13 May 2013

Q in 60

View the Q in 60 seconds news clip about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) exhibition at Queen's last week.

The University invited members of the public to walk through a full-size replica of a section of the LHC tunnel as well as having the chance to meet physicists involved in answering some of the biggest mysteries of the universe by re-creating conditions just after the Big Bang.

Watch the clip online at,385956,en.html

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Nominate colleagues for Staff Volunteer of the Year Award

The closing date for submitting applications for this year's Volunteering Excellency Awards is Friday 17 May. The awards recognise the positive contribution staff and students make to the community.

Staff are invited to nominate colleagues in the Staff Volunteer of the Year category but are also welcome to nominate individuals in any of the other categories:

  • Student Volunteer of the Year
  • Course Rep of the Year
  • Voluntary or Charitable Group/ Club/ Society or Organisation of the Year
  • Voluntary or Charitable Event or Activity of the Year

The awards will take place on Monday 3 June in the Great Hall. Click on the link to nominate: VEA Nomination Form

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Visiting speaker and film showing

Professor Stanislav Semerdjiev, National Academy for Theatre and Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria, and Executive Director of the World Association of Film and TV Schools will visit Queen's on Thursday 30 May to screen his recent film and take part in a question and answer session.

The visit will begin with Professor Semerdjiev delivering a lecture Global Creative Networking in Audiovisual Education in the McClay Library Auditorium at 11.00am.  There will then be a screening in the Queen’s Film Theatre of The Hamlet Adventure at 2.00pm followed by a Q&A with the writer-producer.

In the documentary feature the trials and tribulations of staging a performance of Hamlet 8,000 feet above sea level in the breathtaking expanses of Bulgaria’s Rila mountains are stunningly captured.

For further information contact Professor Mark Thornton Burnett, School of English,

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Recycle Old Cycles

East Belfast Mission will at the University this 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, 8.00am-10.00am
  • MBC car park: Wednesday 15 May, 8.00am-10.00am
  • Ashby car park:Thursday 16 May, 8.00am-10.00am

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Queen’s staff members considering part-time postgraduate study

Queen’s University Management School is holding an open evening on Wednesday 22 May. If you are considering part-time postgraduate study why not go along and hear more about the School's three programmes: Executive MBA, MSSc Organisation and Management, and MA Human Resource Management?

Many staff from Queen’s have already graduated from these programmes and some are still enrolled. These programmes are very relevant to Queen’s University staff members from various functional areas within Directorates, Schools and Departments.

For further information and online registration visit:

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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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The Speakeasy, Students' Union available for bookings

The ‘Old Stage’ raised area of The Speakeasy is available for bookings all year round, for groups of up to 40 people.

The Speakeasy can also accommodate groups of up to 200 for larger drinks receptions. Selection of wines and champagne available.

Food is available for groups and parties; finger food, canapés, sit-down meals, Christmas dinners and more. The outdoor roof terrace is also available for barbecues, all arranged to suit any budget.

The Speakeasy is operated by Queen’s Students’ Union, all profits generated are reinvested back in to the Union to enhance the student experience.

To discuss your requirements please contact Stephen Anderson, Students’ Union Bars Manager 028 9097 3726.

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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 22 May: Introduction to PivotTables using Excel, 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • 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
  • 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

To book a course,  go to Queen’s Online – - and under ‘Other’ click Training Courses. Course descriptions at For more information contact or 028 9097 6189. Twitter feed:
ECDL testing dates: additional dates will be added for June, July and August. For more information contact : or 028 9097 6189 or go to
Today’s Tip – Excel: Naming cell ranges help you copy, move or execute functions on any number of cells. To find out more, see our Excel materials - (Excel - Managing Data).

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Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education

There are a few places available on the following May course:

  • Friday 17 May: Linking Teaching and Research, 10.00am – 1.00pm

Higher Education Lunchtime Forum

Staff from the Learning Development Service will be leading 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.

The Centre for Educational Development will be hosting 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.

External workshop facilitators are Dr Kate Exley, University of Leeds and Professor Colin Beard, National Teaching Fellow, Sheffield Business School.  Queen's workshop presenters are Dr Karen King, Biological Sciences and Dr Geraint Ellis, 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 on or email telephone 028 9097 1447.

Registration is via Queen’s Online.  Full instructions for booking are on the website.  For information or for assistance with registration please email the Centre at or telephone 028 9097 1447.

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


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STDU courses

STDU courses

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

Researcher Development

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

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

View full range of courses (view by category – leadership, management and supervisory) in the online programme:

For further information on the above courses and to view all available courses, please select the following link:

To book a place on the above courses log onto Queens Online - - then select Training Courses from the list on the left of the page

Financial Assistance for Staff – Part-Time Courses

Each year the University offers financial assistance for staff to undertake part-time courses of study leading to a qualification.  Support is obtained via the Staff Training and Development Unit (criteria apply).

If you are considering applying for a course in the next academic year 2013-14 that is required for your current post or as part of career development within the University, you may be eligible for financial assistance.

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. 

Any enquiries about the form or financial assistance process should be directed to Suzanne McMorrow, Training Co-ordinator, or 028 9097 6606.

Applicants who received support in 2012-13 and are continuing their course must apply for support for each year of study.  Many relevant part-time courses are offered by University schools and departments including the School of Education.  Please contact departments directly for advice on particular courses.

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Queen's Sport

Back 2 Basics Spring/Summer Challenge - 12 Week Early Morning Programme at Queen’s Sport
Queen's Sport Winter/Spring Back 2 Basics Programme has just finished with great reviews from those who attended.  The 12 week Spring/Summer Challenge commences Monday 13 May, limited spaces are still available. To download an enrolment form, click here

Queen’s Parkrun- Free 5K timed run

Queen's parkrun is a 5km timed run every Saturday at 9.30am at Queen’s University Sport at Upper Malone. It is free to take part but you must register in advance. Click for more details

Summer Scheme 2013
The Summer Scheme is now open to everyone, don’t miss your chance to enrol, click here

Do Your Best Swim
Queen’s Sport stage a swim challenge in support of Cancer Focus Northern Ireland from Monday 10 June until Thursday 13 June. Get involved here.

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