Previous Keele Communities Together events

Stonewall BAME LGBT Voices Documentary Screening followed by Q&A with the documentary participants - 13 February 2019

  • New series of short films showcases experiences of being BAME and LGBT
  • Films highlight importance of diverse representations of LGBT communities
  • Documentary produced and directed by Cherish Oteka and featuring a member of our own Keele Staff and resident community Fiorella Montero Diaz

Stonewall, the UK’s leading charity for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality, has launched the ‘BAME LGBT Voices Documentary’.  This ground-breaking series of short videos explores and celebrates the diverse experiences of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) LGBT people. The documentary features a range of BAME LGBT identities and covers a variety of themes including religion, gender, mental health, visibility and intersectionality.

Following the showing of the documentary, guests were treated to a Q&A session, chaired by Dr Fiorella Montero Diaz, Lecturer in Music at Keele University with Revered Jide Macaulay, Founding Pastor of House of Rainbow CIC (also featured in the documentary) and Stonewall Empowerment Officer Rhys Purtill.

Fiorella, Rhys and Revd Jide   

Fiorella, Rhys and Revd Jide

The Stonewall BAME Voices Documentary and Q&A panel session can be viewed below:

Keele LGBTI role models panel discussion - 13 February 2019

Guests were invited to attend a panel chaired and formed by members of the LGBTI Keele community to discuss the Importance of LGBTI visibility and of role models at universities and in Keele.

PVC Shane O'Neill and panel members

PVC Shane O'Neill and panel members

Celebrating Keele: Annual Event

Thursday 22 March, 11am-2pm, Chancellor's Concourse and Art Gallery

Keele Communities Together is holding its second annual event, and all those who study, live and work on campus are invited to come along and find out more about the ways that University and Students’ Union services work to support the Keele Community.

A wide range of information stalls and displays to browse around. Stallholders include the Students’ Unions, Student Support Services including the Chaplaincy, Occupational Health, the Language Centre, Academic Development and Organisational Development teams.

Islamophobia Awareness Week: 16-20 April

Tuesday 17 April, 12.30pm (Munch, KeeleSU)
Lecture: 'Countering Anti Muslim-Hate & Islamophobia'
Abdullah Rehman MBE (TellMAMA)

Abdullah is an anti-hate activist who has worked tirelessly to stamp out hate in the West Midlands. He joins us to talk about how we can tackle Islamophobia in our community, as well as discussing some of the amazing work he has done in conjunction with TellMAMA.

Wednesday 18 April, 11am (Munch, KeeleSU)
'Walk a day in her shoes: Stories of hijab'
Rukia Bi (Muslim Chaplain) and the Islamic Society Sisters

Join us on Wednesday morning to find out everything you've wanted to know about the Muslim hijab (headscarf). Listen to the stories of Muslim women and ask questions about the hijab.

Then join us for a hijab tieing workshop! We welcome you to try on a hijab and, if you fancy, to keep it on your head for the day.

Thursday 19 April, 11am-3pm, Islamic Centre, Barnes Hall
Islamic Centre Open Day

All welcome!

All week:
Stalls will be held everyday in the library and SU. Come say hello - grab a badge, wristband and some sweets!

LGBT History Month: February 2017

LGBT History Month is celebrated in February in the UK. In 2017 the theme for LGBT History Month is Citizenship, PSHE and Law as we mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales.

LGBT History Month is celebrated in February in the UK. In 2017 the theme for LGBT History Month is Citizenship, PSHE and Law as we mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales.

Sexual Violence Awareness Week 6-10 February

Sexual Violence Awareness Week took place between the 6th - 10th of Febuary. During this week a wide range of activities took place to raise awareness of the issues around consent and sexual violence as well as the support available here at Keele. 

Please see the Storify for an overview of the week.

50 Years Since Decriminalisation of Male Homosexuality

This year's LGBT History Month theme is Citizenship, PSHE and Law as we mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales.

At Keele, we are marking the anniversary with an event at Keele Hall on 21 February 5 - 7 pm. For more information see the LGBT network 50 yrs flyer.

In July 1967 male homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales, with Scotland following suit in 1980 and Northern Ireland in 1982. However, it wasn’t until 1994 that the age of consent was reduced from 21 to 18 years of age. Finally in 2000, using the Parliament Acts of 1911 and 1949 the age of consent was equalised at 16 with the introduction of the Sexual Offences Act 2000.

In North Staffordshire area a gay bar opened in the 1973 and Keele University students and staff played a key role in setting up Lesbian and Gay Switchboard and CHE (Campaign for Homosexual Equality).

To mark this Keele Communities Together and the LGBT Staff network would like to invite staff, students and the local community to Keele Hall on Tuesday 21st February for drinks from 5pm followed by presentations from local and national academics. Hopefully this will be an opportunity to share memories and experiences of LGBT life in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and beyond.

Keele International Women's Day 2017

This year Keele is recognising IWD with a line-up of talks from women who have excelled in areas of science and industry. The talks reflect just some of the activities which Schools have taken towards their work to increase gender equality in the workplace and, in particular, through the Athena SWAN award scheme.

Thursday 2 March 19:30
"What does a physicist look like and does it matter?"
Jenni Dyer, Head of Diversity, Institute of Physics; Institue of Physics event in conjunction with the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences

Wednesday 8 March 12:00 -13:00
Psychological issues in cervical cancer prevention
Dr Laura Marlow, UCL; School of Psychology event

Wednesday 8th March 13:00 -14:00
Keele Women Staff Network Lunch, SCR Keele Hall

Thursday 9th March 17:30, Keele Hall
A Long Way from Bankside Crescent
Dr Catherine Raines, Director-General for International Trade and Investment
A School of Pharmacy event in partnership with the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Keele World Festival: March 2017

Keele World Festival is a celebration of the diversity we enjoy at Keele University. Throughout the week commencing 6th March, there will a wide range of events, activities and cuisine that demonstrates that Keele really is Global. 

The World Festival Launch Party will take place in KeeleSU Ballroom from 7pm on Monday 6th March. This event will kick off a huge variety of events including a daily stand in the Library, numerous opportunities to savour a diverse range of food (see the menu here), the Language Centre Language Taster Classes and the Global Cafe: World Festival edition on Wednesday 8th March.

Global Café takes place on the last Wednesday of each month and is a friendly and informal event where you can meet a wide variety of people and converse in a relaxed environment with a free tea, coffee or fruit juice. 

For more information, please see the World Festival web pages

Keele Women's Community Choir

Keele Women's Choir welcome you to join them for their fifth anniversary event together with guest band "Strings Attached" for a celebration of songs old and new. Free entry but please bring a drink, nibbles and cash for raffle tickets.


LGBT History Month (February)

Posters were displayed for LGBT history month, with a focus on LGBT and Faith, within the HR department reception, the Chapel and throughout school noticeboards. Keele Students Union also displayed a series of LGBT history facts on television screens across the University.

Keele World Festival

1 March - a week of culture, diversity, celebration and internationalisation.

International Women's Day

National Carers Week

Events to support those working and studying at Keele with caring responsibilities.

National Work Life Week: 3-7 October 2016

Led by

An opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on well-being at work and work-life balance whether it’s because of parenthood, caring responsibilities, accommodating a non-work activity, progressing towards retirement or managing a portfolio career.

Keele’s Parent & Carers Network hosts an event led by Dr Tom Laws from the School of Nursing and Midwifery. The session will focus on the role of fathers in sharing parental responsibilities to support mothers in managing family and employment workloads. The prevalence of childhood illness remains a substantial parental burden and Dr Laws focuses on the role of fathers in child health management.

All staff and students are welcome to attend.

World Mental Health Day: 10 October

Keele University will be celebrating World Mental Health Day on Monday 10 October. There will be a Display and Informational area in the University's Chancellor's Building. The event is being led by the University's Counselling and Mental Health Support Service, together with students and partners from within and external to the University. A number of local statutory and third sector organisations have also been invited to be available to talk to people about what they do, how they do it and how they might be able to help students, staff and others with emotional, psychological and mental health difficulties.

This year's theme suggested by the World Health Organisation (WHO) is 'psychological first aid'.

On the day Counselling and Mental Health Support will be joined by Asist Advocacy; The Maccas Project and the Most Valuable Person (MVP) Programme hosted by North Staffs Mind; Keele Student Minds; Ask?; the NHS Early Intervention in Psychosis Team; North Staffs NHS Wellbeing Service; Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline, and Staffordshire Health Watch. A 'Time to Talk' area will be also be available and facilitated by students with an interest, a 'Mental Illness Matters' project mini art exhibition will be on display, and Belinda Latimer a local community artist will facilitate an interactive art space. We will be promoting the WHO's psychological first aid theme by use of a 'bandaid campaign'.

Keele Communities Together Launch - 24 October

In partnership with the Students’ Union and Keele Postgraduate Association, the event will showcase the many ways the University and Students’ Union services work to support the Keele Community.

Taking place in the Students’ Union Ballroom, the event will be an opportunity to learn more about and celebrate our community, with information stalls, displays, music and performances taking place. Visitors will also be invited to share their thoughts on what the Keele community means to them.

As part of the event, there will also be a ‘world-cafe’ introduced by the Dean of Internationalisation, Professor Richard Luther. The World Cafe will be taking place from 1-2pm in K2 in the Students' Union, and will involve discussions around various aspects of Brexit.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January) is a national commemoration day in the United Kingdom dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered in The Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. It was first held in January 2001 and has been on the same date every year since. The chosen date is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by the Soviet Union in 1945, the date also chosen for the International Holocaust Remembrance Day and some other national Holocaust Memorial Days.

As part of the University's commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day, and to coincide with LGBT History Month (February) the Equalities Team have developed a display chronicling the treatment of LGB people by the 3rd Reich.

LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. It is observed during October in the United States, to include National Coming Out Day on October 11. In the United Kingdom, it is observed during February, to coincide with a major celebration of the 2003 abolition of Section 28. Below sets out the activities the University is engaged in, in support and celebration of LGBT History Month:

As part of the University's celebration of LGBT History Month, the Equalities Team have developed an LGBT History Timeline, spanning rights and wrongs throughout history, from back to the time of Hadrian to modern day.

Throughout the month of February, the University is keen to promote the membership of the LGBT Staff Network.

International Women's Day

International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialised world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.

As part of the University's celebration of International Women's Day 2014, the following events are taking place across campus:

  • Unconscious Bias workshop
  • Vigil remembering violence against women
  • Screening of film of women’s experiences of the ‘Lad culture’
  • Launch of Keele Women’s Network

Men's Health Week (June)

Men's Health Week is an international week celebrated in several countries to focus on issues facing men's health.

Men’s Health Week, celebrated annually during the week preceding and including Father’s Day, honours the importance of men's health and wellness. Men's Health Week was chosen for this specific time of year to make use of the extra attention paid to male family members near the holiday.

Observing Men's Health Week is meant to educate the public about what can be done to improve the state of men's health and provide free and convenient health services to men who wouldn't otherwise receive such care.

The following issues were raised with regards to conditions affecting men, as well as some general health promotion advice:

  • Prostate cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Healthy eating
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Holistic therapies
  • Sexual health

Men's Health Week is co-ordinated in the UK by The Men's Health Forum

Deaf Awareness Week (September)

Deaf Awareness Week is an annual event, coordinated by the UK Council on Deafness, that aims to raise awareness and understanding of the Deaf community. The theme for 2014 is "Equality in communication for all."

Deaf Awareness Week is a unique campaign in that so many different organisations participate, each able to promote their own work within the broad spectrum of deafness.

In support of Deaf Awareness Week, The University has developed an eLearn course to raise awareness of deafness, deaf culture, dispel myths around deafness and to raise awareness of good practice around supportive communication.

Black History Month

Black History Month (BHM) is held every October in Britain, and February in USA and Canada.

The aims are to:

  • Promote knowledge of the black history, culture and heritage
  • Disseminate information on positive black contributions to British society
  • Heighten the confidence and awareness of black people to their cultural heritage

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

Why is World AIDS Day important?

Around 100,000 are currently living with HIV in the UK and globally an estimated 34 million people have HIV. More than 35 million people have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Today, many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. But despite this, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV. World AIDS Day is important as it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.

International Day of Human Rights

‌Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on 10 December to mark the day in 1948 when the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It recognises the work of human rights defenders around the world who act to end discrimination and to support victims of human rights abuses. Today the declaration is a living document that has been accepted as a contract between Government and its people throughout the World. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, it is the most translated document in the World today.

In support of The International Day of Human Rights, the Equalities Team, in partnership with Keele library have developed a display, highlighting the history of Human Rights across the globe, from 539 B.C. to current day.



International Women's Day - The Gender Debate

March the 8th is a day dedicated to help raise awareness of the gender equality debate, what this means for women and men in the workplace, and the effects of this changing context for the Higher Education (HE) sector, and in particular for the STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine) subjects. This event which forms part of the Keele Unity series will highlight some of the issues, challenges, and opportunities for Keele.

The University is committed to removing any unfair barriers that can prevent us all from realising our potential. The day will see a full packed programme of inspirational speakers, workshops and activities. This year’s Key Note Address will be delivered by Professor Cynthia Burek of Chester University on “Public perceptions of the role of women in science through history”.

Highlights of the day:

  • PVC Professor Pat Bailey on the ‘University’s Athena SWAN Journey’
  • Cameos: Staff and students will reveal insights into the challenges and opportunities of their chosen career paths
  • Professor Farzana Shain, HUMMS: “Women in the academy; getting on or getting by?”
  • Charity Coffee & Cake Sale for housing charity ARCH North Staffs
  • Keele Womens Choir
  • FREE Indian Head Massage
  • FREE Crèche
  • Film ‘Made in Dagenham’

This event is in recognition of International Women’s Day and the University’s commitments under the Athena SWAN (Scientific Women’s Academic Network) charter.

Keele Dignity and Respect Day

Tuesday 28 May 2013.

Dignity and respect are at the heart of the core values of the University, and Dignity and Respect Day 2013 celebrates our commitments to creating a working, studying, social, and living environment that fosters a culture where everyone is treated with dignity, respect, and professional courtesy at all times.

All staff, students, and vistors are welcome to attend.

After months of consulting and talking to managers, staff, and students, the Vice Chancellor Professor Nick Foskett will formally launch the University Dignity and Respect Framework. This sets out what you have told us is most important to creating a culture where dignity and respect can flourish.

The Framework sets out our shared responsibilities and our common expectations and understanding of what dignity and respect looks like and feels like within the context of operating in a complex and diverse organisation and community.

The day will be an opportunity for staff, students and visitors to hear more about the Framework, pledge their support to the Framework, and reflect upon what this means for us as individuals and as a community, in working, studying, and living at Keele. There will be workshops and presentations exploring dignity and respect from a range of perspectives including faith, gender identity, disability, and the staff and student perspective.

A key note address will be delivered by Dr Laura Mitchell, Keele University on "Working with dignity; going beyond checklists".

Event Highlights:

  • Professor Alex Sharpe, KU “How to Respect Transgender People: the Do's and Dont’s of Civility”
  • Mardi Gras and BBQ; “A celebration of the rich diversity at Keele”  Hosted by Keele LGBT Student Society
  • Ian Williamson, Head of DOSH “Recognising and managing stress in the workplace” workshop
  • “Dignity and respect at work – why should it matter here? ” A workshop to explore our role in supporting dignity at and in work, and how we can recognise and resolve issues. Facilitated by Human Resources and LPDC.
  •  James Stewart, Chaplain, Keele Chapel; “Multi-faith and Respect"

Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender (LGBT) History Month 2012

As part of it’s celebrations of LGBT History Month 2012, the University ran its first LGBT History Month Symposium on 8th February, kicking off a month long series of events and activities organised by University staff and students.

The LGBT History Month Symposium is the first in a series of Keele Unity events for 2012, organised and delivered by the University in partnership with its students and the local LGBT community. The highly successful event was attended by over 40 delegates to celebrate and raise awareness of the enormous contributions made by Keele’s LGBT community, offering staff, students and visitors the opportunity to engage in discussions and shape future equality initiatives within the University.

International Women's Day

A celebration of International Women’s Day took place at Keele University on Thursday 8 March, as part of the Keele Unity series.

ara Parkin (OBE) Founder Director of Forum for the Future delivered a key note on the day. After starting her working life as a nurse, in various roles she has campaigned for the environment and sustainable development for over 40 years. In 2001 she was awarded an OBE for services to education and sustainability.


There was a FREE Indian head massage supported by the Occupational Health Service, along with a bake sale by the Human Resources team, to raise awareness and funds for charity Breast Cancer Care, and local women's charity EMBRACE. The Keele Student Women’s Society will also be present to raise awareness of their Keele Street Team campaign to increase awareness of safety on campus.

National Carers Week

Keele and Staffordshire Universities worked together to celebrate and raise awareness of National Care Leavers Week at its ‘Opening Doors’ Event on 24 October 2012. The event highlighted the experiences faced by young people that leave care or those that are unsupported by family, who either enter or are seeking to enter into higher education and University life.

The week commenced with a ‘post secrets’ activity for students who had the opportunity to look back and share their experience of their 18th birthday by posting their secret. Many students learned more about how their experience differed drastically from that of someone who has left care on their 18th birthday.

The event featured a key note address by Georgia Hyde-Dryden, PHD Researcher, Loughborough University “Overcoming by degrees; exploring care leavers experiences of higher education”. This inspiring talk provided an insight into research undertaken on how universities can better support and welcome young people from a care background. The full presentation can be found here.

The event also heard from Chris Tyler, Head of the Staffordshire Virtual School Programme; “The Virtual and The Real: Support for looked after learners, pre and post 16”. Chris spoke of the challenges experienced by care leavers transitioning from care into independent living and the impacts of this on their educational experience.

The event also heard from a panel of students from Staffordshire University with direct experience of being from a care leaver background, who spoke openly about their experiences and strategies for overcoming the challenges they faced in leaving care and attending University.

Dignity and Wellbeing Week 8 – 11 November 2012

A range of activities, workshops, and information sessions were available to staff, students, and visitors to raise awareness and promote active engagement in the wellbeing agenda, throughout Dignity and Wellbeing week 8 – 11 November 2012. The main event “Because you matter” hosted a range of information stalls from external agencies and saw a key note address by Dr Claire Fox, Senior Lecturer, Psychology on “From Bullying in schools to bullying among University students”.

The week’s highlights included:

  • A number of staff took up the 6 week weight loss challenge. It's not too late to sign up if you missed it. Contact Paula Rogerson at the sports centre on ext 33368 or email
  • “Personal Resilience” and “Stress awareness and management”– Staff explored personal strategies to coping with stress and difficult life events.
  • Cycle Challenge “Chancellors Building to the Olympic Park” - staff and students cycled 150km in four hours on two bikes.
  • Launch of a new University Dignity and Respect Framework by the Human Resources department
  • Around £100 raised for Keele Night Line

Celebrations for International Day for Disabled People 3 – 7 December 2012

A week of activities were held to raise awareness of disability and celebrate the contributions made by disabled people. The University works in close partnership with a number of local specialist disability organisations to ensure appropriate support and access to the full range of University services is made available for all staff and students.

A focus for the week was to establish the views of disabled people to inform University practice and priorities.

Week Highlights:

  • Disability in film
  • The ‘My Guide’ project
  • Guide dogs for the blind
  • Post secrets
  • Sports for all
  • Student Poetry Competition