2 June 2014

Vice-Chancellor's Blog

To watch the latest video blog from the Vice-Chancellor, please click here.

Please contact if you require a transcript of this video.

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A Bite of Queen's Tour: International Research Centre for Experimental Physics

The next A Bite of Queen's tour will take place on Friday 6 June, 1.05pm –1.50pm in the International Research Centre for Experimental Physics (School of Mathematics and Physics).

On this tour, staff will get a behind-the-scenes visit to ANSIN – the research hub supported by Seagate Technology – and hear about the work being undertaken by colleagues in the Astrophysics Research Centre.

The tour will be given by Professor Robert Bowman of the Centre for Nanostructured Media and Professor Alan Fitzsimmons from the Astrophysics Research Centre.

The tour is free and will include a brown bag lunch. To register, please click here. Places are limited. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

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Collection of 2013–14 Period 2 Time Allocation Schedule (TAS) returns

The completion of a TAS by all academic staff is an integral part of the national Transparent Approach to Costing (TRAC) process which is a compulsory requirement for all UK universities.

TASs provide a quick and easy way of collecting the required level of accurate information to the satisfaction of auditors and avoids the need for more onerous time collection methods.

The online system for the collection of Period 2 (1 February 2014 to 31 May 2014) TAS is now open.

An email outlining the requirement and providing a link to the system will be sent to all academic staff who are required to complete a TAS. The system can also be accessible through a link in the Announcements section of the Queen’s Online homepage.

Please note that the deadline for the return of the Period 2 TAS is 13 June 2014.

If you have any queries, please contact or Stephen Grant on 028 9097 5232.

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The Conversation Workshops

There is still time to sign up for The Conversation workshops which will take place over the next couple of weeks.

The Conversation ( is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered directly to the public. Organised by the Communications and External Affairs Office, the workshops will give staff the opportunity to meet and hear from the Editor for their faculty.

Each workshop commences at 12.00pm and will run until 1.15pm when a sandwich lunch will be served:

  • Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: Tuesday 3 June, Room G05, 6 University Square
  • Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences: Thursday 12 June, LG/024, David Keir Building
  • Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences: Wednesday 18 June, G28, MBC

 Staff are asked to confirm attendance by emailing as soon as possible.

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Have your say on the Vision

Staff can submit their thoughts, views and suggestions on the development of the Vision via the 'Have Your Say' section of the Vision website.

All comments will be treated in the strictest confidence.

To access the website, click here. Please use your staff credentials (staff number and password) to access it.

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Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2014 closes 16 June

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2014 – a national online survey designed to help universities improve the quality of their postgraduate taught degree provision – closes on Monday 16 June.  At Queen’s, the survey provides valuable feedback which assists Schools in ensuring that postgraduate taught students have the best possible experience during their time here.

Over the past couple of months, staff at Queen's have been encouraging postgraduate taught students to complete the survey. As the deadline approaches, course co-ordinators, advisers of study, lecturers and other staff involved in postgraduate taught provision are asked to continue to encourage their students to participate. All postgraduate taught students are receiving weekly emails, with unique sign-in details, inviting them to complete the survey online. Please encourage your students to view their Queen’s email and participate.

For further information, please contact Jane McKee in the Postgraduate Student Centre at

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Call for graduation stories

The closing date for submitting Summer Graduation stories is Friday 13 June.

Do you know a student graduating with an interesting story to tell? Perhaps they are graduating on the same day as another member of their family, or won an award during their course? Maybe they have been volunteering, or have secured an exciting job or internship opportunity?

If so, please send an outline of their story to

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'QUB Fit in 30' starts today, but you can still sign up to take part.

The programme: four weeks, 30 minute blast classes, three classes each week. Introductory offer of only £25 for the four-week course.

1.    Monday: Core Strength  (Geography Building 0G/006, Elmwood Avenue)
2.    Wednesday: Bodyweight / Tabatha Classes (Studio 1, Queen’s Sport)
3.    Friday (the finisher!): Kettlebell (Studio 4, Queen’s Sport)

Classes start at 1.15pm. Register to attend and pay your fee at Queen’s Sport reception. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


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Cancer Research Advancing Patient Care, 11 June

An event highlighting the research and development work taking place within the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences to advance cancer patient care will take place on Wednesday 11 June, 5.30pm – 7.30pm in Riddel Hall.

Professor David Waugh, Director of the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, will chair the evening’s four short presentations and concluding Q & A session:

  • Dr Anna Gavin, Director, NI Cancer Registry, Improving Health through Research
  • Professor Tracy Robson, Steering a New Cancer Drug Discovery into Clinical Trials: The Queen’s Almac Discovery Partnership
  • Professor Richard Kennedy, Tailoring an Individualised Approach to Cancer Care
  • Professor Joe O’Sullivan, How does Clinical Research Improve the Care of Current Patients?

To book a place, contact Brenda Carabine,, 028 9097 1153.

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Financial Assistance for Staff – Part-Time Courses

Each year, the University offers financial assistance for staff to undertake part-time courses of study leading to a qualification. 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 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 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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Would you be interested in welcoming an international student into your home?

INTO QUB LogoINTO Queen’s University Belfast are looking for friendly and reliable Home Stay Hosts to welcome International students into their home. Staying with host families gives international students an excellent opportunity to learn about our lifestyle and both the student and host family can benefit from the cultural exchange. It also helps students to use English outside of the classroom and it is therefore important that English is the main language of communication in the home.

You don't have to be a traditional family to host students as long as you have a genuine interest in welcoming an international student into your home, have an extra bedroom and can meet quality standards. The students will be studying in the INTO Centre in Lennoxvale and would prefer to live within easy reach of the University area.

To register your interest or to find out more about becoming a Home Stay Host, please contact Paula Walsh at or 028 9097 6847.

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Centre for Identity and Intergroup Relations (CIIR) Inaugural Event

The School of Psychology invite you to the inaugural event of the Centre for Identity and Intergroup Relations (CIIR), which will take place at Riddel Hall on Wednesday 2 July, from 9.30am – 5.00pm. The newly established Centre aims to advance the academic and public understanding of some of the key challenges facing individuals, groups and societies, from the perspective of social and political psychology. For more information and to register, visit

Attendance at the event is free of charge, and refreshments and lunch will be provided. The event will be followed by a drinks reception and poster session for postgraduate students.

For further information, contact Professor Rhiannon Turner,, or Patricia Castle,, 028 9097 4145.

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This week at QFT:

  • JIMMY'S HALL: The true story of Jimmy Gralton's mission to energise a rural community in 1930s Ireland by reopening a dance hall is told by director Ken Loach in his latest (and possibly final) film.
  • THE WIND RISES: This profound and beautiful film deftly combines Ghibli's mesmerising animation style with an achingly beautiful love story, and asks hard questions about humanity, creation and invention. Japanese version with English subtitles.
  • FADING GIGOLO: Woody Allen plays a pimp and John Turturro his gigolo employee. Yes, you might want to read that sentence again. Accept the brilliantly absurd premise and you're in for a hilarious ride.

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

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Queen's Sport

University Boat Race 2014
The River Lagan will host the 10th annual University Boat Race on Saturday 7 June based at an exciting new venue. Situated right beside the river, the Ravenhill Reach is a fantastic new location with marquee enclosures and picnic areas directly overlooking the finish line. Corporate Hospitality Tickets are now available for the event. Click here for full details.

Summer Membership 2014
A three-month All-Inclusive Summer Membership is still available for only £99. Click here for full details.

Summer Scheme 2014 – Limited Space
Limited space is available in this year’s Summer Scheme. For full details on the Summer Scheme, Junior Leader Programme and Rowing Camp, please visit the new website,

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Places are available on the following STDU courses in June:

  • Tuesday 17 June: Induction for Research Staff, 9.30am – 4.00pm
  • Thursday 19 June: Introduction to Project Management for Technical Staff, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 27 June: Project Planning and Time Management for Researchers, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Courses can be booked via Queen's Online.

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HE Lunchtime Forum 2013 –14
Jayne Bassett, Brendan Murtagh and Aileen Stockdale, School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, will lead a workshop on Lessons for delivery from the use of assessment and feedback technologies: e-AFFECT in Environmental Planning on Friday 6 June, 1.00pm – 1.55pm, in the Old Staff Common Room. For further details, click here or contact, 028 9097 1447.

8th CED Annual Conference – Assessment and Feedback: A Road to Success.
This year’s annual conference on Thursday 26 June will provide an opportunity to hear about the progress of the Queen’s Jisc-funded e-AFFECT project and to see some examples of developments in the lunchtime market place. The speakers are:

  • Professor Margaret Price, of the ASKe Pedagogy Research Centre at Oxford Brookes University, who will discuss assessment literacy.
  • Richard Osborne, Project Manager University of Exeter’s Jisc-funded COLLABORATE Project

Further details are available on the CED website.

Continuing Professional Development
Places are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 18 June: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including QuestionMark) (only one place still available), 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Monday 23 June: Being an Adviser of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm

A full list of all CED events and courses, together with further information, can be accessed online. Courses can be booked via Queen's Online.


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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Friday 6 June: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 11.30am
  • Wednesday 11 June: Data Analysis Using SPSS, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 17 June: Introduction to Visio, 9.30am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 18 June: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm

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.

ECDL – now using an improved test system that allows the candidate to practice and diagnose what topics need revision. For more information, contact

Today’s Tip: To communicate schematics, hierarchies, relationships etc. in Word, PowerPoint and Outlook, use SmartArt (Insert tab).

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