3 February 2014

Launch of new online Time Allocation Schedule (TAS) system

The completion of a Time Allocation Schedule (TAS) by all academic staff is an integral part of the national Transparent Approach to Costing (TRAC) process which is a compulsory requirement for all UK universities.

TASs provide a quick and easy way of collecting the required level of accurate information to the satisfaction of auditors and avoids the need for more onerous time collection methods.

The University’s new online system for the collection of TAS has been launched today.

An email outlining the requirement and providing a link to the system will be sent to all academic staff who are required to complete a TAS. The system can also be accessible through a link in the Announcements section of the Queen’s Online homepage.

Please note that the deadline for return of the first TAS for 2013-14, which covers the period 1 October 2013 to 31 January 2014, is 14 February 2014.

If you have any queries, please contact Stephen Grant on 028 9097 5232 or

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New Head of School

Professor Audrey Horning has taken up the position of Head of School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology (GAP) from 1 February 2014.

Her contact details are: email; phone 028 9097 3187.

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Queen's to appear on tonight's University Challenge

Queen’s will appear in the quarter finals of University Challenge tonight on BBC2 at 8.00pm. The team will face Southampton University.

 Joseph Greenwood, team captain, along with Suzanne Cobain, Gareth Gamble and Alexander Green, have already defeated Downing College Cambridge and the University of Aberdeen.

This is the second time Queen’s has made the quarter finals. In 1997 they were knocked out by series winner Magdalen College, Oxford.

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Week 4 of the National Student Survey (NSS)

‌In the first three weeks of the survey period, 23% of eligible students (823 of the target group of 3570) completed the online survey. Some Schools have started strongly; for example, the response rates for the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, and Nursing and Midwifery are already over 40%. The start of Semester 2 is a key time to promote the NSS. Please encourage eligible students to complete the online survey.

From now until 21 February, students in the target list will see an announcement for the NSS on Queen’s Online with a hyperlink to the survey. The social media campaign will also commence this week.

The University is offering two prizes, each of an iPad Mini, in a random draw for those students who complete the online survey by the closing date of 30 April.

For further information about the NSS, please contact: Pat McNally, Careers, Employability and Skills, 028 9097 1435,

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Astronomy lecture series: Wednesday 5 February

The School of Mathematics and Physics hosts a public lecture series in astronomy called the Michael West lecture series. The next one will be given by Professor Gerry Gilmore of the University of Cambridge. Entitled The GAIA Space Mission and the Origin of the Milky Way, the lecture will take place on Wednesday 5 February at 7.00pm in the Larmor Lecture Theatre.

Professor Gilmore leads efforts to understand the nature and origin of our galaxy and to understand the nature of dark matter. He is one of the scientific leaders behind the recently launched GAIA satellite. This is the European Space Agency's billion star mapper and is expected to revolutionise our ideas about the formation and origin of the Milky Way galaxy. 

Entry to the lecture is free, but seats must be reserved. Further details are available here.

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Inaugural lecture: Professor John Dalton

Professor John Dalton from the School of Biological Sciences will deliver his inaugural lecture, Parasites in my Blood, on Tuesday 11 February 2014 at 5.00pm in Lecture Theatre 1, Medical Biology Centre.

Refreshments will be served after the lecture. Please confirm your attendance with Margaret-Rose Mervyn, 028 9097 2279, by Friday 7 February.

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Inaugural lecture: Professor Geraint Ellis

Professor Geraint Ellis, School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, will deliver his inaugural lecture on Wednesday 12 February.  Entitled Progressive Planning in Post-Political Times, the lecture will began at 5.00pm in the Lecture Theatre (LG024), David Keir Building.

Those interested in attending should RSVP to Cheryl Murray, 028 9097 4747, by Wednesday 5 February.

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Inaugural lecture: Professor Janice Carruthers

Professor Janice Carruthers from the School of Modern Languages will deliver an inaugural lecture, Spoken Language And The Evolution Of French, on Wednesday 12 February.

The lecture will begin at 5.00pm in the Council Chamber, Lanyon Building.

Please RSVP to Maria Meehan by 5.00pm, Friday 7 February, 028 9097 1143,

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Inaugural lecture: Professor Chris Patterson

Professor Chris Patterson from the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences will deliver his inaugural lecture entitled Epidemiology Counts – Childhood Diabetes Matters on Friday 14 February 2014 at 5.00pm (followed by a drinks reception in the MBC Foyer).

The lecture will take place in the South Lecture Theatre, Medical Biology Centre, Lisburn Road.

Please RSVP to Csenge Hortobagyi, 028 9097 2349,

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Gibson Centenary Lecture

The School of Biological Sciences invites you to attend the Gibson Centenary Lecture, Agriculture in a Changing World: A New Zealand perspective, on Tuesday 18 February at 5.00pm in Lecture Theatre 1, Medical Biology Centre.

The lecture will be delivered by H.E. the Rt Hon Sir Lockwood Smith, KNZM, PhD, the High Commissioner of New Zealand to the United Kingdom. Reply by Professor Alan Renwick, UCD, Agricultural Policy.

Refreshments will be served before the lecture. Those interested in attending should confirm by Thursday 13 February with Margaret-Rose Mervyn, 028 9097 2279,


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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Riccardo Scarpa

Professor Riccardo Scarpa from the School of Biological Sciences will deliver his inaugural lecture, Qualitative Choices as Environmental Drivers, on Tuesday 25 February at 5.00pm in Lecture Theatre 1, Medical Biology Centre.  

Refreshments will be served after the lecture.  If you wish to attend, please confirm attendance by Thursday 20 February to Margaret-Rose Mervyn, School of Biological Sciences, 028 9097 2279,

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QFT listings

This week at QFT:

  • The Armstrong Lie (From Friday): Smartly constructed and scathingly sharp, The Armstrong Lie presents an effective indictment of its unscrupulous subject, as well as the sports culture that spawned him.
  • Inside Llewyn Davis: "The Coen brothers' beguiling new film about a struggling folk singer in the '60s is propelled by a rarely discussed dilemma – when do artists cut their losses and abandon their careers?” The Guardian
  • Dallas Buyers Club (From Friday): Matthew McConaughey is a thin, grizzly triumph in this true life story of Ron Woodroof, an electrician and rodeo cowboy who took on pharmaceutical companies after being diagnosed with AIDS. It has six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, and already has Golden Globe Award wins for McConaughey and Jared Leto under its belt.

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

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Queen's Sport

Adult Winter Activity Programme 2014
There is limited availability in the Adult Winter Activity Programme, including the new course, Bowka Dance. Click here for more details.

Children’s Winter Activity Programme 2014
Spaces are still available in children’s courses, including Trampoline, Basketball and Climbing. For more information, click here.

Swimathon 2014
Queen’s Sport will help host the Sainsbury’s Sports Relief Swimathon from 21-24 March 2014.

GAA Festival
There are only two weeks left until the start of one of the biggest sporting events in Northern Ireland. With comedy, culture, community and cups, Queen's GAA Festival has something for everyone. For more details on the Festival and a full list of events, click here.

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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Thursday 6 February: Making Best Use of Outlook 2010, 9.30am - 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 11 February: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS, 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 18 February: Adobe Photoshop 1: Basic Digital Image Editing, 2.00pm 5.00pm
  • Friday 21 February: PowerPoint 2: Advanced Features, 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Monday 24 February: Facebook for Beginners, 2.00pm - 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 25 February: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS, 10.00am  - 1.00pm
  • Monday 3 March: PowerPoint 3: Creating Poster Presentations, 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Monday 3 March: Twitter for Beginners, 2.00pm  - 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 4 March: Adobe Photoshop 2: Further Topics, 9.30am  - 4.30pm

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.

ECDL Candidates: The next ECDL test session is on Friday 7 February, 9.30am - 11.00am. Book via

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CED courses

Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education
All CED courses are now available for booking. Early booking is advised as places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. There are places available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 12 February: Teaching with Emotional Intelligence, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 12 February: Interactive PowerPoint Presentations, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 19 February: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Higher Education Lunchtime
Forum Colleagues are invited to attend a lunchtime event on Wednesday 26 February, 1.00pm – 1.55pm in the Old Staff Common Room (sandwich lunch provided from 12.45 pm) on Expanding Horizons: Teaching through internships. The session will be led by Dr Olwen Purdue, School of History and Anthropology and Dr Patrick Fitzgerald, Mellon Centre for Migration Studies and honorary lecturer.

This event will look at the ways in which a postgraduate module, such as the Public History Internship module of the MA in History, can give students valuable experience of applying their degree in a practical way and open their minds to the possibilities that lie ahead with a degree in their subject. It will explore the rationale for offering such internships and look at ways in which these can be incorporated in new and exciting ways into a taught programme.

Registration for all courses and events is via Queen’s Online. For information or for assistance with registration, please email the Centre at,  028 907 1447.

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

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STDU courses

Places are available on the following STDU courses:

  • Monday 10 February: Behaving Assertively, 12.00pm  – 1.30pm
  • Tuesday 11 February: Computer Workstation Risk Assessment,  9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 12 February: Health and Safety for Co-ordinators, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 13 February: Writing Skills for Support Staff, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 18 February: General Risk Assessment, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 19 February: Applying Your Research to Policy Agendas, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 19 February: Turbocharging Your Writing, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 19 February: The Strategic Researcher, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 25 February: Induction for Contract Research Staff, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 25 February: Time Management for Support Staff, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 25 February: An Introduction to Cultural Awareness, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 25 February: Manual Handling and Lifting, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 26 February: Introduction to Disability Awareness, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 27 February: Selection Interviewing, 9.15am – 4.45pm
  • Monday 2-Tuesday 3 June: Preparing for Retirement (2 day course), 9.30am – 4.00pm

Management and Leadership Development

Places are available on the following Developing for Success leadership and management development workshop for staff at AR Grade 7 and above, AC Grade 2 and above:

  • Tuesday 11 February: Effective Team Working, 9.30am – 4.30pm

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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