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Upcoming events

Every Sunday  

Weekly from Sunday 28 October

11:00 - 12:00

University of Reading

Whiteknights Campus


Football for all: Diversity Football Sessions

Looking to play football in an inclusion, relaxed and fun environment?

Whatever your sexual orientation, gender identity, race, culture or religion our Just Play sessions are For All.

Whether you're a complete beginner or an experienced player dusting off your trusty boots, our Just play sessions are social and recreational and delivered by friendly, local, qualified coaches.

Cost: £3.50 per person per week

Age: Over 16's


June  - July 2019  

Until Friday 5 July 

Library Foyer, Whiteknights Campus  

‘A Thousand Words: Student Life Through a Lens’

Throughout 2018/19, seven students studying literature and languages took part in a project titled ‘A Thousand Words: Student Life Through a Lens’.

The project investigated the experiences of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students at the University of Reading, in order to better understand the challenges they face and to generate suggestions for how to make the University more inclusive.

Project participants were tasked with taking photographs that reflected their experiences of student life at UoR, as well as preparing a short accompanying commentary. Project participants’ images and commentaries are now on display for four weeks in an exhibition in the University Library foyer.

You can also view the images and join the conversation online at

This project was led by Dr Nicola Abram, Katy Green, and Professor Jane Setter (School of Literature and Languages), and funded by the UoR Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives Fund.

August 2019  
Saturday 31 August

Reading Pride 2019

See the Reading PrideWebsite, or this staff portal article about how staff and students got involved last year. More details in due course!


University of Reading Becomes Top 100 LGBT+ Employer

University has achieved its highest ever ranking in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI) 2019, moving into the group of Stonewall's Top 100 Employers for the first time, placed 80 out of the 445 employers submitting for assessment in this year’s index, with a score of 115 out of 200, moving up from a 2018 ranking of 138 (out of 434) and a score last year of 98.

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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

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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