10 February 2014

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New online Time Allocation Schedule (TAS) system

Staff are reminded that the University has launched a new online system for the collection of Time Allocation Schedules (TAS).

The completion of TASs 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.

An email outlining the requirement and providing a link to the system has been sent to all academic staff who are required to complete a TAS. The system can also be accessed 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 Friday 14 February 2014.

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

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National Heart Month - Health Promotion Event

February is National Heart Month. To raise awareness of heart health, Queen’s has invited the NI Chest Heart and Stroke Association to deliver a health promotion talk on the Friday 21 February from 1.00pm – 2.00pm in Room 01/052, Lanyon Building. The talk will cover heart disease and stroke, the risk factors and how a balanced diet and physical activity can improve your health. Register to attend the talk by emailing

There are about 2.3 million people in the UK living with Coronary Heart Disease (CHD). The British Heart Foundation's  Keep Your Heart Healthy booklet aims to help you look after your heart health and reduce your risk of developing heart disease.

For further information on Wellbeing at Queen's, visit

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The IGFS Newsletter: February 2014

The third edition of the IGFS newsletter is now available, download your copy to keep up with the latest news at the Institute for Global Food Security: IGFS Newsletter Feb 2014.pdf

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Wiley Open Access Account

The Library has set up a Wiley Open Access Account which enables RCUK-funded authors at Queen’s to receive a 25% discount on open access publication fees for Wiley journals. This account is the latest of a number of prepayment and membership deals arranged by the Library, which reduce open access publication costs, including:

  • BioMed Central Prepay Membership
  • Elsevier RCUK Prepaid Open Access Plan
  • PLOS (Public Library of Science) Institutional Membership
  • Royal Society Open Access Membership

Some of these deals are restricted to RCUK-funded authors but others are not dependent on the funding source.

The complete list of prepayment and membership schemes is linked from the Library’s open access webpages: Further information and advice about open access is available by emailing

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Energy for the Future: 11 February

Staff are invited to an event that will highlight cutting-edge energy-related research work taking place within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Energy for the Future will take place on Tuesday 11 February, 5.30pm - 7.30pm, in Riddel Hall. This showcase event is an opportunity for you to meet with, hear from and talk to academics about exciting energy projects that are exploring new, cleaner and more efficient energy sources and systems.

Register at or contact Joy Eakin to secure your place: 028 9097 3972.

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Workshop on ERC grants: 14 February

The EU Research Development team, in collaboration with Dr Graeme Horley,ERC Irish National Contact Point, is organising a practical workshop around ERC grants on Friday 14 February, from 11.00am to 1.30pm (Lunch will be provided).

This session is designed for academics planning to apply for ERC grants at short or long term. Based on his experience, Dr Horley will share the common strengths and weaknesses identified in previous applications. The event will be an opportunity to ask any questions related to applications being prepared.

To attend, please fill in and submit the registration form by Tuesday 11 February. Venue information will be provided to the registered attendees after this date.

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Research Cluster event: 17 February

As part of this year’s theme of Frontiers of Social Science Research, the ‘Identity, Lifestyle and Culture’ Research Cluster at the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work will host a presentation on Exploring Young People’s Experiences and Outcomes of Care using a Participatory Approach on Monday 17 February, 11.00am – 12.00pm, in the Old Staff Common Room, Lanyon  Building.

The presentation will be given by Jo Dixon and Jade Ward, National Care Advisory Service (NCAS)

Please RSVP to Theresa McShane at

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Gibson Centenary Lecture: 18 February

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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Higher Education Lunchtime Forum: 26 February

Colleagues are invited to attend a lunchtime event on Wednesday 26 February 2014, 1.00pm – 1.55pm in the Old Staff Common Room (Sandwich lunch provided from 12.45pm) 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.

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 very 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 is via Queen’s Online. Full instructions for booking are on the website. For information or for assistance with registration, please email the Centre for Educational Development at or 028 9097 1447.

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School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work seminar: 26 February

The next meeting of Age Encounters: a Network of Researchers, Academics and Practitioners with an Interest in Age will take place on Wednesday 26 February, 2.30pm to 4.30pm, Room 2/025 (Second Floor), Peter Froggatt Centre. Tea/coffee/registration from 2.30pm, speakers commence at 3.00pm.

The speakers are:

  • Eddie Lynch (Chief Executive Officer, Age Sector Platform) NI Pensioners’ Parliament – building a stronger voice for older people
  • Paula Devine and Gillian Robinson (ARK Ageing Programme) Introducing the ARK Ageing Programme: where do we go from here?

The event is free, but places are limited. Please RSVP by Friday 21 February to Eileen Gray,, 028 9097 5906.

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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 and competition

This week at QFT:

  • Dallas Buyers Club: 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.
  • Lift to the Scaffold: A new digital restoration of one of French cinema’s greatest thrillers and the debut feature of the great Louis Malle.
  • The Square: The Oscar-nominated documentary that details the incredible sacrifices made by a group of Egyptian activists as they battle regimes and risk their lives during the revolution.
  • Her (From Friday): Filmmaker Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) returns with an original love story that explores the evolving nature – and the risks – of intimacy in the modern world.

To win a pair of tickets to Dallas Buyers Club, please email with DALLAS in the subject line and the answer to the question: How many Academy Award nominations has Dallas Buyers Club received? Competition closes Wednesday 12 February 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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Queen’s Sport

Belfast City Marathon
Queen’s Sport and the Deep Riverrock Belfast City Marathon will host a free ‘Running Workshop’ on Monday 10 February between 5.00pm - 9.00pm at the PEC. The workshop will include free expert advice on the best available running equipment, support and training, including a free gait analysis.

As part of this unique event, Randox Health will be offering free body MOT health checks. Exclusive offers include a 10% discount on the marathon for all Queen’s staff and students, plus a chance to win prizes in association with Podium 4 Sport and Asics.

GAA Festival
Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday 13 February – GAA Festival Opening Night, Students' Union, £5
  • Friday 14 February – Sport Discussion Night with Joe Brolly and Trevor Ringland, Upper Malone, £5
  • Friday 21 February – The Raparees, Students' Union, £5
  • Thursday 27 February – The Blame Game Comedy Night, Students' Union, £10

For tickets and more information on the GAA Festival, click here.

Activity Class Booking Policy
If you currently take part in Activity Classes within Queen’s Sport, please click here.

Adult Winter Activity Programme 2014
Limited availability in Adult Winter Activity Programme, including the new course, Bokwa Dance. Click here for more details.

Swimathon 2014
From 21-24 March 2014, Queen’s Sport will host the Sainsbury’s Sports Relief Swimathon. For more details click here.

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New Online Materials on Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education
The Centre for Educational Development has recently acquired a range of online materials to support teaching, learning and assessment in higher education. These are produced by Epigeum, a spin-out company from Imperial College London, and incorporate up-to-date thinking and advice, including input from international experts. The topics covered are:

  • Understanding the principles of course design
  • Developing your teaching
  • Making the most of discussion
  • Lecturing 1
  • Lecturing 2
  • Marking and giving feedback
  • Teaching with patients
  • Resources to enhance student learning
  • Supervising projects and dissertations

To Access: All members of academic staff now have access to this material. Go into QOL and from the menu on the left hand side, under “Other”, select “Online training”. The headings for the above nine modules should be visible. Click on the one that you want to view. The modules contain reading material, video clips and online quizzes and activities. They can be studied at one’s own pace and no formal assessment is involved.

Please contact CED if you have any questions in relation to accessing the materials

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

  • 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
  • Wednesday 26 February: Using the TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software – only a few places still available, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

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

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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 12 February: PowerPoint 2: Advanced Features, 2.00pm to 4.30pm
  • 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
  • Friday 7 March: Working with SharePoint, 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Monday 14 April: Introduction to NVivo, 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.

Today’s Tip: Excel: naming cell ranges helps you copy, move or carry functions on any number of cells. To find out more, see our Excel materials:

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STDU courses

Places are available on the following STDU courses:

  • 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

Book now for the following course in June:

  • 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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