7 April 2014

Vice-Chancellor’s Outline Vision

The Vice-Chancellor recently held a series of staff meetings to share his outline Vision for the University for the period to 2020. 

The presentation is now available at: Vice-Chancellor's outline Vision Presentation

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Market Day at Queen’s: Tuesday 8 April

Some of Northern Ireland’s finest home-grown produce will be available to try and buy at a special food market on the front lawn of Queen’s tomorrow, Tuesday 8 April.

The Artisan Market, organised by Queen’s Institute for Global Food Security in partnership with FoodNI, will be open from 9.00am-6.00pm. Among the tasty delights on offer are farmhouse ice-creams, cabrito (goat meat) burgers, freshly baked breads and luxurious macarons. There will also be tasting sessions with Taste of Ulster chef Ali Askar of Safa Indian restaurant.

The Institute for Global Food Security works closely with local food producers to ensure that Northern Ireland remains a leader in the production of high quality, authentic and traceable food which is among the safest in the world.

For a full list of exhibitors, click here.

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A Bite of Queen's Tour of the David Keir Building

Due to the popularity of last month's A Bite of Queen's tour of the David Keir Building, a further date has been added.  The next tour will take place on Tuesday 15 April, 1.05 - 1.50pm in the David Keir Building.

This tour will give you an insight into the history of the building and take you on a behind-the-scenes visit to the Queen's University Ionic Liquid Laboratories (QUILL) Research Centre and the Large Wave Tank in the School of Architecture, Planning and Civil Engineering (SPACE).

Staff will have the opportunity to hear from QUILL Co-Director Professor Jim Swindall and SPACE's Dr Bjoern Elsaesser about the world-class research that is conducted there.

The tour is free and will include a brown bag lunch. To register, please click here.

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Seamus Heaney Commemoration

A major commemoration of Seamus Heaney’s work takes place this week. The four day event, organised by the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at the School of English at Queen’s, coincides with Heaney’s 75th birthday and the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Centre.

Seamus Heaney: a Conference and Commemoration is the first of a series of activities to mark Seamus Heaney’s legacy at Queen’s. As well as a full academic programme, the conference will feature a series of readings, two of which are open to the public.  These events, which take place in the Ulster Hall on Thursday 10 April and the Lyric Theatre on Sunday 13 April, see some of our finest poets, including Medbh McGuckian and Michael Longley, read their own work and as well as their favourite Heaney poems.

For further information, visit

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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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CCRCB Bulletin

The CCRCB April 2014 Bulletin is now available to read online.

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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, please tweet your question to @BiteOfQueens or email  (including your Twitter handle in your email if you have one) before 10.00am on Thursday 17 April. You can follow the conversation using the hashtag #QUBbite.

Find out more about Paul's role here.

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Work on the Main Site

Work has started on a number of projects on the Main Site which will transform facilities for students and staff.  A new world-class centre for postgraduate and international students is being created in the Lynn Library; the former Library Stack will be the new home for the School of Law; and a new social hub for students and staff is being created in the Peter Froggatt Centre.

To facilitate these projects, the underground mains cables that serve the Lynn Library and Library Stack need to be replaced.

The cabling project has started and will last until 27 April. It involves opening up a trench across the car park at the rear of the Administration Building, and then past the Peter Froggatt Centre and Music Building as shown on the plan.

The works will affect pedestrian routes for students and staff, and signs have been put up indicating alternative access.

If you have any queries regarding the project, contact

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Giro d’Italia: 8 - 11 May

One of the world’s most elite and iconic cycling events, the Giro d’Italia, will come to Northern Ireland this year. The Grande Partenza or ‘Big Start’ of the competition will take place between Friday 9 and Sunday 11 May 2014, with the teams being introduced at City Hall on the evening of 8 May.

The First Stage of the Giro, a team time-trial on Friday 9 May, begins at Titanic Belfast.

The route, which includes Stranmillis Road and University Road, will see the teams pass Queen’s on their way to the finish line at City Hall. Roads will be closed to traffic from 9.30am to 12.30pm for team practice sessions and then again between 4.00pm and 8.30pm for the race.

The University will maintain business as usual, albeit with a tinge of pink! This is a huge opportunity for staff and students to experience the race at first-hand.

You can get further details of the event here.

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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.

This course is the second free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) offered by Queen’s. Over 8,000 people enrolled for the first one, Critical Listening for Studio Production, which began in January.

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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MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC)

The Medical Research Council (MRC) funded Confidence in Concept scheme is now open for applications, with up to £50k of support available per project.

The scheme is intended to accelerate the transition from discovery research to translational development projects by supporting preliminary work or feasibility studies to establish the viability of an approach.

Completed application forms should be returned to by 5.00pm on Wednesday 30 April.

For further information, or if you are considering an application, please get in touch with your nominated contact within the Commercial Development team.


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Do you have a paper saving idea?

April is paper month at Queen’s and staff are being asked to come up with ideas to help reduce paper consumption.

The University goes through 11,290 boxes of A4 paper a year – around 28 million pages. Stacked up, that would be approximately 2823 metres high, which is roughly the height of 96 Lanyon Buildings. On average, each member of staff goes through 37 A4 pages a day.

If you have an idea to reduce paper consumption, email by Wednesday 16 April. Entries should be a maximum of 100 words. The staff member with the best idea will win a coffee maker.

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The new Spring 2014 Open Learning programme of part-time short courses is now available. From painting to public speaking, walking to wine appreciation, creative writing to céilí dancing, and astronomy to aromatherapy, Open Learning short part-time day and evening courses at Queen’s offer everyone the chance to try something new and enjoy learning in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

There are courses in a wide variety of subject areas, including:

  • History
  • Languages
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Personal Development
  • Philosophy
  • Visual Arts

Classes start the week commencing Tuesday 6 May. Queen’s staff qualify for the concession rate where applicable. For further information and to enrol online, visit

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Queen's Sport

Children’s Activity Programme Spring 2014
The Children's Activity Programme Spring 2014 is open for enrolment. Climbing, swimming, gymnastics and basketball are all included along with many fun and exciting courses for all age groups. For further details on the programme and to download an enrolment form, please click here.

Adult Activity Programme Spring 2014
The Adult Activity Programme Spring 2014 is open for enrolment. Queen's Sport offers progressive courses in pilates, yoga (various types), swimming, climbing, ballet and much more. For more information or to download an enrolment form, click here.

Back 2 Basics Spring 2014
Back 2 Basics 12 week fitness programme commences Saturday 26 April. Enrolment is now open for the 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 Monday 21 –  Friday 25 April at the Upper Malone Facilities. Click here for booking details.

Queen’s 5K Race Around The River
Congratulations to all Queen’s staff who took part in the 5K Race last Wednesday. More than 600 runners took part. For race results and further details,  click here.

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This week at QFT:

  • 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.
  • YVES SAINT LAURENT: The pioneering French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent is stunningly portrayed in this evocative biopic which charts twenty years of the prodigal creative’s life.
  • A STORY OF CHILDREN AND FILM: A fascinating new documentary from Irish director and critic Mark Cousins which explores the way cinema has dealt with children and childhood, drawing from 53 films from around the world.

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

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Reflections deadline
The next issue of Reflections, the Queen’s Learning and Teaching newsletter, is due to be published later this semester. If you would like to submit a contribution, please send it to Linda Carey or Liz McDowell by Friday 11 April.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education
All CED courses and events are now available for booking. Below is a list of those scheduled for the next few weeks. Early booking is advised as places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Guest Speaker Series 2013-14

  • Thursday 10 April: Dr David Baume, Higher Educational Consultant, will lead a workshop on Student Activity at the Heart of Learning, 10.00am – 1.00pm in the Careers Information Room, Level 1, Student Guidance Centre. Further details are available online.

Higher Education Lunchtime Forum

  • Wednesday 7 May: Colleagues are invited to attend a lunchtime event in the Old Staff Common Room on 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. 1.00pm – 1.55pm, (Sandwich lunch provided from 12.45pm)

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

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

Registration for all courses and events 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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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Thursday 3 April: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2010
  • Tuesday 8 April: SPSS 2: Data Analysis using SPSS
  • Thursday 10 April: Word Processing: Tables and Form Design using Word
  • Monday 14 April: Excel: Creating Charts Using Excel
  • Tuesday 15 April: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System)
  • Tuesday 15 April: Adobe Photoshop 2: Further Topics
  • Wednesday 16 April: Using Social Media for Teaching and Research
  • Tuesday 29 April: Adobe Photoshop 3: Digital Skills and Efficiencies
  • Thursday 1 May: Excel: Creating Charts Using Excel
  • Friday 2 May: Creating Screen Shots and Training Materials using Word and SnagIt
  • Tuesday 6 May: Excel: Introduction to PivotTables using Excel
  • Monday 12 May: LinkedIn for Beginners
  • Wednesday 14 May: Introduction to Visio 2013

Course dates can be viewed at: To book a course, go to Queen’s Online and under ‘Other’ click Training Courses. For more information, contact or 028 9097 6189. Additional IT demos and workshops will be held during 'Learning at Work' Week from 19 – 25 May. Check the website: or follow on Twitter @QUBLearningWeek.

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

Today’s Tip: Using Windows 7, click the Start Button, type "sticky notes" into the search box. Right click on the note to change colour, click + to add another note, click X to delete it.

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STDU Courses in April/May 2014

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 15 April: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 28 April: Academic Induction,  9.45am – 1.30pm
  • Tuesday 6 May: Selection Interviewing, 9.15am – 4.45pm
  • 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
The following Developing for Success leadership and management development workshops are now available for booking. Check out the full range of courses and dates at and view courses by category: Leadership, Management and Supervisory.

Book now for courses in April/May 2014 (For staff at AR Grade 7 and above, AC Grade 2 and above):

  •  Wednesday 30 April: Presenting with Impact, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  •  Tuesday 13 May: Communicating Effectively, 9.00am – 1.00pm
  •  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.

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