7 July 2014

Summer Graduation

Summer Graduation continues this week with actor Ciaran Hinds, journalist Fintan O'Toole and former Pro-Chancellor Sir David Fell set to receive honorary degrees.

Follow graduation on social media: Twitter, Facebook, #QUBgrad

You can watch the ceremonies here.

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Vision 2020

The consultation period for Vision 2020 has been extended until the end of August. To have your say on the Vision, please submit your feedback via the Vision 2020 website.

A summary of the feedback received to date is available on the 'Latest Updates' section of the website.

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Tour of Botanic Gardens: 24 July

Queen’s Staff Wellbeing and Environmental teams have joined up to offer staff a tour of Botanic Gardens with support from Belfast City Council.

The tour will take place on Thursday 24 July, 1.00pm – 2.00pm. A packed lunch will be provided.

Botanic Gardens boasts a wide variety of biodiversity and is home to the Palm House and the Tropical Ravine. Established in 1828, the gardens have been enjoyed as a public park by the people of Belfast since 1895.

Register to attend by emailing

For further information, including the benefits of biodiversity, please click here.

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Disruption to library services week beginning 14 July

To facilitate a significant system upgrade, access to the following library services will be disrupted or unavailable during the period Monday 14 July at 4.00pm to Monday 21 July at 5.00pm:

If you require any advice or further information, please contact your Subject Librarian or email

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The Summer 2014 edition of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences newsletter, MDBS News, is available online at

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School of History and Anthropology Newsletter

The latest edition of the School of History and Anthropology's Newsletter is now available by clicking here.

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Disability Research Network Newsletter

The Disability Research Network has produced its first newsletter.

The Network is a new multi-disciplinary initiative aimed at enhancing collaboration between academics, policymakers, practitioners and community and voluntary sector organisations with an interest in disability studies and research.

To access the newsletter, click on the link: Disability Research Network Newsletter

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STDU course in July:

  • Tuesday 29 July: An Introduction to Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity, 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.

Short Course and Conference Fund
The application form and guidance notes for the Short Course and Conference Fund for the academic year 2014–15 is now available at the following link: Staff wishing to attend a short course or conference for the purposes of training and development must complete the application form. Applications must be submitted in advance, and, if possible, at least six weeks before the date of the visit.

Financial assistance for staff on part-time courses
If you are considering applying for a course in the academic year 2014–15 that is required for your current post or as part of career development within the University, you may be eligible for financial assistance. Please read the guidelines and apply before the 31 July 2014 deadline.

Applications received after this date may be supported depending on available budget. Applications must be discussed and authorised by the relevant Head of Area.

Any enquiries about the form or financial assistance process should be directed to Suzanne McMorrow, Training Co-ordinator,, 028 9097 6606.

Applicants who received support in 2013–14 and are continuing their course must apply for support for each year of study. Many relevant part-time courses are offered by University schools and departments including the School of Education. Please contact departments directly for advice on particular courses.

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This week at QFT:

  • CHINESE PUZZLE - A lovable fish-out-of-water tale that finds the hero (Romain Duris from Heartbreaker & Populaire) struggling to get to grips with  New York while juggling commitment to his children, friends and – this being a French film – lovers past and present.
  • COLD IN JULY - In this western noir, adapted from the cult novel by Joe R. Lansdale, placid Texan Richard Dane (Michael C. Hall, TV’s Dexter) kills a burglar while defending his family. “One of the year’s best indie thrillers” – Time Out.

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

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Queen's Sport

Free Weights Closure 9–11 July
Both the current Strength and Conditioning Suite and Free Weights Area will be closed from Wednesday 9 – Friday 11 July. This closure is due to the installation of new equipment and final renovation. Both areas will re-open Monday 14 July (Centre closed Saturday 12  – Sunday 13 July). Queen’s Sport would ask all users to take note of the closures highlighted above and would like to thank members for their ongoing support with this project.

July Bank Holidays
Queen’s Sport will be closed Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July for the Bank Holiday weekend.

Associate Price Increase
From 1 August 2014, Queen's Sport monthly membership prices will increase by £1.50 for associate members. For full details, please click here.

Two month summer membership
A two-month All-Inclusive Summer Membership is available for only £66. Click here for full details.

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IT update

ECDL – now using an improved test system which allows the candidate to practice and diagnose what topics need revision (note – this is not used for ECDL Advanced). Interested in becoming an ECDL Expert and getting a certificate to prove it? For more information contact

Today’s Tip: In 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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