3 March 2014

New President and Vice-Chancellor

Professor Patrick Johnston has taken up his post as President and Vice-Chancellor.

Click here to watch a video message from the new Vice-Chancellor.

Read more about Professor Johnston’s appointment here.

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International Women's Day

‌International Women's Day (IWD) takes place this week. ‌ The theme for 2014 is ‘Inspiring Change’.

Members of the Queen’s Gender Initiative Committee have compiled a Calendar of Events taking place around Queen’s and further afield that celebrate IWD.

Please check the list of events and contact the organiser listed to register or for further information. Events include social coffee mornings, cultural events, debates, a rally, and conferences.

For further information on IWD around the world, please visit:

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What's On at Queen's

Whats on at QueensThe University-wide events calendar, What’s On at Queen’s, has been updated with a new user and visitor friendly fully-automated interface. You can see the new design at

The calendar, which is a one-stop tool for publicising all events across Queen’s, will be fully automated from Monday 10 March. In order for Schools and Departments to maximise its potential, an informal workshop and demo will be hosted in the Old Staff Common Room on Friday 7 March from 1.00pm to 2.00pm for all marketing and events co-ordinators, designated CMS users and other interested staff.  Paddy Breen and Shan McAnena will give an overview of the calendar and its uses, and there will be a chance to ask questions and make suggestions.

This innovative tool will be most successful if as many people as possible use it to publicise their events, so anyone who organises or publicises events at Queen’s is encouraged to attend. A sandwich lunch will be provided, so please contact Catherine Roberts,, to reserve a place.

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Climate Week: 3 - 9 March

Climate Week, the UK’s biggest climate change campaign, starts today. There are a number of events taking place at Queen's during the week, including:

WARPit Training for staff on Tuesday 4 March
WARPit is the University's E-bay/Freecycle network, which allows staff to redistribute unwanted and underused assets within Queen’s. This avoids unnecessary purchases, saving money and reducing waste going to landfill. For more information on WARPit, click here.

Training will take place on Tuesday 4 March in the Senate Room:
Session 1: 12.00pm – 12.45pm
Session 2: 3.00pm – 3.45pm
Session 3: 4.00pm – 4.45pm

To attend, please email

Volunteering Afternoon on Wednesday 5 March
There are two volunteering opportunities for staff on Wednesday 5 March from 2.00pm-4.00pm:

Controlling Invasives, Restoring Biodiversity (CIRB) Training or BIG Spring Clean

For more information or to register, email

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Stop Smoking Health Promotion Events

This month's health promotion initiative is centred on 'Stop Smoking'. There is lots of free support on offer at Queen’s for those who want to quit smoking, including two events this month:

Quit Clinic, Wednesday 12 March, 9.30am-12.00pm, PFC Foyer
The University’s Occupational Health Service is running a Quit Clinic on National No Smoking Day.  You don't need to register, just call by for professional support and advice on smoking cessation.

Smoking Cessation Event, Friday 14 March, 1.00pm-2.00pm, Lanyon 0G/074
This event will be delivered by Trevor McDonald, Smoking Cessation Advisor from the Belfast City Council. Details will be available on how you can sign up for a Stop Smoking 8-Week Programme which will be delivered on campus. This programme is for individuals ready and motivated to quit who can participate in a group or one-to-one weekly session with ongoing behavioural support and carbon monoxide monitoring. Register to attend this event by emailing

For further information on Wellbeing at Queen's, visit

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Welcome Centre Feedback

Queen's Welcome Centre values your feedback. Please click on the link below to complete a short questionnaire and help the Centre improve its service.

You will be entered into a prize draw, with the chance to win a £50 gift voucher. You may complete the questionnaire anonymously, but to be entered into the draw, you must enter your name and email address:

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Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is a national online survey which is designed to help universities improve the quality of their postgraduate taught degree provision. At Queen’s, the surveys provide valuable feedback which assists the University to ensure that postgraduate taught students have the best possible experience during their time here.

This survey launches today and postgraduate taught students will receive individual email invitations requesting them to complete the survey. Course co-ordinators, advisers of study, supervisors, lecturers and other staff involved in postgraduate provision are asked to encourage the postgraduate students in their Schools to participate.

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

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Queen's to appear on tonight's University Challenge

Queen’s will appear on University Challenge tonight on BBC2 at 8.00pm. The team will face Clare College in this must-win quarter finals game.

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First Ever Staff versus Postgraduate Students University Challenge

As the headline event of Postgraduate Week 2014, postgraduate students have thrown down the gauntlet to staff in a ‘University Challenge’ event to take place in Bar Sub in the Students’ Union at 5.00pm on Thursday 13 March.

Your staff team is Carmel Hughes (Pharmacy), Jim Provan (Biological Sciences), David McNeill (EEECS) and Lee McGowan (PISP).

Go along and support your team - they may need it!

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New Student Support Initiatives

The Student Welfare Team would like to make staff aware of a number of new student support initiatives:

Listening Peers
The Listening Peer Project is a new listening support service facilitated by students, for students. The service provides an informal, friendly and non-judgemental space in which to talk through the issues – and signpost on to professional support services as required. During term time, the Listening Peers will  hold student drop-in sessions from 6.00pm – 9.00pm on Mondays in Elms Village and Tuesdays in the Students’ Union. For more information and contact details, visit:

Life Skills for Students
Students interested in learning more about managing mental health, or those who are not sure if counselling is right for them, may be interested in the Life Skills workshops. These small group sessions explore topics from stress management to exclusion and social isolation, bereavement and assertiveness. The workshops are held on Wednesdays at 3.15pm. Further information and booking details online at:  

Support for Staff Supporting Students
Whether a student has spoken to you about a complicated personal situation or you are concerned about a range of student difficulties arising in your School or area, the Student Welfare team can provide tailored support and advice. Contact the Head of Student Welfare to talk through an individual student case (this can be done anonymously if the student is concerned about confidentiality) or to arrange a briefing and discussion for a group of staff. Contact: 028 9097 2806,

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Latest edition of School Newsletter

The latest edition of the School of History and Anthropology's Newsletter is now available online. It can be accessed by clicking on: School of History and Anthropology Newsletter February 2014

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Queen’s Sport

Queen’s 5K Race Around The River
The 5k Race Around The River is a timed run offered by Queen’s with cash prizes. The Race takes place on Wednesday 2 April at 7.00pm. For full details, click here.

Swimathon 2014
From 21-24 March 2014, Queen’s Sport will host the Sainsbury’s Sports Relief Swimathon.  Click here for more information.

Easter Rugby Talent Camp 2014
Queen’s Sport will run the Easter Rugby Talent Camp for 13-16 year olds from the 14-18 April at Upper Malone Facilities. Click here for booking details. 

Campus Run and Queen's Park Run
Everyone is welcome to take part in the weekly Campus Sports Run and Park Run. Find out more and get involved in Campus Sports here.

Activity Class Booking Policy
If you currently take part in Activity Classes within Queen’s Sport, please click here for some important information.

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New this week at QFT:

  • The Invisible Woman - Explores the love affair between Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) and the young actress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones).
  • The Age of Stupid - Stars Pete Postlethwaite as a man living alone in the devastated world of 2055, looking at historic footage from 2010 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance? Part of Climate Week 2014.
  • Bogie: Hollywood Legend - In this illustrated talk, featuring a plethora of film clips, Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London, explores the life and career of Humphrey Bogart and the behind-the-scenes stories of classic movies such as Casablanca, The Big Sleep and The African Queen.
  • Casablanca - An undisputed masterpiece and perhaps Hollywood's quintessential statement on love and romance, Casablanca has only improved with age, boasting career-defining performances from Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
  • The Godfather - Catch up with the Corleone family with this special one-off screening of The Godfather, before The Godfather: Part II opens at QFT in a brand new digital restoration.
  • From Friday - The Godfather: Part II, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Only Lovers Left Alive.

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

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The next issue of Reflections, the Queen’s Learning and Teaching newsletter, is due to be published later this semester. If you would like to submit a contribution, please send it to Linda Carey,, or Liz McDowell,, by Friday 11 April.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education
All CED courses and events are now available for booking. Below is a list of those scheduled for the next few weeks. Early booking is advised as places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Guest Speaker Series 2013-14
Dr Simon Lancaster (Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of East Anglia and an HEA National Teaching Fellow) together with John Busch (School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) will lead a workshop on Technology Enhanced Learning on Thursday 27 March from 10.00am – 12.30pm in the Council Chamber/Canada Room.

For further details click here or contact or telephone 028 9097 1447. 

Continuing Professional Development

  • Wednesday 5 March: Engaging Students in Assessment and Feedback, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 19 March: Creating Interactive Learning Resources Using Excel 2010, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 19 March: Teaching Larger Classes, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 26 March: Using the Personal Response System in your Classes (only two places still available), 2.00pm – 5.00pm

A full list of all CED events and courses, together with further information, can be accessed 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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STDU courses in March:

  • Friday 7 March: Personnel Procedures, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 11 March: Effective Minute Taking, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 13 March: Doing Focus Group Research, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 13 March: Purchasing for the University, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 18 March: Health and Safety Induction, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 20 & Monday 24 March: Presentation Skills for Support Staff (2 days), 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 27 March: Selection Interviewing, 9.15am – 4.45pm
  • Thursday 27 March: Preparing for Academic Interviews, 9.30am – 1.00pm

Book now for the following course in June 2014:

  • Monday 2 - Tuesday 3 June: Preparing for Retirement (2 day course), 9.30am – 4.00pm

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.

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Library Courses

There are places available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 12 March: RefWorks
  • Wednesday 19 March: RefWorks

Registration is via Queen's Online. Click ‘Training Courses’ in the ‘Other’ section.

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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Friday 7 March: Working with SharePoint, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 13 March: Diagrams made easy in Word and PowerPoint, 9.30am - 12.00pm
  • Thursday 13 March: Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.30pm - 2.45pm
  • Tuesday 18 March: Labels and Mail Merge using Word, 9.30am - 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 19 March: Introduction to the CMS, 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 1 April: Making Best Use of Word, 9.30am to 4.00pm
  • Thursday 3 April: Making Best Use of Outlook, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 14 April: Introduction to NVivo, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Monday 14 April: Creating Charts using Excel, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 16 April: Using Social Media for Teaching and Research, 2.00pm - 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 15 May: Introduction to Visio, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

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.

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