28 October 2013

Movember starts this week

Eleven teams have signed up so far to take part in Movember which starts this Friday.

A launch event will take place on Wednesday 30 October in the Great Hall at 1.00pm when you can hear from representatives from Movember and find out about the research taking place at Queen's into prostate cancer. Lunch will be provided.

If you've already signed up, thinking about it or just want to see who is taking part, then go along to the Great Hall on Wednesday. Teams are asked to send their team posters to before the launch event to be in with a chance of winning some Movember goodies.

Sign up to the Queen’s network here.

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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 the academic year 2014-2015. The successful applicants will be appointed full-time to the Institute for this period.

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

Please click here for more details.

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Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's

The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's may be over, but you can still see the largest land-art portrait in the UK and Ireland which was unveiled during this year's Festival.

Spanning 11 acres of land in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, Wish is the portrait of an anonymous Belfast child which has been created by internationally acclaimed Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada in partnership with the City and its people. It featured on news programmes across the world, including NBC and CBS America.

Watch aerial footage here:

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BBC University Challenge 2014 - Team selection process

Do you know any students who have what it takes to represent Queen's on BBC's University Challenge with Jeremy Paxman?

The recruitment process for the 2014 series is now underway. Qualifying heats will take place on:

  • Wednesday 6 November 2013 at 1.15pm in room 02/017, Peter Froggatt Centre
  • Thursday 14 November 2013 at 6.00pm in the Bell Lecture Theatre, Physics Building

Students should contact Dominic Doherty at to register their interest.

A final qualifier for the best performers from the heats will take place on Thursday 21 November 2013 at 6.00pm in Room 02/017, Peter Froggatt Centre.

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Mind Your Mood: free workshops for staff

Mind Your Mood is a student-led Mental Health Awareness and Education campaign offering free workshops to over 1,500 Queen's students and staff this year. The workshops begin this week.

Workshops are facilitated by trained professionals from Aware NI, one of the country’s leading Mental Health awareness organisations. The Mood Matters workshops have been developed by consultant psychiatrists and other healthcare professionals, using the most up-to-date NICE guidelines.

Each workshop will last between 2-3 hours with light refreshments provided.

For more information on the workshops, email or sign up directly at

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Stewart Parker Retrospective: 28 October – 3 November

Saturday 2 November 2013 marks the 25th anniversary of Stewart Parker. A scholar, poet, playwright, and music critic, he was a founding member of the Belfast Group and wrote extensively for stage, radio and screen. 

To commemorate Stewart’s 25th anniversary by celebrating his work, Queen's Drama, with the kind support of BBC NI and Literary Belfast, will host a retrospective of Stewart’s work for stage, radio and screen to demonstrate Stewart’s extraordinary artistic achievement.

Events include:

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Book Launch

A book by Richard Clarke, Emeritus Professor of Anaesthetics at Queen's, will be launched on Wednesday 6 November in the Old Museum Building at 12.00pm.

A Directory of Ulster Doctors contains almost 6,000 names, many of whom studied at Queen's. Guest speaker at the launch will be Sir Peter Froggatt.

For further information, click on: A Directory of Ulster Doctors

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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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QFT listings

Showing this week at QFT:

  • The Fifth Estate: the story of controversial figure, Julian Assange, in Bill Condon’s Wikileaks thriller.
  • Like Father, Like Son: two families are forced to make an impossible choice in this superbly affecting Japanese drama.
  • Nosferatu: one of the most famous of all silent movies and the first-ever screen adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
  • The Epic of Everest: the official film record of the legendary Everest expedition of 1924 is one of the most remarkable films in the BFI National Archive.
  • Philomena (From Fri): Stephen Frears directs Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in the moving true story of a woman’s epic search for her son.

Queen's staff ticket price, £5.  Standard ticket price, £6.50. Please visit for more details.

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Library Courses

There are places available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 13 November: RefWorks
  • Thursday 14 November: Bibliometrics: Assessing Research Impact and Journal Quality
  • Wednesday 27 November: Beyond Google

Registration is via Queen's Online,, and click ‘Training Courses’ from the ‘Other’ section.

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Information Services Coffee Morning: Thursday 5 December

The Information Services Coffee Morning will take place on Thursday 5 December in the Great Hall. This year’s charity is Marie Curie Cancer Care.

As usual, the Coffee Morning will include a ballot with prizes. If you or your department would like to donate a prize for the ballot, please contact Michelle Cross, 028 9097 6249, Valerie Hamilton, 028 9097 6254 or Christine Carrothers, 028 9097 6322. Ballots are on sale now. Staff are advised  to buy the ballots in advance if possible but they will be available on the day.

Last year the Coffee Morning raised almost £4,000 and with your help Information Services hope to do as well again this year.

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STDU Courses

STDU Courses in October/November:

  • Tuesday 29 October: Preparing for Academic Interviews, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 5 November: The Collaborative Researcher, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 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: Induction for Academic Staff, 9.45am – 1.30pm
  • 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
  • Wednesday 20 November: Computer Workstation Risk Assessment, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 21 - Friday 22 November: Introduction to STATA, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Management and Leadership Development

Book now for Developing for Success leadership and management development workshops. For staff at AR Grade 7 and above, AC Grade 2 and above.

  • 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
  • Tuesday 3 December: Emotional Intelligence and Leading Others, 9.00am – 1.00pm

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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IT training courses

Place are available on the following courses:

  • Monday 4 November: Managing a University Social Media Site, 10.00am to 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 6 November: Labels and Mail Merge using Word, 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Monday 11 November: Creating Posters using PowerPoint, 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Monday 11 November: Facebook for Beginners, 10.00am to 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 12 November: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS, 10.00am to 1.00pm
  • Monday 18 November: Twitter for Beginners, 10.00am to 12.30pm

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: Changing your password – please read about how to set a strong password,

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National Teaching Fellowship Scheme 2014 (NTFS)
Nominations are now open for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme. 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.

Further information about the Scheme, click here.  The closing date for receipt of applications in CED is Wednesday 13 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.

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 £1,000 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.  For further information, click here.  Queries should be directed to Liz McDowell on or 028 9097 5301.

The closing date for submitting contributions to the next issue of Reflections,  the Queen’s Learning and Teaching newsletter, is 30 October 2013. Send your contributions to Linda Carey, or Liz McDowell

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 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, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

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 phone 028 9097 1447).

Registration for all courses and events 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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