16 January 2017

University Fair Trade Steering Group

The University Fair Trade Steering Group is seeking a staff member to join the Group.

The Group will meet at least three times per academic year to ensure an ongoing commitment from the University to review objectives and monitor progress in fair trade. 

If you are interested in getting involved or would like further information, please email by Monday 23 January.

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National Student Survey (NSS)

NSS 2017The National Student Survey (NSS) for 2017 launches today, Monday 16 January. The NSS is instrumental in giving students a voice in their education. Last year, almost 4,000 final year Queen’s undergraduates were targeted by the NSS and nearly 3,000 of them took the opportunity to have their say. The NSS results enable prospective students to make choices about their future and are used by HEIs to enhance the quality of their courses.

The Students’ Union will be supporting the marketing campaign across the University and taking the lead on social media communications with students. The continued support of all staff is fundamental to the success of the NSS.

The First Year Experience (FYE) and Second Year Experience (SYE) surveys are also launching today and staff are also encouraged to promote those surveys to the relevant audiences. The NSS, SYE and FYE surveys will be open to eligible students in Queen’s today and will close on 30 April.

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The Conversation

The Conversation ‌Click on the links 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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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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Women's Common Room Club Meeting

The next meeting of the Women's Common Room Club will take place on Thursday 19 January at 7.00pm in the Old Staff Common Room.  Dr Máire Casement will talk about The Perils of childbirth in Liberia – a doctor’s reflections.

“There are three obstetricians and 117 doctors for over four million people,” says Dr Casement. “The consequences for mothers and babies can only be imagined.”

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Institute of Theology - Martin Luther 500th Reformation Anniversary Conference

The Institute of Theology will host the Martin Luther 500th Reformation Anniversary Conference on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 February in the Elmwood Hall.

This two day event is comprised of ten lectures (five per day) featuring various aspects of Luther’s life and teaching. The lectures will be delivered by Institute of Theology staff and acclaimed special guest speakers Professor Mark Noll, University of Notre Dame (and current Institute of Theology Visiting Fellow) and Professor Mark Elliott, University of St Andrews.

For further information, contact or visit News and Events tab for the full two day programme of events.

There is no conference fee or registration required.

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Teaching Awards 2017: Briefing Session

A briefing session on the Queen's Teaching Awards Scheme will be held on Tuesday 31 January, 1.00pm – 2.00pm in Conference Room 2, Student Guidance Centre. A sandwich lunch will be provided from 12.45pm.

To book a place, 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'.

Further details about the Teaching Awards Scheme are available on the CED website.

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Global Challenge Networking Programme

Global Networking EventAll staff with a research interest which relates to the theme of Resilience are invited to join Professor James McElnay, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research, Enterprise and Postgraduate Affairs, for a networking lunch followed by a discussion session to scope out potential connections and areas of shared interest between people working in different fields.

For further information on the event on Wednesday 25 January, and to register for tickets, please visit Eventbrite.

The overall aim of the Global Challenge Networking Programme (GCNP), as set out in the institutional Research Strategy, is to support cross-disciplinary networking. The Research Strategy 2015-2020 commits to the establishment of a programme of networking events open to all researchers, and involving external research partners, research users and funders. The programme will be designed to support informal cross-disciplinary networking, exchange and the creation of connections, and also to support and promote funder engagement.

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Postdoctoral Group Mentoring Programme

Applications are invited from postdoctoral research staff to participate in the Postdoctoral Staff Mentoring Programme.

As set out in the Research Strategy 2015-2020, the University aims to foster a vibrant postgraduate and postdoctoral community.  As part of the cross-cutting programmes underpinning this strategic priority, the University is launching the Postdoctoral Staff Mentoring Programme in spring 2017.

Applications are invited from all postdoctoral research staff who wish to participate in the Postdoctoral Staff Mentoring Programme.  Mentees will be grouped with colleagues who are at a similar stage in their postdoctoral career and share common objectives.  Mentors will be matched with groups of staff who are working outside of their area of research.

Mentoring Groups consist of one mentor and a group of up to six postdoctoral researchers (mentees).  Groups will meet at least four times a year to share experiences and challenges that mentees face.  The mentors’ key role is to listen and to facilitate the group of mentees.

Please email the Research Policy Office for further information or to request an application form.  All applications must be sent by Friday 20 January.

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Naughton Gallery

Stop Lookin’ At Photographs! comprising a series of small-scale assemblages from recent years by Derry-based artist Locky Morris, continues until Sunday 29 January.

Join Gallery staff on Tuesday 24 January between 1.00pm-1.45pm for a guided tour with insight into the works on show and some background on the artist. Tea and coffee will be provided. This is a free tour for Queen’s staff, but please book by emailing

Save the date
The next exhibition in the Naughton Gallery, Predictable Contact by Michael Hanna, launches with a staff and students' drink reception on Thursday 16 February at 5.00pm.

The Book Club
The Book Club, an informal Sunday afternoon reading group hosted by The Naughton Gallery, discussing a range of books which link thematically to the gallery’s exhibition programme, launches with Naked by David Sedaris (1997) on Sunday 22 January.

For further information email or visit Facebook.

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QFT listings

This week at QFT:

  • La La Land – Banish those January blues with this glorious musical love letter to Los Angeles, where Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are our modern-day Fred and Ginger.
  • Silence - Based on Shusaku Endo’s novel, Silence has been a 'passion project' for Martin Scorsese for over 20 years. The film follows two Jesuit priests who travel to Japan to find their missing mentor.
  • A Monster Calls - A genuinely moving film of great wonder and beauty, directed by J A Bayona and based on the hugely popular book by Patrick Ness.

From Friday 20 January: Jackie and The Dreamed Ones

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

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Reflections Newsletter
The latest edition of Reflections newsletter (December 2016) is available on the CED website. This issue includes articles on the importance of Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity in the curriculum, the National Student Survey 2016 and changes planned for the 2017 Survey, the Living Lab initiative, the new HE Quality Environment, mid-module review and highlights effective ways to use PowerPoint and PeerWise.

Please note that there are limited places available on each course/event.

  • Wednesday 18 January: Small Group Teaching, 10.00am – 12.45pm
  • Wednesday 18 January: Laboratory Demonstrating, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 18 January: An Introduction to Queen’s Online for Learning and Teaching, 10.00am – 1.00pm – Note change of time.
    Pre-requisite: Staff wishing to attend this event must be registered to use QOL with access to one of your modules.
  • Wednesday 25 January: Experiencing and Facilitating Online Learning (continuing with online activities through to the second session on 8/2/17), 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 25 January: Preparing and Giving Lectures, theory and practice, 2.00 pm – 4.45 pm.  Note this course has been revised and is now a 2-session course with the second session on 1/2/17.  Participants must attend both sessions.

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'.

Professional Development Series
To book on any of these events please click on the links below:

Further details of all courses and events are available on the CED website.

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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Thursday 19 January: Excel: Creating Charts Using Excel, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 24 January: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 31 January: Excel 3: Data Analysis, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 6 February, Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 1, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 16 February: Word Processing: Labels and Mail Merge using Word, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 20 February: Getting Familiar with PhotoshopPart 2, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 22 February: Advanced Word Processing: Making Best Use of Word, 9.30am – 4.00pm

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'.

Course dates can be viewed at:

The next test date is Monday 23 January, 10.00am – 11.30am.  To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email

Tip of the day
To reuse a set of animations in PowerPoint, select the object with the animations, click the Animations tab and click Animation Painter. Then click the object you want to apply them to.

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Upcoming Courses in January 2017:

  • Wednesday 18 January: Radiation Safety, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 19 January: International Staff Networking Event, 11.30am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 30 January: Communicating the Impact of Your Research, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 31 January: Effective use of voice: Free your voice – Find Your Voice, 9.30am – 1.00pm

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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