6 June 2016

New Website – Staff Survey

Digital Transformation Project: homepage imageSince the launch of the new Queen’s website in April 2016, the Digital Transformation Project Team have been gathering feedback from across our external audiences to find out how well the site works in supporting the Vision 2020 goals.

The Team would like your views on the new website as a tool to support external communication and engagement and to help them understand what you may need from an internal website (intranet) as well as our public site. All individual comments will remain confidential. The survey will close at 5.00pm on Friday 10 June 2016.

Take the survey.

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First Trust Bank Graduate and Student of the Year 2016

First Trust Bank Graduate and Student of the Year Nominations for the First Trust Bank Graduate and Student of the Year close on Friday 10 June 2016.  Anyone can nominate and the process is quick and simple. 

The Awards recognise excellence, achievement or service by exceptional Queen’s alumni and students, either to the University or to the wider community.

For more information and to access the online nomination forms, please visit the Development and Alumni website.

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Paper Meadows Art Installation

Paper Meadow‌Queen’s in partnership with RSPB and the Belfast Print Workshop have created an art installation of colourful paper wildflowers, known as Paper Meadows, to promote the beauty and fragility of nature and the need to protect it.

Artists from Belfast Print Workshop have created 1,500 paper flowers which will be in full bloom on lawns outside the Lanyon Building from Monday 6 – Sunday 12 June 2016.

The paper flowers have been embedded with native wildflower seed.

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Latest news on Staff Gateway Site

Staff Gateway siteThe Staff Gateway site has been redeveloped as part of the Digital Transformation Project. It is now home to the latest news, initiatives and information for staff.

News stories appearing on the site this week, include:

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Bus and Train Week

Bus and Train WeekBus and Train Week takes place between Monday 6 –  Sunday 12 June 2016 and the University is getting behind the #GetOnboardNI campaign.

The week celebrates the many benefits of travelling by bus and train and features discounted fares, competitions and spot prizes. Queen's has teamed up with Clements Coffee to offer 25% off the price of all hot drinks on presentation of a public transport ticket across any of their University outlets.  

Staff who take part in the offer will also be entered in to a draw to win free coffee for 30 days.

For more information

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Volunteering Excellency Awards

Good luck to those staff members shortlisted in the Volunteering Excellency Awards, which reward the volunteering efforts of students, staff and alumni and celebrate the positive contribution they have made to the community, locally as well as further afield.

Details of the shortlist are available on the Students' Union website.

The awards ceremony and gala dinner will take place on Monday 13 June 2016.

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Cycle to Work Week

Cycle to Work Week 2016Queen's is partnering with a number of cycle retailers for Cycle to Work Week which takes place from Monday 13 - Friday 17 June 2016.  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 means of commuting to work, including cycling clinics, maintenance workshops, security marking and a cycling debate. Find out more.

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Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016

PTES HEA logoThere are now less than two weeks remaining to the close of the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016, a national survey which gathers feedback from postgraduate taught students on their experiences of their postgraduate taught programmes. Feedback from this survey is utilised by Faculties and Schools at Queen’s to improve their postgraduate taught provision.

Course Co-ordinators, Advisers of Study, lecturers and other staff involved in postgraduate taught provision are asked to encourage the students in their Schools to complete the online questionnaire. Students have been and will continue to receive emails explaining how to access and complete the survey.

The survey closing date is Thursday 16 June 2016. Students who complete the survey will be entered into a draw to win £250 or two tickets to see Biffy Clyro on 25 June.

For further information contact Jane McKee:

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Student Wellbeing Conference

Queen’s, Ulster University, Colleges NI and Carecall will host the second Student Wellbeing Conference on Thursday 16 June 2016. The conference will take place in the Skainos Centre in Belfast.

The aim of this conference is to:

  • Showcase examples of good and innovative practice in student wellbeing;
  • Network among welfare and counselling staff, peer supporters, students and others with an interest in student wellbeing and welfare;
  • Learn from each other and share knowledge.

View the Conference Programme. Book your tickets.

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Mandarin Chinese Taster Session

Language CentreThe Language Centre at Queen’s will run a Mandarin Chinese taster session on Thursday 16 June 2016, 1.00pm – 1.50pm, in the McClay Library Auditorium. This session aims to demystify the language and will introduce you to some unique linguistic features and useful expressions and greetings. Further information – Mandarin Chinese taster session (Thursday 16 June 2016).

To book your place, please email Up to 30 places are available.

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Chinese Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat imageThe Language Centre at Queen’s will give a talk on the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival on Thursday 9 June 2016, from 1.00pm – 1.50pm, in Training Room 2, the McClay Library. Anyone interested in broadening their knowledge of Chinese culture is welcome to attend this interactive talk with both linguistic elements and cultural perspectives. Click here for further information on the Dragon Boat Festival Session.

To book your place, email Liang Wang: Up to 30 places are available.

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Research Data Management Information Sessions

‘Research Data Management’ is a rapidly developing area of research policy. Most major funders now require that researchers complete Data Management Plans at the outset of research projects; provide open access to data underpinning published research findings; and retain relevant data for minimum periods of up to ten years following a project. Some funders have started to monitor compliance with these policies and, as of 2017, Open Research Data will be the default for all new Horizon 2020 projects.

These information sessions will provide researchers with the latest intelligence on funder requirements; an introduction to the basic principles of Research Data Management and Open Research Data; and an overview of relevant support services provided at the University.

For more information, please visit the event listing pages linked above. To register, please contact

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Individual Fellowships Writing Workshop – Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions

To assist researchers and supervisors in preparing a competitive proposal for the upcoming MSCA Individual Fellowships Call (deadline 14th September), a proposal writing seminar will take place on Friday 24 June 2016, 10.30am – 3.15pm, in Research and Enterprise, 63 University Road.

Individual Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowships aim to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers (post-doctoral researchers) by diversifying their skills acquisition through advanced training and international and/or inter-sectoral mobility. There is also support for individual researchers to re-start their careers after a break from research, and for the re-integration into Europe of researchers previously active in Europe but currently working outside Europe.

To reserve your place at the workshop, email

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Confidence in Concept: Expressions of Interest

Expression of interest applications are invited for the Confidence in Concept (CiC) programme, which aims to accelerate the transition from discovery science to the early stages of therapeutic, diagnostic or medical device development by supporting preliminary work or feasibility studies to establish the viability of an approach.

Find out more on submitting an Expression of interest application. Completed EOI forms must be returned to by 12pm on Friday 17 June 2016.

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Open Invitation: Global Challenge Networking Programme workshop

Following a successful pilot event on 27 April, staff are invited to a follow-up Global Challenge Networking Programme Workshop on Monday 27 June 2016. The event, which will be chaired by Professor James McElnay, will run from 9.00am – 1.00pm in room TR6 in the Graduate School.  

The workshop is open to those who attended the first event as well as any other researcher who is interested in exploring the possibilities for collaborative work under the topic of 'Living and Working in a Digital Age'.

If you would like to register for this event or require further information about the Global Challenge Networking Programme, please contact the Research Policy Office at or 028 9097 2552/2594.

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QUBAN Seminar Series

QUBAN Seminar SeriesThe cross-faculty QUBAN group (Queen’s University Anti-Microbial Network) invites all interested staff and students to the last talk in its seminar series for this Spring. The guest speaker, Anthony McDonnell, head of economic research for the Independent Review on AMR, will present on Economic perspectives on AMR: some thoughts from the O’Neill Review.

The event will take place on Wednesday 15 June 2016 at 2.30pm in MBC Room G07NT.

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Queen’s Sport

Queens Sport 060616Summer Madness at Queen’s Sport
Queen’s Sport are offering a range of special offers for Summer 2016:

  • Summer Membership: Three Month All-Inclusive Summer Membership for only £99 for an All-Inclusive Membership that includes access to; 70+ classes a week, three fitness/gym areas, two swimming pools, climbing walls and racquet sports.
  • Staff Free Trail: avail of free trial for you and a friend by clicking here and following the instructions.
  • Summer Graduate Offer: for students who are graduating this summer, take advantage of our new graduate promotional rates: £25 Peak and £20 Off Peak.

For more information on any of the offers, please contact Reception on 028 90 681126 or email: Terms and conditions apply on all offers.

Boat Race 2016 – VIP Tickets still on sale
Queen’s takes on Trinity College Dublin in the Boat Race this Saturday, 11 June 2016 with junior races starting at 11.30am to the main race at 5.00pm.

VIP Tickets are still on sale at Queen’s Sport, PEC reception for £25 each - you can enjoy the best views of the race, be at the heart of the action, listen to live music and eat from the gourmet BBQ.

For further information, call reception on 028 9068 1126 or email:

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QFT 060616This week at QFT:

Love and Friendship (U) – Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny reunite with director Whit Stillman for a witty adaption of Jane Austen’s early novella Lady Susan.

Versus: The Life and Film of Ken Loach (12A) – Louise Osmond directs candid documentary on one of Britain’s most celebrated and controversial filmmakers, Ken Loach.

The Measure of a Man (PG) – In this fiercely intelligent social drama, Vincent Lindon is superb as a man facing the realities of unemployment and the market in contemporary France.

Romes and Juliet (PG) – Zeffirelli's acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare's timeless love story was nominated for Best Picture Oscar on its release in 1968.

RSC LIVE: HAMLET – Live from Stratford, Wednesday 8 June at 7.00pm – Simon Godwin (The Two Gentlemen of Verona (2014)) directs Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet in Shakespeare's searing tragedy. As relevant today as when it was written, Hamlet confronts each of us with the mirror of our own mortality in an imperfect world.

NT LIVE: The Audience (12A) – Thursday 9 June, 7.00pm – Another chance to catch the extremely popular west end production The Audience in celebration of the Monarchs 90th birthday. With Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II.

From Friday 10 June: Where to Invade Next, The Daughter and When Marnie Was There.

Queen's staff ticket price: £5 (standard ticket price: £6.70). Please visit for more details.

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Welcome Centre

Welcome Centre 060616The Welcome Centre is now stocking Rock A Doodle Do – Belfast Hot Sauces. 'Fear the Reaper', 'Master of Peppers' and 'Can I Play with Mangoes' all now available.

Staff are reminded of their 10% discount with any purchase.

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Continuing Professional Development
Upcoming courses and events are listed below. Please note that there are limited places available so early registration is recommended.

  • Tuesday 21 June 2016: Being an Adviser of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm (Only a few places still remaining)
  • Wednesday 29 June 2016: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including QuestionMark), 9.30am – 4.30pm

New - Assessment Seminars
The following Lunchtime Assessment Seminars will take place 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.

  • Wednesday 15 June 2016: Feedback forms and coversheets to encourage students to be self-reflective
  • Wednesday 22 June 2016: Formative assessment of large classes: supporting effective student learning
  • Wednesday 29 June 2016: Assessing group-work: mechanisms for allocating marks fairly
  • Wednesday 6 July 2016: The student voice; designing assessment with students as partners

New Academic Year Conference
The Conference, New Academic Year: harnessing change to improve student learning, will take place on Thursday 23 June 2016 and is now available for booking. Click here for further details

To book a place on any of the above, 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 5 July: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm

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 – Want an IT qualification? The European Computer Driving Licence is internationally recognised and Queen’s University is an accredited test centre (for their staff and students only). Once registered with the British Computer Society, you will be given access to study materials and the testing software “EnlightKS”, which offers diagnostic testing with feedback. (Note: EnlightKS is not used for ECDL Advanced). Click here for more information on ECDL. The next test date is Thursday 23 June, 10.30am – 12.00pm.

Tip of the day: To convert text to a table: select the text; click the 'Insert' tab; click the arrow under 'table'; and click 'Convert text to table'. Select number of columns and how text is separated.

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