21 October 2013

Movember – Call for participants

Do you or your department have what it takes to get involved in this year's Movember?

Queen's is looking for staff to take part in the annual campaign which challenges men to grow a moustache for the 30 days of November to raise funds and awareness of men's health, including prostate cancer. As a leader in cancer research, Queen’s has benefitted from £500,000 from Movember for research into prostate cancer.

Staff, students and graduates are encouraged to register either as an individual or in teams to compete against each other in an effort to raise the most funds. Female staff can get involved too by supporting their colleagues to raise funds.

Sign up to the Queen’s network here.

A launch event will take place in The Great Hall on Wednesday 30 October between 1.00-2.00pm.  All are welcome to attend.

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Queen's Annual Fund: Apply for project funding

Applications are now invited for project funding from the Queen's Annual Fund.  Established in May 1999, the Fund supports and enhances all aspects of the Queen’s student experience.

The deadline for submitting applications is 12.00pm, Friday 15 November 2013.  Please allow enough time in your planning to obtain quotes from suppliers who are providing necessary services as they will be required as part of your application. 

For further information on the application process and to apply for project funding, please click here. If you have any queries, please contact Natasha Sharma, Annual Fund Manager,

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Update to the Maternity Fund Application Process

The Maternity Cover Fund is made up of Statutory Pay Credits and a contribution from University funds. It provides assistance to Schools and Directorates to ensure that the work of those members of staff who take maternity leave is covered so that they can enjoy an anxiety-free maternity leave. All applications must be discussed with the employee to confirm that their work will be covered while they are on leave.

The application form has been automated and will replace the existing paper based system from 1 November 2013. The automation will make the application process more user-friendly, removing the requirement for some of the manual calculation and enhancing data quality. The new form follows a process similar to the epaf system, using a format that users will be familiar with. From 1 November 2013 paper applications will no longer be accepted. Full details are available in the Maternity Cover Fund Policy.

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Employability Week, 21-25 October

Careers, Employability and Skills, the Students’ Union and the International and Postgraduate Student Centre have teamed up for Employability Week which takes place from 21-25 October.

A number of employment-related activities are taking place throughout the week to give students the opportunity to think about their future, improve their employability and stand out to employers.

Please encourage students to take part. Full details are available at

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Win with Queen’s Social Media

Following Queen’s on Twitter and Facebook is one of the best ways to keep up-to-date with what’s happening on campus.

Queen’s main social media accounts have over 29,000 followers and this number is growing every day.

To make sure you are always aware of the latest news and events from around the University, follow @QueensUBelfast on Twitter and QueensUniversityBelfast on Facebook.

A separate Twitter account, @BiteOfQueens, has been set up especially for Queen's staff.

There’s a £10 book voucher for the first five staff members who follow @QueensUBelfast and @BiteOfQueens on Twitter this week.

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Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities Winter School

The Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities will run a short winter school this year on Digital Environments: Working with Multi-Media in the Arts and Humanities.

Using digital arts and humanities expertise across Queen's and with partners at Newcastle and Durham universities, this winter school will provide opportunities for postgraduate students to experience hands-on new techniques and methods and learn how to tailor these to suit their own research interests and professional development. The winter school will be held on 29-30 January 2014.

Further details on the website at  

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QUB Teaching Awards 2014

The QUB Teaching Awards Scheme 2014 is now open. Up to 13 Teaching Awards are available in 2014.  A prize of £1000 will be awarded to each successful individual or team which will be paid into a dedicated School account for the exclusive use of the winning team or individual for professional development purposes.  The closing date for receipt of applications is 4.00pm on Friday 14 March 2014. 

Further information is available in the Teaching Awards Notes for Guidance, which are available to download here along with application templates and examples of previous applications. Queries should be directed to Liz McDowell on, 028 9097 5301.

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National Teaching Fellowship Scheme 2014 (NTFS)

The NTFS 2014 is now open and Queen’s has been invited to nominate up to three individual members of staff who clearly demonstrate excellence in teaching and/or supporting the higher education learning experience of students.

Up to 55 individual awards of £10,000 will be made in 2014 in recognition of individual excellence. The award is intended to support the National Teaching Fellow’s professional development in teaching and learning pedagogy.

For further information, click here. The closing date for receipt of applications in CED will be Thursday 14 November 2013.  If you have any queries about the Scheme, please contact Linda Carey or 028 9097 3099 or Liz McDowell or 028 9097 5301.

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Queen's Easy pay

Queen’s Easy Pay is a cashless payment system which you can use to pay for coffee, snacks and meals in campus restaurants and coffee shops.

Payment is made using your staff card at the restaurant pay point; the money comes from the personal cash purse on your staff card. Once you have added funds to the purse, you can start to use your card immediately.  

To add funds, simply log-in to Queen’s Online, using your staff number and password, select ‘My Smart Card’ and follow the prompts to add money to your personal cash purse.

You can use Queen’s Easy Pay at the following outlets:

  • Relish, Students’ Union;
  • Starbucks, Students’ Union;
  • Café Krem, PFC;
  • The Daily Grind, Ashby Building;
  • Clements at the MBC, Queen’s Sport and Students’ Union;
  • Hope Café, McClay Library.

More information about all the places to eat at Queen’s is available at

Queen’s Easy Pay is also accepted in the Students’ Union Shop, QFT and Queen’s Welcome Centre.

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Campus Sport – ‘Time to get active and have fun’

Queen’s Sport recently launched a new staff and student campus run which takes place every Wednesday starting at 1.30pm from the PEC. You can walk, jog or run the 5k route through Botanic Gardens with qualified staff on hand to help you get started. For more information on the Campus run or other activities available to staff through the Campus Sport programme, click here.

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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 23 October: Laboratory Demonstrating – only a few places still available, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 23 October: Preparing and Giving Lectures, Part 2 – recommended that participants should have completed part 1, 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
  • Wednesday 20 November: Helping Students to Learn, 2.0 pm – 5.00pm

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 extension 1447.

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 contact, 028 9097 1447.


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IT training courses

Place are available on the following courses:

  • 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
  • Monday 11 November: Creating Posters using PowerPoint, 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Monday 11 November: Facebook for Beginners, 10.00am - 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 12 November: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS, 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Monday 18 November: Twitter for Beginners, 10.00am - 12.30pm

To book a course, go to Queen’s Online – 

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

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STDU Courses

STDU Courses in October/November 2013:

  • Thursday 24 October: Induction for Research Staff, 9.30am – 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 29 October: Preparing for Academic Interviews, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 5 November: The Collaborative Researcher, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 6 November: Office Ergonomics, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 7 - Friday 8 November: Supervisory Skills for Support Staff, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Wednesday 13 November: General Risk Assessment, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 14 November: Coping with Change, 12.00pm – 1.30pm
  • Friday 15 November: Front of Office/Reception Skills, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Management and Leadership Development

Book now for courses in October/November. 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

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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