26 September 2016

Vice-Chancellor's Video Blog

VC's Blog September Last week, the Vice-Chancellor welcomed new students to the University at an event in the Whitla Hall. This month’s video blog features some of our new students sharing their first impressions of Queen’s.

Watch the video.

A transcript is available on the Vice-Chancellor’s blog page.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning: Friday 30 September

Macmillan Coffee MorningThe ‌Estates Directorate invites staff to participate in ‘The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ and raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday 30 September 2016, between 10.00am - 12.00pm, in the Main Site Tower, Student Hub (facing the entrance of the Graduate School, behind the PFC).

There will be a range of homemade buns, cakes and tray bakes and tea/coffee sponsored by the new Junction Café. Staff are asked to make a £3 donation.

If you would like to contribute any buns for the coffee morning, please contact Amy Kerr at

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Bike to Work Breakfast

It's pedal power over horsepower as staff are encouraged to leave the car at home and cycle to work on Friday 30 September 2016.

A free breakfast will be provided in the Old Staff Common Room between 8.00am - 10.00am for anyone who travels to work by bike that day.

Find out more information on Queen's Cycle Plus, including future Bike to Work breakfasts.

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Queen's to feature on tonight's University Challenge

Queen's will take on the University of Birmingham in tonight's episode of University Challenge on BBC2 at 8.00pm.

The team will compete for a place in the second round of the quiz.

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Latest news on Staff Gateway Site

Professor Phil ScratonThis week's news on the Staff Gateway site includes:

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Road Safety Demonstration

The Prehospital Care Society at Queen’s invites staff to attend a road safety demonstration on Thursday 29 September 2016. Hosted in association with PSNI, NI Fire & Rescue Service and NI Ambulance Service, the demonstration will take place in front of the Lanyon building between 12.00pm – 2.00pm.

To facilitate emergency vehicles, no traffic will be permitted access across the front of Lanyon during this event. Permit holders are requested to use the car park at the McClay library at this time.

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Student Volunteering

Queen's Students' Union provides a range of volunteering opportunities for students and currently has three initiatives which staff are encouraged to promote to students:

For more information, contact Lucia Kearney, Volunteer and Development Support Officer, 028 9097 3951, or visit the Volunteer SU website.

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Parenting Workshops

There are still some places available on the Parenting Workshops starting this week:

Registration for workshops is via the Eventbrite website, you will need to register for each workshop separately. Rooms will be confirmed by email after registration.

Lunch will be provided at each session for all attendees.

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Christmas lunch in the Great Hall

The Great Hall is now taking bookings for its traditional Christmas lunch.

Why not join a group of colleagues or bring in some family and friends and enjoy lunch in this unique venue. This year, lunch is being served on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 December 2016 from 12.30pm.

TheChristmas 2016 Great Hall menu, with coffee and mints, is £24.00 per person.

Contact Jennifer in the Great Hall on 028 9097 3559 or to book and for more details. Please note all payments must be made at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

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In-sessional English course

The INTO in-sessional English course is aimed at helping international students improve their English in order to successfully follow their academic courses.

The cost is £35 (only for materials and administration) for Queen’s international students and staff.

The course registration will be held on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 October 2016, 3.00pm - 5.00pm, with the 10-week course commencing on Monday 10 October 2016 for two hours per week. Further information is available on the Insessional Timetable‌.

Please share this information with international students within your School. For further information, contact Yi Feng Chinese, Language Support Officer, 028 9097 6848,

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Staff are invited to attend the Institute of Theology’s Religious Studies Research Forum seminar series:

  • Thursday 29 September: From Cork to Sydney via Dublin: Thomas Chatterton Hammond as an evangelical historian and Catholic theologian by Dr John A McIntosh (Moore College, Australia) at 4.15pm in the Newark Room.
  • Thursday 13 October: Origin narratives by Dr William Vandoodewaard (Puritan Reformed Seminary, USA) at 4.15pm in Lanyon/OG/054.
  • Thursday 3 November: Religious geographies in Eastern India and beyond: Comparative perspectives by Dr Swarupa Gupta (Presidency University, India) at 4.15pm in the Newark Room.
  • Thursday 24 November: English Baptists and the struggle for theological authority, 1642-1646 by Mr Matt Bingham (Queen's) at 4.15pm in the Newark Room.
  • Thursday 15 December: Witness seminars: Liberation theology in the Troubles by Dr Dianne Kirby and Ms Briege Rafferty (Ulster University) at 4.15pm in Lanyon/OG/054.

For further information, contact

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QPol Policy Engagement and Research

Recent blog post:

  • Is a European Army coming soon? Don’t bet on it!
    Brexit has opened the door for a new European defence union led by France and Germany. However, Dr Alexander Titov highlights that even between these two nations, there is very little agreement on what a European Army should be.

If you are interesting in submitting an article to QPol, please email Kevin Fearon.

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Welcome Centre

Welcome Centre MugsThe Welcome Centre is now stocking a new Celtic inspired range of mugs, coasters and tea-towels by local company Sealed with Irish Love. Call by and see the full range.

Staff receive a 10% discount.

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Naughton Gallery

Naughton Gallery ExhibitionEcho Chamber, the transitory sound sculpture by Liam Crichton and Ricki O’Rawe will be on display for the last time in the Great Hall from Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 October 2016, 11.00am - 4.00pm.

It is part of FUTURE RUINS, the current exhibition in the Naughton Gallery which closes on Sunday 2 October 2016.

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Queen's Sport

Queen's Sport Autumn AAPAdult 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.

Queen’s Staff Membership
Staff membership is available this Autumn from £17 per month. There is a range of membership options available which can be paid via salary deduction which means no admin fees.

Find out more information on memberships, or book a tour

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This week at QFT:

  • The Clan (15) – Based on the true story of Argentina’s most notorious crime family, Pablo Trapero’s thrilling film is riddled with shocking intrigue and nail-biting suspense.
  • Hell of High Water  (15) – A gripping neo-Western from the writer of Sicario and the director of Starred Up, starring Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges. Includes a powerful and tense score from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.
  • The Blue Room (15) – Mathieu Amalric directs and stars in this impressive and impressionistic romantic thriller.
  • RSC Live: Cymbeline (15) – Melly Still directs Shakespeare's rarely performed romance of power, jealousy, love and reconciliation. Gillian Bevan makes history as the first woman to take the role of Cymbeline for the RSC. Live from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
  • From Friday 30 September 2016: Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Under the Shadow & The First Monday in May

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
  • Thursday 20 October: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Friday 21 October: SharePoint Site Owners (Administrators) Briefing, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 27 October: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 28 October: Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.15pm – 2.30pm

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 on the training schedule page.

The next test date is Tuesday 4 October, 10.00am – 11.30am.  To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email

Tip of the day:
You can enlarge the ribbon in Office applications by adding 'Touch/Mouse Mode' to your Quick Access Toolbar  (select: File, Options, Quick Access Toolbar - choose commands from - Popular commands)

Please note that PGR students have a separate programme organised through The Graduate School

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STDU Upcoming Courses in October 2016

  • Thursday 6 October: Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 10 October: Writing for Publication, 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: Selection Interviewing, 9.30am – 3.00pm

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

Mini Master Class for Leaders

  • Thursday 27 October: Theme: Emotional Capitalists – The New Leaders, 9.30am – 11.30am

Excellence leadership development programme

Reminder: The closing date for receipt of completed application forms for the 2016/17 Queen’s Excellence leadership and management development programme is Friday 30 September 2016

Information and the application form can be downloaded from the website and completed forms should be submitted to Paula Teggart via email to:

Follow us on Twitter @QueensStaffDev

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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Courses available in September 2016

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

  • Wednesday 28 September: Being an Adviser of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 5 October: An Introduction to Queen’s Online for Learning and Teaching, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 5 October: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • 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 Friday 21 October 2016.

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