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Saturday 1 September

From 10:30

Central Reading

Reading Pride 2018


On Saturday 1 September we'll be taking part in Reading Pride, along with Reading University Students’ Union (RUSU).

Reading Pride is a fun and entertaining day for all. We would love to be joined by as many staff and students as possible, so please come along!

Festivities kick off with the Pride Parade, which will be setting off at 11:15 from Queens Walk.

The parade will travel through Reading town centre before arriving at Kings Meadow for the Reading Pride Festival.

See the Reading Pride website for full details

We look forward to seeing you there!


Wednesday 10 October

15:00 - 17:00

Room 108, Henley Business School, Whiteknights

Same-Sex Marriage and the Law: European and International Approaches

This afternoon seminar with Alina Tryfonidou will consider the legal regulation of same-sex marriage at different levels, in particular, the EU, ECHR, and the inter-American Court of Human Rights. This is a particularly topical subject, in view of recent developments in national (e.g. the Obergefell judgment of the US Supreme Court in 2015), European (the CJEU Coman ruling in June 2018 and the ECtHR judgments in Oliari (2015) and Orlandi (2017)), and international (the Inter-American Court of Human Rights Advisory Opinion 24/2017) levels.

For further details and to register please visit Eventbrite.


Funding available for diversity and inclusion initiatives

The University is currently accepting bids for funding between £500 and £1,000 for projects and initiatives themed around diversity and inclusion.

Examples of how the funding could be used include supporting staff time for projects, covering costs for producing materials and hosting diversity and inclusion related events.

Applications are welcome from all parts of the University. In this round of funding, we are particularly keen to receive applications with a component or focus on race, ethnicity or religion.

Applications must be received by 17:00, Friday 3 August 2018.

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Same-sex married couples

Dr Alina Tryfonidou (Law), Co-chair of the University of Reading LGBT Plus Network has written for the Conversation and the #DiverseReading blog following a judgement by the European Court of Justice in the Coman case, which has granted homosexual spouses the same rights of free movement in the EU as heterosexual couples in countries that don’t recognise same-sex marriage.

University achieves highest ever Stonewall ranking

The University has achieved its highest ever ranking in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI) 2018.

In rankings announced to mark the start of LGBT History Month, we were placed 138 out of the 434 employers that entered this year's index.

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University's new Pro-Vice-Chancellors appointed as a job-share

Professors Parveen Yaqoob and Dominik Zaum have been appointed, in a job-share arrangement, as the University’s new Pro-Vice-Chancellors for Research and Innovation.

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Diversity diary

July 2018  
 22 July Tisha BeAv  (Jewish Religious holiday)
August 2018  
 9 August Women's Day (South Africa)
15 August Assumption - Western (Christian Religious Holiday)
  Independence Day (India)
20 August Arafat (Islamic (Sunni and Shia) Religious Holidays
21 August Eid al Adha (Islamic (Sunni and Shia) Religious Holidays)
  Hari Raya Haji (Malaysia)
22 August Assumption - Eastern (Christian Religious Holiday) 
  Hari Raya Haji (2nd Day) (Malaysia)  
29 August Eid al-Ghadeer (Islamic (Shia) Religious Holiday) 
31 August National Day (Malaysia) 
September 2018  
9 September Erev Rosh Hashanah (Jewish Religious Holiday)
10 September  Rosh Hashanah (1st Day)  (Jewish Religious Holiday)
11 September  Rosh Hashanah (1st Day)  (Jewish Religious Holiday)
  Awal Muharam (Malaysia)  
  Hijri New Year (Islamic (Sunni and Shia) Religious Holidays)
12 September  Fast of Gdalia (Jewish Religious Holiday) 
16 September Malaysia Day 
18 September Erev Yom Kippur (Jewish Religious Holiday)
19 September Yom Kippur (Jewish Religious Holiday)
20 September Ashoora ((Islamic (Sunni and Shia) Religious Holidays)
23 September Erev Sukkot (Jewish Religious Holiday) 
 24 September Heritage Day (South Africa)  
  Sukkot (Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday) 
25 September  Hol HaMoed Sukkot (1st Day-Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday) 
  Sukkot Yom Tov (2nd Day-outside Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday) 
26 September  Hol HaMoed Sukkot (1st Day-outside Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)  
  Hol HaMoed Sukkot (2nd Day-Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)  
27 September Hol HaMoed Sukkot (2nd Day-outside Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday) 
  Hol HaMoed Sukkot (3rd Day-Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)  
28 September Hol HaMoed Sukkot (3rd Day-outside Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)   
  Hol HaMoed Sukkot (4th Day-Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)    
29 September Hol HaMoed Sukkot (4th Day-outside Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday) 
  Hol HaMoed Sukkot (5th Day-Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)
30 September Hoshanah Raba (Hol Hamoed Sukkot) (Jewish Religious Holiday)
October 2018  
1 October National Day 1st Day) (China)
  Shmini Atzeret - Simchat Torah (Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)
  Shmini Atzeret (outside Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)  
2 October  Gandhi Jayanti (India) 
  Isru Hag-Sukkot (Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)
  National Day (2nd Day) (China) 
  Simchat Torah (outside Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)
3 October National Day (3rd Day) (China)
30 October  Arba'een  (Islamic (Shia) Religious Holiday)

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