IQ Inside Queen's – A Student's Perspective


Exam time- survival tips!!

Now that semester two is on its last week can only mean one thing….. EXAMS. The pressure of exams can be extremely overwhelming for all students so here are some useful tips to help you maintain at least a little bit of sanity:

  • The Mc Clay Library continues its Twenty-Four-Hour Opening until 5.30pm on Saturday 1st June 2013.

During these dates The Mc Clay Library will remain open overnight every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening. Students will have access to study facilities but service points will not be staffed during the extended hours.

On Sundays the doors open at 8am and the building remains open all week until 2.00am on Saturday mornings. It then re-opens at 6.00am on Saturdays and closes on Sunday mornings at 2.00am before reopening at 8am.

  • Ensure you have your exam timetable at the ready. You need your exam timetable for each exam not only so you know where you are going and when, but it also has your anonymous code which the examiners need. To get a copy of your exam timetable, go to the ‘administration link’ (bottom left-hand corner) of your Queen’s online account.
  • Make sure you have your student card. While this may seem an obvious fact, it is not uncommon for students to be so engulfed in revision that they lose track of where they left their student card. So if you find yourself in this position just before an exam…. DONT PANIC. Just come to level one of the student guidance centre were we will issue you with a new card there and then. Please note, we are open Monday to Friday 9-5 and the cost for a new student card is £10 cash.
  • It may seem impossible at the time but there are ways to help manage your stress during exam time. It is vitally important to take regular breaks to give your mind a rest from revision and you can do this any way; from going out with friends, to going to the gym or for a walk, or just by catching up on some much needed TV, taking a break from your revision can help refresh your brain, ready for the next session.
  • Know that you are not alone. A lot of students isolate themselves away from people in a bid to stay as focused as possible. At times, this may be good for concentration however by remembering that you are not alone, you can reach out for help either with classmates, family, or friends to get some of that stress and frustration off your chest.

For any students undertaking re-sit exams in August, the Re-sit Registration Wizard open date is still to be confirmed. You will be able to access the wizard via your QSIS account and select the modules you wish to retake.

Students will be sent email correspondence to your QUB email account so you should check it over the summer period. You will also be able to find information via the Exams website:

And finally, the Student Guidance Centre would like to wish all students the best of luck in their upcoming exams

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EQUALITY CHALLENGE UNIT SURVEY- Supporting Mental Health in Universities

ECU survey: How can universities support staff and students experiencing mental health difficulties?

ECU is currently surveying the views of staff and students on how universities can support people experiencing mental health difficulties. In particular, we want to gain an understanding of how universities can:

  • develop an environment which encourages staff and students to let the university know they are experiencing mental health difficulties and receive targeted      support
  • proactively ensure that their courses, the work environment, their facilities and services are accessible to students experiencing mental health difficulties

Responses to the staff and student surveys will be invaluable in helping us develop materials to promote an inclusive environment supportive of mental health in universities

Staff survey: How can universities support staff experiencing mental health difficulties?

Student survey: How can universities support students experiencing mental health difficulties?

Please support this work by completing the survey and also encouraging any staff and student networks and/or individuals to do so.

The survey will be open until Friday 12 April

For further details of the project, please see the ECU project page.

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Helen Ramsey Turtle Scholarship




The selection panel will expect you to outline clearly what you hope to gain personally from your experience in North America, and how you intend to use this experience to benefit the wider community upon your return to Northern Ireland.


Application forms are available online (

or by request (Email: 

They must be typed or word-processed and returned to or Student Guidance Centre (University Road, Belfast, BT7 1NN) by the deadline of

4.30 pm on Tuesday 7 May 2013.

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Have you say! Share your experience as a first year entering university life!

As part of preparing for the 2013 Welcome Week in September, the Student Guidance Centre would like to provide students with an ‘e-book’ which will be a guide for new students to help them make the best transition into university life. Entering university life from school life can be difficult, daunting and sometimes a scary thought. We hope to provide in the e-book FAQ’s and the details about the services the Student Guidance Centre provides to students. We need your help however!! 

We are very keen to hear from as many students as possible on the following areas:

How did you make the transition into university life? and

When you were entering first year, what information would you have liked to have when coming to Queen’s?

If you could please spare a few minutes of your time to answer these questions and send your responses to it would be much appreciated. Help us to provide the best possible service to new students. Thank you.

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The National Student Survey: share your thoughts and you could win an ipad!

Speak up, and share your thoughts on the whole student experience with the National Student Survey. For more information and to complete the survey, follow this link:

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Like us on Facebook/ Follow us on Twitter!!

The Student Guidance Centre (SGC) has recently launched its new Facebook and Twitter pages to provide students with as much information as possible on upcoming events and changes to services within both the SGC and around campus. But we need your help!

Please like us on Facebook here

Please follow us on Twitter here

Why should you follow us?

Social Media is a term that students will be hearing a lot more of. It is becoming a huge part of university life and is used to network with students and keep them updated with the latest news changes, and events that are happening around campus. Here at the SGC, our aim to promote the services we provide to students as well as help with any general concerns that students have. University life can be daunting and challenging for many students so our objective is to guide students and help them through every aspect of their university life. And if we cannot help directly, we will do everything we can to direct you to the right people!

For any help or assistance, you can get in touch by telephone on 02890 972727, email at or by calling into level one of the Student Guidance Centre.

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CAREERS DROP IN SERVICE- As of Monday 4th February 2013 until further notice, the careers drop in service will be available from 10.30am-4.30pm daily. Now due to the high demand that we have received over the last week or so, we recommend that students try to make it within the timeframe so that they are able to be taken.  For any students that feel they need more time, they can speak to the careers advisor regarding booking them a one to one appointment with the careers advisor assigned to their area of study.

The careers service weekly diary will re-commence from Monday 28th January.

To keep track of the upcoming career events that are happening over the next semester and upcoming job vacancies, please register with the careers management system.

ERASMUS/ STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS- For any help and assistance regarding your program, there will be a member of staff from careers available in the careers information area from 11-3pm daily.  The careers information area is situated on level one of the Student Guidance Centre.

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A student’s guide to surviving exams!

As most students are still relaxing from the Christmas holidays, that big fat grey cloud continues to hang over us all that is…. EXAMS. It is a time that unfortunately we cannot avoid and is crucial to us all but this can sometimes cause additional pressure for some that are already nervous.

So to try and keep at least a little bit of sanity over the revision period, the Student Guidance Centre has drawn up some survival tips:

-  Take advantage of the 24 hour library facilities over the next couple of weeks for some much needed quiet revising time

-  Take regular breaks from your revision to give your mind a rest. This will refresh you and get you ready for the next revision session

-  If you can, turn your computer and phone off while you study to avoid slipping into procrastination!!

-  Keep your exam timetable at the ready so that you can prepare your exam day in advance. To get a copy of your exam timetable, go to the ‘administration link’ (bottom left-hand corner) of your Queen’s online account

-  Ensure you have your student card in a secure place. It is not uncommon for students to lose their cards over the festive period. If you do…. DONT PANIC. Just come to level one of the Student Guidance Centre were we will issue you with a new card (please note there is a £10 cash charge for replacement student cards)

-  Don’t isolate yourself away from people, which is what a lot of students do. By remembering that you are not alone, you can reach out for help either with classmates, family, or friends to get some of that stress and frustration off your chest

-  During the Christmas period, Queen’s University will continue to offer their Counselling Service which is available to all students free of charge. This is an excellent confidential service that can help students talk about their concerns and issues. Whether it be university related or just wanting to get something off your chest, why not call for an appointment on our free phone 0808 800 0016 or alternatively you can email at

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How to enhance your employability prospects

For most students in their final year or penultimate year, whether you are looking for a graduate role or maybe considering taking a placement/ gap year, it’s important that students are able to understand how to reach their full potential for getting that dream job.

You may hear around campus the phrase the milk round”. This is the phrase commonly used to describe the time of year when companies are at the peak of advertising their graduate positions and opportunities for 2013 entry by touring universities and advertising online for their positions. This normally begins in October and for some subject areas can last until next year.

It is therefore vitally important that students do not miss these opportunities and so to keep up to date, please register with the careers management system where you can find all of the careers events that will be happening over the year and also the latest vacancies that are advertised.

The next question to ask is; what are these companies looking for? Unfortunately in this current economic climate, for every one job, you can guarantee there will be many other students with similar qualifications going for the same job, so really you need to be thinking about enhancing your employability during your time at Queen’s  to give you the extra edge.

So how do you enhance your employability? Well you can start by asking yourself the following questions:

Do you have a part time job?

Are you active in your local council or in a club or society?

Do you volunteer anywhere?

All of these things may not seem like much but they can make a real difference to your CV. Here at Queen’s, we offer a variety of services to help get you those little bonus points. For students graduating or considering taking a placement year, check out the Queen’s Employability, Careers and Skills website for the latest in careers opportunities.

Or for you students wanting to boost your CV and your bank balance…..  have a look at the latest part time on campus jobs offered by Queen’s.

If you already do some or all of the above, why not get some credit for it and sign up for the Degree Plus Award.

And finally, if you wish to speak to a member of careers about any of these issues whether it may be to help improve your CV, discuss a job application or just for a general chat about the career possibilities within your field, the Student Guidance Centre offers a drop in service every day from 10.00-12.30 and 2.00-4.30 where you can speak to a careers advisor in a 15-20 minute consultation and if you feel you may need more time, you may book in for a guidance interview. All of these services are available to all students and are free of charge so why not take advantage of them.

In the meantime, if you have any queries or need help finding support in any area of university life, you can call into level 1 of the Student Guidance Centre at the Information Desk for a chat. Alternatively contact us via email on or by telephone on 02890 972727.

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Invitation to first-year students- to discuss issues about disordered eating

We would like to talk with you if you have or think you may be developing a disordered eating pattern or have been diagnosed with either anorexia nervosa or bulimia.

•Does your eating pattern change if you become stressed?

•Do you worry about your eating pattern?

What is the study about?

Our research study is interested in;

•Gaining a better understanding of the impact upon University life of patterns of disordered eating

•Providing better support for students

 What does participation in the study entail?

The study will involve a confidential and private short discussion with a health care professional, on pre-agreed discussion themes. All discussions will be treated in absolute confidence with no name or personal details recorded.  Discussions would take place in a location and time of your choosing.

If you have (or think you might be developing) a pattern or problem with disordered eating and are interested in taking part in our study then please get in touch with us.


If you are a first-year student and interested in taking part in this study could we ask you to e-mail your response to; (together with a contact number)

Alternatively you could ring John Power on extension 2392 (direct line 0289097 2392), if you would like to discuss your potential involvement in the study. As an appreciation of your time a gift token will be given to all those taking part in the study

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