22 January 2018


GDPR Staff Information Sessions

Staff are invited to Information Sessions about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect on 25 May 2018, replacing the Data Protection Act 1998. 

Sessions are open to All Staff, and will raise awareness of the changes required and make practical suggestions as to how these can be implemented.

Details of the sessions are below:

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Main Site: Wednesday 7 February, 2.00pm, LAN/01/052 

MBC: Wednesday 14 February, 2.00pm, MBC/0G/046NT (North Theatre)

David Keir Bldg: Wednesday 21 February, 2.00pm, DKB/0G/110 

Main Site: Wednesday 28 February, 2.00pm, LAN/01/052 

These will last for one hour and will be self-bookable via ITrent.

Staff are welcome to forward, in advance, any specific questions, queries or issues they would like be raised at these sessions to: info.compliance@qub.ac.uk

For further information, visit the GDPR webpages.



Internal Vacancies

Please see below for details of this week's internal vacancies.

Vacancies should be viewable on Queen's Online.

Please note that other vacancies are often advertised externally and are on the Jobs page.

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  • Deputy Finance Business Partner
    Faculty Office MHLS
    Ref: 18/106180
    Closing date: Monday 5 February 2018
    Anticipated interview date: Wednesday 21 February 2018


Student Engagement

Student Volunteering Survey

Volunteer SU in Queen's Students' Union are keen for staff to complete this quick survey by Wednesday 31 January, 2018.

Volunteer SU are completing a mapping exercise of volunteering initiatives (involving students) across campus so they can:

  • get a better idea of engagement figures in student volunteering and the level of community/social/environmental impact that is being achieved by Queen’s students

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  • offer guidance/create a support network (if it would be helpful) to those staff co-ordinating volunteering projects in order to promote/support volunteering best practice

  • ensure student volunteers are aware of volunteering recognition mechanisms such as Millennium/Prestige Volunteers (certificates evidencing volunteering), Inspiring Leaders (leadership skills development programme for students volunteering in positions of leadership) and Degree Plus

If you have any queries, please contact Lucia on volunteer@qub.ac.uk.



Reflections Newsletter

The latest edition of Reflections is available on the CED website.

This edition focuses on innovations in teaching across the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences.






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 the latest Faculty headlines, details of student successes, news about Faculty staff, and dates for your diary.

Download the Newsletter.


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Finance Training Programme

Places are still available on a number of courses in January 2018 including Applying for and Managing Research Grants for staff in the Faculty of EPS; Risk; PCI DSS Awareness and Modern Slavery. 

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.

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A Rare Disease Registry for NI

All staff are invited to the 'Rare Disease Registry and Education Focused Event' at Riddell Hall on Monday 29 January.

The event is designed to help progress two top priorities from the NI Rare Disease Implementation Plan. These are:

1. To develop a rare disease registry

2. To improve education / access to information resources in NI

This is a unique opportunity for individuals living and working with rare diseases in Northern Ireland to input to the plan.

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To help progress these rare disease priorities, a series of short talks will be followed by facilitated discussions to identify targets for rare disease progress in NI, alongside barriers and strengths for implementation.

This event is designed in two halves, and individuals are welcome to attend either the:

a) Morning session, 9.30am - 1.15pm: focused on developing a rare disease registry for NI

b) Afternoon session, 2.15pm - 5.00pm: focused on improving educational and information resources for rare diseases

c) All day: lunch provided

Please register via this link.

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Global Challenge Networking Programme

The final event in the 2017–18 Global Challenge Networking Programme (GCNP) will take place on 1 February 2018. The theme will be 'Sufficiency'.

Staff can also find out more about each GCNP event, and register for attendance, at this link.

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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 three themes: the first, 'Artificial Intelligence and Society', took place in September, with 'Global Uncertainties', our second event, held in November.

As with the previous themes, 'Sufficiency' 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.

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Staff Wellbeing

Kith & Kin Financial Wellbeing

Kith & Kin are a Community Interest Company based in Belfast providing Financial Wellbeing to the Community/Employees.

They are visiting the University on Tuesday 6 February, 1.00pm – 2.00pm to provide staff with access to Financial Advice on areas such as mortgages, life and home insurance, savings and investments, pensions, accident/sickness and unemployment cover, loans/credit card and state benefits.

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Please register here to attend. The room will be confirmed after registration. Lunch will be provided.


Staff Wellbeing

Health and Wellbeing Fair - Monday 29 January 2018

Staff Wellbeing will launch their Programme for 2018 at the Health and Wellbeing Fair on Monday 29 January 2018 in the Great Hall from 10.00am-12.00 noon.

Professor David Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students, will deliver a welcome at 10.30am and QUB Foodies will talk about healthy diets at 11.00am. There will also be performances from the International Dance Group at 12.30pm and the Queen’s Staff Wellbeing Choir at 1.00pm.

A number of internal and external providers will host stands at the Fair. Further information is available on the Staff Wellbeing Website.


Core Values

Teaching Awards 2018 – Briefing Session

  • 23 January 2018: Teaching Awards Briefing Session, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, 0G/010, Main Site Tower

Lunch will be provided from 12.45pm. 

To book a place, please email e.mcdowell@qub.ac.uk. Further details about the Teaching Awards Scheme, including application forms and Notes for Guidance are available on the CED website.

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The aims of the briefing session are:

  • To provide information on the Teaching Awards application process, including any changes to the Scheme

  • To encourage colleagues to apply for an Award

  • To provide guidance on the type of information that might be included in an application


Staff Wellbeing

Mood Matters

As part of Queen’s ongoing commitment to promoting and supporting staff wellbeing, two half day training programmes have been developed and will be delivered in collaboration with Aware NI.

Mood Matters for all staff (delivered by Patrick Anderson, Aware NI):

  • Monday 5 February, 9.30am - 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 13 March, 9.30am - 1.00pm

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  • Friday 23 March 2018, 9.30am - 1.00pm

Mood Matters for Managers and Supervisors:

  • Friday 9 February 2018, 9.30am - 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 14 March 2018, 9.30am - 1.00pm

Further details are available on the Staff Wellbeing Website.

Both programmes are now available through iTrent and staff are encouraged to register to attend.



The Graduate School – Thought Leaders

Imagine a world where we looked forward to Monday morning - some people do!

TEDx speaker, lawyer, mediator, and innovator Dorcas Crawford will host January's Thought Leaders session at The Graduate School on Thursday 25 January from 6.00pm-7.30pm. Dorcas will share her thoughts on the ingredients for creating a happy workplace and the surprising results that follow.

Read more about the event and reserve your ticket for this talk at this link. #ThoughtLeaders

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Irish Language Speakers' Circle

There are five simple steps to help maintain and improve your wellbeing: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.

Try to build these into your daily life – think of them as your ‘five a day’ for wellbeing.  The Irish Language Speakers’ Circle can help staff to Connect and Keep Learning

Michael Pierse, Lecturer in AEL has been running an Irish language speakers’ circle for the past couple of months at Queen’s, and would like now to extend an invitation to all staff, for an hour of conversation in Gaeilge.

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The next Irish Language Speakers' Circle takes place on Friday 26 January, 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.



Microbiome Talk

Molecular microbiologist Dr Paul Cotter from the APC Microbiome Institute will give a talk on microbiomes on Tuesday 6 March.

Dr Cotter's research focuses on the microbiology of food, the food chain and of the human/animal gut as well as antimicrobial peptides/bacteriocins.

Paul’s laboratory was awarded the title of Irish Food/Agriculture Laboratory of the Year 2013, 2015 and 2016.

The event will be held in Research and Enterprise, 63 University Road, Belfast, BT7 1NF.

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A buffet lunch will be served from 12.00 noon and the talk with start at 12.30pm.

To attend, please email euoffice@qub.ac.uk.



Sexual Health Training

Staff are invited to free training for health professionals and students on including transgender & non-binary people in sexual health on Tuesday 6 February, 9.00am - 2.30pm, South Dining Hall.

Training will include

  • specific community sexual health needs

  • language and cultural competency

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  • best practice for inclusive care

To register for the event here.



AHSS Parent's Evening

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is holding an Information Evening for pupils in Year 10, 11 and 12 at school and their parents/guardians on Thursday 22 February 2018, 7.00pm-9.30pm, Whitla Hall.

This event is for degrees in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

At this event, students and their parents/guardians will find out about the broad range of degrees available in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen's. They will hear about the subjects and grades students need at GCSE and A Level (or equivalent) to gain entry to the degrees, and also the career options open to them. They will also have the opportunity to chat informally with staff and current students.  More information can be found by clicking on this link.



ALTNI Group Launch

The Launch of the Association for Learning Technology Northern Ireland Members Group will be held on Thursday 8 March, 9.30am to 2.00pm, at Ulster University, Belfast Campus.
Staff are invited to the launch in Belfast for networking, inspiration around technology in education and refreshments.

Maren Deepwell, Chief Executive of ALT, will be cutting the virtual ribbon on the Northern Ireland Members Group in this half day event.

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The morning will showcase educational technology across Ireland and across sectors. As this is also International Women’s Day it will celebrate women’s role in the field.

Confirmed speakers include Claire Dewhirst (Queen’s University Belfast), Paul Gormley (Irish Learning Technology Association), Dianne Hazlett (Ulster University), Stephen McClean (Ulster University) and Paul McElvaney (Learning Pool).

Please register here.

Contact Clare Thomson or Craig Dooley with any queries.

Queen’s University is an institutional member so please go to the main ALT website for more information about the association and benefits for members.



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 will discuss their approach to education and training provision in health and social care, which integrated techniques more commonly associated with theatre and performance.

Key issues such as empathy, body language, interaction with patients and carers, together with the broad array of skills central to 'human factors' were addressed.  Academics, educators and clinical professionals at Queen’s University and hospitals across Belfast shared their research and front-line experiences with students, fellow professionals and service users. The outcome was a pioneering approach to interdisciplinary education involving staff and students from three Schools and two Faculties across Queen's.

Members of the team 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.

IGFS Belfast Summit for Global Food Intergrity


Belfast Summit for Global Food Integrity

The deadline for submitting abstracts to the Belfast Summit for Global Food Integrity is approaching.

Don’t miss the chance to be part of this landmark event, hosted by the Institute for Global Food Security and taking place at the Belfast Waterfront Hall, 29-31 May 2018.

The Summit will bring together food-security experts from all over the world, spanning academia, industry, agriculture, NGOs and regulators.

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Chaired by Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chris Elliott, they will grapple with the dilemma of how to feed a growing global population with integrity - amid issues such as pollution, climate change, Brexit, food fraud and food terrorism.

The tone will be high-level and ambitious and keynote speakers have experience in organisations spanning the World Health Organisation; World Bank; United Nations Food and Agriculture Programme; World Wildlife Fund; US Homeland Security and PepsiCo as well as leading universities and research organisations.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be part of the debate. The abstracts deadline is Friday 9 February and all the details can be found on this page of the Belfast Summit website.



Learning and Teaching Conference 2018 – Call for proposals

The Annual Learning and Teaching Conference will take place on 28 March 2018 in the Peter Froggatt Centre.

This is a call for proposals from staff for oral and poster presentations on the conference theme: 'Creativity and Innovation in Teaching'. All abstracts should be submitted to ced@qub.ac.uk by Monday 5 February 2018

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

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The theme 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


Student Engagement

Handy Helpers

Volunteer SU, the student volunteering team based in the Students' Union, are on the search for Handy Helpers! 

They are gathering a team of student volunteers to participate in a variety of one-off volunteering opportunities to help our community. 

There's no long-term commitment, students just get involved in the opportunities that suit them. As an added feel good factor, Handy Helpers will get a loyalty card that gives even more rewards for changing the world around us.

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Staff can encourage their students to sign up by emailing Margarita on volunteer@qub.ac.uk.



Virtual Dementia Tour

The School of Nursing and Midwifery would like to invite staff to an exciting training opportunity with the Virtual Dementia Tour at the School.

This unique event has been organised by the staff of the School and is supported by the Public Health Agency.  The training is provided by Training 2 CARE (UK) Ltd.

The Virtual Dementia Tour allows you to experience what the symptoms of dementia might be like.  By experiencing the symptoms first-hand, we can understand dementia more easily, so that we can change practice, reduce issues and improve people's lives.

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The Virtual Dementia Training will take place over the course of two weeks from 12 - 23 February 2018. There will be three sessions per day, with each session lasting 2 hours 15 minutes.

There are limited spaces and the event is unlikely to be repeated, so please ensure you book early to avoid disappointment.

If interested, please email Cris Grant: Y.Grant@qub.ac.uk.

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The Conversation

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

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

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Anthill Podcast
If you are interested in contributing to the Anthill Podcast the theme for January 2018 is Things we do wrong, common myths.




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

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

Mysterious alien cigar 'asteroid' is actually an instellar lump of ice (not a space ship)
The fundamental job of astrophysicists and astronauts is to explore the universe, and find what is out there. Recently, the universe explored us says Professor Alan Fitzsimmons.

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Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre now have the latest collection from The Mood Designs in store.

Inspired by real life beach debris from the Irish coastline, these pebble stone vases are perfect for creating cool beach vibes at home.

Staff are reminded of their 10% staff discount.


Lifestyle, Health and Wellbeing

Queen's Sport

See below for the latest programmes and updates from Queen's Sport.

Cycling Safety Training
Sustrans NI will hold cycling safety session in Queen's Sport on Wednesday 14 February, 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Sessions are free for staff. You will need to bring your own bike or hire a Belfast Bike. Full details can be found on this link.

Ladies and Men's 5-a-side Football
5-a-side football is back. See here for details.

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Queen's sport January Membership Offers
Start your new year with a Queen's Sport membership. See here for details.

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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.

The Post: Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in a thrilling drama that is already garnering significant awards buzz.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: Martin McDonagh’s (In Bruges) third feature is a characteristically pitch-black comedic drama featuring a blistering central performance from Frances McDormand.

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The Final Year: Featuring unprecedented access inside the White House and State Department, The Final Year offers an uncompromising view of the inner workings of the Obama Administration as they prepare to leave power after eight years.

Exhibition on Screen: Cézanne – Portraits of a Life (23 Jan): Exhibition on Screen presents one of the most talked about exhibitions of the year.

Night Will Fall + intro (27 Jan): When Allied forces liberated the Nazi concentration camps in 1944-45, their terrible discoveries were recorded by army and newsreel cameramen, revealing for the first time the full horror of what had happened.

Opening Thursday 25 January

Downsizing: Alexander Payne (Sideways, Nebraska) puts climate change, mobility and immigration under the microscope in this utterly bewitching satire starring Matt Damon.

Opening Friday 26 January

Darkest Hour: Newly-appointed Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) must ponder a history-making choice in director Joe Wright’s (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) new biographical drama, Darkest Hour.

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Arts and Entertainment

Naughton Gallery News

EXHIBITION | The Immigrants
Running until Sunday 4 February 2018

Pil and Galia Kollectiv's work is multidisciplinary – encompassing film, animation, collage, poster production, sculpture, installation, performance and costume design – and explores the relationship between art and politics, the legacy of modernism, and the avant-garde discourses of the twentieth century. See here for more information.

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ARTSOUNDS | Katharine Philippa
Tuesday 30 January, 8.00pm

Postponed from December, the Gallery will host one of the region's most profound and compelling songwriters – Queen’s University alumna Katharine Philippa. In this special 'one night only' ARTSOUNDS event, expect song, sentiment, and seasonal solace. You are welcome to bring your preferred drink and enjoy the surroundings – all we ask is that you respect and recycle. 

The event is strictly limited and early booking is advised. Book your tickets here.

Friday 2 February, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, Naughton Gallery

At the next meeting of The Book Club, author and Queen's University lecturer Garrett Carr talks about his recent, highly acclaimed book, Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland's Border (a BBC Radio 4 'Book of the Week'). See here for more information.

Follow us on Facebook to get your weekly glimpse into the Art Collection at Queen's. You'll also get invites to our exhibition openings and other programme events.

The Naughton Gallery's new website is now live. Visit the website to stay up to date with exhibitions, events and information on the Collections.

You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify.


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. @QueensOrgDev

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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: Do you manage a social media account but want to do it in a more strategic way? Then register for How to Plan your Social Media Strategy and Create Engaging Content. Queen's Social Media Manager will help you understand your target audience, create content that will attract them and discover ways to save you time in your busy day.

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  • Wednesday 24 January: Creating Infographics and visual content, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Thursday 25 January: Working with SharePoint for Site Administrators, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 5 February: Adobe Photoshop 1: Basic Digital Image Editing, 9.30am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 8 February: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL – Spreadsheets), 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 9 February: Introduction to Visio 2013, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 19 February: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 2, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 22 February: Excel 2: Managing Data, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 1 March: How to Plan your Social Media Strategy and Create Engaging Content, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

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

Click here for more information on ECDL.

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 30 January 2018: Professional Development Series: Assessment for Learning, 1pm – 2pm
  • Wednesday 31 January 2018: QuestionMark (for Computer Assisted Assessment), 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 7 February 2018: Using the TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 2pm – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 13 February 2018: Professional Development Series: Writing Good MCQs, 1pm – 2pm
  • Wednesday 14 February 2018: Small Group Teaching, 2pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 14 February 2018: Dynamic PowerPoint Presentations, 2pm – 5pm
  • Tuesday 27 February 2018: Professional Development Series: Student Retention, 1pm – 2pm

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