8 September 2014

Campus Development Update

Several building projects are currently on site which, when complete, will transform the campus for staff and students.

Staff can now see what the buildings will look like on a new website: As well as images and drawings, the website gives information and updates on each of the projects.

Staff will continue to receive weekly emails from Estates on the specific projects taking place within their area and their potential impact on business.

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A Bite of Queen's tour of Elms Village

The first A Bite of Queen's campus tour of the new academic year will take staff on a guided visit to Queen’s ‌Accommodation at Elms Village. The tour will take place on Tuesday 16 September, 1.05pm–1.50pm.

The University has invested over £60m in the development of student and staff accommodation since 2000 and this tour will give staff the opportunity to see first-hand how this investment has transformed Queen's accommodation.
For further information on the tour, click here.
The tour is free and will include a brown bag lunch. To take part, please register online here. Places are limited. Please advise of any dietary requirements.
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Staff Wellbeing at Queen's

‌National Work Life Week, 22 – 26 September
National Work Life Week highlights the importance of achieving work-life balance. To mark the Week, Staff Wellbeing will run a number of events. Full details are available on the Staff Wellbeing website. Spaces are limited, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

Staff Wellbeing Autumn Activity Programme
The eight-week lunchtime activity programme commences on Monday 15 September and includes the following courses:

  • Pilates (Tuesday from 1.10pm – 1.50pm)
  • Yoga (Wednesday from 1.10pm – 1.50pm)
  • Tighten and Tone *new* (Thursday from 1.10pm – 1.50pm)
  • BLT Express (3 sessions per week  Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1.15pm – 1.45pm)

To register, visit the reception at Queen's Sport. Payment will be required at registration and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Yoga, Pilates and Tighten and Tone cost £20 and the BLT Express (Blast Lunchtime Express) is £50.

Staff Wellbeing Improving Personal Resilience Training
Four new dates have now been released for the Improving Personal Resilience Training. Register through iTrent Self Service on QOL.

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Reading Lists for the Library

The Library is currently gathering information on books recommended in module reading lists. All reading lists received by the Library will be checked for book availability. Please note that lists must be received by Friday 12 September to allow time for them to be checked and for new book orders to be made in time for the start of the semester.
Staff who have not already done so should send module reading lists as soon as possible to their subject librarian.
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QCat Library Catalogue availability

The QCat Library catalogue, including access to My Account, will be unavailable from 5.00pm on Tuesday 9 September until approximately 10.00am on Wednesday 10 September due to an essential upgrade to the system.

Other library services will remain unaffected.

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Widening Participation Unit seeks A-level tutors and mentors

Queen’s Widening Participation Unit is currently recruiting tutors and mentors for the A-level students involved in the Queen’s Academy – a programme that supports transition to university. This opportunity may be of interest to you and/or the students you work with.

For more details on both roles and for the application forms, please see the WP website. Applications for both roles should be submitted to

If you have any queries, please email or telephone 028 9097 5020.

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Calling all scientists – what’s it like being you?

Research and Enterprise is delighted to announce a discussion event organised by Queen's in collaboration with the Nuffield Council on Bioethics as part of their project exploring the culture of scientific research in the UK.

The aim of the event, Calling all scientists – what’s it like being you?, is to debate how the different features of the UK research environment are affecting, both positively and negatively, the work and behaviour of scientists at all stages of their careers.

The discussion will take place on Monday 22 September between 2.30pm - 4.30pm in The Great Hall at Queen's.  Refreshments will be available from 2.30pm.

For further information, click here.  The event is open to anyone and is free to attend but please register in advance at:

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The Leverhulme Trust Visit

The Research Development team will host a talk by Jean Cater, the Assistant Director of the Leverhulme Trust, on Wednesday 8 October. The event will be an opportunity to find out more about the grant funding offered by the Leverhulme Trust.

The Leverhulme Trust provides funding across academic disciplines, supporting talented individuals in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences. As well as substantial grants for research, they offer fellowships for researchers at every stage of their career; grants for international collaboration and travel; and support for the fine and performing arts.

To attend, please email by Wednesday 1 October. Venue information will be provided to the registered attendees after this date.

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Eye Disease Information Evening: 23 September

Staff are invited to attend an Ophthalmology Information Evening on Tuesday 23 September at 6.00pm in the Great Hall.

This will be an opportunity to hear about some of the innovative research into eye disease currently underway at Queen’s. The evening will include an overview of the Centre for Experimental Medicine by Professor Alan Stitt and talks from Professors Usha Chakravarthy, Noemi Lois and Augusto Azuaro-Blanco. There will also be interactive displays outlining some of the ongoing research, and staff will be available to talk about their work and answer any questions.

If you would like to attend, please email Natasha Moroney,, by Wednesday 17 September.

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Language Centre Courses

Enrolment for all Language Centre courses has now opened.

This year, over 20 different languages are available as well as the opportunity to study for a Certificate in Languages for Business, Tourism or Practical Irish. These computer-based courses are great for those who wish to study in their own time and at their own pace.

Queen’s staff and students can enrol online at For further information regarding courses please visit the website at

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Traffic Disruption - Belfast City Hospital

The University has been informed by Transport NI (DRD) that due to essential carriageway resurfacing works there will be temporary traffic signals in place on the Donegall Road entrance to Belfast City Hospital.

Works will commence on Wednesday 10 September 2014 and are expected to take approximately ten weeks to complete. Staff using this route should expect delays and allow additional time when planning a journey.

Further details: Donegall Road Resurfacing Works

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This week at QFT:

  • Obvious Child – This film follows the exploits of Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) who gets dumped, fired and pregnant just in time for the worst/best Valentine’s Day of her life.
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey – Helen Mirren stars as the chilly chef-proprietress of a Michelin starred French restaurant in a movie that bursts with flavour.
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes – The latest crime sensation from Denmark, from the screenwriter of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and director of Borgen.
  • Coming up from Friday: Attila Marcel, The Blood On Satan’s Claw, Crows, Medea.

QFT Film Quiz – The QFT Film Quiz returns on Wednesday 10 September. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.

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

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Access to Turnitin for principal supervisors of PGR theses
Under regulation 7.1.5 of the Study Regulations for Research Degree Programmes, the principal supervisor must ensure that appropriate sections of the draft thesis (or critical analysis for PhD by Published Works) have been submitted to the University-recognised originality checking service, and the report used for feedback purposes, prior to the submission of the thesis (or critical analysis).

If you are a principal supervisor of a Queen’s PGR student and would like access to TurnitinUK for this purpose, please contact Gill Kelly (CED),

The Flexible Teaching Space Room PFC/03/017 Availability
The Flexible Teaching Space (PFC/03/017) is a room specially designed to support active and interactive learning with technology for classes of up to 60 students working in groups. There are a number of slots still available for this year 201415:

  • Semester 1: Monday am; Wednesday 12.00pm  4.00pm
  • Semester 2: Tuesday 1.00pm  4.00pm (most weeks); Wednesday pm; Friday pm.

If would like to enquire about available time slots, please contact Timetabling and Room Booking,

If you would like more information about using this environment to support your students’ learning, please contact Gill Kelly, 028 9097 1569,  

Continuing Professional Development
The 20142015 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 17 September: An Introduction to Queen’s Online for Learning and Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
    (Please note that you must be registered to use Queen’s Online with access to one of your modules)
  • Wednesday 24 September: TurningPoint (PRS) Update (new course), 2.00pm – 4.00pm
    (Staff must have completed previous training in TurningPoint)

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. For information, contact or 028 9097 1447.

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STDU Courses

STDU courses in September 2014:

  • Monday 15 September: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 24 September: Manager Wellbeing Training,  2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Thursday 25 September: Writing Your Academic CV, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 30 September: Effective Minute Taking, 10.00am – 1.00pm

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities
Aimed at Professional Support Staff Grade 7 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above.  Book now for the following Developing for Success workshops in October:

  • Thursday 2 October: Developing your Strategic Focus, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 14 October: Your Learning and Career Development, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 21 October: Managing Conflict in the Workplace, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Please note, STDU do not carry course waiting lists 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 201415. The full 201415 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.

Secretarial Skills Programmes 201415
The 201415 Junior and Senior Secretarial Skills Programmes are now fully subscribed.

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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 16 September: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Monday 13 October: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL Spreadsheets), 9.30am - 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 15 October: Adobe Photoshop, Basic Digital Editing, 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 22 October: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am - 12.30pm
  • Thursday 23 October: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators Owners), 10.00am - 12.00pm

Dates for all courses in Semester 1 courses are now available for booking on Queen’s Online. Course dates can be viewed at:

ECDL – now using an improved test system which allows the candidate to practice and diagnose what topics need revision (note – this is not used for ECDL Advanced). To sign up for ECDL, contact

Today’s Tip: Enter a YouTube video within Word 2013, by clicking the Insert tab, click Online Video and select YouTube. Enter details of your search, select the video and click Insert.

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