30 March 2015

Team Pedometer Challenge – The Results

The winners of the Team Pedometer Challenge will be announced on Wednesday 1 April at 1.30pm in the Great Hall.

All participants are invited to attend the event which will include a light lunch. Prizes will also be distributed.

Over 85 teams, with six members each, took part in the four-week challenge which was co-ordinated by the Environmental and Staff Wellbeing teams.  In total, the teams walked over 48,000 miles and raised £1,124 for Tiny Life.

To attend the event, please register here. (Numbers are limited, so please register by 12.00pm, Tuesday 31 March)

What next?
A new Physical Activity Loyalty (PAL) Scheme will start after Easter to keep you on the move.

The Centre for Public Health is offering Queen’s Main Campus Site Staff the chance to take part in the PAL scheme, which encourages you to become more active by enabling you to earn rewards for your physical activity. All you have to do is scan your PAL key fob along sensors placed around the campus to collect points.

Further information is available on the PAL website. The scheme will kick off in April, although you can register online anytime. It’s quick, simple and free! If you have any questions, email or call a member of the team on 028 9063 5477.

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Queen's Now

The March/April edition of Queen's Now is available online here.

Included in this edition are details of this year's honorary graduands; some of our colleagues who have been making the headlines over recent weeks; and information about ‌volunteering schemes staff can get involved in.

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The Conversation

An article by Dr Gerard Gormley from the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences explaining why some people have trouble telling left from right has received over 1 million views. It is the most read Queen's article published in The Conversation.

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

If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, email

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Library opening hours: Easter 2015

The McClay Library will be open for study 9.00am 9.00pm (security cover only) on Friday 3 April and Tuesday 7 April. It will be closed Saturday 4 April Monday 6 April inclusive. Full staffed services (and 24-hour opening for semester 2) will run from 8.00am on Wednesday 8 April.
The Medical Library and Biomedical Library will be closed from Friday 3 April until Tuesday 7 April inclusive. Both libraries will re-open with full term-time opening hours at 8.30am on Wednesday 8 April.    
Full details can be found here.
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St Claire Allen: Life in a Landscape

Staff are invited to come along and explore the Naughton Gallery's current exhibition by Antrim born St Claire Allen. Sister of Dame Ingrid Allen and mother of two, her paintings reflect her growing preoccupations with gender, sexuality, motherhood and isolation. The exhibition will close this week on Thursday 2 April. 
The Naughton Gallery's opening hours are Tuesday – Sunday, 11.00am – 4.00pm.
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Big Spring Clean

The Environmental Team, in conjunction with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, will be conducting a Big Spring Clean in the Holylands area on Wednesday 15 April.

The event will start at 12.00pm and will last until 2.00pm. Lunch will be provided.

If you would like to take part, register here.


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Horizon 2020 Secure Societies Information Event

The Research Development team will host a Horizon 2020 Secure Societies Information event on Monday 13 April, 10.00am  1.30pm at the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT). Guest speakers include Helen Almey (UK National Contact Point for Secure Societies) and Michael Murphy (RoI National Delegate and Contact Point for Secure Societies). 
Places are limited so please register early to avoid disappointment. To register, email, stating your name, School, contact details and any dietary/other requirements. A small number of surgery sessions with Michael Murphy will be available after lunch, so if you’d like to avail of this opportunity, please also request this in your registration.
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Countdown to the new HEFCE Policy on Open Access

With only one year to go, the countdown is on to 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 components: 
  • A requirement to deposit final peer-reviewed manuscripts of journal articles and conference proceedings into an institutional repository or subject repository within three months of acceptance; 
  • A 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 to Pure now.
There is a dedicated Open Access Team available to assist you, as well as lots of help and advice on the Library webpages. For further information or assistance, contact the Open Access Team:
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Cancer Outcomes Conference 2015: United Against Cancer

The Northern Ireland Cancer Registry will host the ‘National Cancer Intelligence Network Cancer Outcomes Conference 2015: United Against Cancer’ from Monday 8 June – Wednesday 10 June 2015 in the Europa Hotel, Belfast.
For details of the Conference's five plenary sessions featuring world-wide experts and its 12 parallel sessions featuring local and international research in a wide range of cancer related areas, click on: Cancer Outcomes 2015 Sessions
The Conference has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 15 category 1 (external) CPD credits.
For registration and further details, visit the conference website. Please note that early bird registration closes on Tuesday 31 March 2015.
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The new Spring 2015 Open Learning programme of part-time short courses is now available. 

With courses ranging from painting to public speaking, walking to wine appreciation, creative writing to céilí dancing, and astronomy to aromatherapy, 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. 

Classes start the week commencing Monday 27 April 2015. Queen’s staff qualify for the concession rate where applicable. For further information and to enrol online, click here

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Special Olympics Film Night Fundraiser

A fundraising film night will take place in the QFT on Saturday 11 April. For details of the event, click: Special Olympics Film Night.
The night will raise funds to enable athletes from Northern Ireland to attend this year's Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
To purchase a ticket (£10), contact 028 9097 3423,  
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This week at QFT:

WILD TALES – Absolutely hilarious and at times wickedly shocking, this Oscar-nominated collection of six stand-alone stories is united by the common theme of vengeance. It’s gleefully twisted and full of black humour as you would expect from any film with Pedro Almodóvar as producer.

DIOR AND IDior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director.

SUITE FRANÇAISE – During the early years of the German occupation of France, romance blooms between Lucile Angellier (Michelle Williams), a French villager, and Bruno von Falk (Matthias Schoenaerts), a German soldier.

PROJECT MONDAY: IDA – Fall in love with Mondays all over again with our hand-picked selection of the best of the QFT programme, screening simultaneously at QFT and your local Omniplex Cinema. Kicking off Project Monday next week is Ida, a modern classic and much-deserved winner of Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Oscars.

Coming up from Friday: While We’re Young, Appropriate Behaviour, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, Cobain: Montage of Heck

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

Please visit for more details.

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Continuing Professional Development
Places are available on the following courses:
  • Wednesday 29 April: Becoming a Fellow of the HE Academy, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 6 May: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Higher Education Lunchtime Forum
  • Thursday 14 May: Blogging in Teaching and Learning, 1.00pm – 1.55pm, Senate Room, Lanyon Building. This session will be led by Dr Suzel Reily (School of Creative Arts). A sandwich lunch will be provided from 12.45pm. 
Guest Speaker Series 20142015
  • Tuesday 19 May: Motivating Student Learning, 1.30pm – 4.30pm, Canada Room/Council Chamber. This session will be led by Dr Kate Exley, Higher Education Consultant. Students come to Higher Education with a wide range of expectations and previous experiences of learning. This workshop explores 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 – 'Blending the Learning: incorporating technology in your teaching'
This year’s annual conference on Thursday 25 June 2014 will be an opportunity to hear about the potential of blended learning and to see some effective examples. The morning keynote will be given by Professor Mark Brown, Director, Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University who will discuss 'The Digital Learning Revolution: Godsend or Gimmick?'. In the afternoon, the speaker will be Russell Stannard, Principal Teaching Fellow 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
The next issue of Reflections, the Queen’s Learning and Teaching newsletter, is due to be published later this semester.  If you would like to submit a contribution, please send it to Linda Carey,, or Liz McDowell,, by 20 April 2015.
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 The following Staff Training and Development courses are available for booking:
  • Tuesday 14 April: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 20 April: Front of Office Reception Skills, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 23 April: Selection Interviewing, 9.15am – 4.30pm
  • Friday 24 April: Career Development for Support Staff, 9.30am – 3.00pm
  • Wednesday 29 April: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm
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:
  • Monday 27 April: Project management for non-Project Managers, 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 31 March: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 14 April: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 14 April: Adobe Photoshop 2: Further Topics, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 5 May: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 8 May: Introduction to Visio 2013, 9.30am – 12.00pm
  • Monday 11 May: LinkedIn for Beginners, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 18 May: NVivo – An Introduction, 9.30am – 4.30pm
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.
ECDLThe next test date is Monday 13 April, 2.00pm – 3.30pm. 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.
Tip of the day: In Excel, naming cell ranges helps you copy, move or carry functions on any number of cells. To find out more, see our Excel materials here.
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