21 December 2015

Christmas Switch Off

Christmas Switch Off 2015Take part in this year's Christmas Switch Off competition and you could win a prize for your School or Directorate.

A prize will be awarded to the School or Directorate that manages to switch off and reduce its energy consumption the most on Christmas Day.

As part of the countdown to the Switch Off, there are a number of themed challenges to help you get in the festive mood. All you have to do is submit your photographs and videos to be in with a chance of winning a spot prize. Take a look at the team snaps already submitted.

Find out more on the Green at Queen's website.

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Latest Video Blog

Aidan McGlynnIn the Vice-Chancellor's latest video blog, members of staff share some of the successes of 2015.

Click to play the video.

A transcript of the video is available on the Vice-Chancellor's blog page.

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Treasure Hunt to find the Narnia Wardrobe Door

NarniaQueen’s recently held a Narnia themed treasure hunt for siblings with a heart condition to find the Narnia wardrobe door.

The treasure hunt led to the replica wooden door, used in the feature film The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which marks the entrance to the C.S. Lewis Reading Room in the McClay Library.

A number of surprise gifts were kindly donated by IKEA, Queen’s Welcome Centre, Blackwell’s Book Shop, C.S. Lewis Festival 2015 (East Side Arts) and Queen’s Marketing and Domestic Recruitment.

Watch the treasure hunt video.

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Christmas Card Collection

During the first week back to work in January, the Environmental Team will be holding a Christmas Card collection.

All cards will be donated to the Play Resource Centre which provides unique training and outreach programmes that support the development of children and young people through creative play. Donating your cards means that they will be reused instead of recycled.

Staff are asked to make a space or a box in the office to collect the cards which should then be brought to the Administration Building Ground Floor on Friday 8 January 2016. You can also contact to arrange a collection from your office.

Find out more.

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Latest edition of Queen's Now

Queen's Now January 2016The December/January 2016 edition of Queen's Now is available online.

Included in this edition are the winners of the Vice-Chancellor's Impact Prize and a feature on the University's new Travel Plan including profiles of three members of staff who have swapped the car for cycling, the electric car and public transport.

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Christmas eCard now available

Christmas ecard‌The Queen's Christmas eCard is now available via the Quick Links menu in ‌Queen's Online.

A number of Christmas Card designs are available.

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The Conversation

The Conversation Click on the link to read the latest Queen's articles published in The Conversation:

To date, 85 Queen’s academics have written for The Conversation and their articles have been read by almost 4 million readers. Articles from The Conversation have been republished in publications such as The New York Times, Huffington Post and The Independent. Contact if you are interested in writing for The Conversation.

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The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Newsletter

The current edition of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences newsletter is now available online‌. Read this edition.

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School of History and Anthropology Newsletter

‌‌Kieran ConnellThe current edition of the School of History and Anthropology's newsletter is now available online‌. Read this edition.

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New HEFCE Policy on Open Access

There are just three months left until 1 April 2016 when HEFCE’s policy for open access in the post-2014 REF will be implemented. Non-compliance with the policy will mean that papers are not eligible for assessment and will be given an unclassified score.

In brief HEFCE have mandated green open access. The policy has two major parts:

  • Requirement to deposit final peer-reviewed manuscripts of journal articles and conference proceedings into an institutional repository or subject repository within three months of publication
  • Requirement that papers are made open access as soon as possible after publication and do not exceed the embargo limits (12 months REF Main Panels A & B; 24 months REF Main Panels C & D).

The policy will apply to all manuscripts accepted for publication from 1 April 2016 but you are encouraged to start uploading your accepted papers now to Pure.

Further details and useful information can be found on the Open Access LibGuides.

If you have any questions, you can contact our Open Access Team by emailing  or you can get in touch via Twitter.

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Queen's Sport

Back 2 Basics 2016Back 2 Basics
Enrolment is now open for the 'Back to Basics' programme which is back for 2016. The programme is for beginner and intermediate trainers, with each course focusing on fitness fundamentals such as exercise and nutrition. Sessions include Kettlebell and Barbell Workshops, Fitness Testing, Programme Design Workshop and much more.

Price: £250 for Students and Members or £350 for Non-Members. Find out more.

Children's Activity Programme – Winter 2016
Enrolment for courses on the Queen's Sport Children's Activity Programme is now open. The programme includes Gymnastics, Basketball, Ballet and Swimming, as well as a number of new courses such as Basketball Fundamentals for children aged 3  4 years old, Baby Ballet Improvers, and Junior and Senior Taekwondo.

Enrolment for the Splash 'n' Swim programme opens on Wednesday 6 January 2016.

All courses begin the week commencing 18 January 2016 and courses are available to both members and non-members. Find out more.

The Gift of Fitness and Wellbeing
This Christmas give someone special the Gift of Fitness and Wellbeing with Queen’s Sport's three, two and one month All-inclusive Membership packages, as well as six, three and one Personal Training Session packs. More details are available on the Queen's Sport website.

For further details, contact Queen's Sport on 028 9068 1126, email:, or speak to one of Queen's Sport's reception staff.

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Welcome Centre

Welcome Centre Xmas Candle 18.12.2015The Welcome Centre is now stocking festive Cinnamon and Cedar candles by Brooke and Shoals. Perfect for Christmas.

Staff receive 10% discount in store.

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It's a Wonderful Life FilmThis week at QFT:

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (U) - The holiday classic to define all holiday classics. James Stewart stars as the suicidal man, who is shown the value of his life by his guardian angel.

HECTOR (15) - Peter Mullan delivers a perfectly pitched performance as affable homeless pensioner Hector McAdams, in this captivating study of a man with a tragic past.

THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (U) - The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.

SCROOGE (U) - This faithful adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol sees beloved actor Alastair Sims portray Ebenezer Scrooge. Directed by Belfast born Brian Desmond Hurst.

GREMLINS (12A) - Zach Galligan plays the teenager who unwittingly unleashes a vicious, murderous swarm of little gremlins.

THE SHOW OF SHOWS (12A) - Rare and never-before seen footage of fairgrounds, circus entertainment and freak shows are accompanied by an epic new score by Georg Holm and Orri Pall Dyrason of Sigor Ros.

HOLIDAY CLOSURE - QFT will be closed from Thurssday 24 December for one week. They will re-open on Friday 1 January with The Danish Girl, Joy, Le Mepris & Ice and The Sky. Happy Christmas!

Queen's staff ticket price, £5 (standard ticket price £6.50). Please visit for more details.

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Centre for Educational Development

Teaching Awards 2016
A briefing session on the Queen's Teaching Awards Scheme will be held on Tuesday 19 January 2016, 1.00pm – 2.00pm in Conference Room 2, Student Guidance Centre.  A sandwich lunch will be provided.

Further details about the Teaching Awards scheme are available on the CED website.

Continuing Professional Development
All 2015-2016 courses are now available for booking.  Upcoming courses are listed below:

  • Wednesday 13 January 2016: Experiencing and Facilitating Online Learning (continuing with on-line activities through to the 2nd session on 27 January 2015, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 19 January 2016: An Introduction to Queen’s Online for Learning and Teaching -you must be registered to use QOL with access to one of your modules;  2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 20 January 2016:  Laboratory Demonstrating; 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 27 January 2016: Preparing and Giving Lectures; 2.00pm – 4.45pm

A full list of all CED events and courses, together with further information, can be accessed on the CED website.

To book a place on any of the above, 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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Training and DevelopmentThe following Staff Training and Development Unit courses are available for booking:

  • Wednesday 6 January: Health and Safety Induction, 10.00am – 12.00 noon
  • Tuesday 12 January: An Introduction to Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 26 January:  Selection Interviewing, 9.15am – 3.30pm
  • Tuesday 26 January: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, 10.00am – 12noon

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities

Book now for the following Developing for Success course in January 2016 (Aimed at Professional Support staff Grade 7 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above)

  • Tuesday 12 January: Managing Performance Effectively, 9.15am – 1.15pm

Follow the Staff Training and Development Unit on Twitter @QueensStaffDev

To register for an upcoming training course, log onto Queens 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

Courses for Semester 2 (201516) are now available for booking. Places are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 13 January: Outlook – Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 9.30am – 13.00pm
  • Tuesday 26 January: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 27 January: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Monday 1 February: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 1, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 8 February: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL – Spreadsheets), 10.00am – 13.00pm
  • Thursday 11 February: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 2, 9.00am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 22 February: Facebook for Beginners, 10.00am – 13.00pm
  • Monday 29 February: Twitter for Beginners, 10.00am – 13.00pm

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'.

View course details.

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). Click here for further information on ECDL.

The next ECDL test date is Friday 8 January, 9.30am – 11.00am.

Tip of the day: Create your own tab in Office applications by clicking the File tab, select Options and Customize Ribbon.  From the lower right of the open window, click New tab (rename it); add new groups (Rename them) and add controls you use most often.

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