25 August 2014

Vision 2020: End of Consultation Period

Staff are reminded that the consultation period for Vision 2020 closes at the end of August.

To have your say on the Vision, please submit your feedback via the Vision 2020 website.

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Car Free Fridays

This week sees the return of Car Free Fridays at the University. The aim of this initiative is to encourage more staff to leave the car at home and travel to the University by public transport.

On Friday 29 August, staff can enjoy 20% off your total bill at Molly’s Yard and 20% off the price of a regular staff ticket to the 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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Research Focus

Research Development have introduced a new feature on their website. The feature, entitled ‘Research Focus’, will highlight clusters of opportunities in specific areas or new funding calls that align with the University’s research strategy. The first feature looks at funding for International Engagement and Collaboration.

Details of the calls, funding amounts and application procedures can be found on the Research Development homepage or here.

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The Conversation

This week two articles by Queen's researchers have been published in The Conversation.

'How science is using the genetics of disease to make drugs better', an article by Professor Mark Lawler from the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, can be accessed here

'The law remains silent when it comes to sporting violence', by Professor Jack Anderson from the School of Law, can be accessed here.

Queen's is keen to encourage more of its academics to write for The Conversation. If you would like more information on doing so, please contact the Communications Office,, 028 9097 3091, who will put you in touch with the Editor for your area.

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Professor David Waugh's Inaugural Lecture

Professor David Waugh, Director of the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, will deliver his inaugural lecture on Thursday 25 September at 5.00pm. The lecture, ‘Life and disease… the importance of context’, will be held in North Lecture Theatre, Medical Biology Centre, followed by refreshments in the MBC Foyer.

Please RSVP to Paula McDaid, 028 9097 5858, 

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Language Centre Talk

Staff are invited to attend a talk on 'The Chinese Mid-autumn Festival' organised by the Language Centre at Queen’s. The talk will take place on Wednesday 3 September in Training Room 2, the McClay Library, between 12.00pm and 1.00pm and again between 1.00pm and 2.00pm. The session will provide a brief introduction to Chinese language and culture and is open to all staff.

If you are interested in attending the session, please RSVP to Liang Wang,, or Thomas Smith, 

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Centre for Educational Development

Access to Turnitin for principal supervisors of PGR theses
Under regulation 7.1.5 of the Study Regulations for Research Degree Programmes the principal supervisor must ensure that appropriate sections of the draft thesis (or critical analysis for PhD by Published Works) have been submitted to the University-recognised originality checking service, and the report used for feedback purposes, prior to the submission of the thesis (or critical analysis).

If you are a principal supervisor of a Queen’s PGR student and would like access to TurnitinUK for this purpose please contact Gill Kelly (CED),

Flexible Teaching Space Availability
The Flexible Teaching Space (PFC/03/017) is a room specially designed to support active and interactive learning with technology for classes of up to 60 students working in groups. The space affords staff greater opportunity to interact with students in an environment which encourages critical thinking as well as group discussion.

There are a number of slots still available for 2014–15:

Semester 1:
• Monday am
• Tuesday pm
• Wednesday 12.00pm – 4.00pm
• Friday pm

Semester 2:
• Tuesday 13.00 – 4.00pm (most weeks)
• Wednesday pm
• Friday pm

For more information, please contact Gill Kelly, ext. 1569, To enquire about available time slots, please contact Timetabling & Room Booking,

Continuing Professional Development
2014–2015 courses are now becoming available for booking via the iTrent system. Please note that a limited number of places are available.

  • Wednesday 17 September: An Introduction to Queen’s Online for Learning and Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm (You must be registered to use Queen’s Online with access to one of your modules.)

Registration for all courses and events is via Queen’s Online ( Full instructions for booking are on the website. For information or assistance with registration please email the Centre at or telephone 028 9097 1447.

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QFT Listings and Competition

This week at QFT:

  • Two Days, One Night – Marion Cotillard excels in this tense social drama from the award-winning Dardenne brothers (The Kid with a Bike).
  • The Congress – A mind-bending slice of sci-fi blending live action and animation to stunning effect.
  • All This Mayhem – A stranger-than-fiction account of the lives of legendary skateboarding duo Tas and Ben Pappas.

Coming up from Friday: Mystery Road, Night Moves, Stop Making Sense.

QFT Competition

To win a pair of tickets to see Two Days, One Night, please email with Two Days, One Night in the subject line and the answer to the question: who did Marion Cotillard win an Oscar for portraying in La Vie en Rose? Competition closes Wednesday 27 August 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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IT Training Courses

Places are available on the following courses:

• Tuesday 26 August: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
• Tuesday 16 September: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm

2014–15 Semester 1 courses are now available for booking on Queen’s Online. Course dates can be viewed at:

ECDL – now using an improved test system which allows the candidate to practice and diagnose what topics need revision (note: this is not used for ECDL Advanced).

Today’s Tip: Layout problems when printing? Check the page set up and printer settings are set to A4 and not "Letter".

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