26 May 2014

Have your say on the Vision

A new website has been launched to update staff on the ongoing development and delivery of the Vision.

The three Vision Groups, on the themes of Leadership, University Structures and Postgraduate Culture, have been preparing proposals over the past number of weeks. These were considered by Senior Managers on 12 May 2014 and copies of the presentations can be accessed via the website. These discussions will now form the basis of a paper to Senate on 24 June 2014.

Staff are invited to submit their thoughts, views and suggestions on the developments to date via the ‘Have Your Say’ section of the 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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New system to show status of mandatory courses and requirements

As you are aware, there are a number of online training courses and other requirements (e.g. completing the Register of Interests) which are mandatory for all University staff. From time to time you will have received reminders about these, either through emails or through the Staff Round Up. Information Services has developed a system within Queen’s Online to give you easily accessible information on your status in relation to these online courses and other requirements. The status of each is colour-coded: green (completed), amber (due to expire) or red (not completed). You can click on each link for more information and to access the relevant website/course.

Please note, the Queen's Fire Safety E-Learning course must be updated annually, i.e. in a rolling 12 months. While the Register of Interest return must also be completed annually in a rolling 12-month period, it is important that you amend/update the interests you have declared immediately, should your circumstances change.

The Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Training status is coloured grey as the outcome of this training is not recorded online. On completion of the DSE Training you should print your certificate and forward it to the Health and Safety Co-ordinator for your area where it will be retained for Health and Safety audit purposes. The DSE training should be undertaken every three years or when any significant change has taken place.

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Honorary Degrees: Nominations

Staff are reminded that nominations are now open for the award of Honorary Degrees in 2015.

Nominations should be forwarded to the Registrar’s Office, in the strictest confidence, not later than Friday 12 September 2014, using the appropriate pro forma available here

You may nominate more than one person and are encouraged to do so.  Anyone nominated should not be approached and all names forwarded to the Search Committee must be treated as strictly confidential. 

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Wellbeing Initiatives

Men's Health Month
During Men's Health Month, which takes place in June, a mobile ManVan will be at Queen's with specialist health promotion and nursing staff on board offering 15-minute personal health checks. The ManVan will be on the main campus on Thursday 5 June and at the MBC on Thursday 26 June. For further information, click here.

To book your check, email with “Health Check” in the subject title. Please specify your preferred date and time slot. Spaces are limited, so please book early to secure your place.

Time slots:

Slot 1: 9.30am – 10.45pm
Slot 2: 11.30am – 12.45pm
Slot 3: 2.15pm – 3.15pm
Slot 4: 3.45pm – 4.30pm

QUB FIT IN 30! Starting Monday 2 June 2014
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.

Slimming World
Staff can join Slimming World on campus. Meetings take place every Wednesday at 10.00am, 5.30pm and 7.30pm in Queen's Sport PEC. Drop in at these times to join or contact Debbie on 07706 796 601 for further information.

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Acting Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery

Professor Sam Porter has been appointed to the temporary position of Acting Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery with effect from 1 June 2014. His contact details are

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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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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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EEECS guest lecture: Wednesday 28 May

The School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will host a guest lecture by Professor Andrew Brown, University of Southampton, on Wednesday 28 May, 5.30pm-6.30pm, in the Ashby Building (Room GM001).

The Lecture is entitled Reliable Computation with Unreliable Computers.

Professor Brown’s talk will describe SpiNNaker (Spiking Neural Network Architecture), a million-core machine with layered fault-tolerance, which has proved to be remarkably adept at solving a variety of physics-based problems.

For further information, visit the School website.

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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 by contacting Dr Sarah Lappin or Dr Gascia Ouzounian.

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Cancer Research Advancing Patient Care: 11 June

Staff are invited to an event that will highlight the impact of exciting research and development taking place within the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences to advance cancer patient care. 

Entitled Cancer Research Advancing Patient Care, the event will take place in Riddel Hall on Wednesday 11 June, 5.30pm – 7.30pm.  Canapés, tea and coffee will be served.

A series of short presentations, chaired by Professor David Waugh, Director of the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, will follow, before an open 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?

For further information, click here.

To register, email or phone 028 9097 1153.

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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 Tuesday 3 – Thursday 5 June 2014.

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

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Queen's Sport

University Boat Race‌
The annual University Boat Race will take place on Saturday 7 June 2014. Marking its 10th anniversary, the 2014 University Boat Race will host a special anniversary Alumni race alongside the Ulster Schools Cup and a prestigious race between Queen’s and Trinity College Dublin.

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

Summer Scheme 2014
Enrolment is still open for this year's Summer Scheme at Queen's Sport. For full details on the Summer Scheme, Junior Leader Programme and Rowing Camp, please visit the new website.

Free Weights Renovation
Work is continuing on the renovation of the Free Weights Area and Strength and Conditioning Suite in Queen’s Sport. Minor disruption is expected in both areas until 10 July. Click here for more details.

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QFT listings

This week at QFT:

  • 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.
  • THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY: Taut, playful and very seductive, this is a story of well-heeled American tourists falling prey to greed and desire under the Mediterranean sun of 1960s Greece.
  • ADVANCED STYLE: This fabulous fashion documentary examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to ageing.
  • AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF AN IRON PICKER: An unflinching exposé of the prejudices faced by Bosnia-Herzegovina's Roma minority, starring the real-life couple whose harrowing ordeal became a national scandal.
  • From Friday: Jimmy’s Hall and The Wind Rises

The winner of the tickets to THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY was Carole Cooper from the International and Postgraduate Student Centre.

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

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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 morning keynote will be given by Professor Margaret Price, of the 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
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.

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.

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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 28 May: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • 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
  • Friday 6 June: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 11.30am
  • Wednesday 11 June: SPSS 2: Data Analysis using SPSS, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 18 June: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm

Course dates can be viewed at: Courses can be booked via Queen's Online.

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: In Excel, use the COUNTBLANK function to count the number of cells in a range that are blank. For example, =COUNTBLANK(A1:A10) will return the number of cells in the range A1:A10 that are empty.

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STDU courses in May/June:

  • Wednesday 28 May: Career Exploration for Researchers, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 29 May: Health and Safety Induction, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Monday 2 – Tuesday 3 June: Preparing for Retirement (two-day course), 9.30am – 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 3 June: Effective Minute Taking, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • 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

Management and Leadership Development

There are places available on the following Developing for Success leadership and management development workshops (for staff at AR Grade 7 and above, AC Grade 2 and above):

  • Friday 30 May: Managing Meetings Effectively, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 5 June: Finance for Non-Financial Managers, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Courses can be booked via Queen's Online.

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