14 October 2013

New President and Vice-Chancellor

Last week, Professor Patrick Johnston was announced as the University's new President and Vice-Chancellor.

Listen to Professor Johnston speak about his appointment by clicking here.

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Vice-Chancellor's Blog

In his latest blog post, Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor James McElnay talks about the appointment of Professor Patrick Johnston as the new Vice-Chancellor and reflects on what sort of university he will lead. To read the blog, visit:

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£10 ticket offer for staff

The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's has introduced a special £10 ticket offer for staff on the following performances:

  • Carminho, Irish premiere of the world acclaimed Portuguese Fado Singer at this year’s new cabaret-style Music Club at The Elmwood Hall on Friday 18 October at 8.00pm (Doors & bar open at 7.00pm)
  • Ars Nova Cophenhagen, 12 Danish Choral Ensemble Perform An Evening of Brahams and Early Music in St. Gerard’s Church on Saturday 19 October at 8.00pm
  • Bullet Catch, edge of your seat entertainment featuring magic, mindreading and the notorious stunt itself in The Lyric Theatre on Saturday 26 October, 2.30pm Matinee Only
  • The Swan Songs of Strauss as well as Wagner and Mahler with The Ulster Orchestra & Katherine Broderick in The Ulster Hall on Sunday 27 October at 7.45pm, The Closing Concert of the 2013 Festival

To avail of this exclusive offer, tickets must be booked in advance online at or at the Box Office on 028 9097 1197 quoting the booking code: Passport10

To see the full programme, visit Keep up-to-date with the latest festival news on Twitter and Facebook by following us @Belfastfestival and #BelFest.

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Call for applications for Institute Fellows 2014 – 2015

The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (ISCTSJ) invites applications from academic colleagues at Queen’s wishing to take up a Fellowship available in the Institute, commencing 1 September 2014.  Two positions are available for academic year 2014-2015.  The successful applicants will be appointed full-time to the Institute for this period.

The closing date for applications is Friday 15 November 2013, 4.00pm.

Please click here for more details.

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Institute's Research theme and call for Fellows applications

The Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities has announced its annual priority research theme for 2014-15 and issued a call for applications for Institute Fellows for the same period.

The annual research theme is Creativity in Imagined and Material Worlds. Applications are invited from colleagues at Queen's wishing to take up a Fellowship in the Institute for the 2014-15 academic year.  Those appointed will work closely with the Director, Professor John Thompson, to roll out a comprehensive collaborative research programme on the annual priority research theme.  Further details are available at

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Volunteers wanted for research study

Researchers from Queen’s are looking for healthy volunteers aged 18-60 years who would be interested in contributing to a research study looking at the normal immune response to infection. 

The study involves volunteers attending the Health Sciences Building for one study visit lasting approximately 30 minutes.  During this visit one 50ml sample (approximately 10 teaspoons) of your blood will be collected.

Volunteers should be 18-60 years of age and not have a respiratory condition (for example, asthma) or a history of problems with their immune system.  Participants should also be non-smokers and not have taken antibiotics during the three months prior to the study visit.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Elinor Johnston for more information: phone 028 9097 2242 or email

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Annual Psychology Lecture

The Annual Psychology Lecture will take place on Thursday 24 October in Riddel Hall. Entitled Regret: Is There a Positive Side to a Negative Emotion?, the lecture will be given by Professor Neal Roes, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

The lecture starts at 6.30pm with a drinks reception at 6.00pm. Please register at:


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European Union Panel Discussion: 18 October

To mark the 40th anniversary of UK membership of the European Union, the UK office of the European Parliament (EP) is sponsoring a panel discussion on UK-EU 40 Years: what has it meant in Northern Ireland? on Friday 18 October in the Great Hall.

Confirmed panellists: Dr Cathal McCall (Queen's), Dr Lee McGowan (Queen's), Jim Nicholson (MEP), Alban Maginness (MLA). Moderator: Prof David Phinnemore (Queen's) Introduction and welcome: Björn Kjellström, Head of European Parliament Office in the UK.

For further details, visit:

Attendance at the panel discussion is free, but places are limited. If you wish to attend, please register by emailing or calling 0131 557 78 66. Tea/Coffee will be available from 10.30am; a buffet lunch will follow the panel discussion.

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Inaugural Roundtable: 11 November

The Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities will host an Inaugural Roundtable on The Public Value of the Arts and Humanities on 11 November 2013 , 5.00pm to 7.00pm, in the Great Hall.
Chaired by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the panel members are:

  • Mark Llewellyn, Director of Research, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • Peter Johnston, Director, BBC Northern Ireland
  • Gerardine Meaney, Director, Humanities Institute of Ireland, UCD, and Deputy Chair of the Irish Humanities Alliance
  • Mona Frederick, Director, Robert Penn Warren Centre for the Humanities, Vanderbilt University
  • Pól Mac Aonghusa, Senior Research Manager, IBM Dublin Research Laboratory

 Inquiries to

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Library Courses

There are places available on the following courses:

  • Thursday 24 October, Open Access
  • Tuesday 5 November, RefWorks
  • Thursday 7 November, RefWorks

To register, login to Queen's Online and click ‘Training Courses’ from the ‘Other’ section.

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STDU Courses in October 2013:

  • Friday 18 October: Career Development for Support Staff, 9.30am – 3.00pm
  • Thursday 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 - Developing for Success:
For staff at AR Grade 7 and above, AC Grade 2 and above

  • 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

Places can be booked via

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IT training courses

Place are available on the following courses:

  • 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
  • Wednesday 30 October: Introduction to PivotTables using Excel, 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Monday 4 November: Managing a University Social Media Site, 10.00am - 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 5 November: Adobe Photoshop 1: Basic Digital Image Editing, 1.30pm - 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 6 November: Labels and Mail Merge using Word, 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Thursday 7 November: SPSS 2: Data Analysis using SPSS, 9.30am - 4.30pm

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.

ECDL – Sign up at any time for ECDL and ECDL Advanced: or 028 9097 6189 or go to

Today’s Tip: For advice on securing your PC at home or at work, visit

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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 the next month.

  • 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 (six sessions lasting approximately 30 minutes each) PODCAST
  • Wednesday 13 November: Curriculum Design, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
  • 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

  • Wednesday 27 November: 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, 10.00am – 1.30pm in the Council Chamber/Canada Room. For further details click here or email, 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 2013.

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