QUFA Digest Emails: April 2018

1. QUFA Annual Lecture with Ira Wells on April 6th at 2pm: Professor Wells (University of Toronto) will be joining us to talk about the hot-button issue of free speech on university campuses. His talk is titled “Virtue Signals: Anti-Intellectualism and the Weaponization of Free Speech on Campus” and will → Learn More

Announcements: University Pension Plan Update

Dear QUFA Members, Please find attached an information bulletin about the University Pension Plan project that QUFA has been involved in for a few years now. This is the first official communication from those who have been working on establishing a new, jointly-sponsored pension plan for the university sector (the → Learn More

Announcements: QUFA New Budget Model Report 2017

In response to growing Member concern about the workings and ramifications of the “New” or “Activity-Base” budget model introduced by former Provost Alan Harrison, QUFA commissioned Professor Emeritus John Holmes (Queen’s, Geography) to prepare a review and critique of how this kind of budgeting works in general and how it → Learn More

Announcements: Annual/Biennial Reports and Faculty180

Dear Colleagues, QUFA and the University administration have reached an agreement about the use of the software tool, Faculty180, for the use of filing biennial and annual reports in 2017.  Members may use the Faculty180 tool in lieu of the current forms on a strictly voluntary basis.  QUFA sought voluntary → Learn More

Announcements: Survey of Telephone Requirements at Queen’s

Good morning, As you are aware, Queen’s is planning to replace the aging telephone system. We are using this survey to ask representatives of the various telephone user groups to validate and prioritize requirements collected through previous efforts and define any additional requirements. We anticipate that completing the survey should take you → Learn More

Announcements: Nominations to QUFA Committee are Welcome!

Stevenson Fergus and the 2018 QUFA Nominations Committee welcome nominations and inquiries from all members who are interested to serve on QUFA committees or who would like more information about how to get involved. Please see here for more information.

Announcements: Deadlines for QUFA Tuition Support ( Feb 28) and Child Care Expense applications (Feb 1)

Dear QUFA Members, Please be advised of the following deadlines. The deadline for submitting an application for QUFA Tuition Support is February 28. More information and the application form may be found on the Human Resources website: http://www.queensu.ca/humanresources/wellness-accessibility/employee-benefits/tuition-support-plan The deadline for submitting an application for child care expenses is February → Learn More

QUFA Voices: January, 2018

Download January 2018 QUFA Voices here. Note: If you have difficulty viewing the graphs on p. 2 of this issue of QUFA Voices, please use a browser other than Safari. We recommend Firefox.

QUFA Digest Emails: January 2018

1. Happy New Year and Welcome Back! 2. “Difficult Conversations” Lunch & Learn: Please join us at the University Club on January 29, 12:15pm for a free workshop with Meaghan Welfare of the Queen’s-QUFA Conflict Resolution Service. Meaghan will talk about ways to manage difficult conversations with work colleagues effectively. → Learn More