28 May 2013

Latest Q in 60 video

Former President of Finland and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Martti Ahtisaari, launched the new Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (ISCTSJ) at Queen’s last week. 

To watch the Q in 60 coverage of the ISCTSJ opening, please 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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Cycle challenge

Queen’s in partnership with Travelwise NI is organising a Cycle Challenge which will run over three weeks from 5 June to 25 June.

Staff are encouraged to form teams and to log each cycling journey undertaken over the three week period. Teams must consist of 3 - 6 people and every team must have a 'new' cyclist.  Points will be awarded for each journey over 10 minutes.

There will be a number of prizes on offer.  Prizes are available on a national and local level and teams within the University will be competing for cycling vouchers from local retailers.

For further details and to register, visit

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IGFS newsletter

The Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) has launched its own newsletter.  Read the IGFS Newsletter May 2013 online.
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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, 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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Students' Union shop account card

The Students' Union shop is offering an account card to all University Schools and Departments for exclusive use in the SU shop. The card can be used at any time throughout the year to purchase all goods and services within the shop.
The shop can supply items for goodie bags, packed lunches, special requests, bulk stationery orders and has a range of items featuring the Queen's logo, from stationery to hoodies, and a Fairtrade range.

The card user will be issued with an itemised monthly statement, payable through internal journal. For more information, or an application form, please email

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Life and Times results: 4 June

The seminar Autism Awareness and Attitudes on Tuesday 4 June will mark the release of the results of the 2012 Northern Ireland Life and Times (NILT) Survey.

Karola Dillenburger, Julie-Ann Jordan and Lynne McKerr, School of Education, will use 2012 NILT data to explore knowledge and public attitudes to the social, employment, educational and housing issues facing people with autism, as well as highlighting personal experiences.

The seminar will take place on Tuesday 4 June, at 11.30am, followed by a light lunch, and will be held in the Canada Room, Lanyon Building. Everyone is welcome to the free event, however, places need to be booked by Tuesday 28 May, by contacting 028 7167 5513,

The 2012 NILT Survey explored attitudes to key social issues, including autism, community relations, minority ethnic groups, migrant workers and asylum seekers, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, and political attitudes.  Full results will be available on Tuesday 4 June at

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Internal vacancy

This week's internal vacancy:

  • EC Research Finance Officer
    Finance Directorate
    Ref: 13/102687
    Closing date:  Friday 7 June 2013
    Anticipated Interview Date:  Wednesday 19 June 2013

Web page:

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Staff Training and Development Unit

Researcher Development

  • 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 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 Queens Online - - then select Training Courses from the list on the left of the page.

Financial Assistance for Staff – Part-Time Courses
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.

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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • 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 – - and under ‘Other’ click Training Courses. Course descriptions at For more information contact or 028 9097 6189.

ECDL testing dates for June, July and August will be announced in early June. For more information about ECDL contact 028 9097 6189 or go to

Today’s Tip – Word Processing: Advice to help you sort out issues with pages and section breaks is available here.

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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

Higher Education Lunchtime Forum

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

CED Annual Conference – 28 June 2013

The Centre for Educational Development 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.  For further information, click here.

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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