20 April 2015

Digital Transformation Project

Queen’s is developing a new Digital Channel, which will go live in early 2016. The aim is to design, develop and deliver a Digital Channel that will compete in the global HE market place and give our key stakeholders an easy to use and personalised experience.

A new micro-site has been created to keep you informed of progress and provide an opportunity for you to contribute to the development of the Digital Channel.

Click here to access the micro-site.

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The Graduate School

The Graduate School has now opened in the refurbished grade B listed Lynn Building on the Main Site. It can be accessed through the Naylor Arch.

The Graduate School is a key part of Vision 2020 – helping to develop a vibrant postgraduate culture and increase the proportion of postgraduates at the University.

Click here to see photographs of the refurbished building.

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Internal Vacancies

This week's internal vacancies:

  • Temporary Clerical Officer (Grade 4) x 2 Posts
    Centre for Public Health
    Ref: 15/103823
    Closing date: Friday 24 April 2015
    Anticipated Interview date: Wednesday 6 May 2015

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Launch of Travel+

The Estates Directorate has launched Travel+, the University bus travel salary sacrifice scheme.

The scheme 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 between 12.00pm and 2.00pm on the following dates to advise staff:

  • 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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The Conversation

Three Queen's articles were published in The Conversation last week:

If you would like to write for The Conversation, email

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Latest edition of CCRCB Bulletin

The April 2015 edition of theCCRCB Bulletin (Issue 32) is now available online.

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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 Wednesday 22 April – Thursday 28 May and includes lectures, films, a ‘conversation’ and a conference.
The programme is available here
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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 the ERC programme, and will showcase the experiences of three researchers who have been awarded ERC grants.

For further information and to register for the information session, click here.

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CCRCB Open Day

The Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology will hold 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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International Student Support

The International Student Support team have recently relocated to new offices on the 1st Floor of the Student Guidance Centre.  Please contact them in person, via email at, or on 028 9097 3899 with any queries relating to international student visas, welfare or any other matters.

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Disability Services Presentation

Disability Services will host a lunchtime presentation in the Great Hall on Monday 27 April to outline the findings of a research project evaluating the impact of Non-Medical Helper Support on students with disabilities at Queen’s.

The presentation will include recommendations for enhancing Non-Medical Helper Support within the University and the impact on you as staff members.

Lunch will be provided from 12.30pm and the presentation will commence at 1.00pm. If you are interested in attending, please contact Clare Donnelly:

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Library Services achieve Customer Service Excellence standard

Library Services has achieved certification against the Customer Service Excellence (CSE) standard following an accreditation visit in March.

The assessment concluded that Library Services successfully achieved compliance against 49 criteria, “Compliance Plus” against seven criteria and partial compliance against only one criterion. This accreditation has involved a lot of hard work by many Library staff over the last eighteen months but has brought real benefits in terms of team working, service development and further embedding of a customer-focused culture.

Library Services are grateful to colleagues across the University who assisted, especially those who were involved in the assessment visit.  

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School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work Seminar

The School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work will host a seminar by Professor Richard Layte, Trinity College Dublin, on '"Why do poor children do worse at school?" Moving beyond rational expectations and educational cultures'.
The seminar will take place on Wednesday 6 May at 1.00pm in Room 1.35, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, 6 College Park. Tea/coffee will be available from 12.30pm. The event is free. To book your place, please contact Caroline:, 028 9097 3222.
For further information, click here.
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Disability in Northern Ireland: Movement Disorders Conference

Dr Guiomar Garcia Jalon from the School of Nursing and Midwifery and Professor Cathy Craig and Dr Matthew Rodger from the School of Psychology are three of the speakers at a half-day conference on movement disorders associated with childhood and ageing.

Disability in Northern Ireland: Movement Disorders will take place on Wednesday 13 May  in The Crescent Art Centre. For further information, including booking details, click here. Standard ticket price and discretionary ticket price currently on sale.
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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Stuart James

Professor Stuart James, Professor of Organic Chemistry in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, will deliver his inaugural lecture on Friday 15 May at 4.00pm.
The lecture, Creativity and Chemistry, will take place in Lecture Theatre LG.024, David Keir Building, and will be followed by a reception in the Student Hub. RSVP (by 7 May) to Fiona Mulligan, 028 9097 4085,
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British Society of Gerontology in Northern Ireland Launch Event

The ARK Ageing Programme (co-ordinated by Queen’s and Ulster University) has set up a branch of the British Society of Gerontology in Northern Ireland (BSGNI) which will bring together practitioners, educators, policy-makers, students and older people.

A launch event titled Representing Age will take place on Wednesday 22 April, 3.00pm-5.00pm in the Arts Council, 77 Malone Road. Registration begins at 2.30pm. The event is free, although places are limited and so must be booked in advance. If you would like to book a place, please email

For more information, visit

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Staff Prayer Breakfast

Staff are invited to attend a Prayer Breakfast hosted by the Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian Chaplaincies at Queen's on Wednesday ​22 April, 8.00am - 9.00am, in The Hub Cafe, 22 Elmwood Avenue. RSVP to
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Queen's Sport ‌

‌Summer Activity Scheme
Queen's Sport Summer Activity Scheme will take place from 6 July - 21 August.  For further information, including prices and the programme of activities, please click here or contact Queen’s Sport reception on 028 9068 1126.
Back 2 Basics Programme
The next Back 2 Basics Programme begins on Monday 27 April. The programme focuses on fitness fundamentals such as exercise and nutrition, giving you the knowledge and confidence to maintain your fitness and manage your body. For more information, click here.
Children’s Activity Programme (Spring 2015)
Enrolment is now open for all courses and spaces are filling up fast. The programme includes climbing, trampolining, basketball and gymnastics. An extra Baby Ballet Class has now been added due to popular demand. Places can be booked at the PEC reception. For more information, click here.
Adult Activity Programme (Spring 2015)
The Adult Activity Programme begins this week with classes and courses to suit all abilities. For more information click here.
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New Foxford Range at the Welcome Centre

A new range of made-in-Ireland Foxford throws and scarves is now available in the Welcome Centre. The luxurious throws come in different styles from summer brights to classic caramels. Made from mohair and lambswool, they are perfect for any contemporary home. The range includes scarves inspired by the River Moy and the idyllic Shannon countryside.

Staff receive 10% discount in the Welcome Centre.


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This week the QFT welcomes the city’s film festival to its screens. Here are a few of the highlights:
A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT: The first ever Iranian vampire western, this is a glorious mash-up of spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films and the Iranian New Wave. Monday 20 April, 6.30pm.
IRIS: A documentary from the late, great Albert Maysles about New York fashion icon Iris Apfel – brimming with one-liners and sardonic wit. Tuesday 21 April, 7.00pm.
ROSEWATER: A highly charged drama about a journalist who is falsely imprisoned in Iran, this film marks the directorial debut of The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart and also stars The Bridge’s Martin Rohde (Kim Bodnia). Tuesday 21 April, 9.00pm.
PHOENIX: A rich Hitchcockian tale of mistaken identity, Phoenix follows a woman returning to Berlin in search of her lost husband after WWII. Wednesday 22 April, 6.30pm.
THE NEW GIRLFRIEND: Francois Ozon’s new film is a deliciously sly satire with some jaw-dropping twists, and stars QFT’s favourite French heartthrob, Romain Duris. Wednesday 22 April, 9.15pm.
LAMBERT & STAMP: James D. Cooper’s documentary traces the roots of The Who via its affectionate portrait of the idiosyncratic management team that helped define the band. Thursday 23 April, 9.15pm.
Coming up from Friday: A Little Chaos, The Falling.
Belfast Film Festival ticket prices vary.  For full festival information and to book, visit:
QFT Non-Festival shows: Staff ticket price: £5; standard ticket price: £6.70.
Please visit for more details.
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Changes to the Submission of Staff Round Up Contributions

Please note that all future contributions for entry in the weekly Staff Round Up should be submitted via email to Entries received will be included in the next edition of the Round Up, unless otherwise stated in your email. If you would like your contribution to be featured in more than one edition, please re-submit it by 1.00pm on the Thursday prior to Monday publication. Contributions may be edited.

If you have any queries, please contact the Communications and External Affairs Office on 028 9097 3087 or by emailing

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Continuing Professional Development
Limited places are available on each course/event, so early registration is recommended.
  • 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 in the Senate Room, Lanyon Building. Sandwich lunch provided from 12.45pm. The session will be led by Dr Suzel Reily (School of Creative Arts). 
 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.  Further information is available from the CED website.
9th CED Annual Conference – “Blending the Learning: incorporating technology in your teaching”
This year’s annual conference will take place on Thursday 25 June 2015. The keynote speakers are: 
  • Professor Mark Brown, Director of the Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University, who will discuss 'The Digital Learning Revolution: Godsend or Gimmick?'
  • Russell Stannard, Principal Teaching Fellow at the 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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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:
  • 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
  • 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 next test date is Monday 27 April, 9.30am – 11.00am.  For more information on ECDL, click here.
Tip of the day: In Excel, use the COUNTBLANK function to count the number of cells in a range that are blank. E.g. =COUNTBLANK(A1:A10) will return the number of cells in the range A1:A10 that are empty
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The following Staff Training and Development Unit courses are available for booking:
  • Wednesday 29 April: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 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:
  • 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 2014–15 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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