20 May 2013

National Learning at Work Day 2013

National Learning at Work Day, which aims to highlight the importance of workplace learning and skills, takes place on Thursday 23 May. This year's theme is Many ways to learn.

To mark the Day, the Staff Training and Development Unit (STDU) is inviting staff to challenge themselves to learn something new. Post your challenge on the online noticeboard at and see what other people are challenging themselves to learn. Afterwards you can go back to the wall and let STDU know if you met your challenge.

You can also access a number of learning resources, some of which are only available for this week, by clicking here.  Read some words of wisdom, staff profiles and find out some of the activities that are going on in Staff Training.

If you want further details, contact Roisin Macartney at  

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A Bite of Queen's

A new staff initiative is being launched to highlight some of the great work being carried out across Queen’s campus.

A Bite of Queen’s is a series of lunchtime events for staff which will give 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.

The tours are free and will include a brown bag lunch. 

The first A Bite of Queen’s tour is of the landmark Lanyon Building on Friday 31 May, 1.05pm-1.50pm. If you are interested in taking part, please email Places are limited.  Please advise of any dietary requirements.

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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 tomorrow by former President of Finland and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Martti Ahtisaari.
For many years, researchers at Queen’s have been engaged in transformative work right across the world: in the Middle East, South Asia, Eastern Europe and in Northern Ireland. The new Institute will build on their achievements and create new opportunities, providing a harmonious space where researchers and political figures can engage with society.
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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QFT Film Memorabilia Sale

QFT will host a Film Memorabilia Sale today, Monday 20 May, at 5.00pm.

On sale will be a host of amazing cinematic goodies that have been collected over the last 40 years, including posters, movie stills, film slides, magazines. Film Stills are 50p each and movie posters are priced from £4.

Proceeds from the sale will go to Oxfam. The event begins at 5.00pm in the QFT.

Go along for this unique chance to own some movie memorabilia.

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Portrait unveiling today at 4.30pm

A reminder to staff that the unveiling of Comhghall Casey's portrait of Brenda McLaughlin takes place today, Monday 20 May, in the Great Hall at 4.30pm.  All staff are invited to attend.

The event is part of the QGI Portraits Initiative.


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Peer Mentoring for new Postgraduate Research Students – Awards & Information Event

An event to celebrate and showcase peer mentoring for postgraduate research students will take place on Tuesday 21 May, 5.15pm-6.30pm in Seminar Room 1, Ground Floor, International and Postgraduate Student Centre.

Peer mentoring, which is running in eight different Schools this year, offers new first year students a mentor in order to facilitate the transition into the research environment.

During the event mentors will be awarded certificates by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor James McElnay for their excellent work throughout the year.  Each School has developed mentoring according to its requirements and mentors, mentees as well as academic staff will be present to give their perspectives.

Anyone interested in peer mentoring for postgraduate research students is welcome to attend.   Refreshments will be provided.

For further information,  email or contact Annette,

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Annual Promotions Seminar: 29 May

The Gender Initiative will hold a promotions workshop for all female academic staff on Wednesday 29 May 2013, 12.30pm – 2.00pm, in Lanyon/0G/049.

The workshop is an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and insight on the promotions process.  To register, please email

For further information, click: Academic Promotions Workshop  

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School of Pharmacy Seminar: Wednesday 29 May

Professor Jill Francis, Professor of Health Services Research, City University London will deliver a seminar entitled: How many theories does it take to change a light bulb? Behavioural approaches to medication prescription and adherence in the School of Pharmacy Lecture theatre, at 12.30pm on Wednesday 29 May.

Prior to her appointment at the City University London, Professor Francis was Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Aberdeen, where she worked as lead health psychologist at the Health Services Research Unit and the Centre for Healthcare Randomised Trials (CHaRT). Her research interests include: behaviour change to improve health and healthcare; application of theories, evidence and methods from Health Psychology to understand and address healthcare problems; complex intervention methodology in Health Services Research and implementation research.

If you would like to meet Professor Francis to discuss any of your own research interests either before or after the seminar, please get in touch with Dr Cris Ryan,

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Queen's Marine Laboratory Family Fun Day

Queen's Marine Laboratory is joining forces with Development and Alumni Relations to invite alumni and staff to a Family Fun Day on Saturday 1 June, 11.00am - 4.00pm.

During the day, which is part of the Strangford Maritime festival, scientific engineers will show you and your family the experimental wave tank in which research is being done to harness energy to produce electricity.  In the Teaching Lab you’ll meet marine biologists who will show you mini-beasts and seaweed from the Lough as you’ve never seen them before through a microscope. 

If you would like to attend, email to register your family.


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Queen’s Sport

ReActivate Functional Movement Class
Queen's Sport has launched a new functional movement class called ReActivate. The class is ideal for those new to group fitness, those returning to exercise or rehabilitating after an injury, and active adults who want improved mobility, strength and flexibility.

For further information, download the ReActivate information booklet by clicking here.

Back 2 Basics
Queen’s Sport’s 12 week Back 2 Basics programme is now underway, however, there are still some spaces available.

Enrol now at Queen’s Sport reception. For further information on Back 2 Basics, including feedback from the Winter/Spring course, please click here.


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CED: Courses, Lunchtime Forum and Annual Conference

Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education

There are places available on the following course in June:

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

Higher Education Lunchtime Forum

  • Wednesday 29 May: Staff from the Learning Development Service will lead a lunchtime forum on Supporting Students in Transition: Non Subject-specific Support on 2013, 1.00pm – 1.55pm (Sandwich lunch provided from 12.45 pm) in the Old Staff Common Room.

CED Annual Conference – 28 June

CED's 7th Annual Conference, Using Active and Interactive Approaches with Students, will take place on 28 June, 9.30am - 3.45pm in the Council Chamber/Canada Room. The Conference Programme and further details are available here or from,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 here.

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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • 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
  • Wednesday 19 June: Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.30pm - 2.45pm

To book a course,  go to Queen’s Online – Course descriptions are available at

ECDL testing dates: (more dates will be added for June, July and August). For more information, contact or 028 9097 6189 or go to
Today’s Tip – Instructions for AutoCorrect spelling, and the insertion of texts and symbols can be found here.

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STDU courses

  • 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
  • Tuesday 4 June: Negotiation Skills, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Monday 10 June: Finance for Non-Finance Managers, 9.30am – 4.30pm

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 Queen's Online - - then select Training Courses from the list on the left of the page.

Financial Assistance for Staff – Part-Time Courses
Financial assistance is available 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. 

For further information, contact 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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