1 September 2014

Vice-Chancellor’s Impact Prize 2014: Future Impact

Prizes of £2,000 will be awarded under each of three categories, with an overall winner from these three awarded an additional £4,000. The categories are:

  • Supporting Health
  • Enriching Societies
  • Advancing Technologies

A separate prize of £2,000 will be awarded for the best submission based on the work of an Early Career Researcher.

Applications are invited based on the work of Queen’s research staff, describing how potential end-users of their research have been engaged with and included in their work to deliver impact.

For further information on the Prize, including the submission form, please click here.

All completed and approved applications must be received by the Research and Enterprise Directorate by Friday 3 October 2014.

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Honorary Degrees: Nominations

The closing date for submitting nominations for the award of Honorary Degrees in 2015 is Friday 12 September 2014.

Nominations should be forwarded to the Registrar’s Office, in the strictest confidence, 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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Launch of Autumn Staff Activity Programme

The launch event of the Autumn Staff Activity Programme will take place on Friday 5 September in Lanyon 0G/074 from 11.30am to 2.00pm.

Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport have teamed up to deliver the Programme which starts in mid-September and includes yoga, Pilates and BLAST!!

The launch event will give you an overview of the programme and personal trainers from Queen's Sport will be on hand to offer one-to-one advice. There will also be a nutrition talk giving you advice on eating habits that are good for your health and wellbeing.

For further information, click hereYou do not need to register for this event.


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Join an Open Learning short part-time course this Autumn

The new Autumn 2014/New Year 2015 Open Learning programme of part-time short courses is now available. From painting to public speaking, walking to wine appreciation, creative writing to céilí dancing, and astronomy to ayurveda, Open Learning short part-time day and evening courses at Queen’s offer everyone the chance to try something new and enjoy learning in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

We offer courses in a wide variety of subject areas, including:

• Creative Writing
• History
• Literature
• Music
• Personal and Professional Development
• Philosophy
• Visual Arts

Classes start the week commencing Monday 29 September. Queen’s staff qualify for the concession rate where applicable. For further information and to enrol online, visit

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Bike to Work Breakfast

It's pedal power over horsepower as staff are invited to leave the car at home and cycle to work on Friday 5 September. A free breakfast will be provided in Lanyon North (Room 0G/074) between 8.00am and 10.00am for anyone who travels to work by bike that day.

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Internal Vacancy

This week's internal vacancy:

  • Lecturer/Teaching Associate – English Language
    China Queen’s College, Shenyang, China
    Ref: 14/103481
    Closing date: Wednesday 10 September 2014

Further details are available from the Personnel Department,


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Racial Equality Strategy – Consultation Event

The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister is currently consulting on a Racial Equality Strategy for Northern Ireland. Along with public events held at various locations across Northern Ireland, OFMDFM are keen to get the perspectives of the research community.

Queen’s University and OFMDFM are hosting a consultation event at Queen's to consider the content of the proposed strategy and feed into the consultation process. This will be held in the Canada Room on 26 September, 9.30am – 12.00pm, and Queen’s staff will speak on some of the themes identified within the strategy, including human rights, social cohesion, migrants and social justice.

The event is free and morning coffee and tea will be provided. Places are limited and can be booked online at:

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Language Centre Talk

Staff are invited to attend a talk on 'The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival' organised by the Language Centre at Queen’s. The talk will take place on Wednesday 3 September in Training Room 2, the McClay Library, between 12.00pm and 1.00pm and again between 1.00pm and 2.00pm. The session will provide a brief introduction to Chinese language and culture and is open to all staff.

If you are interested in attending the session, please RSVP to Liang Wang,, or Thomas Smith,

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STDU Courses

The Staff Training and Development Unit’s Course Programme for 2014–15 is now available. To view the Programme, please visit:

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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QFT Listings

QFT imageThis week at QFT:

Mystery Road – Jay Swan (Aaron Pederson) is an Aboriginal cop returning home to investigate the murder of a teenage girl in this superb, slow-burn thriller with a stellar Australian cast.

Night Moves – Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Saarsgard star as radical environmental activists in the latest film from acclaimed American auteur, Kelly Reichardt.

Two Days, One Night - Marion Cotillard excels in this tense social drama from the award-winning Dardenne brothers (The Kid with a Bike).

RSC Live: The Two Gentlemen of Verona – Simon Godwin makes his RSC debut to direct Shakespeare’s exuberant romantic comedy, broadcast live from Stratford.

NT Live: Medea – Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) returns to the National Theatre to take the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy.

Coming up from Friday: Obvious Child, The Hundred-Foot Journey, The Keeper of Lost Causes.

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

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Centre for Educational Development

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),

Flexible Teaching Space 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. The space affords staff greater opportunity to interact with students in an environment which encourages critical thinking as well as group discussion.

There are a number of slots still available for 2014–15:

Semester 1:

• Monday am
• Tuesday pm
• Wednesday 12.00pm – 4.00pm
• Friday pm

Semester 2:

• Tuesday 1.00pm – 4.00pm (most weeks)
• Wednesday pm
• Friday pm

For more information, please contact Gill Kelly, ext. 1569, To enquire about available time slots, please contact Timetabling & Room Booking,

Continuing Professional Development

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

  • Wednesday 17 September: An Introduction to Queen’s Online for Learning and Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm (you must be registered to use Queen’s Online with access to one of your modules)
  • Wednesday 24 September: Flexible Teaching Space, 10.00am – 12.00pm

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. Full instructions for booking are on the website. For information or for assistance with registration, please email the Centre at or telephone ext. 1447.

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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following course:

• Wednesday 3 September: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
• Tuesday 16 September: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm

2014–15 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).

Today’s Tip: Using Windows 7, click the Start Button, type 'sticky notes' into the search box. Right click on the note to change colour, click '+' to add another note, click 'X' to delete.

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