13 June 2016

Help Shape our Brand – Coffee Morning

Brand GraphicTo help deliver the priorities set out in Vision 2020, work is ongoing to develop a clear and compelling brand positioning for Queen’s which highlights our distinctiveness.

The project builds on the work already undertaken in the development of our Core Values which will be launched to staff later this month.

A series of coffee mornings will take place over the next couple of weeks to update staff and students on the branding project and to get your views on the next steps. The first event takes place this week on Thursday 16 June 2016 in the Great Hall. Call in for 15 minutes anytime between 10.00am – 12.00pm, have a coffee and a bun, tell us your views and help shape our brand.

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Campus Food Market

Campus Food and DrinkJoin Campus Food and Drink on Friday 17 June 2016 from 12.00pm at the Elmwood Hall for the next Campus Food Market. The market will bring together a fantastic selection of hot food stalls showcasing Northern Irish produce and foods from around the world. They will be joined by firm favourites Tapitas, The Crepe Maker and Pizza Vantastica, as well as new friends Belfalafel, Hogplate, Oui Poutine, Glastry Farm Ice Cream and Kaffine Kiosk.

Don’t forget to like and share the event on Facebook to be in with a chance of winning lunch for you and a friend from the trader of your choice.

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Cycle to Work Week starts today

Cycle to Work Week 2016Queen's is partnering with a number of cycle retailers for Cycle to Work Week (Monday 13 – Friday 17 June 2016) which kicks off today. 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, including cycling clinics, maintenance workshops, security marking and a cycling debate. Find out more.

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Internal vacancy

This week's internal vacancy:

  • Faculty Finance Business Partner (Maternity Cover)
    Faculty Office (AHSS)
    Ref: 16/104699
    Closing date: Monday 20 June 2016
    Anticipated Interview date: Tuesday 28 June 2016

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Care in the Sun Information Session

Staff Wellbeing have organised a Care in the Sun information session to give staff helpful information on how you and your family can keep safe in the sun.

The session, which will be delivered by Cancer Focus and Dr Gerry Gormley from the Centre for Medical Education, will take place on Tuesday 21 June 2016, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, location TBC. 

Lunch will be provided. Register to attend by emailing with "Care in the Sun” in the subject line.

Further information can be found on the Staff Wellbeing page.


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School of Education Newsletter

School of Ed newsletter Summer 2016The summer 2016 issue of the School of Education Newsletter, Education at Queen’s, is now online. It includes updates on research, teaching, staff and students.

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The Conversation

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

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

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IGFS Newsletter June 2016

IFGS Logo‌The eighth edition of the Institute for Global Food Security's Newsletter is now available. Click here to access it.

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QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog

Click on the links to read the latest posts from the QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog:

Upcoming QPol Events:

If you are interesting in submitting an article to QPol, please contact Kevin at  

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Research Data Management Information Session

An information session on Research Data Management will take place this week on Wednesday 15 June 2016, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, (Seminar Room, 63 University Road).

Open to all staff, it 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 or to register, please contact

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KESS at Stormont: Wednesday 15 June 2016

Stormont Buildings (Picture courtesy NI Tourist Board)The next KESS seminar, Understanding and Supporting Cultural Diversity, will take place at Stormont on Wednesday 15 June 2016. It will include Dr Piotr Blumczyński and Dr Caroline Linse from Queen's.

To reserve your place at the seminar, email

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Mini-MBA Programme (18 – 22 July 2016)

William J Clinton Leadership Institute

Designed and delivered by the William J Clinton Leadership Institute, the mini-MBA is an intensive five-day interactive programme on the essentials of management and leadership in business. It will give you an insight into the modern business world, including what to expect and how to maximise your impact. Topics covered include: leadership and strategy; marketing and sales; finance essentials; people and performance; and case study and assessment.

Date: 18 – 22 July 2016
Venue: Riddel Hall, 185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast
Cost: £1,899

Click here for full details.

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Horizon 2020: Writing workshop

Queen’s Research Development EU team will hold a workshop on how to write a competitive Research Innovation action proposal (RIA/IA) on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 June 2016.

The training is intended for Queen’s academics planning to apply to the Horizon 2020 “Industrial Leadership” and the “Societal Challenges” programmes. The workshop will address each section of the application through informative material and hands-on exercises.

Register here.

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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 14 September), a proposal writing seminar will take place on Friday 24 June 2016, 10.30am to 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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Open Access Training – HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for the REF

Open Access is now a requirement for REF eligibility. To make sure you comply with the policy, go along to one of the Open Access short thirty minute courses. There will be time after to answer any specific questions you have.

The Open Access Team will be running two sessions on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 28 June, How to comply with HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for the REF, 2.30pm – 3.00pm, McClay Library, Meeting Room 3, Floor 2
  • Wednesday 27 July, How to comply with HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for the REF,  2.30pm – 3.00pm, McClay Library, Gillespie Room

To register, login to Queen's Online and click ‘Training Courses’ from the ‘Other’ section. Alternatively email Open Access and the Open Access Team can book the course(s) on your behalf.

The full training schedule is available on the Open Access LibGuide.

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The Welcome Centre

Father’s Day takes place on Sunday 19 June 2016. Call in to the Welcome Centre for a full range of cards, novel gift ideas and much more.

Staff are reminded of their 10% discount to use in store. 

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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. Includes access to: 70+ classes a week, three fitness/gym areas, two swimming pools, climbing walls and racquet sports.
  • Staff Free Trial: 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 9068 1126 or email: Terms and conditions apply on all offers.

Summer Scheme 2016 – spaces still available
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the summer scheme is packed full of fun and activities for children aged 6 – 14. Enrolment is still open with a range of spaces available.

For an enrolment form, or for more information, please visit the Queen's Sport website. If you require any additional information, please contact reception on 028 9068 1126 or email

Rowing Camp 2016
Spaces are still available in this Summers Rowing Camp, with three different camps available for rowers with no experience to regular rowers.
Click here for full details and application form.

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National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) 2016
The HEA is running a series of regional workshops to support those applying for a National Teaching Fellowship or CATE Award. Queen’s will be hosting one of these events on Wednesday 22 June 2016 at 11.00am – 1 .00pm in Room OG/33 Elmwood Building. This event would be of interest to Fellows of the HEA (or those working towards Fellowship) who have applied to go forward as institutional nominee in 2016 or those who would be interested in going forward in the future.

For further details and to register please contact Liz McDowell on 028 9097 5301 or

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

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

New Academic Year Conference

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

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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Training and DevelopmentThe following Staff Training and Development Unit courses are available for booking:

  • Tuesday 21 June: Manager Wellbeing Training, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 23 June: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 27 – Tuesday 28 June: Researcher Writing Retreat (2 days), 9.30am – 4.30pm

To register for an upcoming training course, log onto Queens Online, then select 'Training Courses' from the list on the left of the page and follow the link for 'iTrent Self Service'.

Follow the Staff Training and Development Unit on Twitter @QueensStaffDev

Financial Assistance for Staff – Part-Time Courses
Each year, the University offers financial assistance for staff to undertake part-time courses of study leading to a qualification. Support is obtained via the Staff Training and Development Unit (criteria apply). If you are considering applying for a course in the academic year 2016–17 that is required for your current post or as part of career development within the University, you may be eligible for financial assistance.

Please read the guidelines and apply before the 31 July 2016 deadline. View the guidelines and application form.

Applications received after this date may be supported depending on available budget. Applications must be discussed and authorised by the relevant Senior Manager. Any enquiries about the form or financial assistance process should be directed to Suzanne McMorrow, Training Co-ordinator,, 028 9097 6606.

Applicants who received support in 2015–16 and are continuing their course must apply for support for each year of study. Many relevant part-time courses are offered by University Schools and departments, including the School of Education. Please contact departments directly for advice on particular courses.

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IT Training courses

IT training courses have ended for this academic year but will recommence at the start of the new semester. Access to IT training materials here.   

ECDL – Want an IT qualification? The European Computer Driving Licence is internationally recognised and Queen’s is an accredited test centre (for their staff and students only). Once registered with the British Computer Society you are given access to study materials and the testing software “EnlightKS”, which offers diagnostic testing with feedback. Please note: EnlightKS is not used for ECDL Advanced.  

The ECDL Advanced modules (Word, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Database) offer four separate qualifications/certificates and you can study for one or more modules as you wish. It’s not necessary to have done the ordinary ECDL before studying for the Advanced.  

ECDL summer tests dates:

  • Thursday 23 June, 10.30am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesda, 6 July, 10.00am – 11.30am
  • Wednesday 3 August, 10.00am – 11.30am

Click here for more information on ECDL.

Tip of the day:  Add  the 'Document Info' control to the Quick Access Toolbar in Word to insert information such as the document file path into your open/saved document.

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