7 May 2013

‘Big Bang’ machine at Queen's this week

The world’s largest science experiment, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), is at Queen's this week.

Members of the public can walk through a life size model of part of the LHC tunnel in the Whitla Hall and get hands-on with a number of interactive exhibits.

The exhibition is open today, Wednesday 8 May and Thursday 9 May from 9.00am-5.00pm and Friday 10 May, 9.00am-2.00pm

For further information on the programme of events, click here.

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Development Plans for the McClay Library, June-August 2013

Plans are now well underway (although some details are still to be finalised) for the work required to substantially increase the number of reader seats and PC spaces in the McClay Library during summer 2013. The work will begin in early June as soon as the examination period is over.

All Library services will be delivered throughout the development work but Information Services has identified some specific areas where adjustments will be required. Full details are available at:

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Nominations now open for Graduate and Student of the Year

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012/13 Student and Graduate of the Year Awards.

The annual Awards aim to recognise excellence, achievement or service by Queen’s alumni and students, either to the University or to the wider community. The trophies are awarded during Summer Graduation to a graduate(s) and student(s) who have made a ‘big impact’ over the previous 12 months.

This year's nominations process is open until Friday 24 May 2013. Click here to submit an entry and to see the list of previous winners.

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Institute's Programme of Launch Events

The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (ISCTSJ) will be officially launched later this month.

To mark the launch, a two week programme of events will run from Tuesday 21 May to Friday 7 June.

For information on the programme click on the link,  ISCTSJ_Launch Event  or go to

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Domestic Appliances Framework Agreement

The University has an ambitious Carbon Management Plan (CMP) which aims to reduce carbon emissions by 21% by the year 2020.

One of the initiatives being undertaken is in relation to the purchase of small electrical equipment. The aim is to ensure that only equipment with the highest possible energy rating (based on EU Energy Efficiency Label for domestic appliances or equivalent Energy Star rating for office equipment) exists in any School or Directorate.

To help achieve this, a framework agreement has been established for the purchase of domestic appliances including washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, fridges, freezers, cookers and microwaves. Three firms – Gordons Electrical, Donaghy Brothers and SRL Electrics - have been appointed to this framework. The Purchasing Office would like the support of Schools and Directorates to ensure that this agreement is utilised for the purchase of all domestic appliances.

There are specific requirements for purchasing goods from the framework. Further information on these requirements - together with supplier contact details, pricing information, warranty details, appliance manufacturers and a Buyers’ Guide - can be found at:

For users of laboratory fridges and freezers, a regional HE consortia framework has recently been established with energy consumption as a major factor. Further details of this agreement will be published in due course.

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Recycle Old Cycles

East Belfast Mission will at the University over three days next week to collect old or unused cycles (or cycle parts) that are no longer required. All parts will be recycled and used to service other bikes. This will avoid the bike or its parts going to landfill.

A lorry from East Belfast Mission will be in the following locations to allow staff to leave cycles or cycle parts:

  • Main site car park: Tuesday 14 May, 8am-10am
  • MBC car park: Wednesday 15 May, 8am-10am
  • Ashby car park:Thursday 16 May, 8am-10am

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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.

Click on the link to access the newsletter: History Newsletter 27 - March-April 2013  

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Portrait unveiling

All staff are invited to attend the unveiling of Comhghall Casey's portrait of Brenda McLaughlin in the Great Hall on Monday 20 May at 4.30pm.

Please RSVP to Queen's Gender Initiative (QGI) at

The event is part of the QGI Portraits Initiative.


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Queen's Sport

Back 2 Basics - 12 Week Early Morning Programme Challenge at Queen’s Sport
It is nearly Summer and it's time to get fit, look good and feel great. For more details on Queen's Sport's 12 week challenge, click here.

Adult Activity Programme - Course Enrolment still available
Spaces still available in the Spring 2013 Adult Courses. Pilates, yoga (various types), swimming, climbing and Jive & Swing are just some of the courses offered. For further details please click here.

Summer Scheme 2013 - Enrolment opens today
Don’t miss the chance to enrol your child in this year’s Summer Scheme. Enrolment for University staff opens on Tuesday 7 May, for Queen's Sport members on Friday 10 May and others on Monday 13 May. Click here for more information.

Do Your Best Swim
Queen’s Sport will be staging a swim challenge in support of Cancer Focus Northern Ireland from Monday 10 June until Thursday 13 June. Click here to get involved.

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STDU courses

Places are available on the following courses:

STDU Courses

  • Wednesday 8 May: Personnel Procedures, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 8 May: General Risk Assessment, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 20 May: Management Essentials – Facilitating Change (for Grade 7 staff), 10.00am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 21 May: Computer Workstation Risk Assessment, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 22 May: Health and Safety for Co-ordinators, 10.00am – 1.00pm

Researcher Development

  • Tuesday 21 May: Integrated Research Application System (IRAS), 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 29 May: Career Exploration for Researchers, 9.30am – 1.00pm

Leadership and Management Development Developing for Success
Aimed at Professional Support staff Grade 8 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC3 and above.

  • Tuesday 28 May: Managing Change in Higher Education, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Monday 10 June: Finance for Non-Finance Managers, 9.30am – 4.30pm

To view all 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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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Monday 13 May: Introduction to Social Media, 10.00am - 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 14 May: Introduction to CMS (Web Authoring), 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 15 May: Facebook for Beginners, 10.00am - 12.30pm
  • Thursday 16 May: Twitter for Beginners, 10.00am - 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 22 May: Introduction to PivotTables using Excel, 9.30am - 12.00pm
  • Thursday 23 May: Making Best use of Word (advanced features in Word), 9.30am - 4.00pm
  • Monday 27 May: Making best use of Outlook, 9.30am - 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 29 May: Introduction to CMS (Web Authoring), 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Thursday 30 May: Working with SharePoint, 9.30am - 1.00pm

To book a course go to Queen’s Online – - and under ‘Other’ click Training Courses. Course descriptions are available at For more information, contact or 028 9097 6189. Twitter feed:
ECDL testing dates: ECDL Advanced is an exacting and valuable set of tests; contact: or 028 9097 6189 or go to
Today’s Tip – To get online support for SharePoint or the Virtual learning Environment go to

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Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education
There are places available on the following May courses:

  • Wednesday 8 May: Evaluation of Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Friday 17 May: Linking Teaching and Research, 10.00am –1.00pm

Higher Education Lunchtime Forum
Staff from the Learning Development Service will lead a lunchtime forum on Supporting Students in Transition: Non Subject-specific Support on Wednesday 29 May, 1.00pm – 1.55pm (Sandwich lunch provided from 12.45 pm) in the Old Staff Common Room.

CED's 7th Annual Conference
CED will host its 7th Annual Conference Using Active and Interactive Approaches with Students on 28 June 2013 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. 

Participants will be given an opportunity to explore a range of approaches to enhance the student learning experience and increase student engagement.

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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