3 October 2016

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Royalties Sampling Exercise

Academic staff may have noticed yellow collection boxes appearing beside printer/copiers in Schools and libraries last week.

The Copyright Licensing Agency Ltd (CLA) has chosen Queen’s for a royalties sampling exercise taking place during October and staff are asked to leave an identifying page of any copyright material they are photocopying with an added sticker in the collection box.

The information gathered is used as a basis for distributing licence fee revenue to copyright holders.

The sampling only concerns copyright material being photocopied from print sources. The CLA Higher Education Licence allows one chapter from any book to be copied for a module (or 10% of the book); also single journal articles, but not whole journal issues.

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Global Challenge Networking Programme

Global Networking EventIs the theme ‘Productivity’ relevant to your area of research?

Explore what ‘productivity’ means to you and to colleagues from across the University at the Global Challenge Networking Programme’s productivity themed networking lunch and event on Wednesday 17 October 2016, 12.30pm – 3.00pm, Canada Room and Council Chambers, Lanyon Building.

Researchers from all disciplinary areas and at all career stages are warmly invited to participate.

Further information and registration for tickets is available online.

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MRC Fund for Development of Academic-Industry Collaborations

The MRC has awarded Queen's a second round of institutional funding to enable the initial development of academic-industry collaborations. To date the MRC Proximity to Discovery: Industry Engagement Fund has enabled 12 researchers to develop relationships with companies, leading to follow-on funding opportunities, including a successful MRC CASE studentship.

There will be three categories of activity supported by the fund:

  1. People Exchanges/Secondments/Sabbatical Enhancement Grants
  2. Relationship Development Pilot Projects
  3. Seminars/Workshops/Industry Showcases

The deadline for the first panel review of applications is Monday 31 October 2016.

Further information is available in the P2D Guidance notes or by contacting Dr Karen McGeough in the Business Alliance Team, 028 9097 1397.

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Queen's Sport

RugbyFestRugbyFest/Varsity Match 2016
This year, Queen’s University Rugby are hosting the inaugural RugbyFest event at Upper Malone, which will culminate in the resurrection of the Varsity Match between Queen’s and Ulster University on Wednesday 5 October 2016.  The day promises to be filled with music, fun and, of course, plenty of rugby. Tickets for the Varsity Match, priced £5 each, can be purchased at the PEC reception.

Find out more information about RugbyFest and the other activities happening on the day.

Adult Activity Programme Autumn 2016
Queen’s Sport Autumn programme includes several new courses such as Introduction to Barre and Movement Evolution, as well as all the favourites such as pilates, climbing, swimming and progressive courses in yoga (various types). The packed programme ensures there are class options for all abilities.

Find out more on the Activity progamme.

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This week at QFT:

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople (12A) – One of the funniest and most delightful films of the year, Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a pleasure from beginning to end.
  • Under the Shadow (15) – During the Iran/Iraq war of the 1980s, a mother worries that malevolent spirits have taken possession of her daughter, leading to a bone-chilling horror tale.
  • Hell or High Water (15) – A gripping neo-Western from the writer of Sicario and the director of Starred Up, starring Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges.
  • The First Monday in May (12A) – This documentary follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's most attended fashion exhibition in history by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton.
  • The Lovers and the Despot (PG) – In 1978 North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il kidnapped a famed South Korean celebrity couple – actress Choi Eun-hee and director Shin Sang-ok – hoping their star wattage would invigorate his burgeoning moviemaking empire.
  • From Friday 7 October: Little Men and Cinemagic.

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

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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 11 October: Excel 1 Essentials (ECDL – Spreadsheets), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 17 October: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 1, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 21 October: SharePoint Site Owners (Administrators) Briefing, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 27 October: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 09.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 28 October: Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.15pm – 2.30pm
  • Wednesday 9 November: Word Processing: Labels and Mail Merge using Word, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 11 November: Advanced Word processing: Making Best Use of Word, 9.30am – 4.30 pm

Tip of the day:  

Need to advise your students on using Queen's Online assessment tool, module resources, etc. go to click Getting Started Guides and Videos at the top of the page.

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Courses available in October 2016
Please note that there are limited places available on each course/event so early registration is recommended.

  • Friday 7 October: Using the TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 12 October: Preparing and Giving Lectures, theory and practice, 9.30am – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 12 October: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including QuestionMark), 9.30am – 3.00pm

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'.

Courses delivered in individual Schools
If you would like to find out about training on areas of educational development for individual Schools, contact Karen Butler on, 028 9097 1447.

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 for the next issue, please contact Liz McDowell for further information, or forward your article to by 21 October 2016.

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STDU Upcoming Courses in October:

  • Monday 10 October: Queen’s Writing for Publication (3 sessions), 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 11 October: Planning Your Research Career, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 11 October: Introduction to Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 11 October: Ethics and Governance in Health and Social Care Research, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 12 October: General Risk Assessment, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 13 October: Your Learning and Career Development, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 13 October: Fire Warden and Evacuation Procedures, 11.00am – 12.00pm
  • Friday 14 October: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 19 October: Applying Your Research to Policy Agendas, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 19 October: Manual Handling and Lifting, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 20 October: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 26 October: International Staff Networking Event, 11.00am – 2.00pm
  • Thursday 27 October: Writing Your Academic CV, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 31 October: Manager Wellbeing Training, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities

Book now for the following Developing for Success courses aimed at Professional Support staff grade 7 and above and Academic staff grade AC2 and above.

  • Wednesday 12 October: Project Management for non-Project Managers, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 20 October: Developing your Strategic Focus, 9.30am – 4.30pm

To register for an upcoming training course, log onto Queen's Online at 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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