4 April 2016

Staff Survey now open

Staff Survey logoThe Staff Survey is now open and all staff should have received an email from ORC International with a link to the survey.

This an excellent opportunity for you to give your views on your job and other aspects of working at Queen's.

The survey is completely confidential and should take 10-15 minutes to complete.

Further information is available on the Play Your Part webpages. If you have any queries about the survey, contact or your Survey Champion.

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Pedometer Challenge starts next week

This year’s Pedometer Challenge starts on Monday 11 April and will run until Friday 6 May 2016.

Co-ordinated by the Environmental and Wellbeing teams, the four-week challenge is a fun and easy way for you to get walking outdoors and improve your physical and mental wellbeing. It is also an opportunity to help the environment by reducing your carbon footprint and ditching the car or bus and walking to work.

As well as being a great team building activity, you’ll also be raising money for charity. All participants will pledge £2, which will be donated to the nominated local charity, MS Society.  Find out how to get involved.

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Latest edition of Queen's Now

Queen's Now March April 2016The March/April 2016 edition of Queen's Now is available to read online.

This edition includes an interview with Professor Yvonne Galligan, Director of Queen's Gender Initiative, and we meet the three Directors of Operations.

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HEFCE Open Access Policy has now begun

Open Access is now a requirement for REF eligibility. If you have a journal article or conference proceeding (with an ISSN) accepted for publication from 1 April 2016 onwards, you must deposit the accepted manuscript in Pure within three months of publication to comply with HEFCE’s policy.

Failure to comply with the policy will result in journal articles and conference proceedings (with an ISSN) being given an unclassified score for the next REF.

For further information on Open Access and available training courses, please consult the Open Access webpages. If you would like to arrange a training session on the HEFCE Open Access Policy for your school or Research Cluster, please contact the Open Access Team.

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Health Fair: 14 April 2016

Staff Wellbeing, in partnership with the Patient Client Council, has organised a Health Fair for staff and students on Thursday 14 April 2016 in the Great Hall from 10.30am - 3.30pm.

The following organisations will be attending: Cancer Focus, RNIB, Alzheimer’s Society, Diabetes UK, Queen's Sport, Employers for Childcare, Carers NI, CAUSE, Action on Hearing Loss, British Heart Foundation, Chest Heart & Stroke and more.

All staff and students are invited to attend the fair where you can avail of a range of health checks, including blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol levels, and can receive information and advice on various areas of physical and mental health.

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Portrait Unveiling

The Queen's Gender Initiative (QGI) would like to invite staff to the unveiling of a portrait of Professor Ruth Lynden-Bell by artist Jennifer Trouton on Monday 18 April 2016 at 5.00pm in the Great Hall.

The event is part of the QGI Portraits Initiative.

Please RSVP to:

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Twitter Takeover with Queen's Head Gardener

To coincide with National Gardening Week 2016 (11–17 April), Queen’s Head Gardener, Paul Wallace, will take over the @QUBstaff Twitter account on Friday 15 April 2016 between 1.00pm – 2.00pm for a special live chat. Paul will be offering tips and advice for the green-fingered and answering your questions about gardening and the Queen’s estate.

If you would like Paul’s professional advice on a gardening issue, please tweet your question to @QUBStaff or email it to (including your Twitter handle in your email if you have one) before 11.00am on Friday 15 April 2016. You can follow the conversation using the hashtag #QUBstaff.

Find out more about Paul's role here.

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The Conversation

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

The article has been read over 9,000 times in less than 24 hours.

If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, contact to find out more.

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Global Challenge Networking Programme: Pilot event

All staff with a research interest which is related to the theme of Living and Working in a digital age are invited to join Professor James McElnay, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research, Enterprise and Postgraduate Affairs, for a networking lunch followed by a discussion session to scope out potential connections and areas of shared interest between people working in different fields.

The Global Challenge Networking Programme’s first themed Research Networking Event will take place on Wednesday 27 April 2016, 1.00pm – 3.00pm, in the Great Hall, Lanyon Building. Researchers from all disciplinary areas and at all career stages are warmly invited to participate.

Please email with ‘Networking’ in the subject line if you plan to attend (Please note that there is no need for any further text in the body of your email). Further information will then be sent to you.

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Presentation and debate:‘The Economic Implications of Brexit in Northern Ireland’

A presentation and debate on ‘The Economic Implications of Brexit in Northern Ireland’ will take place on Tuesday 26 April 2016, 6.00pm – 8.00pm, in the Whitla Hall. The event is organised by The Centre for Irish Business and Economic Performance, Queen’s Management School; the Chief Executives’ Club at Queen’s; and Nevin Economic Research Institute.

Find out more: Brexit Debate.

Please confirm your attendance with Brenda Carabine:; 028 9097 1153.

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New exhibition developed in collaboration with ‘Living Legacies 1914-18’

Remembering 1916 exhibition logoA new exhibition, ‘Remembering 1916: Your Stories’, exploring the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme has opened at the Ulster Museum.

Developed in collaboration with ‘Living Legacies 1914-18’, an innovative research initiative led by Queen’s, the exhibition features artefacts which were donated by members of the public, as well as significant loans from the National Museum of Ireland and Imperial War Museum.

The exhibition will run from Friday 25 March 2016 to Sunday 19 March 2017. Admission to the Ulster Museum is free. Click here for further information.

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Welcome Centre

Welcome Centre 040416A new range of jewellery by artist and jewellery designer, Amelie Gagne, is now in stock in the Welcome Centre. Amelie's colourful, whimsical and uplifting paintings are carefully recreated into a collection of pendants. The pendants range in sizes and chain lengths and include earrings to match.

Staff are reminded of their 10% discount.

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Continuing Professional Development
Upcoming courses are listed below.  Please note that there are limited places available on each course/event so early registration is recommended.

  • Wednesday 6 April: Using the Personal Response System in your Classes: 2.00pm – 4.30pm. Some previous experience with PowerPoint is necessary for attendance at this workshop.
  • Wednesday 13 April: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including QuestionMark), 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 13 April: Evaluation of Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 27 April: Becoming a Fellow of the HE Academy,  2.00pm – 4.30pm

Assessment Seminars
In response to a call from the Schools and Faculties at Queen's, the Centre for Educational Development will be running a series of Lunchtime Assessment Seminars to address any final outstanding concerns regarding new assessment strategies. The sessions will run from 1.10pm – 1.50pm with tea and coffee at 1.00pm. Please feel free to bring your own lunch.

There will be a limited number of places available at the sessions so booking early is recommended.

  • Wednesday 13 April: Action planning for formative assessment
  • Wednesday 27 April: Writing learning outcomes to support and guide good learning and teaching

To book a place, 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 on the CED website.

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IT Training Courses

ComputersPlaces are available on the following courses:

  • Monday 11 April: Blogging for Researchers, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Monday 18 April: Excel 2: Managing Data, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Monday 18 April: Word Processing: Labels and Mail Merge using Word, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 25 April: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 2.00pm – 5.00pm

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'. Click here to view course dates. Please note that PGR students have a separate programme organised through The Graduate School.

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 more information on ECDL. The next test date is Friday 8 April, 9.30am – 11.00am.

Tip of the day: Academics and researchers are repeatedly being told about the benefits of blogging and networking online. However, starting a blog can be time consuming so it is worthwhile putting some thought into it. If you would like to explore the benefits and challenges of blogging with colleagues from across the University, sign up for our Blogging for Researchers workshop on Monday 11 April. There are only a few spaces left so register today via iTrent.

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