28 July 2014

New Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students

Professor David Jones, Director of Education in the School of Pharmacy, has been appointed as the new Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students. Professor Jones will take up his new position on 1 August 2014.

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Update on campus development: Main Site

The next stage of the redevelopment of the former Library tower and Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), as the new home for the School of Law and Student Hub, involves the demolition of the west end of the PFC, including the staircase and lift shaft.  Before this can be done, a temporary escape staircase onto the Quad has to be erected and, consequently, the Contractor has now cordoned off an area to the front of the PFC.

There will be some pedestrian diversions in operation over the next few weeks to facilitate the work, although the main doors to the PFC will remain open. 

Demolition of the café, at the rear of the PFC, is also about to start and a Café Krem cart will now operate in the PFC foyer.

Estates apologises for any inconvenience and if you have any queries, please contact them on 028 9097 5005 or email


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A Bite of Queen's Tour of the McClay Library

Due to the popularity of the A Bite of Queen's campus tour of the McClay Library, a further date has now been added. 

The second staff tour will take place on Thursday 7 August, 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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Library Management System Upgrade

The significant upgrade to the Library Management System went well and the majority of changes are successfully in place; however, a small number of issues are still outstanding. Updates to the status of the system are available through the Library blog.

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

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School of Psychology research volunteers aged 6-9 years

The School of Psychology is looking for children, aged between six years and nine years old, to take part in studies on child development. The researchers are interested in children’s decision making.

Children taking part would visit the School's child-friendly facilities with a parent or guardian and complete some simple tasks. Sessions would take no more than one hour, and the School provide a fixed payment of £5 to cover local travel expenses. Parking will be provided if required.

For more information, please contact Eimear O’Connor at or phone 028 9097 5655.

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Queen's Sport

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

One-Month Summer Membership
A one-month All-Inclusive Summer Membership is now available for only £35. Click here for full details.

Summer Activity Programme 2014
This summer, Queen's Sport is offering progressive courses in pilates, yoga (various types) and swimming. No matter what your interest, the activity programme is inclusive of everyone. For full details or to download an application form please click here.

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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
Applications for financial assistance for staff to undertake part-time courses of study leading to a qualification should be submitted by 31 July 2014. Please read the guidelines.

Applications must be discussed and authorised by the relevant Head of Area. For further information, contact Suzanne McMorrow, Training Co-ordinator, or 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 courses

Semester 1 courses will be available for booking in early August.

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).

Today’s Tip: Automatically PDF an open Office document and attach to an email message by adding the ‘E-mail as a PDF Attachment’ control to the Quick Access Toolbar.

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