summer Scheme 2013
There are only four weeks to go to this year’s Summer Scheme. Limited places are still available.

Kick-start your weekend with the free 5K ParkRun every Saturday morning at Upper Malone -

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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 11 June: Introduction to CMS (Web Authoring), 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 18 June: Adobe Photoshop 1: Basic Digital Image Editing, 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 19 June: Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.30pm - 2.45pm
  • Tuesday 25 June: Introduction to CMS (Web Authoring), 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 9 July: Introduction to CMS (Web Authoring), 10.00am - 1.00pm

To book a course,  go to Queen’s Online –  Course descriptions are available at For more information, contact or 028 9097 6189.
ECDL Tests sessions will take place in June and August. The booking form is available at Please note these 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 –  To transfer very large files try QUB Dropbox (files can be up to 1 Gb).

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STDU courses

STDU Courses - June 2013

  • Wednesday 19 June: Induction for All New Staff, 9.45am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 20 - Friday 21 June: Preparing for Retirement, (2 day course), 9.30am – 4.00pm

Researcher Development

  • Monday 24 June: Induction for Contract Research Staff, 9.20am – 4.00pm

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

To book a place on the above courses log onto Queen's Online -

Financial Assistance for Staff – Part-Time Courses
Staff can now apply for financial assistance for courses in the next academic year that are required for your current post or as part of career development within the University.

Please read the guidelines ( and apply before the 31 July 2013 deadline.  Applications received after this date may be supported depending on available budget. Applications must be discussed and authorised by the relevant Head of Area. 

For further information, contact Suzanne McMorrow, Training Co-ordinator, or 028 9097 6606.

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Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education

There are places available on the following course:

  • Thursday 20 June: Being an Adviser of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm

CED's 7th Annual Conference

  • Friday 28 June: Using Active and Interactive Approaches with Students, 9.30am - 3.45pm in the Council Chamber/Canada Room.

The Conference Programme and further details are available here or contact, 028 9097 1447.

Registration is via Queen’s Online.  

A full list of all CED events and courses together with further information can be accessed here.

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