3 April 2017

Student Surveys

The three major student experience surveys (NSS, SYE and FYE) will close on Sunday 30 April. These surveys target students at key stages in their academic careers and are instrumental in giving students a voice in their education. With the Easter holidays now approaching, it is important that staff continue to publicise the surveys and encourage students to complete. 

National Student Survey (NSS)

NSS results enable prospective students to make choices about their future and are used by Queen’s to enhance the quality of the courses. Key results are published on the Unistats website and contribute to rankings in league tables. Queen’s students who complete the survey online will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win one of six graduation packages worth approx £70.
Final-year students can complete the NSS here.

Second Year Experience (SYE) & First Year Experience (FYE) surveys

The SYE and FYE survey results are sent to schools, academic-support services and to senior university committees. The results are used by senior management to improve teaching and learning, student services, facilities, and the overall student experience. Students who complete the SYE and FYE surveys will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win one of eight cash prizes.
Second-year students can complete the SYE here.
First-year students can complete the FYE here.

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Trans Equality

The University is recognised as a national leader in terms of its work on gender equality as evidenced by its Institutional Athena SWAN Silver Award and activity carried out by the Queen’s Gender Initiative.

Last November the University launched its Trans Equality Policy. As part of its commitment to providing a safe, inclusive environment for all, and to raise awareness about Transgender issues, a recent training session was delivered by the Students’ Union, SAIL NI and the University’s Equality and Diversity Unit.

A further training session for staff and students is taking place this week, click for information and to register.

The University has also extended the provision of All Gender Toilet facilities on campus. 

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Pedometer Challenge Awards

Pedometer ChallengeThe four week Pedometer Challenge finished on Friday 31 March, over 460 staff participated this year with some great competition from both teams and individuals.

The Pedometer Challenge Awards will take place on Tuesday 11 April at 1.00pm in the Great Hall and all participants are encouraged come along to find out the winners of the Pedometer Challenge.  Prizes will be presented to:

  • overall winners,
  • team and individuals,
  • and spot prizes.

A light lunch will be provided for attendees. Organisers would like to thank everyone that sent tweets and pictures throughout the competition.

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Internal vacancies

This week's internal vacancies:

  • Cost and Capital Accounting Assistant
    Ref: 17/105440
    Closing date: Monday 10 April 2017
    Anticipated interview date: Tuesday 2 May 2017

  • PA to Head of Accommodation
    Ref: 17/105436
    Closing date: Friday 7 April 2017
    Anticipated interview date: w/c 24 April 2017
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Open Learning programme

drawing of a fountain pen on a green backgroundThe new Spring 2017 Open Learning programme of part-time short courses is now available.

From painting to public speaking, walking to wine appreciation, creative writing to céilí dancing, and astronomy to aromatherapy, Open Learning short part-time day, evening and weekend courses at Queen’s offer everyone the chance to try something new and enjoy learning in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Courses are offered in a wide variety of subject areas including:

  • Complementary Therapies
  • Creative Writing
  • History
  • Languages
  • Leisure (including golf and wine tasting)
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Visual Arts

Classes start week commencing Tuesday 2 May. Queen’s staff qualify for the concession rate where applicable. For further information and to enrol online visit

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Campus Food

The Campus Food Market returns from 11.00am on Tuesday 4 April at Elmwood Hall to celebrate Spring.

The market will bring together a fantastic selection of hot food stalls showcasing international food as well as some local produce. In addition to the staff favourites Born and Raised, Bella’s Pizza Pod and Tapitas, a number of new traders including Dinky Donuts, Granny Shaw’s Fudge Factory, Events Catering Specialists and Bia Rebel will join the market.

Campus Food Outlets Survey
Campus Food and Drink are keen to gather staff and student feedback on food outlets across the University. Please complete the short survey to give your opinion. By completing the survey there is an opportunity to win a £50 voucher to enjoy at Deanes at Queen’s.

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Spring 2017 Physical Activity Programme

 The 2017 Spring Activity programme, organised by Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport, begins week commencing Monday 24 April.

The classes include:

Class Date Time Location
Introduction to Dance*   Monday 24 April 1.10pm - 1.50pm     On Campus
Pilates Tuesday 25 April 1.10pm - 1.50pm On Campus
Yoga Wednesday 26 April    1.10pm - 1.50pm On Campus
Tone and Trim Thursday 27 April 1.10pm - 1.50pm On Campus
Blast Tabata** Friday 28 April 1.15pm – 1.45pm Queen’s Sport, Physical Education Centre


* Intro to Dance, the University will be closed on Monday 1 May, therefore a class has been added to the end of the course on Monday 10 July.
** Blast Tabata will only run this season if sufficient numbers register to attend. Blast is a 10 week course and will run to w/c 26 June due to lack of room availability on Friday 7 July, the cost of this course is £21.

Who are the classes suitable for?
All ages/genders and levels of fitness, if you want to find out more about any of the sessions in advance of registering, please contact Reception at Queen’s Sport 028 9068 1126.

Registration and Payment:
Visit PEC reception, each 11 week course costs £23. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. These classes will run to Friday 7 July. Please note - phone registration is no longer available as this has previously caused administrative errors.

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Digi Detox

Parenting NI is asking staff to take part in a Digi Detox on Thursday 27 April by going smartphone free for the day.

By switching off during the work day you will discover the benefits in reconnecting with colleagues and students, as well as raising money for Parenting NI, a local charity which helps support families across Northern Ireland.

Register online to take part in Parenting NI’s Digital Detox, after registration you will receive a confirmation email and fundraising information pack.

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The Conversation

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

If you are interested in contributing to the Anthill Podcast the upcoming themes are:

  • May: Gaming the system, pitch deadline Wednesday 5 April
  • June: Music on the mind
  • July: Unexplored place.

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

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QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog

Recent posts:

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

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CCRCB Bulletin

The CCRCB April 2017 Bulletin is available to view online.

For further information, please contact Katie Stewart.

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Red Nose Day

‌The School of Law Red Nose Day Coffee Morning and Cake Sale raised £600. The School would like to thank everyone for their baking skills and donations for the charities that Comic Relief supports every year.

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Global Health Symposium

Organised and hosted by Queen's University, this symposium will take place in Riddel Hall on Thursday 27 April, and is intended to promote study, research and practice that places a priority on improving human and animal health worldwide.

It will be of interest to academics, clinicians, funders, postdoctoral researchers, postgraduate students and health policy makers.

The programme includes 10 presentations from acknowledged global health experts and covers a wide range of topics.

For more information visit the Symposium website. Attendance is free and includes a buffet lunch. Numbers are limited, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

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Keep your eye on WARPit and you could be in with the chance of claiming a chocolate egg or some new furniture for your office.

WARPit, the University’s dedicated reuse network, allows staff to redistribute unwanted and underused assets within Queen’s. This avoids unnecessary purchases, saving money and reducing waste going to landfill. From Monday 3 April there will be selection of eggs available through WARPit.

There will also be a limited number reserved for staff signing up to WARPit for the first time, in association with the SU Shop. More information, including how to register with WARPit, can be found on the Carbon Management site.

Please note only one chocolate egg can be claimed per person. If you have any questions please contact

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Big Spring Clean 2017

The BIG Spring Clean is Northern Ireland’s biggest volunteer clean-up. Last year, almost 107,000 volunteers got involved in events across Northern Ireland, removing an amazing 298 tonnes of litter.

Queen's, in conjunction with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, will be conducting its own Big Spring Clean on Thursday 6 April, meeting in the Main Site Tower/0G/009.

The event will run from 12.00pm - 2.00pm with lunch and PPE equipment provided.

For more information and to register, visit the Eventbrite page.

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Children's Activity Programme Spring 2017

Enrolment is open now for courses starting week commencing Monday 24 April. Please note:

  • courses are available to both members and non-members of Queen’s Sport
  • The new times for Kids' Taekwondo Club and Gymnastics Juniors, including an additional Gymnastics Juniors course.

Open enrolment for Splash 'N' Swim Programme begins on Thursday 20 April.

Download an enrolment form here. For further information, please contact reception on 028 9068 1126 or email

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Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre is now stocking award-winning 'Kiki Moon' baby blankets. These super-soft, pure cotton knits are gentle yet durable, designed for little ones to use at every nap, cuddle and adventure as they explore their world. Kiki Moon know that a beautiful product deserves an equally beautiful wrapping. Each blanket is lovingly packaged in a contemporary keepsake box. Call in store to see the full range and don't forget the 10% staff discount.

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QFT Listings

To mark Belfast Film Festival this week a wide selection of new releases will be screened at QFT between Monday 3 April and Thursday 6 April. Normal programme resumes on Friday 7 April.

With several films showing each day, there's huge choice across local and international film, spanning comedy, drama, documentary, crime and children's movies.  

Highlights include Northern Irish actor Colin Morgan (Merlin, Testament of Youth) and one of French cinema’s most celebrated performers, Fanny Ardant in Waiting For You; the latest release from celebrated Japanese animation house, Studio Ghibli; a coming-of-age tale from Irish novelist and filmmaker John Butler; Neneh Cherry in a love letter to Stockholm, directed by Mark Cousins (I Am Belfast); and what has been dubbed the 'Polish Donnie Darko', The Erlprince.

Full details and booking on the QFT website.

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SU Shop

The Students' Union Shop has added a new range of vegan sandwiches by ThatVeganCafe to their lunchtime food selection.

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Annual Learning and Teaching Conference

Refreshments available from 9.15am with registration in the foyer of the Computer Science Building on the Malone Road. Places are limited so early registration is advised. Registration is open now via Queen’s Online, search for CED or email

Northern Ireland HEA Conference

From Retention to Progression: Developing learning environments that maximize student success will be held on Monday 19 June at Ulster University's Belfast Campus.

The aim is to share insights into practice, creating opportunities to network and develop new approaches to challenging issues. For more information contact CED.

Continuing Professional Development

There are limited places available on the following courses:

  • Thursday 13 April: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (incl. Questionmark), 9.30am – 3.00pm
  • Wednesday 26 April: Becoming a Fellow of the HE Academy, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 3 May: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

Further details of courses and events are available on the CED website.  To book a place on 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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Bite Size Open Access Training

Open Access is now a requirement for REF eligibility. To make sure you comply with the policy go along to the next bite size thirty-minute course. There will be time after to answer any specific questions you have.

The next session will take place on:

  • Thursday 27 April: How to comply with HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for the REF, 2.00pm – 2.30pm, The McClay Library, Gillespie Room.

To register, login to Queen's Online and click ‘Training Courses’ from the ‘Other’ section. Alternatively email Open Access and staff can book the course on your behalf. The full training schedule is available on the Open Access LibGuide.

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Courses in April:

  • Thursday 6 April: Career Exploration for Researchers, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 7 April: Research Ethics for University Staff, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Monday 10 April: Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 11 April: Introduction to Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 27 April: Applying Your Research to Policy Agendas, 9.30am – 1.00pm

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities

Book now for the following Developing for Success courses in April (aimed at Professional Support Staff Grade 7 and above, and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above):

  • Tuesday 25 April: Emotional Intelligence and Leading Others, 9.15am – 1.15pm
  • Wednesday 26 April: Enhancing Your Report Writing, 9.30am – 4.30pm

To register for an upcoming 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.

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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 5 April: iTrent Learning Module Administration, 11.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 6 April: Facebook for Beginners, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 6 April: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Friday 7 April: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00 am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 26 April: SPSS 2: Data Analysis using SPSS, 9.30am – 1.30pm
  • Thursday 27 April: Creating Screen Shots and Training Materials Using Word and SnagIt, 9.30am – 12.30pm

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 online.

ECDL: The next test date is Monday 24 April, 10.00am – 11.30am. To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email

Tip of the day: Access course materials, including a number of videos at Log in with your student/staff number and use your normal password.

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