12 January 2015

NSS 2015 now open

The National Student Survey (NSS) 2015 opens to final year students on Monday 12 January and staff are asked to encourage eligible students to participate.

The NSS is an annual survey across the UK that gives students the opportunity to express their opinions on their experience of university.  NSS results are published on the UNISTATS website to help prospective students decide what and where to study.  At Queen’s, results are used to help us improve student services and facilities, learning and teaching and the wider student experience.

Eligible students can complete the NSS online at  They can also opt out of the survey at any point by contacting Ipsos MORI. Students who complete the survey will be entered into a prize draw conducted on behalf of the University by Ipsos MORI with the opportunity to win one of six graduation packages, each worth over £60.  Schools may also administer their own incentive scheme for eligible students.

Please support the NSS and encourage eligible students to complete the survey.  NSS closes on 30 April 2015.

If you have any queries about the survey, please contact Pat McNally, Careers, Employability and Skills, on 028 9097 1435 or email

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What’s On at Queen’s

All staff are encouraged to submit Queen's events onto the University's events calendar, What's On at Queen's:

What’s On at Queen’s is a one-stop tool for publicising all events across the University.  The calendar is fully automated, allowing staff to upload School/Directorate events.  Submitted events are then approved by designated CMS users in individual Schools and Directorates.

Designated CMS users and other interested parties should contact the CMS team to arrange the appropriate access to approve their own events.  Access can be requested by clicking here.  Under ‘area requested’ please insert: 'What’s on Events' and the name of your School/Directorate.

If staff in your area need CMS training, please click here.

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Internal Vacancies

This week's internal vacancies:

• Temporary Clerical Officer (Grade 4)
  Finance Directorate
  Ref: 15/103701
  Closing date: Friday 16 January 2015
  Anticipated interview date: Monday 2 February 2015

• Business Development Officer
  School of Mathematics and Physics
  Ref: 15/103702
  Closing date: Friday 23 January 2015

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Annual Commuter Travel Cards

Staff are reminded that the University offers interest-free loans on Annual Commuter Travel Cards.

The number of Annual Commuter Cards issued to staff has increased by 38% over the past three years and it is the most cost effective means of travel on public transport.

Using public transport means you don’t have to worry about traffic jams or parking, you can read a book and arrive at work relaxed.

More information on Annual Commuter Travel Cards can be found at

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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 their 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 have been 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 by 4.00pm on Thursday 15 January. You should include the location of your workplace in the email.

A Registration Meeting will be held on Monday 19 January 2015 to confirm participants and distribute the 'lb for £' 12 week challenge weight loss packs. Details of the registration event will be confirmed by email.

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AHRC Workshop on Public Policy Engagement

The AHRC will host a workshop at Queen’s on Engaging with public policy in the arts and humanities: Opportunities and challenges on Wednesday 21 January 2015 at Riddel Hall.

This free workshop will be invaluable to academics considering future public policy engagement, as well as to research and knowledge exchange office staff who provide support to arts and humanities researchers.  It will be an opportunity to learn first-hand from academics already involved in policy engagement.

The day will conclude with an overview of funding opportunities and AHRC’s guidance for achieving systematic engagement with policy communities.

To book your place, email Thomas Booker at, giving details of any accessibility or dietary requirements.  For further information, click here.

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Join an Open Learning Short Part-Time Course this New Year

The New Year Open Learning programme starts week commencing Monday 19 January.  From painting to public speaking, walking to wine appreciation, creative writing to céilí dancing, and astronomy to ayurveda, Open Learning short part-time day and evening courses at Queen's offer everyone the chance to try something new and enjoy learning in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Courses are offered in a wide variety of subject are‌as, including:

  • Creative Writing
  • History
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Philosophy
  • Visual Arts

Queen’s staff qualify for the concession rate where applicable.  For further information and to enrol online, visit

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Wellbeing Week

The University's annual Wellbeing Week will take place from Monday 26 – Friday 30 January.  Throughout the week, staff will have the opportunity to take part in a range of free activities aimed at promoting health and wellbeing.

The full programme will be available in next week’s Round Up and on the Wellbeing website.

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January Sale at the Welcome Centre

Staff are invited to go along to the Welcome Centre where there is up to 50% off many lines, including clothing, science kits, microbes and novelty gifts.  Opening times are Monday  Friday, 8.00am – 6.00pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 11.00am – 4.00pm.‌

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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Augusto Azuara-Blanco

Staff are invited to attend the inaugural lecture by Professor Augusto Azuara-Blanco, Centre for Experimental Medicine, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences.  The lecture, titled Lost in Translational, will take place on Wednesday 11 February at 1.00pm in Room 0G.019, Lower Lecture Theatre, Institute of Clinical Sciences – Block A, Royal Victoria Hospital.

It will be followed by a drinks reception in the Institute of Clinical Sciences.  RSVP to:

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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Jose Bengoechea

Staff are invited to attend the inaugural lecture by Professor Jose Bengoechea, Centre for Infection and Immunity, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences.  The lecture, titled Messieurs, c'est les microbes!, will take place on Monday 19 January 2015 at 5.00pm in North Lecture Theatre, Medical Biology Centre.  

It will be followed by a drinks reception in the MBC Foyer.  RSVP to:

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Open Lecture: 'Churchill and Ireland' by Lord Bew

As part of Parliament’s commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s death, Lord Bew, Professor of Irish Politics at Queen’s, will deliver an Open Lecture on Churchill and Ireland on Monday 26 January, 5.30pm – 7.00pm, in the Council Chamber.  The lecture will explore the unique impact that Ireland had throughout Churchill’s life – personally and politically.

To book a place, please complete the Registration form for Open Lecture 26 January 2015 or contact Parliament's Outreach Service on 020 7219 1650,

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Participants Wanted for Psychology Study

The School of Psychology is looking for young adults with high functioning autism/Asperger's to participate in a study entitled ‘How do young adults think about and make plans for the future?’.  The researcher is interested in how people with autism think about the future and if this differs from their peers.

Participation takes approximately 60 minutes and involves pen and paper tasks and computer-based tasks and usually takes place in the David Keir Building; however, it is possible to meet elsewhere if this is more convenient.  All participants will be provided with a reimbursement of £8 for taking part.  Participants do not need to be affiliated with the University – anyone can take part, so please feel free to share this.

The inclusion criteria for participants are:
1. At least 18 years or older
2. Official diagnosis of high functioning autism/Asperger's

This study will run until March 2015.  For more information, please contact Jayne Hamilton at

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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 would 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 will run until December 2015.  For more information, please contact Rebecca McKelvey at or telephone 028 9097 4020.

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Queen's Sport Online Fitness Induction

Queen's Sport have developed and introduced a new compulsory in-depth online Fitness Induction.  The innovative and informative induction videos will provide users with advice on how to use Queen's Sport facilities correctly and safely.

For full details, click here.

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Staff Prayer Breakfast

The Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian Chaplaincies at Queens invite staff to a Prayer Breakfast on Thursday 15 January between 8.00am – 9.00am in The Hub Cafe, 22 Elmwood Avenue.

Please RSVP to

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QFT Round Up 120115This week at QFT:

TESTAMENT OF YOUTH *SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENING AND LIVE SATELLITE Q&A*: Don’t miss a very special preview screening of this magnificent period drama starring Kit Harrington and Alicia Vikander.

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING: Based on his first wife's memoir, the young Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) uses his head and his heart as he makes discoveries in science and in love.

ENEMY: A provocative, existential thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal as an apathetic history teacher, Adam, who, while watching a movie, discovers an actor who looks exactly like him. So begins Adam's obsessive journey to confront his doppelganger face-to-face.

BIG EYES: Amy Adams stars in Tim Burton's compelling tale as Margaret, a naive divorcee in the 1950s who meets and marries the handsome Walter Keane.  Her new husband begins to hawk Margaret's distinctive paintings, claiming them, and their popularity, as his own.

THE GREEN RAY: Eric Rohmer's film is an honest, poignant and often very funny portrait of a twenty-something woman ostensibly looking for a good summer holiday, but yearning for so much more.  The award-winning The Green Ray is a delight to revisit, especially in the bleak days of January when we all start dreaming of our next summer getaway.

THE GREEN PRINCE: Winner of the 2014 Sundance world documentary audience award, this real-life thriller tells the story of one of Israel's prized intelligence sources, recruited to spy upon his own people for more than a decade.  The Green Prince is a gripping account of terror, betrayal and unthinkable choices.

Coming up from Friday: Whiplash, Winter Sleep.

QFT Competition
To win a pair of tickets to see Testament of Youth when it opens on Friday 16 January, please email with Testament of Youth in the subject line and the answer to the question: On whose memoir/autobiography is the film based?  Competition closes on Wednesday 14 January at 12.00pm and the winner will be contacted by email.

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

Please visit for more details.

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STDU Courses

STDU courses in January 2015

  • Friday 23 January: Effective Use of Voice – Find Your Voice, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 27 January: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 January: Writing for Publication – Researcher Writing Retreat (2 days), 9.30am – 4.30pm

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities

Aimed at Professional Support Staff Grade 7 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above.  Book now for the following Developing for Success workshops in February:

  • Thursday 5 February:Communicating Effectively, 9.00am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 19 February: Presenting with Impact, 9.30am – 4.30pm

The full STDU Course Programme for 201415 can be viewed online at:

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 course:

  • 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
  • Monday 23 February, Facebook for Beginners, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 27 February, Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 9.30am – 1.00pm

Semester 2 courses are now available for booking on Queen’s Online.  Course dates can be viewed at:

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, visit:

The next test date is Tuesday 20 January, 9.30am to 11.00am.

Today's tip: Learn how to use Outlook effectively – visit

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Briefing Session on QUB Teaching Awards Scheme
A briefing session will take place on Thursday 22 January 2015, 12.45pm – 2.00pm in the 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 here,  including podcasts of brief interviews with the 2014 Teaching Award winners.

Continuing Professional Development
The 2014-2015 courses are now available for booking via the iTrent system.  Please note that as there are limited places available on each course/event early registration is recommended.

  • Wednesday 21 January: An Introduction to Queen’s Online for Learning and Teaching (You must be registered to use Queen’s Online with access to one of your modules), 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • 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

Guest Speaker Series 2014-2015

  • 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 a session offering 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.

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

A full list of all CED events and courses together with further information can be accessed here.

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