5 January 2015

Draft Budget Consultation Response

The University has been engaged in an extensive lobbying campaign against the proposed funding reductions to higher education included within the 201516 Draft Budget for the Department for Employment and Learning.  

A comprehensive University response to the Draft Budget Consultation was endorsed by Senate at its meeting on Thursday 18 December 2014. This response was submitted to the Northern Ireland Executive and the Department for Employment and Learning ahead of the deadline of 29 December 2014.  You can access the response here.

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‘£ for lb’ 12 week challenge

Would you like to improve your health, lose weight and help raise money for charity? Then get involved in the ‘£ for lb’ 12 week challenge.

Queen’s is one of 30 organisations taking part in the '£ for lb' 12 Week Challenge. The aim is for participants to lose between 12-24 lbs in 12 weeks. Participants will be provided with support and advice to help them achieve the weight loss. At the same time as losing weight, participants are asked to match your lbs with £s by donating a £1 for each lb lost to our chosen local charity, Cancer Focus.

The programme will start on Monday 19 January 2015 with 12 weekly weigh-ins facilitated by internal champions. Champions will be trained to co-ordinate and deliver the challenge.

If you are interested in participating, send an email to with “£ for lb participant” in the subject. You should include the location of your workplace in the email.

If you are interested in acting as a Champion, send an email to with “£ for lb champion” in the subject. You should include the location of your workplace in the email. Please note that Champions do not need to be participants.

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New Year Honours

Three members of staff have been named in the New Year Honours List. They are:

  • Professor Ken Seddon, Director of Queen's University Ionic Liquid Laboratories (QUILL)  OBE for services to chemistry
  • Dr Mary Flynn, Head of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Business Networks  MBE for services to Higher Education in Northern Ireland
  • Len Totton, Mail Room Porter  British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to Higher Education in Northern Ireland
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The Winter Edition of MDBS News is available to read online at MDBS News Winter 2014

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The Conversation

To read the latest Queen's articles published in The Conversation, click on the links below:

In recent months, over 20 articles by Queen's academics have been published and read over 500,000 times. If you would like to write for The Conversation, please contact

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IGFS newsletter

The current edition of the Institute for Global Food Security newsletter is now available online.

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Inaugural lecture: Professor Chris Irwin

The Centre for Dentistry invites you to the inaugural lecture by Professor Chris Irwin.  The lecture, Gums, Wounds and Cancer – a role for the humble fibroblast?, will take place on Wednesday 4 February at 5.00pm in Room G07, North Lecture Theatre, Medical Biology Centre.  It will be followed by a drinks reception in the MBC Foyer.

To RSVP, please email

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Information Services Coffee Morning

The total raised at the Information Services Coffee Morning held in December was £5527.24.

Staff from Information Services presented the cheque to representatives of Cancer Lifeline on Wednesday 17 December.  The charity was extremely grateful and wanted to pass on its thanks to everyone who helped to make the morning such a success, both Information Services and other University staff.

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Deanes at Queen's Closed for Refurbishment

Deanes at Queen’s restaurant, located in College Gardens,  is currently closed for refurbishment and will reopen on Thursday 5 February 2015.

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This week at QFT:

  • THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING: In this moving biopic about Stephen Hawking, director James Marsh focuses on the genius during his early twenties as he studies at Cambridge, meets the love of his life Jane Wilde, and receives his earth-shattering diagnosis which leads him to embark on his ambitious study of the nature of time.
  • BIG EYES: Tim Burton’s latest masterpiece depicts the tale of a true-life art scandal in the 1950s. Naïve divorcee Margaret Ulbrich, with a talent for painting distinctive pictures of big-eyed women and children, marries the handsome Walter Keane who subsequently sells his wife’s art, claiming the work as his own and arguing that no-one buys women’s art. As they become increasingly wealthy, Margaret becomes uneasy about the deception.
  • QFT FILM QUIZ: Join us for a quiz recapping the cinematic offerings of 2014 and test your movie memory. Will you enjoy Total Recall or will you come up Point Blank?
  • Coming up from Friday: Enemy, Eastern Boys.

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

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Christian group

If any member of staff is interested in getting together, informally, once a month with other Christian members of staff, please contact Ruth McKittrick on

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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 20 January: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 27 January: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 29 January: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators (Owners) and Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 3 February: Adobe Photoshop 1: Basic Digital Image Editing, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 4 February: Using Social Media for Teaching and Research, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 11 February: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 23 February: Facebook for Beginners, 10.00am – 1.00pm

201415 Semester 2 courses are now available for booking on Queen’s Online.  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.  The next test date is Wednesday 7 January, 9.30am to 11.00am.

Tip of the day:  Very good blog site with sound advice on web searching – Karen Blakeman's Blog:

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QUB Teaching Awards 2014 Briefing Session

A briefing session on the QUB Teaching Awards Scheme will be held on Thursday 22 January 2015, 12.45pm – 2.00pm in Conference Room 2, Level 1, Student Guidance Centre. A sandwich lunch will be provided. The aims of the briefing session are:

  • To provide information on the Teaching Awards application process
  • To encourage colleagues to apply for an Award
  • To provide guidance on the type of information that might be included in an application.

Please register to attend with Liz McDowell on Further details about the Teaching Awards are available online.

Latest edition of Reflections

The latest edition of Reflections is available here.  Included is an interview with Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor David Jones, details of the 2014 Teaching Award winners and an article by Queen’s 2014 National Teaching Fellowship winner, Dr Joe Duffy from Social Work,

There are also articles on some new exciting developments in the careers area, including the introduction of MyFuture, an online system for students, and the development of the alumni mentoring programme. Also featured are a number of articles by academic staff and learning support staff on innovative projects and initiatives which have enhanced student learning in areas as diverse as History, Creative Arts, Medical Education and the Science Shop.

Continuing Professional Development

2014–2015 courses are now available for booking via the iTrent system. Please note that there are limited places available on each course/event and early registration is recommended.

  • Wednesday 14 January: Experiencing and Facilitating Online Learning – 2 session course with on-line activities between sessions (14 & 28 Jan 2015), 2.00pm – 5.00pm. You must have some knowledge of Queen’s Online.
  • Wednesday 21 January: An Introduction to Queen’s Online for Learning and Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm.You must be registered to use Queen’s Online with access to one of your modules.
  • Wednesday 21 January: Laboratory Demonstrating, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Friday 23 January: Small Group Teaching, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 28 January: Preparing and Giving Lectures Part 1: tips and theory, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

For further courses, please click here.

Guest Speaker Series 2014–2015

  • Monday 12 January: Engagement teaching in Engineering and the Physical Sciences, 10.00am – 1.00pm in Seminar Room 1, IPSC.
    Wayne Seames, the 2014–15 Fulbright Distinguished Chair resident at the University of Leeds and the Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of North Dakota, will conduct this three-hour workshop for Engineering (and related physical science disciplines), teaching academic staff how to design their modules using modern course design structures such as flipped classes and how to use a wide variety of techniques in their classes in order to engage students more fully in the learning process.
  • Wednesday 25 February: Engaging home and international students: a practical theory, 1.30pm – 4.30pm, Seminar Room 1, IPSC.
    Dr Rachel Scudamore, University of Nottingham, will lead this session, which offers a theoretical framework for thinking about educating home and international students, and suggests practical strategies that colleagues elsewhere have found effective in their own teaching.

For further details, click here or contact, 028 9097 1447.

Registration for all courses and events is via Queen’s Online.

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