16 June 2014

Queen’s Birthday Honours

The following staff have been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List:

  • Dr John Devaney, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, awarded an MBE
  • Emeritus Professor Alan Hibbert, School of Mathematics and Physics, awarded an MBE
  • Miss Josephine Toner, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, awarded a BEM.
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Staff Portraits

The Development and Alumni Relations Office is undertaking a project to mark the outstanding contribution of The Atlantic Philanthropies to the University over the past 15 years.  As part of this, award-winning photographer Chris Heaney is setting up a temporary studio on Tuesday 17 June in the Black and White Hall of the Lanyon Building from 10.00am to 4.00pm to capture photographs that illustrate the diversity of life at Queen’s.

Students, staff and visitors are encouraged to go along to have their portraits taken.  All sitters will get their own digital image emailed to them.

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Cycle to Work Week: 16-20 June

It's ‌Cycle to Work Week. The aim of the week is to encourage staff to give cycling a go and leave the car at home.

Events are planned for each day of the week to promote cycling as a means of commuting to work. These include cycling clinics, maintenance workshops, security marking and a Bike to Work Week breakfast. For full details of the week, please click: Cycle to Work Week 2014

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School of Education Newsletter

The summer 2014 edition of Education at Queen’s, the School of Education newsletter.  The summer 2014 edition features a range of education and research articles and is available here.

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Queen's Now June 2014

The June edition of Queen‌'s Now is available online here.

This edition includes: details of staff promoted in the Academic Promotions Exercise; the winners of this year's Green Awards; and information about the new Queen's Inclusive Employment Scheme.

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The Conversation Workshops

The final The Conversation workshop will take place this week for staff based in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences.

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 workshop will give staff the opportunity to meet and hear from the Editor for their faculty.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday 18 June, G28, MBC, 12.00pm - 1.15pm. A sandwich lunch will be provided.

Please confirm your attendance by emailing as soon as possible.

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Physicists and Mathematicians of Belfast: 25 June

The enormous contribution of Belfast's physicists and mathematicians over the last 150 years will be celebrated at an event at Queen's on Wednesday 25 June.

Physicists and Mathematicians of Belfast will celebrate the work of figures such as Ernest Walton, the only Irish winner of a Nobel Prize in a science area, famed for splitting the atom for the first time in the history of science, and Dan Bradley, an international pioneer in the physics of lasers who joined Queen's as a professor in 1966.

Attendance is free. Please RSVP to Andrew Whitaker,

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Internal vacancies

This week's internal vacancies:

  • Senior International Officer (Maternity cover)
    Ref: 14/103353
    Student Plus
    Closing date: Monday 23 June 2014
  • Public Affairs Officer (Temporary)
    Ref: 14/103354
    Communications and External Affairs
    Closing date: Wednesday 25 June 2014

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Management School open evening

Queen's University Management School is holding an open evening for prospective full-time and part-time postgraduate students on Thursday 19 June between 5.00 – 7.00pm.  This event will provide you with the opportunity to talk to programme directors and lecturers about the range of postgraduate programmes on offer, and to ask more detailed questions about the programmes. It will be held in the Teaching and Conferencing Block, Riddel Hall.

Many staff from Queen’s University undertake the following part-time postgraduate programmes:

  • Executive MBA
  • MA Human Resource Management
  • MSc Finance
  • MSc Risk Management and Financial Regulation.

If you would like to attend, please register online at

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IT Training Courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • 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
  • Tuesday 1 July: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm

Course dates can be viewed online. 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 which allows the candidate to practice and diagnose topics requiring revision.  For more information contact

Today’s Tip: To use Voting options in Outlook: 1) Create a new message; 2) before sending, select the Options tab and click the arrow under ‘Use Voting Buttons’; 3) choose from Approve/Reject, Yes/No, Yes/No/Maybe, Custom.

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STDU Courses in June 2014

Places are available on the following courses:

  • 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

Financial Assistance for Staff – Part-Time Courses
Applications for financial assistance for part-time courses should be made by 31 July 2014. Please read the guidelines. Applications must be discussed and authorised by the relevant Head of Area.  Applicants who received support in 2013–14 and are continuing their course must apply for support for each year of study.

For further information, contact Suzanne McMorrow, Training Co-ordinator, or 028 9097 6606.

Keep up-to-date with the latest news from Staff Training and Development on Twitter @QueensStaffDev

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Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education

8th CED Annual Conference – “Assessment and Feedback: A Road to Success”
This year’s annual conference, on Thursday 26 June, will be 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 marketplace.  The morning keynote will be given by Professor Margaret Price, ASKe Pedagogy Research Centre at Oxford Brookes University who will discuss assessment literacy.  In the afternoon, the speaker will be Richard Osborne, Project Manager, University of Exeter’s Jisc-funded, COLLABORATE Project. Further details are available on the CED website.

Continuing Professional Development

June course below.  Please note that there is very limited availability.

  • Monday 23 June: Being an Adviser of Studies (only two places still available), 10.00am – 12.30pm

A full list of all CED events and courses, together with further information, can be accessed here.

Registration for all courses and events is via Queen’s Online.  Full instructions for booking are on the website.  For information or for assistance with registration, please email the Centre at or telephone  028 9097 1447.

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Queen's Sport

Free Weights Renovation Update
Renovation work to the Free Weights Area and Strength and Conditioning Suite is in progress. Please click here for an updated timetable of events.

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

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This week at QFT

This week at QFT:

  • ROAD - Narrated by Liam Neeson, Road is a heart-breaking and adrenaline-fuelled documentary about a Northern Irish family obsessed with road motorcycle racing – the most dangerous of all motor sports.
  • OMAR - Set against a backdrop of occupied Palestine, Omar is a tense drama about three childhood friends torn apart by political conflict and love.
  • THE DIRTIES -  Two best friends are filming a comedy about getting revenge on the bullies at their high school, but one of them isn’t joking.
  • THE TRIP TO ITALY PLUS SATELLITE Q&A - Michael Winterbottom’s film version of the hit BBC TV series reunites Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as they travel the length of Italy reviewing toothsome restaurants. One night only - Thursday 19 June, 6.10pm.
  • PANTANI: THE ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF A CYCLIST (15) - Explores the startling truth behind one man’s remarkable descent from being amongst the finest athletes on earth to his tragic end in a sport driven by intrigue.

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

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