10 June 2013

Next tour date in A Bite of Queen's

Due to the popularity of the first A Bite of Queen's campus tour of the Lanyon, a second tour of the building will take place on Friday 21 June, 1.05pm-1.50pm.

A Bite of Queen's is a staff initiative which gives you the opportunity to go behind the scenes of some of the University’s great buildings and hear about the amazing work being carried out by our colleagues who work in them.

Feedback from staff who participated in the first tour was extremely positive. For further information, click here.

The tour is free and will include a brown bag lunch.  To take part, please email Places are limited. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

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School of Education Newsletter Summer 2013

The Summer 2013 issue of the School of Education newsletter, Education at Queen’s, is available here

It features some of the School's education and research activities in local, national and international contexts.  It also highlights engagement with and impact on the education community by linking schools, policymakers and international experts in a range of settings.

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Cycle to Work Week: 17 - 21 June

Cycle to Work Week takes place 17 - 21 June. The aim of the week is to encourage staff to give cycling a go and leave the car at home.

Events are planned for each day of the week to promote cycling as a means of commuting to work. They include cycling clinics, maintenance workshops, security marking and a Cycle to Work Week breakfast.

For full details of the week, please click on the link: Cycle to Work Week 2013  

Cycle to Work Week is just one of a number of initiatives aimed at reducing the number of single car journeys to the University.
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Enterprise Clinic – Invest NI POC programme – Wednesday 19 June 2013

The next Enterprise Clinic will take place on Wednesday 19 June from 12.00pm - 2.00pm at the Research and Enterprise offices, 63 University Road.

This Clinic will focus on the Invest NI funded Proof of Concept (POC) programme and will give staff the chance to meet and have informal discussions with colleagues in the POC team and get advice and guidance on potential applications.

The next round of the POC programme is now open for applications, with up to £106,000 available per project.

You do not need to register for this 'drop-in' event, however, to assist with catering purposes, please confirm attendance or any dietary requirements with Kerry McCormick,

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Staff Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to Professor Allen Thurston from the School of Education who was named Staff Volunteer of the Year at Queen's Students' Union Volunteering Excellency Awards.

Professor Thurston received the award for his 30 years of volunteering in mountain rescue, his assistance in over 200 mountain rescues and his commitment to The North West Mountain Rescue Team (NWMRT).

To see the full list of winners from the Awards night click here.

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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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Research and Enterprise: The Impact Development Fund

The Impact Development Fund is an internal initiative to support Queen’s researchers in developing their collaboration with non-academic partners.  The fund supports a range of project types including proof-of-principle, partnership development and collaborative research.

Applications are particularly welcome to the Business Alliance Fund which provides support for the development of a strategic relationship with potential for long term engagement. Funding of up to £50k is available. Example projects include a co-funded studentship or an inward or outward secondment.

The Business Alliance Fund is assessed competitively and the next two application deadlines are Monday 1 July and Monday 2 September.  Application is through a single page on-line form. Further details and support from the Business Alliance Team can be found here.

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Welcome Centre: Father's Day gifts

Don’t forget Father’s Day on Sunday 16 June. The Welcome Centre has all your Father’s Day essentials, including beautiful greetings cards, wrapping paper, gift bags and tons of wonderful gift ideas.

There is a 10 per cent discount for all Queen’s staff members.

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Win two tickets to see Behind the Candelabra at Queen’s Film Theatre

Sequins, showbiz and scandal – Steven Soderbergh’s biopic of Liberace arrives on the big screen. 

Telling the story of Liberace’s relationship with his much younger lover Scott Thorson, a lavishly bewigged Michael Douglas plays Liberace while Matt Damon takes on the role of Thorson, whose book provides much of the film’s source material.

To win a pair of tickets please email with Behind the Candelabra in the subject line and the answer to the question: What was the main musical instrument played by Liberace?

The competition closes on Wednesday 12 June at 12.00pm and the winner will be contacted by email. Behind the Candelabra runs at QFT until Thursday 20 June.

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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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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 11 June: Introduction to CMS (Web Authoring), 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 19 June: Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.30pm - 2.45pm An invaluable way to find out about IT services
  • Tuesday 25 June: Introduction to CMS (Web Authoring), 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 9 July: Introduction to CMS (Web Authoring), 10.00am - 1.00pm

Booking is via Queen's Online. Course descriptions are available at

ECDL Test sessions will take place on Wednesday 26 June and Thursday 8 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 –  The essential timesaver when working with large documents, is to apply Styles to your headings (then you can automatically create a table of contents); more at

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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 Annual Conference – 28 June 2013
CED will host its 7th Annual Conference Using Active and Interactive Approaches with Students on 28 June from 9.30am - 3.45pm in the Council Chamber/Canada Room.

The facilitators are:

  • Dr Kate Exley, University of Leeds
  • Professor Colin Beard, National Teaching Fellow, Sheffield Business School
  • Dr Karen King, Queen's School of Biological Sciences
  • Dr Geraint Ellis, Queen's School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering. 

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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