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Upcoming events

 DECEMBER 2017  

Tuesday 12th December

12:00 - 14:00

G44, Edith Morley, Whiteknights Campus 


Cultural Diversity Group Meeting

The Cultural Diversity Group is open to any members of staff interested in race and ethnicity and how they might affect the experience of staff or students at Reading.

We meet every 2 months for debate, discussion and networking. This meeting includes a discussion on potential ways to celebrate cultural diversity as "one University" - staff, students etc. Lunch will follow the meeting, some of which will be provided and some of which will be "enhanced" by anyone who is willing and able to bring some of their own favourite dish to share at our end of term / winter time celebration.

Please email Ellie Highwood ( to register and let her know any dietary requirements or things you plan to bring.

 JANUARY 2018  

Wednesday 24 January


G15, Henley Business School, Whiteknights campus

Who benefitted from the Wolfenden Report and subsequent legislation? 

Living Wolfenden's Legacy: a series of debates

The final in a series of three LGBTQ-themed debates. We have recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of the publication in 1957 of the Wolfenden Report, chaired by the then University of Reading Vice-Chancellor, Sir John Wolfenden. This Home-Office commissioned "Report of the Committee on Homosexual Offences and Prostitution" recommended legalisation of homosexual acts between men, but when considering prostitution had much less liberal recommendations. In this debate we will look at who did benefit from the report and the legal changes that it inspired.

Each debate will be followed by refreshments and further informal discussion.

For further information and registration please see Living Wolfenden's Legacy: a series of debates or contact  


Monday 12 February

09:45 -19:00 (approx)

University of Reading Whiteknights Campus


LGBT+ Classics: Teaching, Research, Activism

Workshop and Keynote address 

This event comprises two parts. The first is an all-day workshop incouding papers on current projects and a roundtable on supporting LGBT+ staff and students in HE.  The second is a keynote lecture by Professor Jennifer Ingleheart of Durham, in which she will reflect on her own career trajectory and how she has gradually come to bring queer perspectives into her teaching and then into her research. There will be a drinks reception after the lecture.

There is a £10 charge for the workshop, however the keynote lecture is free.

for further information and registration for each event, please see the following link: LGBT+ Classics event 

Wednesday 21 February

14:00 - 16:00

Trans Awareness Training

Booking is open again for the popular Trans Awareness Training, led by Rosemary Taylor, a former student in the Institute of Education.

Booking and further details:

For staff: via the ESS training portal 

For students: please email  

Diversity diary

December 2017
Weds13th - Weds 20th Hanukkah (Jewish Religious Holidays)
Monday 25th Christmas Day (UK)
Tuesday 26th Boxing Day (UK)
Thursday 28th Fast of 10th Tevet (Jewish Religious Holidays)
 January 2018  
 Monday 1st New Year's Day (UK)
 Wednesday 31st Tu Beshevat (Jewish Religious Holidays)

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