Keele Communities Together Launch

Keele Communities Together
Posted on 21 October 2016

Keele Communities Together will be holding its inaugural event on 24th October. The event will take place from 12-2pm in the Students’ Union ballroom, with all students and staff invited to attend and celebrate the diverse and inclusive community at Keele.

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.

Professor Luther has commented:

“In this workshop, we aim to collect and to listen to reactions to 'Brexit' from staff and students, and to provide a forum for discussion of the many implications of Britain's departure from the EU. How can we effectively come together better to respond to the challenges leaving the EU will pose?”

The Keele Communities Together Working Group is made up of representatives from across the University and students’ unions. It aims to ensure that Keele continues to be a stimulating and inspirational learning community with a rich and diverse social and cultural life, committed to the safeguarding of freedom of expression, and tolerant of diverse views and beliefs, balanced alongside the promotion of good relations on campus, tackling intolerance and operating within the existing legal framework.

Professor Fiona Cownie, Pro Vice Chancellor for Education and Student Experience, explains:

“Keele University is committed to making a difference in society by providing innovative, high quality education for students from all backgrounds and by supporting our staff to undertake world-leading research that benefits society, communities and individuals.

We remain true to Keele’s founding ethos of ‘the pursuit of truth in the company of friends’ by retaining the unique characteristics of our campus community, providing an inclusive and supportive environment in which to live, work and study.”