2 September 2013

Book of Condolence for Seamus Heaney

A Book of Condolence to mark the contribution of former student, staff member and honorary graduate, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, is now open at Queen's.

The Book of Condolence can be signed in the Welcome Centre, from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

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Latest Newsletter from the Institute for Global Food Security

The latest edition of the Institute for Global Food Security’s Newsletter is available online at: IGFS Newsletter August 2013

The Newsletter includes the latest staff, student and grant news from the Institute as well as information regarding the upcoming ASSET2014 Conference, the largest food conference taking place on the island of Ireland in 2014.

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New Delivered Hospitality website

Accommodation and Hospitality have launched a new Delivered Hospitality website. From Monday 2 September all new orders should be placed via the new system. 

A link for the new system and a user guide have been emailed to all existing users.  If you are not an existing user and would like the link and user guide emailed to you, please contact Sharon Haughey on 028 9097 4473 or

During the week 2 – 6 September 2013, the old system should only be used to edit any existing orders placed prior to 2 September 2013.  The old system will cease to operate from Monday 9 September. Existing bookings for Monday 9 September 2013 onwards will be copied from the old to the new system.

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

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General Regulations

The University Calendar for Undergraduate Students 2013/14 and the University Calendar for Postgraduate Students 2013/14 are now available on the Academic Affairs website.

All academic staff, senior managers, School Managers and School Offices will receive printed copies of the Calendars within the next two weeks.  If you require additional copies please contact

The Calendars include the general regulations for undergraduate programmes, postgraduate taught programmes and postgraduate research programmes, together with University policies and procedures.

These regulations apply from 1 September 2013.

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Car Free Fridays at Queen's

Friday 6 September sees the first Car Free Friday at the University. The aim of this initiative is to encourage more staff to leave the car at home and to travel to the University by public transport.

On the day, staff can enjoy 20% off your total bill at Molly’s Yard and 20% off the price of a regular staff ticket to QFT on presentation of a valid public transport ticket.

Further information on this initiative and other sustainable travel offers can be found here.

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3rd QUART Conference: Evidence-based practice for participation and inclusion

The 3rd Annual Conference organised by the Queen's University Autism Research and Treatment (QUART) Forum, part of the Centre for Behaviour Analysis at Queen's, will take place on Friday 20 September. 

Keynote speakers will include Dr Lorri Unumb, Esq. (Autism Speaks, Vice President for Government Affairs, USA) and the STAMPPPII Launch Team from Italy, Iceland, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Norway and England for the launch of Simple Steps in new languages.

The speakers will demonstrate how behaviour interventions can be utilised to enhance participation and inclusion through effective methods.

For more information and registration, visit the Centre for Behaviour Analysis’ website.

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RAE Armstrong Lecture Series

How you identify a gene, why some cancers are hereditary and the six big ethical questions that today's genetics pose, are just some of the topics that will be covered in this month's RAE Armstrong Public Lecture Series 2013.

Organised by the School of Biological Sciences, the lectures will be delivered by Professor Patrick J Morrison, Consultant in Genetic Medicine and Honorary Professor of Human Genetics at Queen's.

Details are as follows:

Refreshments will be served from 4.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

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Queen's Sport

Autumn Children’s Activity Programme 2013
Enrolment is now open for Queen's Sport's Autumn Activity Programme which features new activities for Toddlers and Babies, including Baby Yoga, Ballet, Little Scrummers plus many more. Favourites including Splash ‘n’ Swim, Climbing, Basketball and Trampolining are also included. For more details on the new courses click here

All children’s activities commence the week beginning Monday 9 September, excluding Trampoline Improvers which begins 18 September. For more details, or to download an Enrolment Form, please click here.

Back 2 Basics Autumn Challenge - 12 Week Evening Programme at Queen’s Sport
Due to popular demand, Back 2 Basics returns with an evening course in Autumn 2013. A 12 week challenge aimed at beginner and intermediate trainers, Back 2 Basics concentrates on key principles of exercise and nutrition. The Evening Challenge, which begins on 16 September, is made up of four evening sessions (Mon-Thurs) each week, all commencing at 8.30pm.  Limited spaces are available. For more information, click here.

Children's Climbing Taster Sessions
Queen's Sport will host a series of Come and Try climbing classes for children aged 6-16 years on Saturday 7 September, 10.00am - 11.00am, 11.00am - 12.00pm, 12.30pm - 1.30pm,  or 1.30pm - 2.30pm. Sessions cost £5 per child.

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Win tickets to see Ain't Them Bodies Saints at QFT

This moody, meditative Texas noir tells the tale of Casey Affleck’s Bob Guthrie, an outlaw on the run trying to reunite with his wife – the fantastic Rooney Mara – and the daughter he’s never met. Brought to life with exquisite detail, the gritty landscape of 1970s Texas Hill Country is the backdrop for this mood-drenched collision of love and crime.

To win a pair of tickets please email with BODIES in the subject line and the answer to the question: Casey Affleck’s big brother, Ben, has come under fire lately for being cast as which brooding comic book superhero?

The competition closes Wednesday 4 September at 12.00pm and the winner will be contacted by email. Ain't Them Bodies Saints is showing exclusively at QFT from Friday 6 – Thursday 12 September.

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Dine Around Deanes: 5 and 11 October

As part of Belfast Restaurant Week, Deanes invite you to join them for a very special bus tour, Dine Around Deanes. The tour will give you the opportunity to sample some delights from each of Deanes restaurants.

On a double decker bus, you will travel from Deane and Decano in South Belfast, via Deanes at Queen's, to the city centre restaurants, Deanes in Howard Street and Deanes Deli Bistro & Vin Cafe.

For more information, visit

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Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education

The following September course is now available for booking:

  • Wednesday 11 September: Flexible Teaching Space: induction and swapshop, 10.00am – 12.30pm

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 028 9097 1447.

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STDU Programme 2013/14 and Secretarial Skills Programme

STDU Programme 2013/14
The Staff Training and Development Unit’s Course Programme for 2013/14 is now available at

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

Secretarial Skills Programme 2013/14
Applications are invited for the Junior and Senior Secretarial Skills Programmes 2013/14. 

The Junior Secretarial Skills Programme is designed for secretarial staff in grades 2 and 3 and helps staff gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to provide a professional secretarial service to teams or managers. 

The Senior Secretarial Skills Programme is for secretarial staff in grades 4 and above. Junior staff who have previously completed the Junior Secretarial Skills Programme or staff who have been with Queen’s for 10 years, can also be considered for the Senior Secretarial Skills Programme. The aim of this course is to assist experienced secretarial staff gain further knowledge, skills and confidence to provide a professional secretarial service to senior managers.

For application forms and further details, please click here.

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IT training courses

Booking is now open for Semester 1 courses. Courses in October cover Excel, PowerPoint, social media, word processing, SPSS. Places are available on the following web authoring courses in September.

  • Tuesday 10 September: Introduction to CMS (Web Authoring), 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 24 September: Introduction to CMS (Web Authoring), 10.00am - 1.00pm

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.
ECDL - Test session dates are published at Sign up at any time for ECDL and ECDL Advanced at or 028 9097 6189 or go to
Today’s Tip – Are your passwords secure? Advice at

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