20 January 2014

The National Student Survey

The National Student Survey 2014 is now live - please encourage your final year students to participate.

The NSS is an annual survey of over 400,000 students across the UK, which gives students the opportunity to express their opinions on their experience of university. It opened to eligible Queen’s students on 13 January and will close on 30 April. The results of the survey are published to help prospective students decide what and where to study.

At Queen’s, the NSS results are used to help us improve student services and facilities, learning and teaching and the wider student experience. The more students who complete the survey, the more representative are the results of our students’ views.

The NSS is conducted by the market research organisation Ipsos MORI. It takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and responses are completely anonymous. This year, when students complete the online survey they will be invited to participate in The Intentions After Graduation Survey. This is the second year that HEFCE has commissioned this pilot survey. The report on the 2013 survey is available at:,85246,en.html

Eligible students can complete the NSS online or via their smartphones at  They can also opt out of the survey at any point by contacting Ipsos MORI. Students who complete the survey will be entered into a prize draw conducted on behalf of the University by Ipsos MORI with the opportunity to win an iPad mini. Some Schools are also administering an additional prize draw for their eligible students.

If you have any queries about the survey, please contact Pat McNally, Careers, Employability and Skills, on 028 9097 1435 or by email,

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Sign up to take part in Staff Wellbeing Week

The University's first Wellbeing Week takes place from 27-31 January 2014 with a programme of free events, open to all staff. 

The week will begin with a launch event in the Great Hall on Monday 27 January at 1.00pm.

Staff can now sign up for:

  • taster sessions in yoga, pilates, bodytone and climbing;
  • A Bite of Queen's tour of the Lanyon;
  • health promotion seminars;
  • MOT Health Checks;
  • My Money seminar;
  • relaxation sessions;
  • lifestyle seminar.

For the full programme of events, click here. Places are limited in some of the sessions, so please register by emailing, stating which activity you'd like to take part in.

Throughout the week, staff will have free access to Queen's Sport and can pick up free Translink travel passes.

Visit to find out more about Wellbeing at Queen's.

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QUB Teaching Awards 2014 - Briefing Session

A briefing session on the QUB Teaching Awards Scheme will be held on Wednesday 29 January, 12.45pm – 2.00pm, in the Careers Resource Room, Level 1, Student Guidance Centre. A sandwich lunch will be provided. The aims of the briefing session are:

  • to provide information on the Teaching Awards application process;
  • to encourage colleagues to apply for an Award;
  • to provide guidance on the type of information that might be included in an application.

Please register to attend with Liz McDowell on  Further details about the Teaching Awards are available online.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 14 March 2014.

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Latest Q in 60: MOOCs

Queen's first Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs) on Critical Listening for Studio Production began last week with over 6,000 people enrolled.

MOOCs, which were launched in the UK by FutureLearn at the end of 2013, are high-quality, accessible free online courses.

Queen’s second course, Identity, conflict and public space: contest and transformation, is due to begin in March 2014.

Find out more about MOOCs in this Q in 60 video.

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Christmas Switch Off Winners

The School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy and the Dean's Office (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) are the winners of the Christmas Lo’ Lo’ Lo’ Switch off Campaign. The Units managed to reduce their electricity consumption on Christmas Day by 83% and 73%, respectively.

As a result of the Switch Off Campaign, every Operating Unit in the University achieved a reduction in consumption.

If Schools and Directorates maintained this level of reduction throughout the year, the University could save 522 tonnes of carbon or £143,947 – this would power the Ashby site for around five months.

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The latest edition of MDBS News is now available online. 

Click on the link to access it:  MDBS News January 2014

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ICT and ageing well at home lecture: 22 January

A lunchtime lecture entitled ICT and ageing well at home: main benefits and risks will take place on Wednesday 22 January at 11.45am in the SPACE Boardroom, DKB, Stranmillis Rd.

Organised under the patronage of Professor David Cleland, Head of School, SPACE and chaired by EU Expert, Professor Cathy Craig, Head of School of Psychology, the lecture is part of the dissemination activities within the VALUE AGEING project, in which Queen's is a partner.

The speakers are Dr Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem, PI (Queen's) and Package Leader, and Dr Ela Krawczyk, Marie Curie, Experienced Researcher, Queen's.  The presentations will be followed by a short discussion.

For more information, please contact Ela Krawczyk,

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ARK seminar: 28 January

ARK, a joint initiative between Queen's and University of Ulster, will host a seminar on Sexual risks experienced by 16-year olds. Using research evidence to influence policy and practices on Tuesday 28 January.

This seminar will show how data from ARK’s Young Life and Times (YLT) survey on sexual grooming and exploitation of young people informed a participatory Knowledge Exchange project with the aim of influencing policy and practice in this field. The seminar will be presented by Dr Dirk Schubotz, Queen's and ARK, along with a participant of the project.

The free seminar will take place at NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, from 12.00pm-1.00pm, followed by a sandwich lunch. Book your place by email, or by telephone, 028 7167 5513.

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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.

Introduced by Acting President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor James McElnay and chaired by Professor Tom Millar, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, this showcase event is an opportunity for you to meet with, hear from and talk to academics about some of their exciting energy projects which are exploring new, cleaner and more efficient energy sources and systems.

Places are limited, so please register early online at or contact Joy Eakin to secure your place(s): 028 9097 3972.

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Blood donation session in Belfast City Hall

A blood donation session will take place in the Great Hall at Belfast City Hall on Tuesday 21 January, from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

If it is your first time donating, you can register as a donor or get more information by texting the word ‘blood’ to 60081, calling 0500 534 666, or online.

For more information, visit:

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SU Shop

The SU Shop has a full range of 2014 diaries (including branded) on special offer for internal purchase:

  • A5 – Week to View    £2.49
  • A5 – Business *        £3.50
  • A5 – Day to Page      £3.99
  • A4 – Week to View    £4.99
  • A4 - Business *         £5.99
  • A4 – Day to Page       £6.99
  • Pocket Size – 1 and 2 week to view £2.75

Purchases can be organised via internal journal charge and/or you can set up an ongoing Account card which will give you complete flexibility to make purchases of stationery and other items from the SU Shop.

A 20% discount is now available throughout January for all internal and Account stationery purchases, including full price 2014 diaries.

For further details, contact, 028 9097 1048.

The Students’ Union Shop is owned and operated by Queen’s with all profits reinvested to improve the Students’ Union facilities and enhance the student experience.

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Queen’s Sport

Staff Wellbeing Week - Free Access
Queen’s Sport will be offering free access to the PEC for University staff throughout Staff Wellbeing week which takes place from 27-31 January 2014. Staff can trial classes, racquet sports, swimming and gym areas during Off-Peak hours when they produce their staff card. Off-Peak hours are Monday-Thursday between 6.30am- 4.00pm (last entry 3.30pm) and total access Friday-Sunday.

For more details or to book an activity, please call 028 9068 1126.

Campus Sport Weekly Fun Run
Queen’s Sport's staff and student campus run restarts on Wednesday 22 January at 1.30pm from the PEC. You can walk, jog or run the 5k route through Botanic Gardens with qualified staff on hand to get you motivated.

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

Adult Winter Activity Programme 2014
Queen’s Sport Adult Winter Activity Programme is now open for enrolment.  For more details on what’s on offer, please click here.

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QFT listings

This week at QFT:

  • 12 Years a Slave: The last few days of this acclaimed based-on-fact story of a 19th-century freeman kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Deep South.
  • Kiss the Water: A poetic portrait of eccentric Megan Boyd, who lived a hermit’s existence in Scotland where she became the world’s most celebrated maker of salmon fishing flies.
  • Fanny: The follow up to Marius and the second film adapted from Marcel Pagnol’s trilogy finds Fanny alone, dealing with the ever increasing advances of Panisse and her own shameful secret.
  • The General (From Friday): Featuring an orchestral score from composer Carl Davis, this is Buster Keaton’s best-known film and it is widely considered to be the last great comedy of the silent era.
  • Inside Llewyn Davis (From Friday): Sharp and funny, the Coen Brothers latest features star-in-the-the-making Oscar Isaac as a hapless folk singer in ‘60s New York.
  • Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus (From Friday): Michael Cera teams up with maverick writer/director Sebastián Silva for this deadpan comedy and drug-fuelled road trip through Chile. 

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

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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 January courses:

  • 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
  • Wednesday 5 February: Screencasts for Instruction and Feedback, (new course) 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm
  • Wednesday 12 February: Teaching with Emotional Intelligence, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 12 February: Interactive PowerPoint Presentations, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Guest Speaker Series 2013-14

  • Thursday 30 January: Professor Mick Healey, HE Consultant and Researcher and Emeritus Professor at the University of Gloucestershire, will run 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, click here or contact, 028 907 1447.

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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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 28 January: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS, 10.00am to 1.00pm
  • Monday 3 February: Managing a University social Media Site, 10.00am to 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 4 February: Adobe Photoshop 1: Basic Digital Image Editing, 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 5 February: Introduction to Social Media, 2.00pm to 4.30pm
  • Thursday 6 February: Making best Use of Outlook 2010, 9.30am to 1.00pm

Course dates are available at:
To book a course, go to Queen’s Online and under ‘Other’ click Training Courses.

For more information, contact or 028 9097 6189.

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STDU courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • 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

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 28 January: Managing Difficult Conversations, 9.30am – 1.00pm

Check out the full range of courses and dates at  View courses by category: Leadership, Management and Supervisory.

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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