31 March 2014

Vote for Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's

The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s has been shortlisted for this year’s Northern Ireland Tourism Awards for ‘Best Event/Festival of the Year’, but needs your vote to win.

To vote, click on the link: It only requires a tick and your email address.

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April Health Promotion Events

This month's Health Promotion events will focus on Bowel Cancer Awareness.

Every year, around 1,100 people in Northern Ireland are diagnosed with bowel cancer and 400 people die from it. This type of cancer can affect people of all ages and is the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK. It is, however, a condition that is very treatable if diagnosed early.
As part of Staff Wellbeing, two Bowel Cancer Awareness Events will take place in April for all staff.

Bowel Cancer Awareness Stand, Thursday 10 April, 9.30am  12.00pm, PFC Foyer (no registration required)
Run by Bowel Cancer UK and Queen’s Occupational Health, this stand will provide information and advice on risk factors, symptoms, screening and tips for good bowel health. There is no need to register just call by for professional support and advice.

Bowel Cancer Event, Thursday 10 April, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, Lanyon 0G/049 (register by email)
Delivered by Karen Donaghey from Bowel Cancer UK, this seminar will cover bowel cancer symptoms, risk factors, screening and prevention advice, including how people can help to reduce their risk through a healthy diet and lifestyle.  Lunch will be provided for attendees.

Register to attend this event by email

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Qsis Staff Newsletter

The latest edition of the Qsis Staff Newsletter is now available.

This issue focuses on Qsis Projects, giving an update on progress, achievements and benefits. Also included is an insight into Enrolment and Registration, and interviews with Lorraine Higgins from the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, and Trevor Johnson from Careers, Employability and Skills.

Click here to keep up-to-date with Qsis.

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New Password Self-Service facility

Information Services has implemented a new Password Self-Service facility that allows you to set up answers to a number of security questions which you can then use to reset your own password should you forget it. This will give a much improved service to users as you will now be able to reset your password at any time, assuming you have set up answers to the questions. 

To find out more and to access the new Password Self-Service facility, please visit Simply log in using your staff number and current password and select 'Set up Responses' from the menu.

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Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2014

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 was launched on Monday 3 March and postgraduate taught students have received 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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Relocation expenses claims

To ensure payment in April’s salary, relocation expense claims must be with Finance by Wednesday 2 April 2014.

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This week, the Belfast Film Festival is back for its 14th festival and a week-long residency at QFT. Here are some of the highlights:

  • BAD HAIR: A nine-year-old boy's obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother in this tender but clear eyed Venezuelan coming of age tale.
  • OF HORSES AND MEN: This excellent debut has a boldly distinctive vision set in a quirky horse-riding community in the Icelandic countryside.
  • SUZANNE: Up-and-coming auteur Katell Quillévéré offers an emotionally astute drama about two young sisters discovering life's unpredictability, the hard way.
  • 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.

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

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Queen’s Sport

Queen’s 5K Race Around The River
Online registration for Queen’s 5K Race Around The River closes today. Late entry is available on Wednesday from 3.00pm. The race, which takes place on Wednesday 2 April at 7.00pm, covers two laps of the King’s Bridge and Ormeau Bridge with Queen’s Sport acting as the HQ for pre- and post-race requirements.

For full details on the Race, including registration information, click here.

Queen's soccer team in Irish Cup semi-final
Queen’s University Football Club will play Ballymena in the Irish Cup semi-final on Saturday 5 April at The Oval. Kick-Off is at 3.00pm. Admission: £12 adults/£7 concessions.

Children’s Activity Programme Spring 2014
The Spring Children's Activity Programme is now open for Enrolment. Climbing, Swimming, Gymnastics and Basketball are all included along with many fun and exciting courses for all age groups. For further details on the programme and to download an enrolment form, please click here.

Back 2 Basics Spring 2014
Back 2 Basics 12-week fitness programme commences Saturday 26 April. Enrolment is now open for the morning and evening courses. Book early to avoid disappointment. For full details, click here.

Easter Rugby Talent Camp 2014
Queen’s Sport Easter Rugby Talent Camp for 13-16 year olds takes place at the Upper Malone Facilities from Monday 14 - Friday18 April. Click here for booking details.

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KESS seminar: Thursday 3 April

There are places available on this week’s KESS seminar which will take place on Thursday 3 April at 1.30pm in Parliament Buildings.

The seminar will be given by Queen’s  Professor Mícheál Ó Mainnín on Home and Away: Exploiting the Corpus of Northern Ireland Placenames for Cultural Tourism. For further information, click here.

KESS (Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series) is delivered by the Research and Information Service of the Assembly (RaISe), in partnership with Queen’s, University of Ulster and Open University.

Anyone wishing to attend should contact Tina Phillips, Research & Information Service Support Unit, 028 9052 0477,

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Kenneth B. Fraser Memorial Lecture: 15 April

This year's Kenneth B. Fraser Memorial Lecture will take place on Tuesday 15 April at 5.30pm.  The host will be Professor Jose Bengoechea, Centre for Infection and Immunity, and the lecture, Pathogens and commensals: War and Peace at mucosal surface, will be delivered by Professor Philippe J. Sansonetti, Institute Pasteur and Collège de France.

The lecture will take place in South Lecture Theatre, Medical Biology Centre.

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Charity event volunteers

Queen's and the University of Ulster are teaming up in a competition to raise money in two local shops for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Staff volunteers are needed on Thursday 3 April to join a team of students from Queen's to run a Marie Curie Cancer Care Shop on the Lisburn Road as part of a competition to increase store profitability and to generate maximum awareness of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Donations of items of clothing, small pieces of furniture, books and any small change to help stock the store and raise as much money as possible for Marie Curie will be accepted until Wednesday.  If you are interested in supporting the event, contact

You can visit the Marie Curie shop at 213 Lisburn Road on Thursday 3 April to check out some of the fantastic items of clothing on offer.

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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

  • Thursday 10 April: Dr David Baume, Higher Educational Consultant, will lead a workshop on Student Activity at the Heart of Learning, 10.00am – 1.00pm in the Careers Information Room, Level 1, Student Guidance Centre. Further details are available online.

A full list of all CED events and courses together with further information can be accessed online. 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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STDU Courses in April/May 2014

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 9 April: Office Ergonomics, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 15 April: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 28 April: Academic Induction,  9.45am – 1.30pm
  • Tuesday 6 May: Selection Interviewing, 9.15am – 4.45pm
  • Tuesday 6 May: Manual Handling and Lifting, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 7 May: Planning Your Research Career, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 7 May: General Risk Assessment, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 8 May: Research Ethics for University Staff, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Monday 12 May: Integrated Research Applications Systems (IRAS), 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Friday 16 May: Motivating the Team for Supervisory Staff, 9.15am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 21 May: Health and Safety for Co-ordinators, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 28 May: Career Exploration for Researchers, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 29 May: Health and Safety Induction, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Management and Leadership Development
The following Developing for Success leadership and management development workshops are now available for booking. Check out the full range of courses and dates at and view courses by category: Leadership, Management and Supervisory.

Book now for courses in April/May 2014 (For staff at AR Grade 7 and above, AC Grade 2 and above):

  •  Wednesday 30 April: Presenting with Impact, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  •  Tuesday 13 May: Communicating Effectively, 9.00am – 1.00pm
  •  Tuesday 27 May: Instilling a Customer Focus, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  •  Friday 30 May: Managing Meetings Effectively, 9.30am – 1.00pm

Learning at Work Week
Learning at Work Week will take place from 19 – 25 May 2014. Follow on Twitter @QUBLearningWeek

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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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Thursday 3 April: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2010
  • Tuesday 8 April: SPSS 2: Data Analysis using SPSS
  • Thursday 10 April: Word Processing: Tables and Form Design using Word
  • Monday 14 April: Excel: Creating Charts Using Excel
  • Tuesday 15 April: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System)
  • Wednesday 16 April: Using Social Media for Teaching and Research
  • Thursday 1 May: Excel: Creating Charts Using Excel
  • Friday 2 May: Creating Screen Shots and Training Materials using Word and SnagIt
  • Tuesday 6 May: Excel: Introduction to PivotTables using Excel
  • Monday 12 May: LinkedIn for Beginners
  • Wednesday 14 May: Introduction to Visio 2013

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: Add the “Paste and Keep Text only” control to the Quick Access Toolbar in Word. Use if you don’t want to include hyperlinks or tables when you paste from another document or application.

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