22 September 2014

National Work Life Week – 22 to 26 September

‌To celebrate National Work Life Week, which starts today, Staff Wellbeing are running a number of events. Spaces are limited, so please register early.

  • Busy Bees Wellbeing Workshop - Tuesday 23 September in the Senate Room from 8.30am - 9.30am. Expect to learn tools and techniques which will help you promote the balance between your work and home life.
  • Parenting and Family Talk: The Edges of Endeavour, Friday 26 September in Lanyon 0G/036 from 1.00pm to 2.00pm. This short illustrative talk will focus on the family as the original source of social living and learning.

Register to attend by emailing

For information about the schemes and benefits available to help staff achieve balance with work and home life, visit the Staff Wellbeing website.

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Vice-Chancellor’s Impact Prize 2014: Future Impact

There is still time to apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Impact Prize. 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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Appointment of Chancellor

The University’s Chancellor, Mr Kamalesh Sharma, will complete his initial five-year period on 31 December 2014 and has confirmed to the Vice-Chancellor that he does not wish to be considered for a second term.  In this context, steps are now being taken to appoint his successor, in line with the Statutes and associated Regulation.  For further information, or to put forward a nomination, please visit

The closing date for nominations is Monday 20 October 2014.

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Baby Brainwaves Study

The School of Psychology is looking for babies, aged between 5.5-6.5 months and 11.5-12.5 months old, to participate in a study on the development of auditory processing. The researchers are interested in how the baby’s brain processes slow and fast sounds that are a similar rate to sounds found in real speech.

Babies taking part will visit the School’s baby-friendly facilities with a parent or guardian. The session will involve your baby wearing an EEG cap, which is similar to a swimming cap, while slow and fast sounds are played to them. Your baby will watch ‘baby videos’ while listening to sounds and you will be with them throughout the session. Although the brainwave measurement only takes a maximum of 30 minutes you will be invited to attend a session for one hour to allow time for any changing and feeding necessary. You will be provided with a fixed payment of £5 to cover travel expenses as well as a picture of your baby’s brain activity, a photo of them with the EEG cap on and a certificate.

For more information, please contact Rebecca McKelvey at or phone 028 9097 4020.

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EPSRC science photo competition

EPSRC have launched their science photo competition and are looking for images that demonstrate research in action. 

Open to all EPSRC-supported researchers and EPSRC-supported doctoral students, the closing date is Monday 1 December 2014. The overall winner of the competition will win £500 worth of camera / photography equipment.

For more information, visit

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Queen's Sport

Adult Activity Programme - Autumn 2014
Enrolment is open for the Adult Activity Programme which begins on Monday 29 September. The new programme includes progressive courses in Irish dancing, kettlebells, beginners rowing, Power Chi Yoga as well as all the favourites such as pilates, yoga, ballet and swimming. For full details, please click here.

Children’s Activity Programme - Autumn 2014
There are a number of spaces still available on the Children’s Climbing Course and Waterbabies Swimming classes. For full details, please visit the Queen’s Sport website or contact reception on 028 9068 1126.

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QFT listings and competition

This week at QFT:

  • Pride: The little-heard, true-life tale of how a lesbian and gay activist group set about raising money to support the miner's strikes in the mid '80s.
  • Finding Fela: Fela Kuti, the superstar pioneer of Afrobeat, is the subject of the latest work from prolific documentary maker, Alex Gibney (The Armstrong Lie, Mea Maxima Culpa).
  • Jim Jarmusch: The Essential Independent: QFT pays tribute to one of independent cinema’s most iconic directors by showing his first six films.  Up this week are Mystery Train, Night on Earth and Dead Man.
  • Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me: A feature-length documentary tracing the origins and history of this legendary Memphis band.
  • Coming up from Friday: A Most Wanted Man, Magic in the Moonlight, Nekromantic

QFT Competition
To win a pair of tickets to see Pride, please email with Pride in the subject line and the answer to the question: Who was Prime Minister during the time in which the film was set? Competition closes Wednesday 24 September at 12.00pm and the winner will be contacted by email.

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

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Courses in September/October 2014

  • Thursday 25 September: Writing Your Academic CV, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 6 October: Committee Servicing, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 7 October: Selection Interviewing, 9.15am – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 9 October: Career Development for Support Staff, 9.30am – 3.00pm
  • Tuesday 14 October: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 21 October: Manual Handling and Lifting,  10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 22 October: Applying Your Research to Policy Agendas,  9.30am – 1.00pm

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities
Professional Support Staff Grade 7 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above can now book 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, 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.

Researcher Training and Development Fund – Round 3
STDU and the Postgraduate Student Centre have collaborated to establish a Researcher Training and Development Fund (RTDF).  Round 3 of funding is now open.  The fund is designed to support researcher development within Queen’s by providing funds which enable the delivery of researcher-led, School-based training and development activities for research staff and postgraduate research students.  A copy of the application form, including funding criteria, is available from the research staff website:

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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 24 September: TurningPoint (PRS) Update, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
    Staff must have completed previous training in TurningPoint
  • Wednesday 1 October: Using the TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
    Participants should be familiar with a Windows environment
  • Wednesday 1 October: Being an Advisor of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 8 October: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 8 October: Using GradeMark to Give Feedback, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
    Participants should be from a School that has agreed to use Turnitin as a submission tool and take part in the GradeMark trial.

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. 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.

Advance Notice: National Teaching Fellowship Scheme 2015 (NTFS)
The Higher Education Academy has announced that the NTFS 2015 will open on 15 October 2014. Further information and details on how to apply to be one of Queen’s nominees to the Scheme will be available at that time. The closing date for receipt of applications in CED is 10 November 2014. You can contact Linda Carey,, 028 9097 3099, or Liz McDowell,, 028 9097 5301, for further information.  

The next issue of Reflections, the Queen’s Learning and Teaching newsletter, is due to be published later this semester. If you would like to submit a contribution for the next issue, please send your contributions to Linda Carey,, 028 9097 3099, or Liz McDowell,, 028 9097 5301, by 29 October 2014. Contributions can take several forms:

  • Articles: Articles can be on any aspect of teaching and learning or student support, in Queen's or in the higher education sector more generally. Generally between 500 and 750 words, although longer pieces are acceptable, space permitting.
  • Shorter “newsflash” items: For example, reporting on a recent event; flagging an up-coming event; advertising a new venture. 100 -200 words.
  • Brief synopses of interesting articles on teaching and learning from the educational literature. 100 - 200 words.
  • Letters or responses to previous articles or to recent developments in H.E.
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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Thursday 2 October: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 22 October: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.30pm

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: Add the “Paste and Keep Text only” control to the Quick Access Toolbar in Word, if you don’t want to include hyperlinks or tables when you paste from another document or application.

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