6 January 2014

2014 Perks Card

Over the next few weeks you will receive your 2014 Perks card entitling you to up to 50% discount at over 1,000 restaurants, shops, gyms, golf clubs, days out venues and much more.

Once you receive your card, register it at to view the full range of offers, be kept up-to-date with the newest offers, enter fantastic competitions and much more.

Register now for your chance to win £50.

If you registered your 2013 card, simply log in to update your card number. To do this, log in with your email and password. Go to My Account at the top right, click the Update Card link and enter your 2014 card number.

New to Perks? If you have not previously registered with Perks, click on the register button, fill in your details, and click submit.

Everyone that registers their 2014 card by 31 January 2014 will go into a draw to win a £50 gift card of their choice from the selection of discounted gift cards.

Download the new Perks app to find offers on the move

You can now download the free Perks mobile app which allows you to see what offers are available closest to your current location, browse by category, save your favourite offers and much more.  The Perks app is free to download from the App Store for iPhone users or Google Play for Android users.

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Moon and Jupiter Watch: Tuesday 7 January

Staff will get the chance to star gaze this week when Jupiter Watch returns to Queen's on Tuesday 7 January.

The free event, which is being held in association with the BBC as part of Stargazing Live 2014, takes place from 6.00pm-9.00pm in front of the Lanyon Building. Members of the public will be able to use a range of powerful telescopes to view the Moon and Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system. Astrophysicists from Queen's and amateur astronomers from the Irish Astronomical Association will be on hand to help locate the planets and explain what is being seen.

If inclement weather leads to the event being cancelled, a public lecture will be held by Professor Alan Fitzsimmons from Queen’s Astrophysics Research Centre at 7.00pm in the Larmor Lecture Theatre. He will talk about the Northern Lights. Click here to register for the talk.

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New Year Honours List

Congratulations to Professor Patrick Morrison, Honorary Professor of Human Genetics, who has been awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours for services to Healthcare in Northern Ireland.

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Latest edition of Queen's Now

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

This edition focuses on impact - meet Professor Richard Kennedy, winner of the Vice-Chancellor's Research Impact Prize, and hear from other members of staff whose work is making an impact.



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Volunteers wanted for study

Are you interested in finding out about your risk of heart disease and diabetes?

If so, you can help with a study being conducted by researchers from Queen's and The Royal Victoria Hospital.

The researchers are looking for volunteers who are at high risk of developing diabetes and would be willing to take a vitamin D supplement or a placebo each day for 6 months.

As part of the study volunteers will attend the Regional Centre for Endocrinology & Diabetes at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast at the start and end of the study for a thorough health check with assessments of diet, cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes risk and heart disease risk.

If you would like to know more, contact Dr Helen Wallace, 028 9063 4462 / 07912042848,

Those who complete the study will receive a payment of £150.

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Public Engagement Competition for Researchers

The next national UK Universities Week (9-15 June 2014) will focus on how university research is impacting on people’s lives and how it is addressing those challenges and issues most important to the public.  
To tie-in with the campaign week, the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) is running a competition to recognise and reward research projects which encompass great examples of public engagement in practice.  Finalists will have their project showcased at the National History Museum in London during Universities Week 2014 with the overall winner offered £2,500 to develop or share their engagement work with others.  This competition might be useful for those thinking about case studies for REF2020 for which impact starts in January 2014.

The closing date for submissions is 31 March 2014 and details can be found here:

If you are considering entering the competition, please contact Queen’s Research Impact Manager, Claire Dewhirst, who will be able to assist you with the application process:, 028 9097 2561.

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Porters' Toy Appeal

‌The Porters would like to thank all those who donated gifts as part of their Christmas Toy Appeal. In total, over 1,000 toys and £600 in cash were donated.

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Twelve Doors of Christmas competition

The winners of the Twelve Doors of Christmas competition were:

  • First Prize -  £100 of Amazon Vouchers:  Michael O’Rorke (Research Fellow)
  • Second Prize -  £50 of Amazon Vouchers:  Darren Millar (Security)
  • Third and Fourth Prizes -  £25 of Amazon Vouchers:   Caoimhe O’Neill (Student) and Drew McCabe (Security)

To find out the answers, click here.

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Winner of Changing Lives Exhibition draw

Congratulations to Queen's graduate Siobhan Barry who won a two night break in the Slieve Donard Hotel following her visit to the Changing Lives:Our specialist subject exhibition in the Naughton Gallery.

Over 500 people visited the exhibition which featured staff from across the University.

To watch a Q in 60 feature on the exhibition, click here.

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Fire safety training

Staff are reminded to complete the mandatory Fire Safety e-learning module, which can be found under ‘Online Training’ in the ‘Other’ menu in Queen’s Online. The module only takes about fifteen minutes and all staff must complete it to maintain the University’s compliance with safety legislation.

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QFT listing and competition

MandelaThis week at QFT:

  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom - A timely and intimate portrait of the making of a modern icon.
  • The Missing Picture - A visually astonishing account of Pol Pot’s Cambodia using miniature clay figures and archive footage to explore memory and trauma.
  • Marius - Set 1920s Marseille, this centres on a young man working in his father seaside bar.
  • 12 Years a Slave - Director Steve McQueen follows the acclaimed Hunger and Shame with this shocking, based-on-fact story of a 19th-century freeman kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Deep South. From Friday.

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

To WIN a pair of tickets to see MANDELA, please email with Mandela in the subject line and the answer to the question: What was the Xhosa clan name of the late Nelson Mandela?

Competition closes Wednesday 8 January at 12.00pm and the winner will be contacted by email.

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Queen’s Sport

Children’s Winter Activity Programme 2014
Children’s Winter Activity Programme 2014 is now open for enrolment. Click here for more information.

Back 2 Basics Winter 14
Enrolment for B2B Winter 14 Programme is now open. For more details on this popular course, click here.


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Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education

All CED courses are now available for booking. There are places available on the following January courses:

  • Wednesday 15 January: Experiencing and Facilitating Online Learning (2-part course with 2nd session on 29 January 2014), 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Monday 20 January: The Student with Dyslexia at University, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 22 January: An Introduction to Queen’s Online for Learning and Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 22 January: Laboratory Demonstrating, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Friday 24 January: Small Group Teaching, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 27 January: Supporting Students with Asperger’s Syndrome, 2.30pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 29 January: Preparing and Giving Lectures, part 1, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Guest Speaker Series 2013-14

  • Thursday 30 January: Mick Healey is an HE Consultant and Researcher and Emeritus Professor at the University of Gloucestershire. Professor Healey will be running two workshops in the Council Chamber/Canada Room:

    (i) Refreshing and Renewing the Curriculum, 9.30am-12.00pm and
    (ii) Rethinking the Undergraduate Dissertation: Avoiding throwing the baby out with the bathwater, 12.45pm-3.45pm

    You are invited to participate in one or both of them either individually or as a member of a course teaching team.

For further details, please click here, email or telephone 028 9097 1447.

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STDU courses

STDU courses in January:

  • Friday 17 January: Motivate Yourself and Maximise Your Potential, 9.15am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 22 January: Management and Leadership in a Research Role, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 28 January: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 29 January: Career Exploration for Researchers, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 29 January: Dealing with Complaints, 12.00pm – 1.30pm
  • Thursday 30 January: Effective Use of Voice, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday  31 January: Understanding and Supporting Students with Mental Health Problems, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Management and Leadership Development

The popular range of Developing for Success leadership and management development workshops are now available for booking. Check out the full range of courses and dates at Courses can be viewed by category: Leadership, Management and Supervisory.  Book now for courses in January for staff at AR Grade 7 and above, AC Grade 2 and above.

  • Tuesday 14 January: Enhancing Your Report Writing, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 28 January: Managing Difficult Conversations, 9.30am – 1.00pm

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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IT training courses

You can book now for Semester 2 courses which include a full range of social media courses. 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.

Places are available on the following course:

  • Thursday 9 January: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators (Owners) and Site Contributors), 10.00am to 1.00pm

Today’s Tip: To get online support for SharePoint or the Virtual learning Environment go to

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Submitting to Round Up

Staff are reminded that submissions to the Round Up should be emailed to by 1.00pm on Thursdays with Round Up in the email subject box.

Photographs should be saved in jpeg format and sent as attachments. 

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