6 May 2014

Go Pink for Giro d’Italia

Queen's is going pink on Friday 9 May for the Giro d'Italia. The race will pass the Lanyon Building between 4.00pm and 8.00pm and all ‌staff and students are encouraged to wear pink to support the event and to raise money for RAG charities.

A carnival of events will begin with a ‘Giro Bike to Work Breakfast’ between 8.00 – 10.00am in the Old Staff Common room for anyone who cycles to work that day.  The day will continue with a six-hour Giro-themed spinathon running from 1.00 – 7.00pm and a garden party with Italian food and drink, competitions and music starting at 3.00pm, all taking place in front of the Lanyon Building.

A £100 voucher is up for grabs for the best pink outfit on the day and 2 x £100 vouchers for the best ‘Queen’s Giro Selfie’ on our social media sites. For further information, click here

Roads around the University will be closed to traffic on Friday 9 May from 9.30am – 12.30pm for team practice sessions and again between 4.00 – 8.30pm for the race itself. The University will maintain business as usual.

You can get further details on the Giro d’Italia here or for traffic information go to

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Mental Health Awareness Week

Staff can now register for events taking place at Queen's during ‌Mental Health Awareness week which runs from 12 – 18 May.  Organised by Wellbeing at Queen’s, each day during the week is dedicated to one of the five steps to mental wellbeing:

  • Monday 12 May: Take notice
  • Tuesday 13 May: Give to others
  • Wednesday 14 May: Get active
  • Thursday 15 May: Keep learning
  • Friday 16 May: Connect

Events include: Mindfulness taster sessions; blood donation; free access to Queen’s Sport (off peak); the weekly Campus Walk / Run / Jog; and a workshop to learn tips on how to self-massage. Staff are also encouraged to host a coffee morning for colleagues.

For full details of the events and to register, visit the Wellbeing website.

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Nominations open for Volunteering Excellency Awards

Nominations are now open for this year's Volunteering Excellency Awards which will take place on Monday 9 June. The awards recognise the positive contribution staff, students and alumni make to the community.

You can nominate in the following award categories:

  • Student Volunteer of the Year
  • Staff Volunteer of the Year
  • Course Rep of the Year
  • Alumni Volunteer of the Year
  • Voluntary or Charitable Club or Society of the Year
  • Voluntary or Charitable Event or Activity of the Year
  • Special Contribution Award

The closing date for receipt of nominations is Friday 16 May 2014 at 5.00pm. Click here for further information and to nominate.

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Update on major development of the campus

Work continues on a number of projects on campus which will transform facilities for staff and students. On the Main Site, these include a new world-class centre for postgraduate and international students in the Lynn Library; a new home for the School of Law in the former Library Stack; and a new social hub for students and staff in the Peter Froggatt Centre.

Main Site Update:

  • The glazed bridge joining the Lynn Library and the former Library Stack has now been demolished.
  • The first phase of the replacement of the underground mains cable is now complete. The next phase – laying the final tarmac surface and re-marking the car parking spaces – will take place from Friday 16 - Sunday 18 May.

Health Sciences Campus (HSC) Update:
Work starts today on the refurbishment of the Whitla Medical (WMB) and the Pharmacy buildings. During these works:

  • The main access to the WMB will be maintained. The WMB southern entrance, facing Dunluce Avenue, will not be available other than as an emergency escape route.
  • The Pharmacy building entrance, adjacent to the WMB, will be closed until September 2014 other than as an emergency escape route. Access to Pharmacy will be via the McClay building.

Please click here to view the location of the Contractors’ compounds on the HSC, as well as vehicle and pedestrian routes.

If you have any queries, please contact

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Nominations now open for Graduate and Student of the Year Awards

Nominations are now open for the annual First Trust Bank Queen’s Graduate and Student of the Year Awards.

Now in their 16th year, the awards recognise excellence, achievement or service by exceptional Queen’s alumni and students, either to the University or to the wider community. The Awards are presented by Queen’s Graduates’ Association (QGA) with generous support from First Trust Bank.

The 2013 Graduate of the Year was Ramona Nicholas and the Student Award, which comes with a £500 prize, went to medical undergraduate Aidan Bannon, who was recognised for his outstanding contribution to University life. Other previous winners have included wild-life TV presenter Jonathan Scott and student entrepreneur Vincent Murray.

The nominations process is open until Friday 23 May 2014 and anyone can submit an entry. For more information, or to submit a nomination, visit or contact Meaghan Lyons, Alumni Officer, in the Development and Alumni Relations Office at or on 028 9097 3135.

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Internal vacancies

This week's internal vacancies are:

  • Senior International Officer (Maternity Cover),
    Student Plus Directorate (International Office), 14/103244
    Closing date: Wednesday 14 May 2014
    Anticipated Interview date: Friday 23 May 2014

  • Director, Institute of Theology
    Institute of Theology, 14/103245
    Closing Date: Friday 16 May 2014

For further information, visit

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New dates for Staff Wellbeing Training: Improving Personal Resilience

Three new dates have been added for Staff Wellbeing Training: Improving Personal Resilience. They are:

  • Wednesday 14 May, 2.00pm              
  • Monday 16 June, 9.30am                   
  • Wednesday 2 July, 9.30am                

This training will help staff recognise their own personal capacity for overcoming adversity, challenge negative thinking and emotional patterns, gain an understanding of emotional resilience and learn how to promote and develop personal resilience in the workplace.

To book a place, 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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Data Quality Policy

The University’s Data Quality Policy is available on the University's website by clicking here.

The Policy describes the importance of data quality in providing effective and efficient services to students, staff and others. It notes that “all staff must take responsibility for the quality of the data captured as a result of the business processes which they operate”.

Staff are asked to familiarise themselves with the Policy and to maintain an awareness of the importance of data quality in enabling the University to achieve the goals that will underpin the Vision for the University.

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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. Click here to access it.

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ISCTSJ Spring Festival of Events

The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice invites you to come and be part of their Spring Festival of Events. Please click here  to view the programme.

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Barcroft lecture: 13 May

The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences has announced that this year's Barcroft lecture will be given by Dr Tony Cerami, member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) and the Institute of Medicine.

The lecture will take place on Tuesday 13 May in the South Lecture Theatre, MBC.

Dr Tony Cerami has led research programmes into genetic, metabolic and infectious diseases, with the goal of translating scientific discovery into clinically important products. He is the recipient the Luft Award in Diabetes, and the Frederick Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement, awarded by the American Diabetes Association in recognition of his lifelong work on diabetes.

For further information, please contact Neil Meharg, 028 9063 2636,

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EEECS Research Society: 14 May

The EEECS Research Society in collaboration with the IET will hold a career development event on Wednesday 14 May in the Great Hall, 9.00am – 1.00pm.

The event will cover three important topics: unconscious bias; the benefits of having a mentor; and networking for success.  These topics will help develop the skills of those in work as well as those about to embark into the world of work.  Please note that early registration is required to secure your place. 

For further information and to register, please click here. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Queen's Sport

Summer Scheme 2014
Enrolment for Queen's Sport's Summer Scheme is now open for Queen's staff. This popular programme gives children aged 6 – 14 years old 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:

Queen’s Sport Giro d’Italia Spinathon
Queen’s Sport will host a charity Giro d’Italia Spinathon on Friday 9 May on the University front lawn. Click here for details on how to get involved.

Free Weights Renovation
Queen's Sport will upgrade the Free Weights Area and Strength and Conditioning Suite in the coming months. Work commences today and minor disruption to both areas is expected until 10 July. Click here for more details.

Children’s Climbing Courses
Limited spaces are available in the Children’s Climbing Courses, click here for an enrolment form.

Adult Activity Programme Spring 2014
Spaces are available in Pilates, Yoga (various types), Swimming, Climbing and Ballet. For more information or to download an enrolment form, click here.

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This week at QFT:

  • THE GOOD MAN: Starring Aiden Gillen, this tells the story of a young Irish banker and a teenager living in a Cape Town township when their stories unexpectedly collide.
  • LOOKING FOR LIGHT: This documentary tribute to photographer Jane Bown casts light upon a poignant personal history.
  • TRACKS: Based on a true story, Tracks recounts the epic adventure of a woman who trekked across the harsh Australian outback, accompanied only by her team of camels.
  • BLUE RUIN: This brooding American thriller follows a mysterious outsider whose quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance.
  • BELLA ROMA! Rome on Film: In support of the Giro Festival, Belfast, this season of classic films pays tribute to Italy’s own ‘eternal city’, Rome. Including Rome, Open City, L’Eclisse and The Great Beauty.

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

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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

Course dates can be viewed at: Booking is via Queen's Online.

Additional IT demos and workshops will take place during Learning at Work Week from 19 – 25 May. Check the website: or follow on Twitter @QUBLearningWeek

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: Do you need to print your Excel spreadsheet on one page? Click the page layout tab, click the launcher button on the scale to fit group, under scaling, select Fit to One page


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Places are available on the following courses:

  • 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
  • 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

‌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.

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


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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

  • Wednesday 14 May: Developing Online Learning: From e-Learning to MOOCS, 10.00am – 1.00pm, Council Chamber/Canada Room.
    Facilitated by 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, who has developed the latest Queen's MOOC, Identity, Conflict and Public Space: Contest and Transformation.

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

  • Wednesday 7 May: Flipping the Lecture (only one place still available), 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 7 May: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 14 May: Evaluation of Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 14 May: Screencasts for Instruction and Feedback, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • 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 is via Queen’s Online

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