12 May 2014

Learning at Work Week: 19-25 May 2014

Learning at Work Week will take place from 19 – 25 May 2014. The theme for the Week, Creating Learning Connections, reflects the changing nature of learning and development and how workplaces can take advantage of new approaches, attitudes and tools that support learning.

On Monday 19 May from 12.00pm to 2.00pm in the McClay Libary, Training Units in Queen’s will showcase a range of presentations and demonstrations that staff are invited to attend.

Check out what’s on at To attend, email

Follow on Twitter @QUBLearningWeek

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Giro d'Italia at Queen's

Photographs from the Giro d'Italia at Queen's, including the staff Bike to Work Breakfast, garden party and the best Queen's Giro Selfie submissions, can be viewed on the University's Facebook page. 

If the Giro has inspired you to take up cycling, why not avail of Cycle+. The staff cycle to work scheme allows you to purchase a bike and safety equipment by way of salary sacrifice.

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Mental Health Awareness Week

‌Mental Health Awareness week starts today and runs until 18 May.  Wellbeing at Queen’s has organised a number of events throughout the week. For full details of the events and to register, visit the Wellbeing website.



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Vice-Chancellor's video blog

Professor Patrick Johnston has produced his first video blog for staff. In this video, the Vice-Chancellor focuses on his outline Vision for the University.

Click here to watch the video.

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Equality Impact Assessment – REF 2014

In carrying out its duties with respect to Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and the commitments made in its Equality Scheme, Queen’s has conducted an Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) on the selection of staff for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

The University is seeking the views of staff on the EQIA and how the draft policy may impact on the nine categories of persons detailed at S75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. 

Copies of the Equality Impact Assessment Consultation document and response pro forma are available online here.

The deadline for receipt of comments is Monday 30 June 2014.

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New PISP app could have a surprise in store for EU election voters

Ahead of the European Parliament elections on 22 May, researchers in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, led by Dr John Garry, have come up with a novel user-friendly ‘app’ to help members of the public decide who to vote for.

Part of a larger EU-wide project known as EUVOX, the EU Vox14 app asks a range of questions, including some Northern Ireland-specific ones, in relation to anonymised policy statements, in order to identify which prospective MEP most closely matches a voter’s values. It can be accessed on a smartphone, tablet or any other gadget with internet access.

Staff can access the app by clicking on the following link

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Online survey in autism awareness

As part of the BASE project (Benchmarking Autism Services Efficacy) which is funded by OMFDFM, a team from the School of Education is carrying out a short online survey of general autism awareness and training among public sector employees, and would welcome the participation of colleagues at Queen's. The survey will not ask for any confidential information, nor will any information be collected which will personally identify participants. Further details and a link to the survey are available at:

In addition to the survey, education professionals who work with students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are invited to take part in an interview to hear their views and experiences. It will be confidential, and should take no longer than 45 minutes to complete. If you would like to take part in an interview, or find out more about the project, please email the research team at:

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ISCTSJ newsletter

The latest edition of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (ISCTSJ) newsletter is now available. Click on the link to access it: ISCTSJ Newsletter May 2014

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School of Psychology lecture

The School of Psychology will host a public lecture to mark the flexible retirement of Professor Carol McGuinness.

‌In the lecture, Teaching Thinking: The Very Idea, Carol will give an account of the research origins and impact of the work she has been doing on teaching thinking in schools in Northern Ireland and elsewhere.

To register your attendance at the lecture, complete the online RSVP:

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Recomposing the City International Symposium: 30 May

The Recomposing the City International Symposium will take place on Friday 30 May. Organised by the Recomposing the City: Sonic Arts and Urban Architecture research group, this symposium brings together leading and emerging voices in architecture, city planning, sonic studies and sonic art to address the group’s central research question: how can connections between sonic arts and architecture generate new ways of understanding, analysing and transforming urban environments?

Further information can be found on the Recomposing the City website or contact Dr Sarah Lappin or Dr Gascia Ouzounian 

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Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities International Symposium

The Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities will host an International Symposium on Ireland and the Colonies, 1775-1947: Friendships, Alliances, Resistances, from 3-5 June 2014.

For further information, visit the ICRH website or contact Dr Daniel Roberts.

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This week at QFT:

  • BEFORE THE WINTER CHILL: Kristin Scott Thomas plays a bored housewife, who believes her affluent surgeon husband (Daniel Auteuil) is having an affair. A thought-provoking French thriller revelling in darkness and despair.
  • FRANK: An offbeat comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender).
  • EXHIBITION: In Joanna Hogg’s latest, a pair of 50ish artists D & H take stock of their lives and decide to sell their modernist London home in which they have shared the last twenty years.
  • AMERICAN INTERIOR: Welsh cult musician Gruff Rhys documents his latest musical road trip, retracing the fantastical American journey of his 18th Century relative, the explorer John Evans.

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

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Queen's Sport

‌Summer Scheme 2014
Queen's Sport's Summer Scheme gives children aged 6 – 14 years the opportunity to try new sports in a fun and supportive environment. Children aged 15 – 17 can also participate in the Junior Leader Programme – the first step towards a successful coaching/mentoring career. For full details on the Summer Scheme, Junior Leader Programme and Rowing Camp please visit the new website.

Summer Membership 2014
A three-month All-Inclusive Summer Membership is available from Friday 16 May for only £99. Sign up to this promotion in May and receive the remainder of the month for free. Click here for full details.

Free Weights Renovation
Work has started on renovating the Free Weights Area and Strength and Conditioning Suite. Minor disruption is expected in both areas until 10 July. Click here for more details.

Cormac McAnallen Medal for Armagh Ladies Star
A decade after his untimely passing, Cormac McAnallen’s memory and legacy was remembered with the third presentation of a special annual medal in his honour at Queen’s. Click here for more details.

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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.

Guest Speaker Series 2013-14

  • Wednesday 14 May: Developing online learning: from e-Learning to MOOCS, 10.00am – 1.00pm, Senate Room. Dr Jen Ross, Programme Director of the online MSc in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, and Dr Dominic Bryan, Director of Institute of Irish Studies and Reader in Social Anthropology

Further details are available on the CED website.

8th CED Annual Conference

  • Thursday 26 June: Assessment and feedback: a road to success

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 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

  • Wednesday 14 May: Evaluation of Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Friday 16 May: Linking Teaching and Research, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 21 May: Creating Interactive Learning Resources Using Excel 2010, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

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.

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Places are available on the following courses:

  • Friday 16 May: Motivating the Team for Supervisory Staff, 9.15am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 20 May: Induction for All New Staff, 9.30am – 1.15pm
  • 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
Book now for the following Developing for Success leadership and management development workshops (for staff at AR Grade 7 and above, AC Grade 2 and above):

  •  Tuesday 27 May: Instilling a Customer Focus, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  •  Friday 30 May: Managing Meetings Effectively, 9.30am – 1.00pm

Check out the full range of courses and dates at and view courses by category.

Book now for the following course in June 2014:

  • Monday 2 – Tuesday 3 June: Preparing for Retirement (two-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.

For the latest Staff Training and Development news, follow on Twitter @QueensStaffDev


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Library Course

There are places available on the following course:

  • Thursday 27 May: Scopus

To register, login to Queen's Online and click ‘Training Courses’ from the ‘Other’ section.

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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 20 May: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 20 May: Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.30pm – 2.45pm
  • Monday 26 May: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2010, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 29 May: Advanced Word Processing: Making Best Use of Word, 9.30am – 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 3 June: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 3 June: SPSS 1: Introduction to SPSS, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 11 June: SPSS 2: Data Analysis using SPSS, 9.30am – 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.  

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

Today’s Tip: Excel: naming cell ranges helps you copy, move or carry functions on any number of cells. To find out more, see our Excel materials -

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