23 September 2013

Academic Promotions 2013-14

The Academic Promotions Scheme for 2013-14 launches today, 23 September 2013. Details of the Scheme are available from the Personnel website.

If you require any further information, please contact Deirdre McGuire on 028 9097 3318 or Wendy Marsh on 028 9097 3043 in the Personnel Department. Alternatively you may discuss the matter with your Head of School.

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Equipment Sharing Database

The University has released a new on-line Equipment Sharing Database, which has been developed to enable quick and easy searching of equipment items held within Queen’s.  

Accessible through Queen’s Online (under Services > Administration), the Database contains valuable information about all major items of equipment held across the University.  Its aim is to facilitate the sharing of equipment by ensuring users can search for, identify and request access to major equipment items quickly and easily.

It is particularly important that it is used when applying for research grants following the Wakeham Review and the RCUK requirement for applicants to demonstrate that they have searched for similar equipment items within their institution prior to seeking funding for new equipment.  

Staff are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the on-line Database, and use it where possible to ensure all University’s equipment is fully utilised and unnecessary purchases are not made when an adequate item is currently available.  If you have any queries, please contact Stephen Bailie on 028 9097 5288 or

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Senate Membership

Senate, as the Governing Body of the University, carries overall responsibility for ensuring the effective management of the institution and planning its future development. It consists of 27 members, the majority of whom are non-executive and are appointed/elected for a period of four years.

Under the Statutes of the University, Senate will be seeking to appoint a number of new members with effect from 1 January 2014 – these new members will be drawn from the following constituencies:

  • Co-opted Lay Members (4 members)
  • Academic Staff (2 members)
  • Support Staff (2 members)

Senate has established a Membership Committee with responsibility for bringing forward recommendations in relation to the Co-opted Lay Members and this process is now underway. Further information, along with details on how to nominate individuals for consideration by the Committee, is available here.

The nomination and election process for Academic Staff and Support Staff will commence in October 2013. Details of the relevant Election Notice and associated Regulations will be made available in due course.

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Update on Campus Works

For an update on capital works on the campus and a number of major projects currently on site, please click here.

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Festival Competition

Win tickets to hear La Serenissima play the music of Venice's most famous composer, Vivaldi, on Tuesday 22 October at Clonard Monastery.

One of the UK's leading historical performance ensembles puts into context the concertos of the Four Seasons with other magnificent works by one of Venice's greatest sons in the stunning setting of Clonard Monastery. The other concertos in the programme include his fantastic violin concerto ‘Grosso Mogul’, as well as one of his 27 surviving double violin concertos.

Click here to enter.

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.

Please Note:  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 26 September at 4pm, and the winner will be notified with further instructions for receiving their tickets.

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Recognition of Signed Languages in the UK and Ireland

Translation and Interpreting at Queen’s will host a two-day conference to mark the 10-year anniversary of government recognition of British and Irish Sign Language in the UK.

The Recognition of Signed Languages in the UK and Ireland Conference will take place from 26-27 September at Queen's.

The conference will welcome delegates and presenters from across the UK, Ireland and wider Europe to the School of Modern Languages to discuss the past, present and future of signed languages in the British Isles.

For further information, click here.

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Film, History and Public Memory Conference: 3-4 October

Film, History and Public Memory, an international conference, will explore the relationship between film and history in both a local and global context. The keynote speaker is Dr Alan Marcus (University of Aberdeen). The programme of events includes a screening of Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing, followed by a Q&A with producer Joram ten Brink.

This AHRC-funded event is organised by the School of History and Anthropology at Queen’s, and is part of the Derry/Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013 programme.

The Conference will take place from 3-4 October 2013 in The Nerve Centre, Derry /Londonderry, Northern Ireland. More information and a link to conference registration is available here. Please note that postgraduate students can register at a discounted rate.

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New Electrical Goods Store open in SU

A new Electrical Goods Store has opened in the Students' Union. SRL Electrics SU LTD stocks a full range of electrical goods and accessories from TVs and washing machines to batteries and headphones. It also carries out PC and laptop repairs. For further information, visit

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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 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 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
  • 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

Registration 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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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):

  • Wednesday 2 October: Guide to Computing Facilities, 9.30am - 10.45am
  • 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 transfer very large files to a colleague or student, try QUB Dropbox (files can be up to 1 Gb).

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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:

  • 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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