23 October 2017

Learning and Teaching

New Virtual Learning Environment

The University has procured a new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that will enable staff to harness innovative technology to support the student learning experience.

Following a rigorous procurement process, the University has approved the adoption of Canvas, the next generation of virtual learning environments.

Further information can be found on the Corporate Plan website.

All Staff Events October 2017

All-Staff Events

Follow Up to All-Staff Events

Over 1,200 staff attended the All-Staff Events earlier this month. During the events, the new brand identity was unveiled and a Question and Answer discussion took place with the Senior Leadership Team.

Videos of the event and the Question and Answer discussions are now available to view on the Corporate Plan website.

Please share your thoughts on the All-Staff Events by completing this short feedback survey – your feedback and ideas will inform future sessions.


Careers, Employability and Skills

Go Global Week

Go Global Week takes place from Monday 23 – Friday 27 October. Organised by Careers, Employability and Skills, the aim of the week is to highlight the broad range of international opportunities available to students to spend time studying, working or volunteering abroad. There will be Information Sessions from various organisations who offer international opportunities to Queen's students such as Study China, Washington Ireland Program, IAESTE, Erasmus and more.

Staff are asked to encourage all students to attend the sessions throughout the week in the SGC Hub, and the International Fair on Wednesday 25 October from 12.00pm – 3.00pm in the Elmwood Hall. Staff are also invited to attend to learn more about the options available to their students. Detailed information is available here and students can book via MyFuture.


Brand Clinics

Brand Toolkit

The final brand clinic for staff takes place on Friday 27 October, from 10.00am to 12.00pm in the MBC foyer. Please register here to attend.

Following the recent launch of our new brand identity, staff can access a range of templates and downloadable logos from the brand toolkit. The email signature has been updated and can be downloaded from the toolkit. There is also a FAQ section about the new identity with details of how you can recycle the old branded material and where you can pick up a new lanyard.

High view of the Lanyon building, including the Quad, the Peter Froggatt centre and the Administration building

Strategic Marketing and Communications

W100 Brand Tracker – Queen’s staff survey

The deadline for completion of the World 100 brand tracker survey is Friday 27 October. As a member of staff at Queen's, you are invited to participate in this short online survey about university reputation. Please click on this link to complete the survey.

This is a project managed by The World 100 Reputation Network, a group of leading global universities, to which Queen's belongs. The survey will take around five minutes to complete. The feedback staff provide will be extremely valuable to the University and Strategic Marketing and Communications would be very grateful if staff could take the time to complete it.

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The World 100 Reputation Network, part of The Knowledge Partnership – an independent market research company – operates in accordance with the Code of Conduct of The Market Research Society. All results will be treated as confidential and never linked to staff personally. Any contact details or responses collected will not be associated with staff survey responses or shared with any third parties. If staff wish to know more about this survey, please email Adam Cresswell: tracker@theworld100.com

Staff Excellence 533

Core Values

Staff Excellence Awards 2017

Staff are encouraged to nominate in this year's Staff Excellence Awards. Nominations will close on Friday 10 November at 5.00pm

Awards will be presented in six categories with individual prizes of £1,000 available. 

Full information, including nomination guidance notes and nomination form, are available on the Staff Excellence Awards webpages.

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Annual Meeting of Convocation 2017 – Final Call

The annual meeting of Convocation 2017 and Convocation Lecture will take place on Thursday 16 November 2017 at 6.00pm in the Canada Room and Council Chamber, Lanyon Building. At this meeting a new Chair and Deputy Chair will be elected.

The Guest Speaker will be Dr Ruth Dudley Edwards, historian, crime novelist, journalist and broadcaster in both Ireland and the United Kingdom.

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Please RSVP attendance to the Clerk of Convocation at convocation@qub.ac.uk by Thursday 9 November 2017 at 5.00pm.

The deadline for submission of motions, and nominations for Chair and Deputy Chair, is Thursday 26 October 2017 at 5.00pm. Please email all submissions to the Clerk of Convocation at convocation@qub.ac.uk. The meeting agenda, motion submission and nomination forms for the Annual Meeting are available at this link.

A wine reception will welcome guests from 5.30pm and a hot buffet will be served. 



Learning and Teaching Conference

The Annual Learning and Teaching Conference will take place on 28 March 2018. The theme is 'Creativity and Innovation in Teaching'.

There will soon be a call for abstracts for the conference. If you are a staff member using new and interesting teaching practices, this is an opportunity to share your story with the rest of the University.


Mail service

Delivery of Personal Mail

Staff are reminded that they are not permitted to use the University Mail Room for the delivery of personal mail. There has been an increase in parcels being received from online fashion retailers such as Next and ASOS. Deliveries such as these, that are not work related, will not be accepted. Other companies, like Amazon, will be used to order work-related items such as books, IT equipment, etc; staff are asked not to abuse this by ordering personal items from this company to be delivered to the University Mail Room.

The practice of using the University mailing address for the delivery of personal items puts an additional and unnecessary pressure on Portering staff that is non-work related. Please respect your work colleagues by only using the University Mail Room for the delivery of mail and parcels that are for official University business.


Around campus

Campus Food Market

The next Campus Food Market takes place on Tuesday 31 October, from 11.00am to 3.00pm at Elmwood Hall. Stalls will include Tapitas, Sizzle 'n' BBQ, The Hatch, The Crepe Maker and Salvessa Pizzeria.

Keep up to date with everything on our Facebook page. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: qubcampusfoodanddrink

Win Lunch for a Week
To win a £5.00 lunch per day for a week at one of Queen's caterers, all you have to do is take a selfie at the Campus Food Market on Tuesday 31 October, share it on Twitter and tag @eatatqueens in the post. The winner will be announced on Twitter later that afternoon.


Postgraduate Roadshow

Russell Group Roadshow

The Russell Group Universities Postgraduate Study Roadshow will be held at Queen's on Monday 6 November, 11.30am – 3.00pm in the Whitla Hall.

Now in its fifth year, the Postgraduate Study Roadshow is a series of Master's and PhD study fairs attended by all 24 Russell Group universities. This prestigious event attracts over 2,500 visitors each year and Queen's is hosting the event in Northern Ireland for the first time. Attendance is free.

More information, including how to register, is available here.



Faculty of AHSS Newsletter

The latest edition of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Newsletter is now available to view online.

This issue includes details of funding success and the latest news about staff in the Faculty.

Download the Newsletter at this link.




Year 13 Parents’/Guardians’ Evening – Faculty of AHSS

  • Thursday 16 November: Year 13 Parents'/Guardians' Evening, 7.00pm – 9.30pm, Whitla Hall

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) are holding an Information Evening for pupils in Year 13 at school and their parents/guardians. This event is for degrees in the Faculty of AHSS. Attendees will have the opportunity to go to talks on the various degrees available and hear about the career and further study opportunities open to graduates. Attendees will also have the chance to chat informally with staff and current students.

More details, including registration form, can be found here.

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Academic Staff Conference Fund 2017-18

The Academic Staff Conference Fund is now open for the 2017-18 academic year.

The Fund offers financial support to encourage and enable academic staff to present their research at academic conferences with an international profile.

A revised guidance and criteria document, along with a new application process, has recently been launched. These changes will ensure the Fund is more responsive and reaches those in greatest need of funding. The key documents can be accessed at this link.

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Research Event

Global Challenge Networking Programme

This is a final call for registrations for the second event in the 2017-18 Global Challenge Networking Programme (GCNP), which takes place on 29 November 2017.

The theme will be 'Global Uncertainties'.

Please click here for more information and to register.

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The GCNP is an opportunity for researchers at Queen's to develop interdisciplinary networks and collaborations while addressing some of society's major problems. The programme for 2017-18 has 3 themes: the first, 'Artificial Intelligence and Society', took place in September; 'Global Uncertainties' follows in November; and 'Sufficiency', our final event, will be held in February 2018.

Each theme will include a kick-off event which will involve an opportunity for attendees to network with colleagues in different disciplines, consider the main issues connected to the theme through open plenary discussions, and explore new collaborations in detail through focused sub-groups.

Registration for all 2017–18 events is now open. Staff can find out more about each GCNP event, and register for attendance, at this link.


Business Engagement

BBC NI Pitch Day 2017 – Call for project ideas

BBC NI will be holding a pitch day on Friday 10 November where researchers from Queen's and Ulster University will pitch ideas for possible collaborative projects with the BBC. For more information about how to get involved, contact Kevin Fearon at the Business Alliance Team: k.fearon@qub.ac.uk / 028 9097 2589.

In order to deliver its strategic ambitions, the BBC aims to continue investing in its linear services but also to build on its digital platforms with a view to reaching new, under-engaged and underserved audiences. They are looking for cutting-edge research ideas that can have real-world application in helping the BBC do what it does better. Previous project ideas included facial recognition and audio enhanced programming. (Note: this is not an opportunity to present an idea to the BBC for possible promotion and programme ideas.)



Universities UK International Seminar

On Thursday 9 November Rachael Sara-Kennedy, Head of International Partnerships, will provide an overview of the current international research funding landscape for UK academics, and will also discuss UUKi resources and support for international research engagement.

Please see here for more information and/or to register.





  • Tuesday 7 November, Strategies for Success in the NMBP Calls, 10.30am – 2.00pm, Seminar Room, 63 University Rd

In this seminar, the UK National Contact Point for NMBP, Craig Sharp (Innovate UK), will outline the opportunities and strategies for success in the new 2018-20 work programme calls for Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, Biotechnology.

For more information and to register, visit this webpage. Please note, spaces are limited.



Horizon 2020: Information Day

This information day has been organised following the release of the 2018-20 Work Programmes for Horizon 2020 and will cover the above theme, as well as wider research funding opportunities for social sciences and humanities available in Horizon 2020. The event will promote upcoming funding opportunities in the 2018-2020 Work Programme. Please register here.

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    • Meet with the UK National Contact Point – Ben Sharman
    • Gather information on funding opportunities
    • Exchange practices with the participants who have already received funding
    • Find new business and research opportunities

Horizon 2020 is the EU's research and innovation funding programme. It runs from 2014-2020 and has a budget of €80 billion.




Up-to-date contributions from QPol. To submit, email Kevin at qpol@qub.ac.uk.

Brexit Clinic: Wednesday 25 October, 12.30pm, Bell Lecture Theatre, Physics Building, Queen's. Please register here.

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The Conversation

Staff making UK headlines

The latest Queen's articles published in The Conversation. Click on the links to read.

If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, contact comms.office@qub.ac.uk to find out more.


Research study

Psychology study – Call for Adolescent Volunteers

Colleagues in the School of Psychology are running a study entitled 'Thinking about the past and the future', which examines how children and adolescents think about time. They are particularly keen to hear from staff who have an adolescent aged 14 or 15 years who may like to volunteer.

The study takes place in the School of Psychology and takes around 90 minutes to complete (including breaks). Adolescents can participate after school, or during the midterm break, and will receive £7.50 in travel expenses.

To find out more, please contact Patrick O'Connor by email at p.oconnor@qub.ac.uk or call 028 9097 4261.

Irish Lanaguage Circle


Irish Language Speakers' Circle

The next Irish Language Speakers' Circle takes place on Friday 27 October, from 12.00 noon to 1.00pm in the foyer of the Main Site Tower (beside Junction cafe). All welcome.

Contact Michael Pierse for more information: m.pierse@qub.ac.uk

Keep up to date with the Irish Language Speakers' Circle on Facebook.



Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Staff Wellbeing have organised a Breast Cancer Awareness information session for staff. The session will be delivered by Cancer Focus on Tuesday 31 October, 1.00pm – 2.00pm. Please register to attend here. Venue will be confirmed after registration. Lunch will be provided.

In Northern Ireland around 1,300 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year – approximately 80 per cent of these are over the age of 50. But it can happen to both younger women and to men. So whatever your age, being breast aware – knowing what is normal for you – makes sense. Early detection and screening saves lives. 



Free Staff Counselling

On National Stress Awareness Day, Wednesday 1 November 2017, there will be a drop-in information desk in the Main Site Tower beside Junction, for staff to find out more about Inspire Professional Counselling services. The drop-in will be available from 10.00am – 12.00 noon. There will also be a lunchtime information session from 1.00pm – 2.00pm.

Please register here to attend. Lunch will be provided at this session.

For more information on Inspire counselling, please see their website.

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Counselling is a process that allows you to work through issues that may be causing you distress or confusion, with a person who is professionally qualified to help you. Inspire counselling is carried out in a supportive, caring and non-judgemental way. Counsellors support staff to cope with a wide range of issues. They have a sensitive and practical approach, no matter what work or personal difficulties you may be going through.

Counselling is on a one-to-one basis, with the same counsellor for all sessions. These sessions can take place in a counselling room, over Skype or on the telephone, and the service is free. Staff can call the free-phone number: 0808 800 0016 at any time of the day or night, seven days a week.

Inspire Professional Counsellors are fully qualified and experienced in a range of areas:

  • Alcohol problems
  • Anxiety or Depression
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying and Harassment
  • Debt problems
  • Drug related problems
  • Employment concerns
  • Experience of a traumatic event
  • Family worries
  • Personal relationship problems
  • Stress at work or at home


Sing for Joy Concert

Thanks to everyone who attended and donated to the Sing for Joy Concert in Elmwood Hall on Friday 29 September. The concert raised £1,295.50 for Aware NI, the only charity in Northern Ireland working exclusively for people with depression and bipolar disorder.

Thanks to all the choirs involved, including Queen's Staff Wellbeing Choir, Choir Leader Una McCann for organising and compere Patrick Anderson from Aware NI.


Learning and Development

Learning and Development Programmes

The Learning and Development 2017-18 course programme and Developing For Success workshops are available for booking. To book a place on any of the courses or workshops below, log onto iTrent Self Service.

  • Learning and Development Programme
    View and book upcoming courses here.
  • Developing for Success Workshops (October–December 2017)
    Workshops are available to managers/leaders and professional specialists in both academic (Grade AC2 and above) and professional support staff groups (Academic related grade 7 and above). View and book here.

IT training



A number of the Centre for Educational Development run courses for the 2017-18 academic year have been listed on iTrent self-service, and are now open for booking. Places are limited.

Further details of courses and events are available on the CED website. Log on to iTrent Self Service to book your place.

For up-to-date information please follow CED on Twitter or check the CED website.

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  • Tuesday 24 October: Professional Development Series: Assessing Larger Classes, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 25 October: Being an Adviser of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 27 October: Using the Personal Response System in Your Classes, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 1 November: Digital Literacies Workshop 1: Using Technology to Improve Curriculum Design, 2.00pm – 3.30pm
  • Friday 3 November: Using TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 8 November: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 15 November: Professional Development Series: Flipped Lectures, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Tuesday 21 November: Professional Development Series: Ensuring Students Use Feedback, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
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IT Training Courses

Please see below details of upcoming IT training courses, now available to book on iTrent.

Course dates can be viewed here.

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  • Monday 30 October: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 2, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 3 November: Word Processing: Labels and Mail Merge Using Word, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 6 November: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook and Exchange, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 8 November: LinkedIn for Beginners, 9.30am – 11.30am
  • Thursday 16 November: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Friday 17 November: Excel: Introduction to PivotTables Using Excel , 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 21 November: Excel 2: Managing Data, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 21 November: Creating Infographics and Visual Content, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 21 November: Webinar Training Using Adobe Connect, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Thursday 7 December: Intro to nVivo, 9.30am – 4.30pm (also a clinic on Friday 8 November if required)

ECDL: To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email ecdl@qub.ac.uk
Click here for more information on ECDL.

Tip of the Day: Do you need to replace text coming from your data file to your mail merge main document (without changing your data file)? Use a nested IF rule for a range of choices (covered in the Mail Merge course on 3 November (see above)).


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