13 April 2015

Launch of Travel+

The Estates Directorate is pleased to announce the launch of Travel+,  the University bus travel salary sacrifice scheme. This gives staff the opportunity to purchase annual bus tickets through salary sacrifice, enabling you to travel to work in a more sustainable way and for less money.

Translink will be at the University to advise staff between 12.00pm and 2.00pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 21 April – Peter Froggatt Centre foyer
  • Wednesday 22 April – MBC foyer
  • Thursday 23 April – Ashby foyer

Full details on Travel+ are available at

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National Student Survey

With just over two weeks left until the National Student Survey (NSS) closes, a further 200 students need to complete the survey for the University to reach a response rate of 70%.

The current response rate is 66%; that’s 13% lower than at the same time last year and 2% lower than 2013.

Ahead of the 30 April deadline, please continue to encourage all eligible students to complete the survey by following the unique link in the SMS and email messages that they have received from Ipsos Mori, or by going to:

Students who complete the NSS online will be entered in a prize draw with the opportunity to win one of six ‘Graduate Packages’, each of which is worth approximately £60.

If you have any queries, please contact Pat McNally, 028 9097 1435,  

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A Bite of Queen's: Staff tour of the David Keir Building

The next A Bite of Queen's tour will take place on Thursday 23 April, 1.05pm –1.50pm in the David Keir Building.

This tour will give you an insight into the history of the building and offer a behind-the-scenes visit to the Queen's University Ionic Liquid Laboratories (QUILL) Research Centre and the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS). Staff will hear from QUILL Co-Director Professor Jim Swindall and Director of IGFS Professor Chris Elliott about the world class research that is conducted there.

The tour is free and will include a brown bag lunch. To register, please click here.

For more information on the A Bite of Queen's tours, click here.

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New Physical Activity Loyalty (PAL) Scheme

Staff can now sign up for a new Physical Activity Loyalty (PAL) Scheme. The Centre for Public Health is offering Queen’s Main Campus Site Staff the chance to take part in the PAL scheme, which encourages you to become more active by enabling you to earn rewards for your physical activity. All you have to do is scan your PAL key fob along sensors placed around the campus to collect points.

Further information is available on the PAL website, including details of how to register. If you have any questions, email or call a member of the team on 028 9063 5477.

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Big Spring Clean

In conjunction with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Environmental Team will be conducting a Big Spring Clean in the Holylands area on Wednesday 15 April.

The event will run from 12.00pm until 2.00pm. Lunch will be provided.

If you would like to take part, register here.


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First and Second Year Experience Surveys (FYE and SYE)

The current response rate for the FYE is 34.5% and 28.7% for SYE. These rates are lower than at the same time last year by 10% and 14% respectively. The FYE and SYE will close on Friday 1 May 2015 and the target response rate for both surveys is 50%.

Please encourage all first and second year students to complete their survey, which will take approximately ten minutes. If students do not complete the whole survey on their first visit, they can return to their response at a later date.

Reminder email messages will be sent to students’ Queen’s email accounts. Students can only access the FYE or SYE from the unique link sent by email. Students who complete these surveys will be entered in a prize draw with the opportunity of winning one of four cash prizes of £25.

If you have any queries, please contact Pat McNally, 028 9097 1435,  

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CCRCB Annual Report 2014

The Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology's (CCRCB) Annual Report for 2014 is now available online. Click here to access it.

The report includes the major activities and successes of CCRCB researchers over the 2014 calendar year.

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Queen's Now

The March/April edition of Queen's Now is available online here.

Included in this edition are details of this year's honorary graduands; some of our colleagues who have been making the headlines over recent weeks; and information about ‌volunteering schemes staff can get involved in.

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ISCTSJ Spring Festival of Events 2015

The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice's (ISCTSJ) Spring Festival of Events runs from 22 April – 28 May and includes lectures, films, a ‘conversation’ and a conference.
As part of the programme, Senator George J Mitchell, one of America’s most outstanding statesmen and international negotiators, will deliver the third in the Harri Holkeri Lecture Series co-sponsored by the Institute and the Finnish government and organised to mark the contribution to building peace in Ireland of the late Finnish Prime Minister, Harri Holkeri.
The full programme is available here.
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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Raymond Williamson

Professor Raymond Williamson from the Centre for Dentistry in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences will deliver his inaugural lecture on Wednesday 15 April at 5.00pm.
The lecture, Of Rats and Rads and HBO, will take place in the North Lecture Theatre, Medical Biology Centre, and will be followed by a drinks reception in the MBC Foyer. To RSVP, email
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CCRCB Open Day

The Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology is holding a special ‘Local Research – Global Impact’ Open Day on Saturday 9 May, 11.00am – 3.00pm. This will be a unique opportunity to meet researchers, tour the laboratories and find out more about the innovative research being carried out at CCRCB.

To register, click here. Please note that children must be carefully supervised at all times.

The event hashtag is #cancersuperheroes.

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Kenneth B Fraser Memorial Symposium

The Centre for Infection and Immunity will host the 2015 Kenneth B Fraser Memorial Symposium on Infection and Immunity on Tuesday 28 April at Riddel Hall, 10.30am  4.00pm. The keynote speaker is Dr Jorge Galan from Yale University with guest speakers Professor Clare Bryant from Cambridge and Professor Gad Frankel from Imperial College.

To access the programme, visit: Symposium Programme.

If you would like to attend, contact Patricia McConnell ( or Dawn Wylie (

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The Conversation

Two members of staff had articles published in The Conversation over the Easter break:

If you would like to write for The Conversation, email

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ISCTSJ Newsletter

The current edition of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice newsletter is now available online.

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'Virtual Uprisings' Public Talk

The School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering and Spaces of Liberation Project at Queen’s will host a public talk on Wednesday 6 May, 2.30pm – 4.00pm in the Canada Room.

Entitled VIRTUAL UPRISINGS: Tahrir Square, Social Media and the return of Public Space, the talk will be given by Professor Nezar AlSayyad, a distinguished Professor of Architecture, Planning and Urban History at the University of California at Berkeley.
Attendance is free. For further information, contact Further information on the Project and its activities can be found at

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ERC Programme Information Event

An information session on the Horizon 2020 ERC Programme will take place on Thursday 30 April from 12.00pm – 2.00pm. This event will provide an overview of ERC and the support offered to applicants by the EU Research Development Team at Queen's

Three ERC grantees from the Republic of Ireland will present their experience of the ERC application process. Their research cover a range of topics:

  • The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women’s Writing, 1550-1700
  • Primary Cilium-Mediated Mesenchymal Stem Cell Mechanobiology in Bone
  • Arterial fibre remodelling for vascular disease diagnosis and tissue engineering

ERC supports the very best researchers and their pioneering ideas, funding curiosity-driven research that is high-risk, high-gain. It backs excellent investigators looking to set up or consolidate their own independent research team by means of Starting or Consolidator Grants. Established research leaders are also eligible to apply to the Advanced Grant scheme.

To register your attendance, please email More details of the agenda and venue will be made available closer to the date.

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This week at QFT:

COBAIN: A MONTAGE OF HECK: The first ever fully-authorised documentary blends Kurt Cobain’s personal archive of art, written word and music (both his most famous and some that has never been heard), and never-before-seen home movies, with animation and revelatory interviews from his family and closest confidantes.

WHILE WE’RE YOUNG: The trials and tribulations of hipster life are explored to hilarious effect in this wry comedy from indie auteur, Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha).

A SECOND CHANCE: Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier presents another emotionally devastating drama in which the best intentions create the toughest moral dilemmas.

ALTMAN: Ron Mann’s new documentary is an in-depth look at the life and times of filmmaker Robert Altman (M*A*S*H, Nashville, The Player, Gosford Park and many more). 

WE WEREN’T GIVEN ANYTHING FOR FREE: The documentary chronicles the story of a lifelong struggle for emancipation that began with the battle for Italy’s liberation from Fascism.

NT LIVE: THE HARD PROBLEM: Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play, The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner (Othello, One Man, Two Guvnors).

Coming up from Friday: The Belfast Film Festival

Staff ticket price: £5; standard ticket price: £6.50.

Please visit for more details.

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The Welcome Centre

Staff are invited to stop by the Welcome Centre to check out its stylish and affordable new range of Kilkenny Silver jewellery. A fantastic gift idea, the beautiful designs offer a modern and contemporary twist on the best of Irish traditions. Prices range from £7.00 to £30.00. A 10% staff discount is available to Queen's staff.
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Continuing Professional Development
There are limited places available on the following courses, so early registration is recommended:
  • Wednesday 29 April: Becoming a Fellow of the HE Academy (only a few places still available), 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 6 May: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 13 May: Evaluation of Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Friday 15 May: Linking Teaching and Research, 10.00am – 1.00pm
Higher Education Lunchtime Forum
  • Thursday 14 May: Blogging in Teaching and Learning, 1.00pm – 1.55pm, Senate Room, Lanyon Building. The session will be led by Dr Suzel Reily (School of Creative Arts). A sandwich lunch will be provided from 12.45pm. 
Guest Speaker Series 2014-2015
  • Tuesday 19 May: Motivating Student Learning, 1.30pm – 4.30pm, Canada Room/Council Chamber, led by Dr Kate Exley, Higher Education Consultant. This workshop explores ways in which teachers can help their students adapt to the demands of University level study. Further information is available from the CED website.
9th CED Annual Conference – “Blending the Learning: incorporating technology in your teaching”
CED's annual conference will take place on Thursday 25 June. The morning keynote will be given by Professor Mark Brown, Director, Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University, who will discuss 'The Digital Learning Revolution: Godsend or Gimmick?'. In the afternoon, the speaker will be Russell Stannard, Principal Teaching Fellow, University of Warwick, who will talk about his real example of the Flipped Classroom. Further details are available on the CED website.
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'.
A full list of all CED events and courses together with further information can be accessed here
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The following Staff Training and Development courses are available for booking:

  • Thursday 23 April: Selection Interviewing, 9.15am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 29 April: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 5 May: Manual Handling and Lifting, 10.00am – 12noon
  • Wednesday 6 May: General Risk Assessment, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 7 May: Preparing for Academic Interviews, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 8 May: Integrated Research Application System (IRAS), 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 19 May: Applying Your Research to Policy Agendas, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 20 May: Health and Safety for Co-ordinators, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 21 May: Selection Interviewing, 9.15am – 4.30pm
  • Monday 25 – Tuesday 26 May, Introduction to STATA (2-day course), 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 26 May, Career Exploration for Researchers, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 29 May, Health and Safety Induction, 10.00am – 12.00pm

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 available for booking:

  • Monday 27 April: Project management for non-Project Managers, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 6 May: Managing Meetings Effectively, 9.30am – 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 13 May: Instilling a Customer Focus, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Wednesday 27 May: Leading Change in HE, 9.30am – 4.30pm

STDU's full 201415 Course Programme can be viewed online here

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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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:
  • Tuesday 14 April: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 28 April: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 5 May: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 8 May, Introduction to Visio 2013, 9.30am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 13 May, LinkedIn for Beginners, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 18 May, NVivo – An Introduction, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 26 May, Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.15pm – 2.30pm
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'. Course dates can be viewed here
ECDL: The new improved test system allows the candidate to practice and diagnose what topics need revision (note – this is not used for ECDL Advanced). For more information on ECDL, click here.
Tip of the day: If you would like to install Microsoft Office or Antivirus software on your PC at home, call into the Computer Shop in The McClay Library.
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