17 February 2014

Latest edition of Queen's Now

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

The focus of this month's edition is sport. Find out about Queen's GAA Festival, hear from a researcher who has worked with sports teams, including AC Milan, and meet colleagues who are helping staff, students and the wider community to get involved with sport.

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Health Promotion Event: 21 February

There is still time to sign up to the health promotion talk by NI Chest Heart and Stroke Association on Friday 21 February, 1.00pm-2.00pm in Room 01/052, Lanyon Building. Lunch will be provided.

The talk, which is taking place during February's National Heart Month, 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

For further information on Wellbeing at Queen's, visit

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Latest QTV video

Queen’s has announced it is to partner with the University of Manchester to form the first regional Movember Centre of Excellence in the fight against prostate cancer.

The radical development is in partnership with Prostate Cancer UK and the Movember Foundation and will see an investment of £5 million over a five-year period across Belfast and Manchester.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among males in the UK with 40,000 new diagnoses every year.

Watch the Q in 90 video here.

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Peter Rice at Queen’s

If you’ve been through the Black and White Hall recently, you may be wondering why there is a large dome there. The School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, The Naughton Gallery and Arup have joined forces to host Peter Rice at Queen’s - a series of events celebrating the life and work of Queen’s graduate and world-renowned structural engineer, Peter Rice.

Exhibition - Traces of Peter Rice

  • Friday 28 February - Friday 28 March: Visitors can explore design stories from Rice’s career and the social context of his work through spectacular vintage photography, new and archival films and maquettes. Curated by Jennifer Greitschus, Head of Exhibitions at Arup, the exhibition introduces the wider public to the life and work of one of the great structural engineers of the late 20th century. Tuesday – Sunday, 11.00am - 4.00pm, The Naughton Gallery.

Colloquium - Nose to the Ground

  • Friday 28 February, 10.30am – 5.30pm, Elmwood Hall: Four sessions on various topics which will provoke discussions, awareness and understanding of the potential for design and creative thinking in the development of our society. This event is free, but booking is essential. Visit to register.

For more information on Peter Rice at Queen’s, visit

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International Women’s Day Lecture: 6 March

The School of Nursing and Midwifery will host an International Women’s Day lecture on Thursday 6 March.   Delivered by Baroness May Blood, MBE, An Unbelievable Journey will take place at 5.30pm in Theatre 2, MBC, followed by a drinks reception.

To confirm a place at the lecture, please contact Gillian Higgins,, 028 9097 2639 by Monday 3 March.

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Inaugural lecture: Professor Rhiannon Turner

As part of the events to mark 55 years of psychology at Queen's, Professor Rhiannon Turner will deliver her inaugural lecture on Thursday 27 February.  Entitled Imagination and Observation: Changing Behaviour in a Diverse Society, the lecture will take place at 5.30pm in Riddel Hall, followed by a drinks reception at 6.30pm.

Anyone interested in attending should register their attendance at:

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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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Queen's Sport

Queen's GAA Festival
Upcoming Events:

  • 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.

Campus Sports and Queen's Park Run
Everyone is welcome to take part in the weekly Campus Sports Run and Park Run. Click here for more details.

Queen’s 5K Race Around The River
This year's 5K Race Around The River takes place on Wednesday 2 April at 7.00pm. Cash prizes are on offer.  For more details and to register, please visit the 5K website.

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This week at QFT:

  • Her: Set in a not-so-distant future L.A., Her follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who becomes enamoured with an artificially intelligent operating system, voiced by the husky-toned Scarlett Johansson.
  • 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.
  • Bastards: Inspired by recent French sex ring scandals involving men of wealth and power, Claire Denis’s jagged, daringly fragmented and very darkest film is a genuinely contemporary film noir.
  • The Invisible Woman (from Friday): Ralph Fiennes directs and stars in this fine drama focusing on Charles Dickens’ secret love affair with young actress Nelly Turnan.

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

Competition Winner
The winner of the pair of tickets for Dallas Buyers Club was Patricia Hampson from the Widening Participation Unit.

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Academic Skills Support Available to Your Students

The Learning Development Service offers a non-subject-specific academic skills workshop programme suitable for students across all disciplines and stages of study. It also provides additional support through one-to-one appointments and a range of online and paper-based learning resources. If you have students who you feel could benefit from additional (non-subject-specific) academic skills support, please visit for further information.

The Learning Development Service is also running a series of mathematics workshops for students on topics such as numerical reasoning, statistics, differentiation and integration. Maths Support drop-in sessions run on a weekly basis throughout campus, as well as sessions offering tailored support to students grappling with Statistics (particularly SPSS and STATA). More information can be found at

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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 at

Higher Education Lunchtime Forum

  • Wednesday 26 February, 1.00pm – 1.55pm in the Old Staff Common Room: 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.  Sandwich lunch provided from 12.45pm. Further details are available on the CED website.

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 11 April 2014.

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 19 February: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 5 March: Engaging Students in Assessment and Feedback, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday19 March: Creating Interactive Learning Resources Using Excel 2010, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 19 March: Teaching Larger Classes, 2.00pm – 5.00 m
  • Wednesday26 March: Using the Personal Response System in your Classes (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:

  • 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
  • Tuesday 11 March: Adobe Photoshop 3: Digital Skills and Efficiencies, 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Thursday 13 March: Diagrams made easy in Word and PowerPoint, 9.30am - 12.00pm
  • 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: To communicate schematics, hierarchies, relationships etc. in Word, PowerPoint and Outlook, use SmartArt - Insert tab.

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Places are available on the following STDU courses:

  • Wednesday 19 February: Applying Your Research to Policy Agendas, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • 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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