27 October 2014

New MOOC on tackling global food fraud

Would you like to find out about how food fraud affects what we eat every day? Or how climate change is impacting our lifestyle? Queen’s will explore these questions in a new MOOC entitled Tackling the Global Food Crisis: Supply Chain Integrity.

The five-week online course, which begins on 17 November, will examine the complex area of food security with a focus on how we can achieve a sustainable future. It will cover topics, including food fraud, pollution and climate change. Delivered by a team of academics, the course will be headed up by Professor Chris Elliott from the Institute for Global Food Security.

To watch the trailer for the new course and find out further information on MOOC courses available at Queen’s visit:

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National KTP Week

Universities around the UK will participate in the first ever National KTP Week from 3–7 November. Queen's is the UK’s leading institution for KTP – a technology transfer programme between university and industry which offers graduates an opportunity to fast track their career after graduation.

Over 200 events will take place during the week and staff in the KTP and Business Networks Office at Queen's are keen to make our event the best in the UK.

As part of the week, the “KTP Sweet Shop” will be open on the afternoon of Monday 3 November in the Research and Enterprise Directorate located in 63 University Road. Teams of KTP Associates will sell KTP branded sweets around the campus with the profits being donated to Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI.

You can follow events on Twitter @ktpatqub.  If you would like more details on KTP, please contact Lorraine Marks,

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One week left to sign up for Movember

Have you got what it takes to be crowned the Queen’s Movember fundraising champion? 

There is only one week left to sign up to take part in this year's Movember.  Teams will compete against each other to see who can raise the most funds and with everyone's help, we hope to exceed last year's fundraising total of £21,000.  Like last year, a league table has been set up for the different Queen’s teams and the competition is already heating up.

Mo sistas, your support is equally as vital as the mo bros doing the growing.

To register and get your team signed up for the competition click here.

For a little extra motivation have another watch of our Queen’s Belfast Movember video here.

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Final chance to apply for Queen’s Annual Fund project funding

The deadline for submitting applications for Queen's Annual Fund is Friday 31 October at 12.00pm.

‌The Fund supports and enhances all aspects of Queen’s student experience. Over £1.7m has been raised to date from over 4,500 graduates, and this year £58,000 is available to distribute to student, campus and community-based projects. Applications for projects that improve the student experience for a significant number of students in a manner that can be sustained in future years will receive priority.

For further information on the application process and to apply for project funding, please click here. If you have any queries, please contact Natasha Sharma, Annual Fund Manager.

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Car Free Fridays

The next Car Free Friday will take place on Friday 31 October. The aim of the initiative is to encourage more staff to leave the car at home and travel to the University by public transport.

On Friday, staff can enjoy 20% off their total bill at Molly’s Yard when ordering from the lunch menu between 12.00pm and 5.00pm and from the dinner menu before 7.00pm. You can also receive 20% off the price of a regular staff ticket to the QFT on presentation of a valid public transport ticket.

Further information on this initiative and other sustainable travel offers can be found here.

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Final week of Queen's exhibition at City Hall

There are just a few days left to see an exhibition in the City Hall which features the work of Queen's staff and students.

Changing Lives: Our Specialist Subject tells the story of how Queen’s staff and students are putting Northern Ireland in the national and global spotlight.

The exhibition runs until Wednesday 29 October in the Exhibition Space, Ground Floor, City Hall.

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Vision 2020 Update

The Vision 2020 website has been updated following last week’s meeting of Senate when the Vice-Chancellor presented a detailed progress report on Vision 2020.

Visit the ‘Latest Updates’ section of the website by clicking here.

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Queen’s Sport Gait Analysis Evening

Queen’s Sport will host a gait analysis event in conjunction with Belfast City Marathon on Monday 27 October in the PEC from 5.00pm - 9.00pm. Take advantage of free expert advice and be in with a chance to win spot prizes. For full details, click here.‌‌

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Seminar on Domestic Islamist Terrorism

The School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work will host a seminar on Domestic Islamist Terrorism: the “Toronto 18” as a Case Study on Wednesday 29 October, 1.00pm – 3.00pm in room G26, 6 College Park.  The seminar will be given by Mubin Shaikh from the Tactical Decision Making Research Group at Liverpool University, who is one of the few people in the world to have been undercover in a homegrown Islamist terror cell.

For further information, contact Caroline O’Hare, Q-Step Centre, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, 028 9097 3222,

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Inaugural Lecture: Margaret Topping

Staff are invited to the inaugural lecture by Margaret Topping, Professor of French Literature And Visual Culture. The lecture, Cultural Exchange In A World Of Strangers: Towards An Ethics Of Representation Council Chamber, will take place in the Canada Room/Council Chamber in the Lanyon Building on Thursday 30 October at 5.00pm.

Please RSVP to Maria Meehan by Wednesday 29 October by contacting 028 9097 1143,

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Inaugural lecture: Professor Peter Gray

Professor Peter Gray, Head of the School of History and Anthropology, will deliver his inaugural lecture on The Great Irish Famine in Transatlantic Historiographies, 1847-1914 on Wednesday 5 November at 5.00pm in the Canada Room/Council Chamber, Lanyon Building.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by 31 October to, 028 9097 3325.

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Dufferin Lecture: Thursday 13 November

The School of Nursing and Midwifery will host the Dufferin Lecture on Thursday 13 November at 6.00pm in Riddel Hall.

Entitled Essential Language in Palliative Care: new understandings of metaphor use, the lecture will be given by Professor Sheila Payne, a health psychologist and Co-Director of the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University.

Please RSVP to Amber Mulholland,, by Friday 7 November. Light refreshments will be served from 5.30pm.

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RAE Armstrong Public Lecture Series

The RAE Armstrong Public Lecture Series 2014 begins next month. Hosted by the School of Biological Sciences, the series will be given by Dr David Timson, Reader in Biochemistry.

The lectures are:

  • Date: Wednesday 12 November, 4.00pm
    Venue: Medical Biology Centre, Lecture Theatre 1
    Lecture Title: When genes go wrong
  • Date: Wednesday 26 November, 4.00pm
    Venue: Medical Biology Centre, Lecture Theatre 1
    Lecture Title: Treating the “untreatable”: new ways to treat genetic diseases
  • Date: Wednesday 3 December, 4.00pm
    Venue: Medical Biology Centre, Lecture Theatre 1
    Lecture Title: We’re all mutants.

Refreshments will be served afterwards from 5.00pm on the days of the lectures.

Please RSVP to if you wish to attend and indicate the numbers attending from your School for each lecture.

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This week at QFT:

  • We Are the Robots: A Sci-Fi season celebrating our artificial friends, including screenings of The Terminator, Metropolis, A.I. Artificial Intelligence and more.
  • Serena: Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are reunited on screen in this lush, period drama set in 1930s North Carolina.
  • Coming up from Friday: Mr Turner, Ghostbusters, M, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Bjork: Biophilia Live, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

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

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Festival Anthology T-shirt at the Welcome Centre

During the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s, the Welcome Centre is stocking a Festival Anthology T-shirt range for just £5.95. The T-shirts come in a selection of colours, including red, orange, navy, green and ‌brown. ‌

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Continuing Professional Development

The 2014–2015 courses are now available for booking via the iTrent system. Please note that there are a limited number of places available on each course.

  • Wednesday 29 October: Using the Personal Response System in your Classes, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
    Prerequisite: Some previous experience with PowerPoint is necessary for attendance at the workshop.
  • Wednesday 5 November: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 12 November: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including QuestionMark), 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 12 November: Curriculum Design, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

A full list of all CED events and courses together with further information can be accessed online.

Guest Speaker Series 2014–2015

  • Thursday 4 December:  Sue Bloxham, Emeritus Professor of Academic Practice at the University of Cumbria and higher education consultant, will lead this interactive workshop on Fit for purpose: diversifying assessment for 21st century education, 10.00am – 1.00pm in the Senate Room, Lanyon Building.
    Further details are available online or by contacting or 028 9097 1447.

Higher Education Lunchtime Forum

  • Wednesday 19 November: Current developments in Widening Participation at Queen’s, 1.00pm – 1.55pm in the Old Staff Common Room (sandwich lunch provided from 12.45 pm). The session will be led by the Widening Participation team: Paula Moran (WPU Co-ordinator), Deirdre Lynskey (Buttle key contact and Outreach Officer) and Patricia Hampson (Outreach Officer). For further details, click here or email

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.

National Teaching Fellowship Scheme 2015 (NTFS)
The closing date for applying for the NTFS 2015 is 19 November 2014.Queen’s has been invited to nominate up to three individual members of staff who clearly demonstrate excellence in teaching and/or supporting the higher education learning experience of students.

Further information about the Scheme and details on how to apply to be one of Queen’s nominees to the Scheme are available on the Centre for Educational Development website.  If you have any queries about the Scheme, please contact Linda Carey,, 028 9097 3099, or Liz McDowell, 028 9097 5301.

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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 5 November: Introduction to Prezi, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Monday 1 December: LinkedIn for Beginners, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 5 December: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL - Spreadsheets), 1.30pm – 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 9 December: NVivo - An Introduction, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 11 December: NVivo Clinic, 9.30am – 1.00pm

2014 – 15 Semester 1 courses are now available for booking on Queen’s Online. Course dates can be viewed at:

ECDL –  For information on ECDL, visit

Today’s Tip: In Outlook 2013, if you use the words “Attached” or “Attachment” in the main body of your email but forget to attach a file, you will get a reminder when you click the send button.

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STDU courses:

  • Monday 3 November: Health and Safety Induction, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 12 November: General Risk Assessment, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 12 - Thursday 13 November: Supervisory Skills for Support Staff (2 day course), 9.30am – 3.00pm
  • Friday 14 November: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience,  9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 18 November: Preparing for Academic Interviews, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 19 November: Computer Workstation Risk Assessment, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 26 – Thursday 27 November: Introduction to STATA (2 day course), 9.30am – 4.30pm

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities
Aimed at Professional Support Staff Grade 7 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above, the following Developing for Success workshops are now available for booking:

  • Tuesday 4 November: Enhancing Your Report Writing, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 26 November: Lean Management – Doing More With Less, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 2 December: Introduction to Coaching as a Management Style, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 9 December: Working Smarter, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Please note, course waiting lists are not carried over from one academic year to the next. If you are currently on a course waiting list, you will not automatically be registered for this course in 2014–15. The full 2014–15 Course Programme can be viewed online at:

To book a place on a training course, log onto Queen's Online, then select Training Courses from the list on the left of the page and follow the link for iTrent Self Service.

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