25 March 2013

Ionic liquid chemistry wins Innovation Poll

Research by scientists from Queen’s on ionic liquid chemistry has been named the ‘Most Important British Innovation of the 21st Century’.

The work of staff in QUILL has been named as the innovation that will have the greatest impact in the coming century.

QUILL fought off stiff competition from 11 other innovations from across the United Kingdom to win the vote which was part of the Science Museum’s Initiative on Great British past and future innovations. 

Thank you to all the staff who voted.

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Easter Switch Off

With Easter approaching, staff are asked to ensure that, where possible, all non-essential electrical equipment is switched off before you leave for the holiday.

For those teams that took part in the Green Impact Scheme, please use your Vacation Shut Down Plan to ensure equipment is switched off.

As a result of the last Switch Off Campaign at Christmas, every Operating Unit achieved a reduction in electricity consumption, so help your School and Directorate do the same again at Easter by switching off.

For information on what you can do to reduce electricity consumption or for further support, please email

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Research and Enterprise Roadshows

The Research and Enterprise Directorate will hold a series of Roadshows in April to bring staff up-to-date with changes in the Directorate, and to give an overview of the support and opportunities currently offered to researchers.

The events have been organised by Faculty, however, staff from all Faculties are welcome to attend whichever event availability allows. The Roadshow will comprise a presentation, Q&A session and an opportunity to network with the team over lunch.  The dates are:

  • Wednesday 10 April, 1.00pm-2.00pm (Engineering and Physical Sciences)
  • Monday 15 April, 1.00pm-2.00pm (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Tuesday 16 April, 2.00pm-3.00pm (Medical, Health and Life Sciences)

All three events will take place in the McClay Library Auditorium and lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP to Chris Browne,, 028 9097 2549, by Tuesday 9 April to allow for catering arrangements. Maximum capacity is set at 50. Further sessions will be arranged subject to demand.

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March/April edition of Queen's Now

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

Included in this month's edition is the opening of the Institute for Global Food Security and a look ahead to next month's showcase event highlighting the positive impact of research from the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

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April 2013 Payroll Deadline

Due to the University’s Easter closure, the normal payroll deadline will be moved back to Tuesday 9 April.

All payroll data, including timesheets, Jobshop timesheets, overtime claim forms, Childcare Voucher request forms, bank details amendments etc, must be received in the Salaries Office by Tuesday 9 April for inclusion in April salaries. This deadline also applies to fee payment request forms for the Non Staff Payments system (NSP) and External Examiners on the Modified Payroll System (MPS). Any data received after Tuesday 9 April will be processed for payment at the end of May 2013.

Please ensure all relevant staff are advised of this deadline to ensure timely payments to staff and non-staff payees. Monitoring Officers should ensure all March absences due to sickness are input to the Queen’s Online Absence Management System by Monday 8 April.

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Queen's Sport

Queen’s Sport 5K
The Queen's Sport 5K event takes place on Wednesday 27 March. You can enter at:

Car Park Disruptions: Wednesday 27 March
Due to the Queen's Sport 5K race, there will be restricted use of the Queen's Sport car park and the Stranmillis Embankment Road on Wednesday 27 March. Details of the disruption are as follows:

  • 6.00pm: Last entry into the car park
  • 6.30pm: Last exit from the car park before the race starts
  • 6.45pm: Stranmillis Embankment Road will close to all traffic and will re-open at 8.00pm
  • 8.00pm: Car park will reopen

Children’s Activity Programme
Queen's Sport Children's Spring Activity Programme is now open for enrolment, activities include climbing, basketball, splash 'n' swim and gymnastics. For further information, click here.

Queen’s Rugby to hold first Easter Talent Camp
For information on the Easter Rugby Talent Camp, click here.

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Two weeks to go to 5p shopping bag levy

From 8 April retailers and businesses in Northern Ireland must charge at least 5 pence for each new single use carrier bag they supply to customers.

This doesn’t just apply to plastic bags, but also covers single use bags made from other natural materials.

There are a number of exceptions where carrier bags will not be charged. Exceptions will be on the grounds of patient confidentiality, hygiene and food safety, and when a bag is essential to protect goods or consumers, for example when taking away hot food or beverages. Some small bags will also be exempt.

You don't have to pay the levy if you use your own bags when shopping. Whether it’s a 'bag for life', a canvas bag, or just an ordinary plastic carrier bag, it all helps the environment.

A limited number of Queen's branded bags are available for staff as part of the 'Embracing a low carbon future' campaign. If you would like one, please email

For further information on the bag levy, click here.

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Sustainable Energy Sandpit Event: Thursday 28 March

A few places are still available for a sandpit event being held in Riddel Hall on Thursday 28 March from 9.00am to 1.00pm. The event, which aims to link up researchers working in sustainable energy with companies, will feature discussion of upcoming funding opportunities in that area, including Invest NI’s Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy.

To find out more about the event, or inquire about the remaining places, please email Dermot Leonard at

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School of Education lecture: Friday 12 April

The Centre for Behavioural Analysis, School of Education, will host a lecture by Professor Bill Heward from Ohio State University on Friday 12 April.

The lecture on Using Science to Improve Educational Outcomes for all Students will take place in the Cathcart Room (0G/007), School of Education, 69/71 University Street from 12.30pm - 2.00pm.

For more information and registration, click here.

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School of Law organised Bake Sale

The School of Law would like to thank all those who supported its Comic Relief Bake Sale held in the QFT on Thursday 14 March. Over £650 was raised.

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STDU Courses

STDU Courses
  • Tuesday 9 April: Office Safety, 10.00am – 12.00pm 
  • Wednesday 10 April: Dealing with Complaints (Lunchtime ‘Lite Bite’ Session), 12.00pm – 1.30pm
  • Tuesday 16 April: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH), 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 16 April: Career Development for Support Staff, 10.00am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 17 April: Manual Handling and Lifting, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • 22, 23 and 29 April: Training Skills for Occasional Trainers (3 half days), 9.15am – 1.00pm

Media Training and Awareness Workshops (for early career academics)

  • 3 session programme - 12 April, 3 May and 7 June, 9.30am – 1.00pm.

    The purpose of the workshops is to introduce new academics to the media and to demonstrate how they can play an important role in maximising the impact of their research to a range of audiences. Participants will learn new skills and gain valuable experience in areas such as: preparing for and delivering media interviews; deploying techniques to boost confidence and performance; understanding what a journalist wants; and what makes a news story.

Researcher Development

  • Thursday 28 March: Preparing for Academic Interviews, 9.30am – 1.00pm 
  • Wednesday 17 April: Applying Your Research to Policy Agendas, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 25 April: Planning Your Research Career, 9.30am – 1.00pm

Leadership and Management Development

  • Wednesday 17 April: Presenting with Impact, 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 1 May: Managing Difficult Conversations, 9.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 28 May: Managing Change in Higher Education, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Courses can be booked via Queen's Online.


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Guest Speaker Series

  • Wednesday 24 April: Dr David Baume, independent higher education consultant and founding chair of SEDA, will lead a workshop on Getting Published about Teaching and Learning, 2.00pm – 4.00pm in the Old Common Room.
  • Friday 26 April: Dr Eric Yao and Ms Anne Tierney, Glasgow University, will lead a workshop on Engaging First Year Students with Employability, 9.30am – 1.45pm in the Council Chamber/Canada Room.
Places can be booked via Queen's Online.

For further details, click here.

Copy deadline for next issue of Reflections
The next issue of Reflections, the Queen’s Learning and Teaching newsletter, will be published later this semester.  If you would like to submit a contribution, please send it to Linda Carey, or Liz McDowell, by Friday 12 April 2013.

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IT Training Courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 9 April: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS, 10.00am to 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 16 April: Making best use of Outlook, 9.30am to 1.00pm
  • Thursday 18 April: SPSS 1: Introduction to SPSS, 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 23 April: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS, 10.00am to 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 30 April: Adobe Photoshop 3: Digital Skills and Efficiencies, 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 01 May: SPSS 2: Data Analysis using SPSS, 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Thursday 23 May: Making Best use of Word (advanced features in Word), 9.30am to 4.00pm
To book a course, go to Queen’s Online.

ECDL testing: For test dates for March and April, visit

Today’s Tip: To find out how to access your drives and use Office applications and more from off-campus, please visit: (and from the right hand menu choose Remote Access).

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