16 September 2013

Latest Q in 60 video

Ten of Northern Ireland’s brightest and best young people have each won a free education at Queen’s, worth a total of almost £150,000, after being named the inaugural Queen’s Scholars.

As a Queen’s Scholar, the students, who are beginning their studies later this month, will each have their annual tuition fees paid by the University for the duration of their undergraduate degree. 

To watch a Q in 60 report on the Queen's Scholars, click here.

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Festival competition

The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s is giving staff the chance to win tickets to the Closing Concert, Swan Songs of Strauss, on 27 October at the Ulster Hall. The concert will feature Katherine Broderick, finalist of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition 2013, and the Ulster Orchestra.

Click here to enter the competition. Only one entry per email address will be considered for the draw.  Winners will be drawn at random from all correct entries received by Thursday 19 September at 4pm, and the winner will be notified with further instructions for receiving their tickets.

Don’t forget to sign up for the weekly eNewsletter to keep up-to-date with all the Festival news, and for the opportunity to win tickets for other events.

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Calling all environmental leaders - Leadership workshop

Would you like to play a part in shaping the environmental activities that take place in your School or Directorate? Then the Leading for environmental sustainability workshop is for you.

The workshop, which will take place on Friday 27 September from 10.00am – 12.00pm, is an opportunity for staff from different areas to share common environmental problems and potential solutions. The event is open to all staff, not just Environmental Champions.

For further information on the workshop, click here. If you would like to attend, please email

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New Delivered Hospitality Website

Accommodation and Hospitality launched the new Delivered Hospitality website at the beginning of September.

The online booking process is now more customer friendly and easier to use.  Along with catering partners, Hospitality have created a service guarantee to ensure a consistent standard of service across campus for catering and now offer a wider range of sandwich and lunch time options, as well as menus tailored to suit student events, at prices competitive with the high street.

The website can be accessed at: As this is a new system you must create a new account.  You can do this by clicking on the ‘create an account’ link in the sign in box.

If you are not an existing user and would like a copy of the user guide, please contact Sharon Haughey on 028 9097 4473 or

If you have any questions, please contact Richard Robinson, 028 9097 5511, or Suzanne Murray, 028 9097 6288,

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University holidays

Holiday dates for 2015 and 2016 have been agreed by UOB and are available here.


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Imaging and content enhancement services

The Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis (CDDA) within the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology contains a high-quality digitisation unit which is able to scan, image enhance, process through optical character recognition a vast range of content. The processing quality is unrivalled in the UK and has been instrumental in attracting a large number of Research Council grants. In RAE 2008 the Centre assisted a number of Schools in preparing content for the Exercise. The Unit has received a number of requests for REF.

If you are interested in preparing content for REF submission, please contact the Centre’s Project Manager on 028 9097 3883 or

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Queen's Sport

Activity Programme Autumn 2013
Enrolment is now open for all courses in the Autumn Programme which includes courses in 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.

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

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Are you involved in activities relating to palliative and hospice care?

Queen's is a Partner Organisation of All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC).

Professor Sam Porter, Chair in Nursing Research at Queen's and a representative on the Management Committee of AIIHPC, is collating information on recent, current and planned research, education or other initiatives across the University that are of relevance to palliative and hospice care. The Committee takes a broad view of what this means and would be interested to hear from colleagues across all arts and sciences who may be undertaking work in or related to this field.

If you are engaged in research, education or other activities relevant to this area please complete the template, Academic Partners Survey and return it to Ruth Erwin,, by Friday 25 October 2013.

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Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work Conferences

The School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work have two conferences coming up in October:

  • 3 October: Poverty Research in Ireland: North and South

This conference, which is being organised on a collaborative basis by the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, the Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin and the Geary Institute, UCD, will provide an overview of recent research relating to poverty and social exclusion North and South and provide a platform for researchers and policy makers to discuss the potential for comparative North-South work.

  • 4 October: The Spirit Level Revisited: Reflections on the Finding of the GINI (Growing Inequalities’ Impacts) Projects

The GINI FP7 project which ran from 2009-2012 focused on inequalities in income/wealth and education and their social, political and cultural impacts across 25 EU countries. In this seminar leading European experts consider some of the main findings of the project and the implications.

For further information, contact Eileen Gray, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, 028 9097 5906,

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Teaching Thinking Network Workshop

The launch event for the Teaching Thinking Network in Ireland (TTNI) will take place on 27 September and repeated on 28 September at Queen's at 9.30am

The one-day workshop entitled Turning Learning Around: Infusing the Teaching of Thinking into Content Instruction will be given by Robert Swartz, National Centre for Teaching Thinking, USA with Queen's Carol McGuinness.

The fee is £100 for the one-day workshop. Enrolment is limited.  For registration information visit the webpage:


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Staff Training and Development Unit

The Staff Training and Development Unit’s Course Programme for 2013/14 is now available.  Click here to access the Programme.

STDU Courses in September/October 2013:

  • Tuesday 24 September: All Staff Induction, 9.45am – 1.15pm
  • Wednesday 25 September: Selection Interviewing, 9.15am – 4.45pm
  • Thursday 26 September: Writing Your Academic CV, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 2 October: Health and Safety Induction, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 8 October: Selection Interviewing, 9.15am – 4.45pm
  • 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
  • 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
The 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:  Courses can be viewed by category: Leadership, Management and Supervisory.

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,  10.00am – 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

Booking for all courses is via Queen's Online - 

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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses (please note the social media and Excel courses are very popular and fill up quickly):

  • Tuesday 8 October: PowerPoint 1: Essentials (ECDL - Presentation), 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 8 October: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS, 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • 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
  • Thursday 24 October: Excel 2: Managing Data, 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 29 October: SPSS 1: Introduction to SPSS, 9.30am - to 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 – Do you know that there are only four ECDL Experts at Queen’s – read the testimony:  Sign up at any time for ECDL and ECDL Advanced: or 028 9097 6189 or go to
Today’s Tip – To print posters, email Please send at least three working days before required. Details at

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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 18 September: An Introduction to Queen’s Online for Learning and Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 2 October: Being an Adviser of Studies, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 2 October: Using the TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Friday 4 October: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (incl. QuestionMark), 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 9 October: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Registration is via Queen’s Online. For a full list of CED events and courses, click here.

A new focus for the NSS?
Tuesday 17 September 2013, Old Common Room, 9.45am – 11.00am. 

Alex Buckley, HEA will talk about the national Engagement Survey UK Pilot Project, which has incorporated items derived from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), used in the US. The project is aimed at gathering and sharing data, and assessing the viability of the NSSE items in the UK. The session will describe the background and nature of the project, and will report interim findings, in advance of the publication of the full report in October. Alex will be happy to answer colleagues’ questions on the possible future direction of the NSS and discuss issues that are likely to be raised in the review of the NSS which is now underway.

If you would like to attend this session, please contact Liz McDowell on  028 9097 5301 or email

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