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Events and news

Our Diversity calendar

The D&I Calendar 2019-2020 includes over 240+ important dates, including holy days, special events, festivals and bank holidays, plus details of the University’s D&I activities.

Download as a PDF, or iCalendar for adding dates to your Outlook, Google or Apple calendar here.

Upcoming events

Date Event
Throughout October 2020

Black History Month

Colleagues from across our University have put together an exciting programme of events to mark the month.

All the events will be virtual (conducted over Microsoft Teams). Take a look at this year's wide range of events and sign up on .

The list below is by no means comprehensive, so if your own School of Function has organised an event that you'd like to share, please email

Throughout Autumn Term 2020

Contribute to #DiverseReading

We are looking for contributions from all staff and students for #DiverseReading! Throughout Autumn Term 2020, we want to share more digital, easy to access content with a focus on race.

In October, for Black History Month in the UK, we would also like to highlight pieces that explore Black history and the Black Lives Matter movement as well as pieces that celebrate the too-often unheralded accomplishments of Black individuals and share Black voices.

For more details on how to contribute please see this .


University awarded Athena SWAN Silver

This award recognises the work undertaken by our university to advance greater gender equality.

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New LGBT+ Network Co-Chair

Ruvi Ziegler is the new co-chair of the university's LGBT+ Staff Network.

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Stonewall Top Employer 2020

Our University continues to be among Stonewall's Top 100 Employers, according to the 2020 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index.

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New BAME Network

A new network aimed at Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) colleagues has been launched at the University. The UoR BAME Network is led by Bolanle Adebola (School of Law) and Santosh Sinha (Marketing, Communication & Engagement).

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Allán Laville appointed the new D&I Dean

Dr Allán Laville has been appointed the University’s new Dean for Diversity and Inclusion. He will start his six-year term on 6 January 2020.

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University appoints first Muslim Chaplain

We are delighted to welcome Javed Kachhalia, Head Imam at the Abu Bakr Islamic Centre in Reading, as the University’s first Muslim Chaplain.

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The University and RUSU at Reading Pride 2019

On Saturday 31 August 2019, the University of Reading took part in the Reading Pride celebrations! It was a fantastic day and the sun shone for almost all of it!

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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.