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 Upcoming events

October 2018  
Throughout October

Black History Month Cross Campus Exhibition

Throughout October, we will be celebrating the contribution of people of colour to different disciplines.

Keep your eyes open for this RUSU and University partnership at various locations across campus including the Schools of Law and Mathematical, Physical and Computational Science.

Wednesday 7 November

17:00 - 19:00

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford OX1 3AZ


Tales of Love and History: James Ivory in Conversation

Hosted by TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities), tales of LGBT Love and History are explored in this evening discussion with Oscar-winning Director James Ivory in conversation with Prof Richard Parkinson (Oxford), Prof Jennifer Ingleheart (Durham) and Dr Katherine Harloe (Reading).

FREE and all welcome.

For further details and to register please visit Eventbrite.

Monday 11 February

16:30 - 18:00

Berkshire Record Office, 9 Coley Avenue, Reading RG1 6AF

Offences against the person? Discovering hidden LGB histories in Berkshire court archives

As part of LGBT History Month, join us to hear University of Reading students Amy Hitchings and George Stokes discuss the findings of their summer 2018 UROP research. Learn about some previously forgotten lives, see some of the documents Victorian sand Edwardians used for research and enjoy tea and cake.

Exhibition and refreshments from 16:30pm, discussion from 17:00.


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

October 2018  
30 October  Arba'een  (Islamic (Shia) Religious Holiday)
 November 2018
 1 November All Saint's Day (Christian Religious Holiday)
 7 November Deepavali (Malaysia)
 20 November Transgender Day of Remembrance
 20 November Prophet Mohammed's Birthday (Malaysia and Islamic (Sunni) Religious Holiday)
 25 November  Prophet Mohammed's Birthday (Islamic (Shia) Religious Holiday)
 30 November  St Andrew's Day (Scotland) United Kingdom
 December 2018  
3 - 10 December Hannukah (Jewish Religious Holiday)
 8 December Immaculate Conception (Christian Religious Holiday)
16 December Day of Reconciliation (South Africa Public Holiday)
18 December Fast of 10th Tevet (Jewish Religious Holiday)
25 December Christmas Day (UK; Western; Christian Religious Holiday)
26 December St Stephen's Day (Christian Religious Holiday, UK Public Holiday)
 January 2019  
 1 January New Year's Day (UK Public Holiday)
 6 January Epiphany (Western; Christian Religious Holidays)
 7 January Christmas Day (Eastern; Christian Religious Holiday)
19 January Epiphany (Eastern ; Christian Religious Holidays)
21 January Tu BeShevat (Jewish Religious Holiday)
 26 January Republic Day (India) 
February 2019  
 February 2019  LGBT History Month UK
 4 February  Chinese New Year's Eve
 5 - 7 February  Chinese New Year
19 February    Purim Katan (Jewish Religious Holiday)
March 2019  
6 March   Ash Wednesday (Western; Christian Religious Holiday) 
8  March International Women's Day
20 March   Taanit Ester  (Jewish Religious Holiday) 
21 March   Purim  (Jewish Religious Holiday) 
22 March   Shushan Purim  (Jewish Religious Holiday) 
April 2019  
2 April   Lailat al-Ma'raj (Islamic (Sunni and Shia) Religious Holiday)
14 April   Palm Sunday (Western; Christian Religious Holiday)  
19 April Good Friday (Western; Christian Religious Holiday, UK Public Holiday)  
 19 April Erev Pesach  (Jewish Religious Holiday) 
19 April Lailat al-Baraat (Islamic (Sunni) Religious Holiday)
20 April   Pesach (Jewish Religious Holiday) 
20 April Lailat al-Baraat (Islamic (Shia) Religious Holiday)
21 April Easter Day (Western; Christian Religious Holiday)  
21 April   Palm Sunday (Eastern;  Christian Religious Holiday)  
21 April   Hol HaMoed Pesach (1st Day-Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday) 
 21 April Pesach Yom Tov (2nd Day-outside Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)
22 April    Easter Monday (UK Public Holiday)
22 April  Hol HaMoed Pesach (1st Day-outside Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)
22 April   Hol HaMoed Pesach (2nd Day-Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)
23 April  Hol HaMoed Pesach (2nd Day-outside Israel)  (Jewish Religious Holiday)
23 April  Hol HaMoed Pesach (3rd Day-Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)
24 April    Hol HaMoed Pesach (3rd Day-outside Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)
24 April     Hol HaMoed Pesach (4th Day-Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)
25 April   Hol HaMoed Pesach (4th Day-outside Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)
25 April Hol HaMoed Pesach (5th Day-Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)
26 April   Good Friday (Eastern; Christian Religious Holiday)
26 April   Shvii of Pesach (Jewish Religious Holiday)  
27 April   Isru Hag Pesach (Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)
27 April Pesach Yom Tov Ha'aharon (outside Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)  
28 April   Easter Day (Eastern; Christian Religious Holiday)
 May 2019  
5 May Start of Ramadan (Islamic (Sunni and Shia) Religious Holiday)
6 May   May Day (UK Public Holiday)  
17 May International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
23 May   Lag BaOmer (Jewish Religious Holiday)
23 May   Laylat al-Qadr (Islamic (Shia) Religious Holiday)
25 May   Laylat al-Qadr (Islamic (Shia) Religious Holiday)
27 May   Laylat al-Qadr (Islamic (Shia) Religious Holiday)
27 May   Spring Bank Holiday  (UK Public Holiday)  
29 May   Laylat al-Qadr (Islamic (Sunni) Religious Holiday) 
30 May   Ascension (Western; Christian Religious Holiday)
31 May   Laylat al-Qadr (Islamic (Sunni) Religious Holiday)
June 2019  
 2 June Laylat al-Qadr (Islamic (Sunni) Religious Holiday)  
 4 June Eid al Fitr  (Islamic (Sunni and Shia) Religious Holiday)
 6 June Ascension (Eastern; Christian Religious Holiday)
 8 June Erev Shavout (Jewish Religious Holiday)
 9 June Shavout (Jewish Religious Holiday)  
 9 June Whit Sunday (Christian Religious Holiday)
10 June Isru Hag Shavuot (Israel)  (Jewish Religious Holiday)
10 June Shavuot Yom Tov (2nd Day-outside Israel)  (Jewish Religious Holiday)
July 2019
18 July   Fast of 17th Tamuz (Jewish Religious Holiday)
August 2019  
10 August Arafat (Islamic (Sunni and Shia) Religious Holiday)
11 August Eid al Adha  (Islamic (Sunni and Shia) Religious Holiday)
11 August Tisha BeAv (Jewish Religious Holiday)
15 August Assumption (Western; Christian Religious Holiday)  
15 August Independence Day (India)  
19 August   Eid al-Ghadeer (Islamic (Shia) Religious Holiday)
22 August Assumption (Eastern; Christian Religious Holiday)   
26 August   Late Summer Holiday (UK Public Holiday)
31 August   Hijri New Year  (Islamic (Sunni and Shia) Religious Holiday)
31 August    National Day (Malaysia)
September 2019  
 9 September  Ashoora (Islamic (Sunni and Shia) Religious Holiday)
16 September    Malaysia Day (Malaysia)
29 September Erev Rosh Hashanah (Jewish Religious Holiday)
30 September   Rosh Hashanah (1st day) (Jewish Religious Holiday)
October 2019  
October 2019 Black History Month UK
1 - 3 October   National Day (China)
1 October   Rosh Hashanah (2nd day) (Jewish Religious Holiday)  
 2 October Fast of Gdalia  (Jewish Religious Holiday)  
 8 October Erev Yom Kippur (Jewish Religious Holiday)
 9 October Yom Kippur (Jewish Religious Holiday)
10 October World Mental Health Day
13 October Erev Sukkot  (Jewish Religious Holiday)
14 October  Sukkot (Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)

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