7 October 2013

Equipment Sharing Database

The University has released a new on-line Equipment Sharing Database, which has been developed to enable quick and easy searching of equipment items held within Queen’s.  

Accessible through Queen’s Online (under Services > Administration), the Database contains valuable information about all major items of equipment held across the University.  Its aim is to facilitate the sharing of equipment by ensuring users can search for, identify and request access to major equipment items quickly and easily.

It is particularly important that it is used when applying for research grants following the Wakeham Review and the RCUK requirement for applicants to demonstrate that they have searched for similar equipment items within their institution prior to seeking funding for new equipment.  

Staff are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the on-line Database, and use it where possible to ensure all University equipment is fully utilised and unnecessary purchases are not made when an adequate item is currently available.  If you have any queries, please contact Stephen Bailie on 028 9097 5288 or

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Room Usage Guidelines

As a new academic year commences, the Timetabling and Room Booking Unit have issued room usage guidelines.

All Academic and Teaching/Support Staff are asked to familiarise themselves with the guidelines to ensure they are fully aware of operating procedures.  The guidelines can be accessed by clicking on: Room Guidance Memo

The Timetabling and Room Booking Unit have established a good working relationship with Estates and Media Services and they are happy to convey any problems with rooms to the appropriate person.  Please contact the Unit on 028 9097 3075 or by email to if you experience any difficulties.

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Internal vacancy

This week's internal vacancy

  • Temporary Clerical Officer (Job-Share), School of Law
    Closing date: Friday 18 October 2013
    Anticipated Interview date: Friday 29 October 2013
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2013-14 KESS Programme

This year’s KESS (Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series) was officially launched last week.

KESS is delivered by the Research and Information Service of the Assembly (RaISe), in partnership with Queen’s, University of Ulster and Open University. It provides a forum to present and disseminate research findings in a straightforward format, across the Programme for Government; making those findings easily accessible to decision-makers such as MLAs and Assembly committees, as well as the wider public sector. 

Attendees include MLAs and their staff; Assembly staff; public and private sector employees; academics; voluntary and community groups; and members of the public.

Seminars are free and are held on Thursdays.  Each seminar starts at 1.30pm in Parliament Buildings, located on Stormont Estate. Seminar places can be reserved by emailing

For further information on the KESS 2013-14 programme, visit:KESS 2013-14 Programme

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Latest edition of Queen's Now

The September 2013 edition of Queen's Now is available online.

Queen's Now is in a new format making it easier for staff to browse stories and allowing you to print the edition if you prefer to read it in hard copy.

In addition to the latest news and research stories, this month's edition focuses on the Student Experience and features some of our colleagues who are helping to deliver it. Regular sections include Green at Queen's, a list of new members of staff, social media updates and a competition.

To read the latest edition, click here.

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Eat At Queen’s

Follow Eat at Queen's on Facebook for all the latest catering offers on campus.  To be in with the chance of winning a £50 Queen’s Easy Pay top up voucher, share a post of your choice from the Facebook page.

Winners will be announced on Facebook on Monday 14 October 2013.  If the prize is unclaimed within five days a second name will be drawn.

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Latest edition of School Newsletter

To read the latest edition of the School of History and Anthropology's newsletter, please click on the link: School of History and Anthropology Newsletter Sept 2013

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Open Access Colloquium to Mark Open Access Week 2013

To mark Open Access Week 2013, the Library will host a one day colloquium in the McClay Library Auditorium on 21 October 2013, 1.00-5.00pm, to explore what this transition means for scholarly communication in the context of current national and international research funder policies.

The event will be introduced by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Ellen Douglas-Cowie and invited speakers include:

  • Professor Stephen Curry, Imperial College London
  • Niamh Brennan, Trinity College Dublin
  • Ben Johnson, HEFCE
  • David Carroll, Queen’s

As places are limited, the event will also be webcast, details to follow. For those that wish to attend please contact

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Research Impact Showcase Event: 27 November

Diary Date:  Research Impact Showcase Event, Whitla Hall, Wednesday 27 November, 12.00-2.30pm

All colleagues are encouraged to make a note now to visit the second research impact showcase event that will take place on Wednesday 27 November. Organised by the KTP and Business Networks team within the Research and Enterprise Directorate, the event marks the publication of the DNA of Innovation, Volume 3: Creative Connections. Many of our leading research colleagues profiled in this new volume will be at stands in the Whitla to speak about and show their research projects to visitors. A number of short presentations will be made between 12.30 and 1.00pm.  Light refreshments will be available  1.00-1.30pm.  

To view the two previous DNA of Innovation publications, or to see photos and clips from last year’s Showcase events, please visit:

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All-Island Innovation Conference

The All-Island Innovation Conference 2013 will take place from 31 October – 1 November in Riddel Hall.

Organised by InterTradeIreland and Queen's, the conference will explore how local businesses can shape their organisation for success, and how innovation can give businesses a much-needed competitive edge. The keynote speaker is Professor Robert Simons, Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, who will deliver two keynote addresses: 

  • Designing Competitive Organisations
  • The Entrepreneurial Gap

Find out more visit: . If you would like to attend, register at

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Win tickets to see Blue Jasmine at QFT

Cate Blanchett stars in Woody Allen’s acclaimed drama about a newly penniless socialite attempting to rebuild her life. Blue Jasmine is showing at QFT from Friday 11 to Saturday 26 October.

To win a pair of tickets, please email with JASMINE in the subject line and the answer to the question: Around 1980, Allen began a relationship (and subsequently had an infamous split) with which actress who had leading roles in several of his movies from 1982 to 1992?

The competition closes on Wednesday 9 October at 12.00pm and the winner will be contacted by email.

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Christmas lunch in the Great Hall

The Great Hall is now taking bookings for its traditional Christmas lunch.  This year, lunch will be served on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 December from 12.30pm.

Costing £23 per person, lunch is three courses with coffee and mints. Contact Jennifer in the Great Hall, 028 9097 3559 or to book and for more details.  Please note all payments must be made at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

Click on the link to see the menu: 2013 Christmas Lunch Menu Great Hall

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Queen's Mindfulness Group

Mindfulness is about paying deliberate, careful attention to what is going on in your body, your mind and your immediate environment. It can help in coping with stress, anxiety and depression. Queen’s Mindfulness Group meets on Mondays, 1.15 – 1.45pm, ELTC/SR4.  The class is free and no booking is necessary.  On your first visit, please arrive five minutes early to receive some basic instructions.

If you would like more information, please contact Clare on

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Queen’s Sport

Activity Programme Autumn 2013
Enrolment is open for all courses in the Autumn Programme which includes Pilates, Yoga (various types), swimming, climbing, ballet and much more. New courses for 2013 include Back 2 Basics - evening course and the Back 2 Basics Strength and Conditioning course. For further details, please contact Queen’s Sport reception on 028 9068 1129 or click here.

Autumn Children’s Activity Programme 2013
Places are still available on children’s courses. For more details, or to download an enrolment form, please here.

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STDU Courses in October 2013
Please note, with the exception of specified waitlisted courses, STDU do not carry waiting lists over from one academic year to another. Please re-register for 2013/14 courses:

  • Monday 14 October: Active Stress Reduction (Lunchtime ‘Lite Bite’ Session), 12.00pm – 1.00pm
  • Friday 18 October: Career Development for Support Staff, 9.30am – 3.00pm
  • Tuesday 22 October: Manual Handling and Lifting, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 24 October: Induction for Research Staff, 9.30am – 2.00pm
  • Tuesday 29 October: Preparing for Academic Interviews, 9.30am – 1.00pm

Management and Leadership Development
STDU's popular range of Developing for Success leadership and management development workshops are now available for booking. Check out the full range of courses and dates at Book now for courses in Oct/Nov for staff at AR Grade 7 and above, AC Grade 2 and above:

  • Wednesday 9 October: Developing your Strategic Focus, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 23 October: Managing Conflict in the Workplace, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 5 November: Introduction to Coaching as a Management Style, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 27 November: Working with Partners – Internal Consulting Skills (NEW), 9.30am – 4.30pm

To book a place on a training course, log onto Queen's Online - - then select Employment Details from the list on the left of the page and follow the link for iTrent Self Service.

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Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education

All CED courses are now available for booking. Below is a list of those scheduled for October and November:

  • Wednesday 9 October: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 16 October: Preparing and Giving Lectures, Part 1, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 16 October: Interactive PowerPoint Presentations 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 23 October: Laboratory Demonstrating 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 23 October: Preparing and Giving Lectures, Part 2, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 23 October: Using the Personal Response System in your Classes, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 6 November: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 6 November: Adaptive Assessment using QuestionMark Perception (NEW COURSE), 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 6 November: Using Audio to Enhance Teaching and Learning (6 sessions lasting approximately 30 minutes each), PODCAST
  • Wednesday 13 November: Curriculum Design, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 13 November: Using Computer Assisted Assessment, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Registration is via Queen’s Online.  A full list of all CED events and courses together with further information can be accessed here.

Guest Speaker Series 2013-14
Dr Krista DeLeeuw, Aberdeen University, together with Dr Joan Rahilly, School of English, and Dr Philip Hanna, School of EEECS, will lead a workshop on Bringing Graduate Attributes to Life on Wednesday 27 November 2013 from 10.00am – 1.30pm in the Council Chamber/Canada Room. For further details click here or email, telephone 028 9097 1447.

The next issue of Reflections, the Queen’s Learning and Teaching newsletter, is due to be published later this semester. If you would like to submit a contribution for the next issue, please send it to Linda Carey, or Liz McDowell by 30 October.

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IT training courses

Place are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 9 October: Introduction to Social Media, 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Monday 14 October: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL - Spreadsheets), 9.30am - 3.30pm
  • Tuesday 15 October: Adobe Photoshop 1: Basic Digital Image Editing, 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Thursday 17 October: Word Processing: Tables and Form Design using Word, 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Monday 21 October: Excel: Creating Charts Using Excel, 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 22 October: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS, 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 29 October: SPSS 1: Introduction to SPSS, 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • Monday 4 November: Managing a University Social Media Site, 10.00am - 4.00pm

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. Find out more about the Social Media courses:

ECDL – Sign up at any time for ECDL and ECDL Advanced: 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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