8 June 2015

A Bite of Queen's Tour of the McClay Library

The next A Bite of Queen’s campus tour will take staff on a behind-the-scenes visit to The McClay Library. The tour will take place on Wednesday 17 June, 1.05pm – 1.50pm.

Staff will have the opportunity to learn more about the building’s world-class study facilities and wide-ranging library and computing services. The tour will include a visit to the impressive C.S. Lewis Reading Room – accessed through a hand-carved 'wardrobe' door – and to the Special Collections Library, which houses the Library's rare and early printed book, map, and manuscript collections.

The tour is free and lunch will be provided.  To take part, please fill in the online booking form. Places are limited. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

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Call for Nominations: Graduate and Student of the Year 2015

Nominations for the annual First Trust Bank Queen’s Graduate and Student of the Year Awards are open until Friday 12 June 2015.

Now in their 17th year, the awards recognise excellence, achievement or service by exceptional Queen’s alumni and students, either to the University or to the wider community.  The awards are presented by Queen’s Graduates’ Association (QGA) with generous support from First Trust Bank.

The 2014 Graduate of the Year was Dr Anita Sands and the Student Award, which comes with a £500 prize, went to postgraduate physics student Clare Scullion, who was recognised for her outstanding contribution to University life.  Click here to view a full list of past winners. 

The nominations process is open until 5.00pm on Friday 12 June 2015 and anyone is welcome to submit an entry.  For more information, or to submit a nomination, click here or contact Meaghan Lyons, Alumni Officer,, 028 9097 3135.

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Cycle to Work Week: 15 - 19 June

Cycle to Work Week takes place from Monday 15 – Friday 19 June 2015. The aim of the week is to encourage staff to give cycling a go and leave the car at home.

Events are planned for each day of the week to promote cycling as a means of commuting to work. These include cycling clinics, maintenance workshops, security marking and a Bike to Work Week breakfast. For full details of the week, please click: Cycle to Work Week 2015

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'£ for lb' 12 Week Challenge

Congratulations to all staff who participated in the '£ for lb' 12 Week Challenge organised by the Staff Wellbeing initiative. Participants raised £1,485 for local charity Cancer Focus. 

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Internal vacancy

This week's internal vacancy:

  • Administrator (Education Support) – Maternity Cover
    School of Nursing and Midwifery
    Ref: 15/103940
    Closing date: Friday 12 June 2015
    Anticipated Interview date: week commencing 29 June 2015

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QPol is an exciting new public policy engagement initiative that is being piloted over the next few months at the University. Since the launch of the QPol website ( in May 2015, a series of blogs have been published on key issues.  Recent highlights include:
  • Can universities contribute to economic development? by Professor Nola Hewitt-Dundas, School of Management
  • EU Referendum: Brexit Looming? by Professor David Phinnemore, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy
  • The Future of Human Rights? by Professor Colin Harvey, School of Law
QPol provides a vehicle through which Queen's academics can focus their engagement with those involved in the policy-making process by providing independent, evidence-based analysis and solutions to government, politicians and others involved in tackling the major challenges of the day.
All academic staff are encouraged to engage with QPol and the blog. For more information, contact
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Latest edition of School newsletter

The latest edition of the School of History and Anthropology's newsletter is now available online. Click on the link to access it:School Newsletter June 2015

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3rd Annual REMERGE Symposium

The Regenerative Medicine Research Group (REMERGE) at Queen’s will host the 3rd Annual REMERGE Symposium on Monday 22 June at Riddel Hall.

The symposium brings together international leaders in the regenerative medicine field from academia and industry.

For more information, please contact or register (free of charge) at

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Marie Curie Charity Raffle and Coffee Morning

Staff are invited to attend a Mr Tayto and Miss Daffy’s Tea Party/Coffee Morning and Raffle Draw hosted by Queen’s Management School in aid of Marie Curie. The event will take place at 10.00am on Tuesday 30 June 2015 in Lanyon North, Room 0G.074, and all are welcome.  
Raffle tickets with fantastic prizes are currently on sale in the Management School (028 9097 5500/5478). Tickets cost £1 and will support Marie Curie in providing care and support to terminally ill people and their families.
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SU Shop

The SU Shop is now stocking 201516 Queen's branded Academic Diaries:
  • A5 Week to View:  £3.49
  • A5 Day to Page:  £4.99 
  • A4 Week to View:  £5.99  
  • A4 Day to Page:  £7.49
Departmental purchases can be organised via internal journal recharge – you can also set up an Account card which will give you complete flexibility to make future purchases from the SU Shop.
June /July Special offer: 20% discount is now available for all internal or Account stationery purchases over £12 (including 2015–16 diaries). For further details of the 20% offer and information on how to set up an Account, please contact Lorraine Meneilly,, 028 9097 1048.
The Students’ Union Shop is owned and operated by Queen’s University with all profits reinvested to provide services and support for our students.
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The Welcome Centre

Foxford lambswool baby blankets are now in stock at the Welcome Centre. The Petra Boase baby clothing range and new baby cards are also available.
Staff are reminded of their 10% discount. 
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This week at QFT:
THE CONNECTION (15) - A stylish 70's crime thriller inspired by true events, it tells the story of real-life Marseille magistrate Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin from The Artist) and his relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history: the French Connection.
PROJECT MONDAY: BLADE RUNNER - THE FINAL CUT (15) – one-off screening on Monday 8 June. Harrison Ford stars in the definitive version of Ridley Scott’s iconic sci-fi classic.
TIMBUKTU (12A) - Winner of two awards at the Cannes Film Festival and also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2014 Oscars, Timbuktu tells the story of a proud cattle herder comes into fateful conflict with the fundamentalist rulers of the provincial capital.
GOOD KILL (15) - After six tours of duty, Air Force pilot Tom Egan (Ethan Hawke) now fights the Taliban from an air-conditioned box in the Las Vegas desert. When he and his crew start taking orders directly from the CIA, and the stakes are raised.
LISTEN UP PHILIP (15) - A complex, intimate, and highly idiosyncratic comedy, Listen Up Philip is a literary look at the triumph of reality over the human spirit.
Queen's staff ticket price £5 (standard ticket price £6.50). Please visit for more details.
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Continuing Professional Development
Please note that places are limited and early registration is recommended.
  • Wednesday 17 June: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including QuestionMark), 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 23 June: Being an Adviser of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm
 9th CED Annual Conference 
  • Thursday 25 June: Blending the Learning: Incorporating Technology in Your Teaching.  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 course is available for booking:
  • Tuesday 16 June: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience,  9.30am – 12.30pm
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'.
A limited number of places are available on the Staff Training and Development Unit's Leadership Mini Masterclass (Open to Grade AR 7 and above, Grade AC2 and above):
  • Tuesday 23 June: Leading with Resilience through Change, 11.00am – 12.30pm, Senate Room, Lanyon Building.  
Facilitated by Dr Carole Pemberton, an executive and career coach, Professional Certified Coach (accredited by the International Coach Federation) and Visiting Professor in Business Coaching at Ulster University, this masterclass will provide an opportunity to reflect on how you can successfully manage yourself and lead others through change.  The session will cover topics such as: 'The link between resistance to change and resilience'; 'The qualities that contribute to resilience'; 'How to recognise when resilience is getting frayed'; 'What individuals know helps them regain resilience'; and 'How can a leader support the resilience of those they lead'.
To book, log in to Queen's Online ( then select 'Training Courses' from 'Other' on the list on the left of the page.  In 'Learning Activity', search under 'Leadership'.
Financial Assistance for Staff: Part-Time Courses
Staff can now apply for financial assistance for courses in the next academic year that are required for your current post or as part of career development within the University.  Please note that applicants who received support in 2014–15 and are continuing their course must apply for support for each year of study.
Please read the guidelines (available here) and apply by the 31 July 2015 deadline.  Applications received after this date may be supported depending on available budget.  Applications must be discussed and authorised by the relevant Senior Manager.  For further information, please contact Suzanne McMorrow, Training Co-ordinator,, 028 9097 6606.  
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IT Training Courses

Places are available on the following courses:
  • Tuesday 9 June: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 18 June: Advanced Word Processing: Making Best Use of Word, 9.30am – 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 30 June: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 5 August: Working with SharePoint (for Site contributors), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 6 August: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.00pm
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'.  Course dates can be viewed here.
ECDL: The new and 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 Tuesday 9 June, 9.30am – 11.00am.
Tip of the day: If you have a table at the top of a Word document (or email) and need to insert a heading or text before it, click and hold the table handle (the small cross at the top left of the table) and drag the table down the page.
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