27 April 2015

Wireless Campus Project

A state-of-the-art wireless service is being rolled out to all areas of the campus. The £1.93m Wireless Campus Project will be mostly completed by December 2015, with over 2,000 new wireless access points installed.
The project is part of the University's commitment to provide world-class facilities for its staff and students, and will enable users to have anytime, anywhere access to the resources they need and to work flexibly across the campus.
Details of the project, including timescales, can be found here. These web pages will be updated as the project progresses.
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Postgraduate Experience Surveys

The University is currently participating in two national surveys to gather feedback from postgraduate students – the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) and the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES).  Eligible students will receive a link to the survey in their Queen’s email account.

As we enter an exciting era for the University with the opening of the new Graduate School, there could be no better time for our postgraduate student population to provide views on their experience at Queen’s. Staff are asked to encourage postgraduates to complete the surveys.

The closing dates are Thursday 14 May for PRES and Thursday 18 June for PTES. Students who complete‌ the surveys will be entered into a draw to win £250.

For further information, click here or contact Jane on

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Back Care Drop In Session: 30 April 2015

Staff Wellbeing at Queen’s and the Occupational Health and Safety Service will hold a drop-in session for staff on back care on Thursday 30 April from 12.00pm to 2.00pm in the Great Hall.
Safety Officers Julie McConkey and Colin Richardson will be on hand to give you advice on how to increase your comfort while working at your PC and make simple changes to address the poor postures that cause aches and pains.
For more information, including advice on back care, click here.
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The Conversation

Six Queen's articles have been published in The Conversation this week:

If you would like to write for The Conversation, email

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Launch of the Coca Cola Zero Belfast Bike Scheme

The Coca Cola Zero Belfast Bike Scheme, which offers residents and visitors a new low cost and convenient way to travel around the city, has been launched.

There are 30 docking stations located throughout the city centre. The nearest ones to Queen's are on Botanic Avenue and Bradbury Place.

More information on the scheme, including details on how to sign up, can be found here.

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Couch to 5k - Register your interest

Queen’s Sport, with the support of Staff Wellbeing, plan to offer a Couch to 5k programme for staff and students this summer. The ten-week programme is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.

It is anticipated that the weekly one-hour training sessions will take place in Botanic Gardens outside work hours at lunchtime or before or after work. 

If you are interested in participating, email, quoting “Couch to 5k” in the subject line. Please include your name and indicate your preferred time for the training sessions: either before work, at lunchtime or after work.

If you have any questions about the programme, contact

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CCRCB Open Day

The Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology will hold a ‘Local Research – Global Impact’ Open Day on Saturday 9 May, 11.00am – 3.00pm. This is an 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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WPU Summer Celebration Day: Call for Staff Volunteers

The Widening Participation Unit is looking for staff volunteers to help with its Summer Celebration Day for young people who have participated in the Queen’s Junior Academy Programmes on Saturday 13 June, 10.00am – 2.30pm.
If you would like to volunteer, please email Melissa Keenan,
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Queen's Sport

Summer Activity Scheme 2015
This year’s Summer Scheme Enrolment for university staff will open on Tuesday 5 May 2015. The scheme will run from Monday 6 July to Friday 21 August (7 Weeks) and includes themed weeks, including a 'festival of sport' in week 4, which will offer ’20 sports over 5 days’. For further information, please click here or contact Queen’s Sport reception on 028 9068 1126. 

Back 2 Basics Programme - starts this week
This 12-week 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.

Adult Activity Programme (Spring 2015)
Spaces are still available on a number of Queen's Sport's Adult courses from Yoga and Irish Dancing to Kettlebells and Swimming. For more information, click here.

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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Jian Fei Chen

Professor Jian Fei Chen from the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering will deliver his inaugural lecture on Wednesday 6 May at 5.00pm.
The lecture, Advanced Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composites and Sustainable Infrastructure, will take place in the LG.024, David Keir Building, and will be followed by refreshments in The Hub, David Keir Building. RSVP by 4.00pm on Friday 1 May to Cheryl Murray,, 028 9097 4747.
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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Paul Moynagh

Professor Paul Moynagh from the Centre for Infection and Immunity, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, will deliver his inaugural lecture on Wednesday 6 May at 1.00pm.
The lecture, Targeting Inflammation: Panacea or Precision Medicine, will take place in the Lecture Theatre G07NT, Medical Biology Centre, and will be followed by a reception in the MBC Foyer. RSVP to
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The French attaché for Higher Education visits Queen’s

Dr Catherine Robert, the French Higher Education attaché based in London, will visit the University on Thursday 14 May and is keen to meet Queen’s academics who collaborate with French academic institutions across a broad range of disciplines. This is a unique opportunity to highlight some of our successful collaborations, as well as to report challenging situations that she might be able to help with.

A discussion session will be held on Thursday 14 May, 9.30am  11.00am. If you have good links with some French institutions (or would like to develop new ones) and you are available for this session, please complete this short survey by 1 May.

For further information, please contact the EU office:

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Experience Africa and Carribean Fair

Experience Africa & carribean fairQueen's African & Caribbean Society will host an Experience Africa and Carribean Fair on Wednesday 29 April from 10.00am to 4.00pm in the Students’ Union. Staff are invited to come along and experience African and Caribbean culture, music and food.

For further information, contact

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Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Individual Fellowship 2015 Information Sessions

The EU Team will host lunchtime information sessions on Thursday 7 and Friday 22 May for the Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Individual Fellowships 2015 call. Aimed at both supervisors and potential researcher applicants, the sessions will include general information on the scheme plus a case study of a successful Fellowship. Please register your attendance here.

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Public Lecture Series

The first in a new series of public lectures on the transformation and development of contemporary China will take place on Tuesday 12 May, 6.00pm-7.30pm in the Great Hall.
The lecture, Chinese Migrants in the UK—Translating International Standards on Minority Rights to Domestic Protection?, will be given by Mr Patrick Yu, Director of the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities.
For further information, click here.
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Participants wanted for 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.
This study run until December 2015. For more information, please contact Rebecca McKelve,, 028 9097 4020.
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The Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre now stocks Catrina O’Prey’s distinctive range of canvas designer tote bags. Recently featured in the West Coast Cooler Fashion Week SS15, these durable and versatile bags are suitable for everyday use and would be a great addition to any wardrobe.
Staff receive 10% discount in the Welcome Centre.
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This week at the QFT: 
A LITTLE CHAOS: Alan Rickman stars as King Louis XIV, a monarch with a penchant for the lavish statement. He commissions architect André Le Nôtre (Matthias Schoenaerts) to design lavish gardens for the Palace of Versailles and Sabine de Barra (Kate Winslet) is the surprise choice to make the plans a reality.
THE FALLING: Carol Morley writes and directs this mesmerising psychological drama, exploring a mysterious fainting and twitching outbreak in 1969 at an all-girls school.
Coming up from Friday: Far From the Madding Crowd, , A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, Argerich.
Staff ticket price: £5; standard ticket price: £6.70. 
Please visit for more details.
Fall in love with Mondays all over again with Project Monday, a hand-picked selection of the best of the QFT programme, screening simultaneously at QFT and your local Omniplex Cinema. Project Monday features monthly screenings of new independent and world cinema, classic reissues, and documentaries. 
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Continuing Professional Development
The following courses are available for booking:
  • 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
  • Monday 25 May: (Additional Date), Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including QuestionMark), 9.30am – 4.30pm
Higher Education Lunchtime Forum
  • Thursday 14 May 2015: Blogging in Teaching and Learning,  1.00pm – 1.55pm, Senate Room, Lanyon Building. A sandwich lunch will be 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 2015: Motivating Student Learning, 1.30pm – 4.30pm, Canada Room/Council Chamber. Led by Dr Kate Exley, Higher Education Consultant, this workshop will explore 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 – Thursday 25 June: “Blending the Learning: incorporating technology in your teaching”
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?, and 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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The following Staff Training and Development 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
  • 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 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 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
  • Wednesday 13 May: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 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 Thursday 14 May, 1.00pm – 2.30pm. For more information on ECDL, click here.
Tip of the day: Experiencing layout problems when printing? Check the page set up and ensure that printer settings are set to 'A4' and not 'Letter'.
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