14 April 2014

Latest Q in 90 videos

Last week, food safety experts from around the world were at Queen’s for The Food Integrity and Traceability Conference, organised by the Institute for Global Food Security and safefood.

To watch a Q in 90 video featuring Professor Chris Elliott, Director of the Institute for Global Food Security; Dr Gary Kearney from safefood; and Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill, click here.

Last week also saw the launch of a major commemoration of Seamus Heaney’s work.

To watch Q in 90 coverage of the event featuring the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Patrick Johnston; Professor Ciaran Carson, Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry; and Dr Sinead Morrissey, Reader in Creative Writing, click here.

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Easter Switch Off

With Easter approaching, staff are asked to ensure that, where possible, all non-essential electrical equipment is switched off before you leave for the holiday.

For those teams who took part in the Green Impact Scheme, please use your Vacation Shut Down Plan to ensure equipment is switched off.

As a result of the last Switch Off Campaign which took place at Christmas, every Operating Unit achieved a reduction in electricity consumption, so help your School and Directorate do the same again at Easter by switching off.

For information on what you can do to reduce electricity consumption or for further support, please email

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Acting Head of School

Professor Trevor Whittaker has been appointed Acting Head of the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering.

His contact details are:, 028 9097 4031.

Secretary details: Cheryl Murray,, 028 9097 4747.

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A Bite of Queen's Twitter Takeover

To coincide with National Gardening Week (14–20 April 2014), Queen’s Head Gardener Paul Wallace will take over the A Bite Of Queen’s Staff Twitter Account on Thursday 17 April, 1.00pm–2.00pm, for a special live chat, offering tips and advice for the green-fingered and answering your questions about gardening and the Queen’s estate.

If you would like Paul’s professional advice on a gardening issue just join in the conversation on Thursday. Alternatively, you can tweet your questions to @BiteOfQueens or email (including your Twitter handle in your email if you have one) in advance of the live chat. You can follow the conversation using the hashtag #QUBbite.

Find out more about Paul's role here.

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Latest edition of Queen's Now

The latest edition of Queen's Now is available online here.

The focus for this month's edition is sustainability. We meet Dr Bjoern Elsaesser from the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering to find out about his work in tidal and wave energy; hear how the University's new 'eBay' network, WARPit, is reducing waste; and find out what the Green Impact teams have been up to.

Also included is a special feature on the Vice-Chancellor's first month in post.

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New Interchange opportunity

A new secondment opportunity has been circulated by the Northern Ireland Interchange Partner Group for the position of Director of Investigations in the Office of the Northern Ireland Ombudsman.

Details of this opportunity can be found here.

For further information, contact Tony Earley, Senior Personnel Officer, 028 9097 1124,

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Next MOOC to go live on 28 April

The next free online course from Queen's will go live on 28 April. Entitled Identity, Conflict and Public Space: Contest and Transformation, the six-week programme focuses on using public space to express identity and has been developed by Dr Dominic Bryan from the Institute of Irish Studies.

To watch the trailer for the new course and find out further information on MOOC courses available at Queen’s, click here.

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The Hidden Cost of American Fast Food lecture: 30 April

The Chief Executives’ Club at Queen’s and the School of History and Anthropology will host a lecture on The Hidden Cost of American Fast Food on Wednesday 30 April, in the Canada Room, from 5.00pm – 6.45pm.

Bryant Simon, Professor of History and Director of American Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia, will give the lecture, drawing upon his ongoing research into the phenomenon of American fast food and its costs in human employee and health terms. 

Refreshments will be served from 5.00pm and the address will begin at 5.30pm.  

Please rsvp to, 028 9097 1153.

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Northern Ireland and the Scottish Referendum: 2 May

Dr Michael Rosie, Director of the Institute of Governance, Edinburgh University, will be at Queen's on Friday 2 May to deliver a seminar on Northern Ireland and the Scottish Referendum.

Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, the event will take place in the Lanyon Building, room 0G/074,  12.00pm-2.00pm.

For more information, please click here.

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InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme: 6 May

‌Professor Wim Vanhaverbeke, Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the University of Hasselt, will deliver a public lecture on Tuesday 6 May as part of the ‌InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme.

In his lecture, Open Innovation Fails Because Companies Are Not Prepared to Open Up!, Professor Vanhaverbeke will explore why the switch from closed to open innovation has proven to be more difficult than expected for many businesses, and how SMEs can most effectively use open innovation.

The lecture will take place on Tuesday 6 May, 6.30pm in the Courtyard, Riddel Hall. For further information and to register, visit


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Inaugural lecture: Professor Marios Soutsos

Professor Marios Soutsos, School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, will deliver his inaugural lecture on Wednesday 7 May at 5.00pm.  The lecture, Impact and Blast Resistant Concrete Structure, will be held in the Lecture Theatre (LG024) in David Keir Building with a reception in the Student Hub.

Those interested in attending should RSVP to Cheryl Murray, 028 9097 4747, by Wednesday 30 April.

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Research and Enterprise: Call for Applications to Business Alliance Fund

Research and Enterprise is inviting applications to the Business Alliance Fund.

The Business Alliance Fund provides support for the development of a strategic research relationship with potential for long term engagement. Funding of up to £50k is available. Example projects include a co-funded studentship or an inward or outward secondment.

The Fund is assessed competitively, with the expectation of funding one project. The deadline for applications is Friday 23 May.

Further details and support from the Business Alliance Team can be found here.

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Queen's Sport

Children’s Activity Programme Spring 2014
The Children's Activity Programme Spring 2014 is now open for enrolment. Splash 'n' Swim, Climbing, Baby Ballet and Little Scrummers Rugby courses begin 21 April with Gymnastics, Trampolining and Basketball commencing 28 April. Limited space available. For booking details, click here.

Adult Activity Programme Spring 2014
The Adult Activity Programme Spring 2014 is now open for Enrolment. For more information or to download an enrolment form, click here.

Back 2 Basics Spring 2014
The Back 2 Basics 12-week fitness programme commences 26 April 2014. Enrolment is now open for morning and evening courses. Book now to avoid disappointment. For full details, click here.

Easter Rugby Talent Camp 2014
The dates have changed for this year’s Rugby Talent Camp. The Camp will now take place from 21 – 25 April at the Upper Malone Facilities. Click here for booking details.

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QFT listings and competition

This week at QFT:

  • CALVARY: Set against the magnificent Sligo landscape, John Michael McDonagh's second feature shares a leading man (Brendan Gleeson) and a similar dark sense of humour with his debut, the hugely successful The Guard. This is the must-see movie of the month.
  • THE DOUBLE: Jesse Eisenberg stars alongside himself in Richard Ayoade's adaptation of this Dostoyevsky story about a meek office worker who is confronted by his confident, aggressive doppelgänger.

To win a pair of tickets to see CALVARY, please email with CALVARY in the subject line and the answer to the question: What is the name of the character played by Brendan Gleeson in the Harry Potter films?

The competition closes Wednesday 16 April at 12.00pm and the winner will be contacted by email.

Staff ticket price £5, standard ticket price £6.50. Please visit for more details.

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Places are available on the following courses and events:

Higher Education Lunchtime Forum

  • Wednesday 7 May:  Expanding Horizons: teaching through internships, led by Dr Olwen Purdue, School of History and Anthropology, and Dr Patrick Fitzgerald, Mellon Centre for Migration Studies and honorary lecturer, Old Staff Common Room, 1.00pm – 1.55pm (Sandwich lunch provided from 12.45pm).

8th CED Annual Conference – Assessment and Feedback: A Road to Success
This year’s annual conference on Thursday 26 June will be an opportunity to hear about the progress of the Queen’s Jisc-funded e-AFFECT project and to see some examples of developments in the lunchtime marketplace. The morning keynote will be given by Professor Margaret Price, ASKe Pedagogy Research Centre at Oxford Brookes University, who will discuss assessment literacy. In the afternoon, the speaker will be Richard Osborne, Project Manager, University of Exeter’s Jisc-funded, COLLABORATE Project. Further details are available on the CED website.

Continuing Professional Development

  • Wednesday 7 May: Flipping the Lecture (only 1 place still available), 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 7 May: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 14 May: Evaluation of Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 14 May: Screencasts for Instruction and Feedback, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Friday 16 May: Linking Teaching and Research, 10.00am – 1.00pm

A full list of all CED events and courses together with further information can be accessed here.

Registration is via Queen’s Online

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Places are available on the following courses:

  • Monday 28 April: Academic Induction,  9.45am – 1.30pm
  • Tuesday 6 May: Manual Handling and Lifting, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 7 May: Planning Your Research Career, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 7 May: General Risk Assessment, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 8 May: Research Ethics for University Staff, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Monday 12 May: Integrated Research Applications Systems (IRAS), 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Friday 16 May: Motivating the Team for Supervisory Staff, 9.15am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 21 May: Health and Safety for Co-ordinators, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 28 May: Career Exploration for Researchers, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 29 May: Health and Safety Induction, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Management and Leadership Development
Book now for the following Developing for Success leadership and management development workshops (for staff at AR Grade 7 and above, AC Grade 2 and above):

  •  Tuesday 27 May: Instilling a Customer Focus, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  •  Friday 30 May: Managing Meetings Effectively, 9.30am – 1.00pm

Learning at Work Week
Learning at Work Week will take place from 19 – 25 May 2014. Follow on Twitter @QUBLearningWeek

Book now for the following course in June 2014:

  • Monday 2 – Tuesday 3 June: Preparing for Retirement (2-day course), 9.30am – 4.00pm

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.

For the latest Staff Training and Development News, follow on Twitter @QueensStaffDev

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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 29 April: Adobe Photoshop 3: Digital Skills and Efficiencies
  • Wednesday 30 April: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System)
  • Thursday 1 May: Excel: Creating Charts Using Excel
  • Tuesday 6 May: Introduction to Prezi (New course)
  • Monday 12 May: LinkedIn for Beginners
  • Wednesday 14 May: Introduction to Visio 2013 (New course)
  • Tuesday 20 May: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System)
  • Tuesday 20 May: Guide to Computing Facilities
  • Monday 26 May: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2010
  • Thursday 29 May: Advanced Word Processing: Making Best Use of Word

Course dates can be viewed at: Booking is via Queen's Online.

Additional IT demos and workshops will take place during Learning at Work Week from 19 – 25 May. Check the website: or follow on Twitter @QUBLearningWeek

ECDL – now using improved test system which allows the candidate to practice and diagnose what topics need revision. For more information, contact

Today’s Tip: Using Styles in Word means you can automatically create a table of contents. To find out more, go to

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Times Higher Education Offer

Times Higher Education is offering university staff 50% off print and digital subscriptions.

To avail of this offer, please use the codes below.

By phone: 0844 543 0064 - quoting code THEDGA07 for Digital subscriptions and THEGA02 for printed subscriptions.

Or online:

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