21 July 2014

A Bite of Queen's Tour of the McClay Library

The next A Bite of Queen’s campus tour will take staff on a behind-the-scenes visit to The McClay Library. The tour will take place on Thursday 31 July, 1.05 – 1.50pm.

Staff will have the opportunity to learn more about the building’s world-class study facilities and wide-ranging library and computing services. The tour will include a visit to the impressive C.S. Lewis Reading Room – accessed through a hand-carved 'wardrobe' door – and the Special Collections service which houses the Library's rare and early printed book, map, and manuscript collections.

The tour is free and will include a brown bag lunch.  To take part, please fill in the online booking form. Places are limited. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

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Staff email service upgrade

Information Services is upgrading the University staff email service.

This process, which will begin shortly and should be completed by late August, should not affect your use of email. If you do experience any difficulties, please re-boot your computer. Should the problem persist, please contact your local Computing Officer. In the event of your Computing Officer being unavailable, please contact IT support on 028 9097 3760 or

Users of Outlook Web Access (OWA) will notice an improved interface that is the same across all browsers.

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IGFS Newsletter

The latest edition of the Institute for Global Food Security's Newsletter is now available. Click on the link to access it: IGFS newsletter July 2014.

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Astrophysics lecture: Thursday 24 July

Staff are invited to attend a free public lecture on Heavy Elements from Giant Red Stars. In the lecture, Dr Amanda Karakas, Mt Stromlo Observatory, Canberra, will explain the role played by stars in forming the chemical elements.

The talk, which is jointly organised by The Elements Exhibition and the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen's, will take place on Thursday 24 July at 7.30pm in the Ulster Museum.

For further details, please visit

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Honorary Degrees: Nominations

Staff are reminded that nominations are now open for the award of Honorary Degrees in 2015.

Nominations should be forwarded to the Registrar’s Office, in the strictest confidence, by Friday 12 September 2014, using the appropriate pro forma available here

You may nominate more than one person and are encouraged to do so.  Anyone nominated should not be approached and all names forwarded to the Search Committee must be treated as strictly confidential. 

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There are places available on the following STDU courses:

  • Tuesday 29 July: An Introduction to Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 20 August: Selection Interviewing Training,  9.15am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 16 September: Selection Interviewing Training, 9.15am – 4.30pm

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: 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 – Part-Time Courses
The closing date for applying for financial assistance for part-time courses of study is Thursday 31 July 2014. Applications received after this date may be supported depending on available budget. Support is obtained via the Staff Training and Development Unit (criteria apply).

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. Applications must be discussed and authorised by the relevant Head of Area. Queries 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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IT training courses

Places are available on the following course:

  • Wednesday 23 July: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm.

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: Make short readable web addresses for use in email, blogs, forums, social networks, online publications or ad campaigns:

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QFT listings

This week at QFT:

  • THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT OF THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED – Fans of the bestselling book by Jonas Jonasson will surely be delighted by this faithful adaptation of the darkly funny novel about the 100-year-old Alan Karlsson.
  • SOME LIKE IT HOT – Featuring an all-star cast led by Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, this motor-mouth, prohibition-era farce moves from Chicago to Florida at breakneck pace, swapping guns for gladrags as two musicians go on the run from the mob.
  • SUPERMENSCH: THE LEGEND OF SHEP GORDON – Mike Myers documents the astounding career of Hollywood talent manager, producer and agent, the loveable Shep Gordon.

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

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Queen's Sport

Free Weights Renovation
The renovation of the Free Weights Area and Strength and Conditioning Suite is now complete. Queen’s Sport would like to thank all members for their support throughout the project over the past few months.

Associate Price Increase
From 1 August 2014, the 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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