12 February 2018

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Core Values

Staff Excellence Awards

Congratulations to all the nominees, shortlisted nominees and winners at this year's Staff Excellence Awards, which took place on Friday 9 February.

Based on our Core Values, the awards recognise, celebrate and reward the outstanding work and achievements of staff across the University. 

The list of winners is given below and staff can read more at this link

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Delivering Excellence Claire Lewis
(Marketing, Recruitment, Communications and Internationalisation)
Team of the Year Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Student Recruitment Hub
Achieving Ambition Fergus McGrath
(The William J Clinton Leadership Institute)
Outstanding Leadership Dr Denise Fitzgerald
(School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences)
Community Impact Deborah Morgan
(Human Resources)
Lifetime Achievement Professor Amilra de Silva
(School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering)
ICARE Award Dr Alison MacKenzie
(School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work)

Environmental Impact

Green Week 2018

This week is Green Week at Queen's.

The full schedule of events, including registration links and a Twitter competition, is available to view here.

Please email carbonmanagement@qub.ac.uk with any queries.




The University Operating Board approved a revised Staff Expenses policy at its meeting on 11 December 2017. The full document can be accessed here.

The policy relates to the submission and reimbursement of expenditure incurred by members of staff whilst away from their permanent workplace on University business.

A summary of key changes to the policy, which becomes effective on 12 February 2018, can also be accessed here

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In addition, an automated Staff Expenses solution within QFIS is currently being rolled out across the University with pilot areas, including MRCI, DARO, and the School of Mathematics and Physics, going live in the coming months. The solution utilises the QFIS Staff Expenses module, which features automated workflow, along with mobile app technology for the capture of receipts. Over the next few months, staff will receive individual communications on how to get set up on the new system, as we roll it out across all Faculties and Directorates. The revised policy will apply to both the new electronic system and the existing paper-based process.



NI Science Festival

Queen's is again opening its doors to the public as part of this year's Northern Ireland Science Festival.

The University will host over 30 events across the campus throughout the 11-day festival, which will give the public the opportunity to experience the world-class research and innovation taking place at the University.

For a full programme of Queen's events, including times and locations, please visit this link. The NI Science Festival's website can be found here.


Around Campus

Campus Food Market

The next Campus Food Market takes place on Pancake Tuesday, 13 February, from 11.00am – 3.00pm at Elmwood Hall.

The Market will feature The Crepe Maker, Tapitas, Oui Poutine and Salvezza Pizza.

Keep up to date with developments on Facebook.

You can also Follow Campus Food and Drink on Twitter and Instagram.


Staff perks

Perks Directory 2018 Activation

Staff are reminded to activate any Perks cards by Wednesday 14 February 2018 in order to access the full benefits of the card.

With over 1,500 offers and discounts, there are substantial savings of up to 50% to be enjoyed at venues across the country, from food to fashion, sport and fitness to car travel, and getaways and holidays to family memories.

To view all the offers available, access new offers added throughout the year, enter exciting competitions and more, visit the Perks Directory website.

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How to Use
Most offers are redeemed by simply presenting your Perks Directory card in-store, but some are online offers; require you to telephone the venue in advance; print a voucher or purchase a shopping card in advance. Please familiarise yourself with the information on the Help and FAQs pages on the Perks Directory website and read the terms of each offer to ensure you receive a warm welcome at the venues.

Download the Free Perks App
Staff can download the Perks Directory mobile app to find offers whilst on the go. The app is free to download from the App Store for the iPhone and Google Play for Android phones – just search for "Perks Directory" and look for our logo.


Students' Union

SU Student Leader Elections

Nominations for the Students' Union's new Student Officer Team close this Thursday.

Student Officers represent the 23,000+ students at Queen's and make decisions that have a real impact on students' lives. They also lead the Union, gain new skills and stand out to future employers. We want more students to get involved in the Student Officer Elections so that we can be as democratic as possible.

Staff are asked to please promote these fantastic opportunities to your students. They can find out more and nominate themselves by Thursday 15 February at the Students' Union website.

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There are six Full-Time paid and 10 Part-Time voluntary positions available:

Full-Time Paid Part-Time Voluntary
President  Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Students' Officer
Activities Officer Disabled Students' Officer
Education Officer Environmental and Ethical Trading Officer
Equality and Diversity Officer International Students' Officer
Postgraduate Officer *NEW POSITION*  LGBT+ Students' Officer
Welfare Officer Mature Students' Officer
  Student Parents' Officer
  Part-Time Students' Officer
  Student Carers' Officer
  Women Students' Officer
Global Challenges Debate


Global Challenges Debate

The next Global Challenges Debate will take place on 22 February 2018, 5.00pm – 6.00pm, in The Emeleus Lecture Theatre, Lanyon South.

Entitled 'Human Rights in an Age of Trump and Brexit', the debate will feature Baroness Onora O'Neill and Professor Chris McCrudden. 

Further details are available on the Global Challenges Debate webpage.



Financial services lecture – Bradley Birkenfeld

Queen's, in association with FinTrU, will host world-renowned whistle-blower Bradley Birkenfeld at Riddel Hall, Queen's Management School on Thursday 8 March 2018 from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

Guest speaker, Mr Birkenfeld is a former investment professional and has been called the most significant financial whistle-blower in history. As an international private banker he exposed how UBS, one of the world's largest banks, helped wealthy Americans commit billions in tax fraud. His revelations highlighted the role of offshore financial institutions in systematically aiding clients' tax evasion, corruption and terrorist activities.

For more information and to register your attendance, please click here.



Material and Advanced Technologies for Healthcare (MATCH) Showcase Event

Registration is still open for the MATCH Showcase, which will be held in the Whitla Hall on the afternoon of Wednesday 21 February 2018.

Academic and research staff and PGR students with an interest in health and healthcare technology research are invited to come and participate in the event, which will also be attended by local healthcare and pharmaceutical company representatives. 

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The Showcase will comprise a small number of short presentations that highlight the interdisciplinary projects that are ongoing between the MHLS and EPS Faculties, as well as hands-on demonstrations of research items, and an opportunity to engage with current PRP members to identify potential new routes of collaboration.

Please register here, or email Dr Cian McCrudden with inquiries.



The Graduate School – World Leading Impact Stories

  • Thursday 15 February: Applying Anthropological Research Beyond the Academy, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, The Graduate School, Training Room 7

The second in the series of The Graduate School's World Leading Impact Stories. Speakers: Dr Neil Jarman and Dr Dominic Bryan. Light lunch provided from 12.30pm.

Register here.

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Dr Neil Jarman and Dr Dominic Bryan have a wealth of experience in the application of research to policy and practice and have worked closely with local communities and government in Northern Ireland.

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Finance Training Programme

Places are still available on a number of courses in February 2018 including 'Applying for and Managing Research Grants for staff in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences'. Courses are available in:

  • a classroom-based environment, delivered by the Finance team, and
  • through the medium of e-learning, (self service, on demand)

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The programme focuses on the following competencies: Accounting; VAT and Pensions; Budgeting and Forecasting; Compliance and Governance; Policies and Procedures; Procurement; Research Finance; Systems and General Finance.

For 2017–18 there are a number of new courses including TRAC and TAS; Pensions; Modern Slavery and Finance for non-Finance Managers. In addition, e-learning modules are now available for Purchase Card (PCard) holders (on PCI DSS) and for those staff who are involved in tender evaluation.

Further information, including details on how to register via iTrent, and how to access online learning materials, is provided on the Finance Directorate website. Alternatively, please email financetraining@qub.ac.uk.



Rare Disease Conference

The Joint North South Rare Disease Conference 2018 will be held on Monday 5 March in Riddel Hall. This is a call for abstracts.

Abstracts should be emailed to julie.mcmullan@qub.ac.uk, with 'POSTER COMPETITION' in the subject line, by Monday 26 February 2018. Posters must be A0 size, in portrait format, and brought to Riddel Hall by 9.00am on Monday 5 March 2018 for display. 

Further details are available here and a non-finalised programme is viewable here. Please register here.



NI Science Festival / Wellcome-Wolfson

  • Saturday 17 February: Know Your Enemy – Disease-Focused Research at Queen's University, 1.00pm – 5.00pm, Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine

Join scientists from the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute at Queen's to explore how the human body works and how we are leading the fight against disease.

This is a free drop-in event, suitable for all ages.

See here for more information.



HE Lunchtime Forum

  • Tuesday 20 February 2018: Healtheatre – Interdisciplinary Education in Action, 12.45pm – 1.55pm, Auditorium, McClay Library

Staff are invited to the next Queen's University Higher Education Lunchtime Forum. These events provide an opportunity for colleagues to exchange good practice, innovative methods and tested approaches in Higher Education learning and teaching. Staff can register via iTrent Self Service. For information, or for assistance with registration, please email the Centre at ced@qub.ac.uk or phone 028 9097 1447.

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Members of an interdisciplinary team from Drama, Medicine and Social Work, who won a Queen's Teaching Award in 2017, will discuss their approach to education and training provision in health and social care, which integrated techniques more commonly associated with theatre and performance. They will also outline how they made the interdisciplinary approach work in Queen's, the benefits of interdisciplinary education for the staff and students, the challenges involved in such a broad working practice and the assessment approach used. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

Further details are available on the CED website.



Learning and Teaching Conference 2018 – Registration Open

Registration for the Annual Learning and Teaching Conference is now open. Please register at this link.

The conference will take place on 28 March 2018 in the Peter Froggatt Centre. Abstract submissions for posters will be received until 5 March 2018. Abstracts should be up to 300 words. Posters should be A0 size and in full colour.

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Confirmed speakers: Professor Rhona Sharpe, University of Surrey; Professor Carol McGuiness and Dr Philip Hannna NTF, Queen's University Belfast.

This year's theme is 'Creativity and Innovation in Teaching' and will include:

» Creative and innovative learning activities
» Creative and innovative assessment practices
» Use of digital technologies in teaching and assessment
» Encouraging creativity and innovation in students

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Information Services

Computer Opportunity for departments

This summer, Information Services (IS) will be undertaking another computer refresh in the following Student Computing Centres: McClay Library; MBC; RVH; and AFBI.

This is an opportunity for individual Schools to acquire free PCs and laptops. The PCs (376 in total) and laptops (86 in total) are from the sites above. If you wish to avail of this opportunity, please contact Denver Gilpin (details below).

In the event that demand outstrips supply, IS will seek to distribute the PCs and laptops as fairly as possible.

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Please be aware that the following conditions apply:

  • If you agree to take any PCs or laptops you cannot back out of the agreement at a later point
  • When a date and time for collection is provided later in the year this must be kept to stringently
  • If you put the collection job on Planon, the correct name must be provided, ie the name of the person who corresponds with Denver in regards to the computer refresh and not the name of the staff member you plan to pass the computers to

The following are the general specifications of the various PCs and laptops (click on the links to read):

Denver Gilpin
Information Services – IT Systems and Services
The McClay Library, Room 1.234
028 9097 6102



Breast Cancer Study – Call for Volunteers

Researchers at Queen's are developing a test to diagnose breast cancer and are looking for healthy female volunteers (18–45 years of age) to take part in a study.

The study involves attending Belfast City Hospital on one occasion for around 30 minutes. At this appointment volunteers will be asked to provide a blood sample. 

For further information, and/or to register your interest in participating in the study, please contact Dr Fiona Furlong, Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy: f.furlong@qub.ac.uk | 028 9097 2296.



The Sound-Considered City

  • Monday 19 February: The Sound-Considered City, 4.00pm – 5.00pm, Belfast City Hall Reception Room

Recomposing the City invites staff to the launch of 'The Sound-Considered City', a guide to urban sound for decision-makers and designers. Drinks and light refreshments will be served.

Speakers: Alastair Hall, Hall McKnight Architects; Dr Ken Sterrett, City Reparo; Adam Turkington, Seedhead Arts.

Please contact recomposingthecity@gmail.com with any queries.

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This publication has been written by the Recomposing the City research group (www.recomposingthecity.org). The research group is led by Dr Sarah Lappin (Queen's University Belfast – Architecture) and Professor Gascia Ouzounian (University of Oxford – Music) and supported by Dr Rachel O'Grady (Queen's University Belfast – Architecture). It is the result of a three-year AHRC-funded research project called Hearing Trouble: Sound Art in Post-Conflict Cities.

Based in Belfast and Oxford, our mission is to bring together artists, architects, planners and others in investigating the relationship of sound to urban environments. We support new design and research projects, and we seek to improve the understanding of sound by those who make decisions about cities. Our aim is not merely to reduce unwanted noise in urban areas. Rather, we support creating urban spaces in which sound is considered an essential part of placemaking.

Key to our vision of the sound-considered city is the innovative work carried out by sound artists. In some cases sound artists have been tasked specifically with improving urban areas. In other cases their work has had unforeseen positive impacts for cities. Our research shows how artists and designers can effectively 'recompose' the city through sound art.



Strategic Research Engagement with South Africa

Research and Enterprise are hosting an Information and Networking event on 5 March in order to support Queen's University's Strategic Research Engagement with South Africa.

This event will offer the opportunity to learn about research which Queen's staff have been undertaking with South African partners and to network with colleagues across the institution who have an interest in South African-related research.

Please register here.



Biological Sciences Seminar Series

  • Monday 19 February: Rodent Disease Ecology: From principles to applications, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, Geography Building, 0G/028

Part of the School of Biological Sciences' 'Ecosystem Biology and Sustainability' Guest Seminar Series. All welcome.

Speaker: Professor Michael Begon (University of Liverpool).

Download the event poster here

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Originally from London, Professor Mike Begon, carried out his undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds, and from there moved to the University of Liverpool. Soon after his arrival there he co-wrote Begon, Harper and Townsend's Ecology, which has long been regarded as the definitive textbook on all aspects of ecology. Mike works on the population and community ecology of infectious diseases in wildlife, including wild rodent reservoirs of zoonotic infections such as plague and leptospirosis, and his work has taken him across the globe, carrying out field work in diverse environments from remote areas of Kazakhstan looking for plague, to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Northumberland and the urban slums of Brazil. Mike has been awarded both the Marsh Award and the Exceptional Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Ecological Society. He is currently Head of the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour at Liverpool University.



QPOL Policy Engagement and Research Blog

Up-to-date contributions from QPol. Click on the links to read.

To submit, email Kevin at qpol@qub.ac.uk.

  • Will the Irish question be solved?
    Professor Dagmar Schiek looks at the Irish question in respect to Brexit and highlights some of the legal perspectives of the pre-Christmas 'deal' on Northern Ireland.

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The Conversation

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

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

For those interested in contributing, the upcoming themes for the Anthill Podcast are:

  • March: Bitcoin/currency 
  • April: Peace 
  • May: Twins

Campus Food and Drink

French Village at Queen's

French Village is now supplying sandwiches at Queen's and will be the main supplier of all sandwiches for the University.

Staff can only order French Village sandwiches via the Campus Food and Drink webpages.

So if you are organising a conference, a large, small, or intimate event, or a meeting, you can now order sandwiches made by a local company (established 1981) and using quality local ingredients.




SU Shop – Recycled Stationery

To mark Green Week at Queen's the SU Shop is offering 20% off selected recycled stationery.

Staff can browse the full range of 'Save the Rhino' recycled paper and notebooks in store.



Sporting Events

Queen's Sport updates

Please see below for the latest updates from Queen's Sport. Click on the links for more information.

Deep RiverRock Queen's 5k 2018 – Recently launched at Queen's, this year's 'Race around the River' will take place on Wednesday 21 March 2018.

Swimathon 2018 at Queen's Sport – The Swimathon returns to Queen's Sport on April 27 – April 29. Register here and support Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie. Participants can choose a distance that suits them.

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Queen's Sport Adult Activity Programme – Morning (7.00am), lunchtime and evening classes designed to suit staff of all abilities. Contact memberships@qub.ac.uk or follow this link to book your tour and free trial.


Arts and Culture

NI Science Festival QFT collaboration

Queen's Film Theatre (QFT) is teaming up with the NI Science Festival this month and as part of the programme will be screening Unrest (Sunday 18 February, 1.40pm and 6.00pm) enhanced by the Unrest VR experience.

Unrest is a personal journey from patient to advocate to storyteller, depicting Harvard PhD student Jennifer Brea's struggle with invisible illness myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). 'Unrest VR' is an interactive, non-fiction experience inspired by Jennifer's feature documentary.

Follow this link to book a free place on Unrest VR or for more information on the film. All NI Science Festival events taking place at QFT are available to view here.


Arts and entertainment

Queen's Film Theatre listings

Please see below for this week's screenings. Staff ticket price £5 (standard ticket price £6.70). More information and booking on the QFT website.

Loveless: Andrey Zvyagintsev's powerhouse tale of corruption in contemporary Russia.

Phantom Thread: In his final film, Daniel Day-Lewis delivers a masterful performance as a society dressmaker beguiled by a young waitress.

Journey's End: From the director of Bullet Boy and The Duchess comes this new adaptation of RC Sheriff's 1928 anti-war play, featuring British talents Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield, Paul Bettany, Tom Sturridge and Toby Jones.

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Shiraz: A Romance for India: Based on the romance between 17th-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and his queen, this epic silent film is the tale behind the creation of the iconic Taj Mahal.

The Shape of Water (from 16 February): An unusual aquatic love story between an amphibian man and a shy, mute cleaner working at a top secret government facility.

Glory (from 16 February): Darkly comic social satire about a humble man who gets unwillingly promoted, and ends up sacrificed.

Walk With Me (from 18 February): With Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, the inventor of mindfulness.

Autism Friendly: Alice in Wonderland (13 February) 

Dementia Friendly: Oklahoma! (17 February)

Special Events 
Japan Foundation: After School: Middle school teacher Jinno joins forces with a seedy private detective to find his friend Kimura, who disappears on the eve of his child's birth. 

Pride + Q&A: A special screening of Pride followed by a Q&A with David Donovan. 

QFT Late: True Romance: A screening that celebrates the 25th anniversary of this '90s classic, written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Tony Scott.

RSC Live: Twelfth Night: Acclaimed director Christopher Luscombe returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company with Shakespeare's greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of "the whirligig of time".

NI Science Festival 
Immersed in Space (16 February) 
The Science of Harry Potter (17 February) 
The Farthest (17 February) 
Unrest and 'Unrest VR' (18 February) (See separate item above)
Counting from Infinity (19 February) 
Food Evolution (20 February)



Carers Coffee event

All staff with caring responsibilities are invited to come together informally to drink tea/coffee, eat cake and talk about caring on Wednesday 7 March 2018 at 10.30am.

This informal event aims to allow carers to come together in work to connect and chat with each other about caring responsibilities.

Please register here if interested; the room will be confirmed at registration. Tea/coffee and cake will be provided.

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Carers Week will take place from 12 – 18 June 2018 and Staff Wellbeing will be arranging a session with Carers NI during that week.

If you are interested in getting involved in fundraising during Carers Week for Carers NI at their Dragonboat Race, or if you wish to be added to the Queen's Staff Carer's Network, please email wellbeing@qub.ac.uk.

The Carers UK online Forum is available for people with caring responsibilities to speak to others in a similar situation, with specific links to the following forums:

  • Support and Advice
  • Social Area
  • News and Campaigns
  • Specific disabilities and conditions


Red Heart Month – Lunchtime Session

Staff Wellbeing have organised a lunchtime information session for staff during 'Red Heart Month', on Friday 23 February 2018, from 1.00pm – 2.00pm.

BHF NI Cardiovascular Development Coordinator Craig Moore will discuss risk factors and how you can look after your own heart health.

Please register to attend here; the room will be confirmed after registration and lunch will be provided.

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British Heart Foundation (BHF) is the biggest independent funder of heart research in the UK. The medical research charity helps scientists to undertake pioneering research into many different heart conditions, their diagnosis and treatment. When BHF was set up almost 60 years ago seven out of 10 people who had a heart attack died. Today seven out of 10 survive thanks to BHF research breakthroughs. While there is still more research to be done into a range of heart conditions, you can take your own steps to look after your heart. 



Reducing your Risk of Cancer

Staff Wellbeing have invited Dr Gwyneth Hinds – former associate specialist in the Breast Surgery Unit, Belfast City Hospital, and now a Pilates teacher and health coach – to discuss ways to help you move towards a healthier lifestyle and reduce your risk of cancer and other disease.

This session will take place on Thursday 22 February 2018, from 1.00pm – 2.00pm. Please register here to attend; the room will be confirmed after registration. Lunch will be provided.

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Cancer Research UK report that 42% of cancers in the UK are preventable. The most important factor is cigarette smoking, but obesity, lack of exercise, poor diet and too much alcohol are also important factors. Two in 5 breast cancers could be prevented if women maintained a healthy weight, were more active and drank less alcohol. Exercise can also play an important part in improving survivorship following breast, bowel and prostate cancer. 


Learning and Development

Learning and Development 2017/18 Course Programme

The Learning and Development Course Programme for Semester 2 is now available and can be viewed on the Programme website. To book a place on an upcoming training course, log onto iTrent.

View and book upcoming courses here.

For queries/support, please contact training@qub.ac.uk.


IT training

Professional Development


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 13 February 2018: Professional Development Series: Writing Good MCQs, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 14 February 2018: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 14 February 2018: Dynamic PowerPoint Presentations, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 27 February 2018: Professional Development Series: Student Retention, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 21 March 2018: Digital Literacies Workshop 3: Digital Tools for Assessment and Feedback, 2.00pm – 3.30pm
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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.

Tip of the Day: The TODAY function in Excel is dynamic so will update each time the workbook is opened to always display the current date. Enter =TODAY() in a cell.

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  • Thursday 15 February: Excel: Creating Charts Using Excel, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 21 February: Creating Infographics and Visual Content, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Friday 23 February: Advanced Word Processing: Making Best Use of Word (also suitable for ECDL Advanced Word candidates), 9.30am – 4.00pm
  • Monday 26 February: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 27 February: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 5 March: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook and Exchange, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 8 March: How to Plan your Social Media Strategy and Create Engaging Content, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 14 March: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL – Spreadsheets), 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 15 March: Creating Screen Shots and Training Materials using Word and SnagIt, 9.30am – 12.30pm

ECDL: To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email ecdl@qub.ac.uk

Click here for more information on ECDL.


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