Inclusion calendar 2020/21

Celebrating equality, diversity and inclusion at Kingston University

We are committed to creating an equal and inclusive learning and working environment where we can celebrate our individual diversity and feel confident to challenge inequality. This calendar can be used to raise your own awareness of equality and inclusion and to help plan events and initiatives in an inclusive way.

The special dates and events have been chosen to represent the diversity of our community and is not an exhaustive list. We have highlighted festivals for which students and staff might reasonably ask for adjustments to their work or study in order to meet their religious obligations. Please note that many religious holy days begin at sundown on the day before the date given, especially if they are Jewish or Islamic. Students and staff from faith groups whose holy days are not included here may still be able to apply for adjustments.

Links to My Kingston and Staff Space are internal and available for students and staff only.

Contact us at equality@kingston.ac.uk if you have any feedback – we are continually working to improve the information we provide.

 

September 2020

Be a rainbow

'Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud' – Maya Angelou

Being a rainbow means recognising yourself as an aid, empowering yourself to give and opening yourself to enjoy doing it, without expecting anything in return. You can:

  • challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions and improve our learning environment.
  • learn more and promote equality with your thoughts, words and actions.

Our sector-leading work includes the Inclusive Curriculum Framework, BAME Awarding Gap, Athena SWAN and Race Equality Charter Mark.

Our Network of Equality Champions deliver projects to help shape an inclusive learning environment. We are currently planning a cultural diversity cookbook and challenging the imagery on our campuses.

Do one thing

Read something thought-provoking such as 'Queenie' by Candice Carty-Williams, 'Middlesex' by Jeffrey Eugenides, 'Typed Words, Loud Voices' by Amy Sequenzia and others or 2020 Big Read winner, 'Airhead' by Emily Maitlis.

October 2020

Let's talk about race

This month we are proud to celebrate Black History Month and the value of our diversity at Kingston. But Black History is more than just one month of the year. It is not just about the past but also how history influences our present and future. As well as celebrating Black History it is important to continue to learn, reflect and ask difficult questions.

Students and staff can join the conversation by signing up to the Black History Month reading groups and other live events: check My Kingston, Staff Space and the Union of Kingston Students for details.

Do one thing

Watch David Olusoga' series of short films exploring critical moments in Black British history.

Support

Everyone studying or working at Kingston University should be treated with dignity and respect. As such, racial harassment of any kind is not tolerated. Students and staff can access confidential support via the Harassment Contact Scheme. Our student wellbeing team can also provide guidance.

November 2020

Open your mind

'Whoever you are, wherever you are from and whatever your world view, religion or faith, we believe you belong here and are part of our university community' – Faith and Spirituality at Kingston University.

Each year, Inter Faith Week begins on Remembrance Sunday and provides a focal point, together with the wider community, to open up inter faith activity and increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs. On Remembrance Day we all come together to commemorate those who have died as a result of war or genocide.

Our Faith and Spirituality team works in partnership with the local faith communities to offer spiritual care to all students and staff.

Do one thing

Check out our faith facilities, Facebook page and all upcoming Faith and Spirituality events.

 

December 2020

Think accessibility

This month we celebrate the International Day of People with Disabilities. The University plays a significant role in identifying and tackling barriers such as inaccessibility, hidden impairments, marginalisation and discrimination.

The Disability and Mental Health Advisers within Student Wellbeing at Kingston University coordinate support, reasonable adjustments and advice on inclusive practice.

All our campus maps show inclusive facilities to complement the existing Access Able guides.

Do one thing

Read our students stories who share their experience and top tips on how they have overcome difficult situations.

January 2021

Celebrate 15 years of KU Cares

This month we are celebrating 15 years of KU Cares support for students.

Our award winning team has been providing a comprehensive package of support for students who have experience of local authority care, are estranged from their families, are young adult carers, and also our KU Sanctuary Scholars.

This month we mark Young Carers Awareness Day to put a spotlight on the challenges faced by young adult carers at university.

Do one thing

Read award-winning book "My name is Leon" by Kit de Waal. This book was chosen as the Kingston University Big Read in 2017.

February 2021

Educate out prejudice

LGBT History Month focuses on the celebration and recognition of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT+) and culture. The theme this year is "Body, Mind, Spirit". Visit the LGBT History Month website to find out more.

We welcome new members from the Kingston University community to our LGBT+ networks. Students who identify as LGBT+ can join the student Society and staff, queer or not, can join the Stand Tall Think Big Network.

Do one thing

Watch LGBT+ TED Talks

March 2021

Build a gender equal world

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Each one of us can help create a gender equal world and individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions.

In March the Global Festival also returns with a week-long series of events run by the Union of Kingston Students that celebrates diversity and internationalism.

Do one thing

Watch this International Women's Day rap from their theme last year, Each for Equal.

April 2021

Take control of your health

Taking care of ourselves emotionally, physically, and mentally can really affect our happiness, our levels of stress and how we study and work. Stress can affect our bodies, thoughts and behaviours; being able to recognise common symptoms can help us manage them.

World Health Day is celebrated every year on 7th April. If you would like to learn more about how to improve your health and wellbeing we have an online library of practical guides available to all.

Do one thing this month

Invest in your health and explore some new healthy habits.

May 2021

Celebrate diversity

At Kingston University our students come from over 140 countries, bringing a wealth of knowledge, experiences, diversity and cultures. This month we celebrate our diversity and encourage our community to share their personal experiences on themes such as food, dance and photography.

Do one thing this month

Share your festive food story with us and browse stories from around the world!

June 2021

Celebrate Pride

Pride Month takes place every June as that it is when the Stonewall Riots took place in 1969. At Kingston, queer or not, all are welcome to celebrate and reflect together during Pride Month.

We welcome new members from the Kingston University community to our LGBT+ networks. Students who identify as LGBT+ can join the student Society and staff, queer or not, can join the Stand Tall Think Big Network.

Do one thing

From protests to picnics, parties to poetry – Check Coming Out, London's new year-round go-to guide for queer events. If staying in is more your thing, take a look at the Kingston LGBT Forum community blog.

July 2021

Join a network

This month we are celebrating friendship in honour of the UN International Day of Friendship on the 30 July. The day aims to promote solidarity and mutual understanding.

At Kingston University we are proud of the enrichment opportunities that we offer our students, giving them the opportunity to develop new skills and meet new friends.

The Union of Kingston Students offer several active societies related to culture, faith, academia, arts, activities, liberation and campaigns.

Do one thing this month

Show love and kindness and call a friend!

August 2021

Commute smart

We want all our students to feel comfortable on campus regardless of where they live and we are serious about providing support for our commuter students.

We have a free inter-site bus service with free Wi-Fi and live timetable updates on the KU mobile app and electric bikes for travelling between campuses. There are study areas (pre-bookable), social spaces, faith facilities, cafes and microwaves available for all students.

Do one thing this month

Have a rest and recharge!

Special dates and events

September 2020

Special dates and events in September 2020

  • 01 September – Anant Chaturdashi (Jain)
  • 08 September – Nativity of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christian)
  • 08 September – Nativity of Virgin Mary (Christian)
  • 10 September – World Suicide Prevention Day
  • 19 September – Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)
  • 21 September – International Day of Peace
  • 23 September – Mabon - Ostara (Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres)
  • 23 September – Bi Visibility Day
  • 27 September – World Deaf Day
  • 28 September – Yom Kippur (Jewish)
  • 28 September to 4 October – National Inclusion Week for employers

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in September 2020

  • 19 September – Rosh Hashanah (Jewish) 
  • 28 September – Yom Kippur(Jewish) 

October 2020

Special dates and events in October 2020

  • 01 to 31 October – Black History Month UK
  • 03 October – Sukkot (Jewish)
  • 05 to 11 October – Dyslexia Awareness Week
  • 08 October – World Sight Day
  • 09 October – Birthday of Guru Ram Das (Sikh)
  • 10 October – World Mental Health Day
  • 11 October – Simchat Torah (Jewish)
  • 17 October – Navaratri begins (Hindu)
  • 18 October – Birth of the Báb (Baha'i)
  • 19 October – Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
  • 22 October – International Stammering Awareness Day
  • 25 October – Dussehra - Dasara (Hindu)
  • 26 October – Intersex Awareness Day
  • 26 October to 1 November – National Care Leavers' Week
  • 29 October – Mawlid al-Nabi/Milad un Nabi (Islam - Sunni)
  • 31 October – Reformation Day (Protestant Christian)
  • 31 October – All Hallow's Eve / Hallow'een

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in October 2020

  • 03 October – Sukkot (Jewish) 
  • 29 October – Mawlid al-Nabi/Milad un Nabi(Islam - Sunni) 

November 2020

Special dates and events in November 2020

  • 01 November – All Saints' Day (Christian)
  • 01 to 30 November – Isamophobia Month
  • 01 to 30 November – Movember (Men's Awareness Month)
  • 02 November – All Souls' Day (Christian)
  • 02 November – Mawlid al–Nabi/Milad un Nabi (Islam - Shi'a)
  • 02 to 6 November – International Stress Awareness Week
  • 04 November – Karva Chauth (Hindu, women only)
  • 06 November – National Stress Awareness Day
  • 08 November – Remembrance Sunday
  • 08 November – Intersex Day of Solidarity
  • 08 to 15 November – Inter Faith Week
  • 11 November – Armistice Day (Interfaith)
  • 12 to 16 November– Diwali – Deepavali (Hindu, Sikh, Jain)
  • 13 November – World Kindness Day
  • 16 to 20 November – Antibullying Week
  • 17 November – International Students' Day
  • 19 November – International Men's Day
  • 20 November – Transgender Day of Remembrance
  • 23 to 27 November – Estranged Students Solidarity Week
  • 24 November – Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Sikh)
  • 26 November – Thanksgiving (Interfaith USA)
  • 30 November – Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev (Sikh)
  • 30 November – Saint Andrew's Day (Christian)

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in November 2020

  • 02 November – Mawlid al-Nabi/Milad un Nabi (Islam - Shi'a) 
  • 04 November – Karva Chauth (Hindu, women only) 
  • 12 to 16 November – Diwali - Deepavali (Hindu, Sikh, Jain) 
  • 24 November – Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Sikh) 
  • 30 November – Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev (Sikh)

December 2020

Special dates and events in December 2020

  • 02 December – International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
  • 03 December – International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • 08 December – Rohatsu (Bodhi Day) (Buddhist)
  • 10 December – Human Rights Day
  • 11 December – Chanukah/Hanukkah (Jewish)
  • 18 December – International Migrants Day
  • 20 December – International Human Solidarity Day
  • 25 December – Christmas Day (Christian)

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments December 2020

  • 25 December – Christmas Day (Christian)

January 2021

Special dates and events in January 2021

  • 01 January – Gantan– sai (New Year Shinto)
  • 01 January – Bank Holiday – England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and ROI
  • 04 January – World Braille Day
  • 06 January – Epiphany (Christian)
  • 13 January – Lohri/Maghi (Sikh)
  • 14 January – Makar Sankranti (Hindu)
  • 18 to 26 January – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Christian)
  • 25 January – Robert Burns Night (Burns Night)
  • 27 January – Holocaust Memorial Day
  • 28 to 31 January – Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
  • 30 January – Young Carer's Awareness Day
  • 31 January – Birthday of Guru Har Rai (Sikh)

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in January 2021

  • 05 January – Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh (Sikh)
  • 07 January – Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christian)

February 2021

Special dates and events in February 2021

  • 01 to 8 February – World Interfaith Harmony Week
  • 01 to 28 February – LGBT+ History Month 
  • 01 February – World Hijab Day
  • 01 February – Imbolc – Lughnasadh (Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres)
  • 04 February – World Cancer Day
  • 06 February – Time to Talk Day
  • 11 February – International Day of Women and Girls in Science
  • 12 February – Chinese New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist) 
  • 14 February – Saint Valentine's Day
  • 15 February – Parinirvana Day/Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
  • 16 February – Shrove Tuesday (Christian)
  • 16 February – Vasant Panchami (Hindu)
  • 20 February – World Day of Social Justice
  • 26 February – Purim (Jewish)
  • 26 February – International STAND UP to Bullying Day

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in February 2021

  • 17 February – Ash Wednesday (Christian)
  • 26 February – Magha Puja (Sangha Day Buddhist)

March 2021

Special dates and events in March 2021

  • 01 to 31 March – Women's History Month
  • 01 to 31 March – UK National Inclusion Month
  • 01 March – Zero Discrimination Day
  • 01 March – Saint David's Day (Christian)
  • 01 March – Nineteen Day Fast (Baha'i)
  • 03 to 13 March – Eating Disorders Awareness Week
  • 04 March – University Mental Health Day
  • 08 March – International Women's Day
  • 11 March – Lailat al Miraj (Islam)
  • 14 March – Nanakshahi (New Year Sikh)
  • 14 March – Mothering Sunday
  • 17 March – Saint Patrick's Day (Christian)
  • 20 March – Naw–Rúz (New Year – Baha'i)
  • 20 March – Norooz (New Year Persian/Zoroastrian)
  • 21 March – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination;
  • 28 March – Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zarathushtra – Zoroastrian)
  • 28 March – Lailat al Bara'ah (Islam)
  • 29 March – Hola Mohalla (Sikh)
  • 29 March to 04 April – World Autism Awareness Week
  • 31 March – International Transgender Day of Visibility
  • TBA – Union of Kingston Student Global Festival

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in March 2021

  • 11 March – Maha Shivratri (Hindu)
  • 15 March – Great Lent begins – Clean Monday (Orthodox Christian)
  • 28 March – Passover (Jewish)
  • 29 March – Holi (Hindu)

April 2021

Special dates and events in April 2021

  • 01 to 30 April – National Autism Awareness Month 
  • 01 to 30 April – Stress Awareness Month 
  • 02 April – World Autism Awareness Day
  • 07 April – World Health Day
  • 08 April – International Romani Day
  • 08 April – Yom HaShoah (Shoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day – Judaism)
  • 18 April – Birthday of Guru Angad Dev (Sikh)
  • 18 April – Birthday of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Sikh)
  • 19 to 25 April – MS Awareness Week
  • 20 April – First Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
  • 22 April – Earth Day
  • 23 April – Saint George's Day (Christian)
  • 25 April – Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)
  • 27 April – Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)
  • 28 April – Ninth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
  • 28 April – World Day for Health & Safety at Work
  • 30 April – World MS Day

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in April 2021

  • 02 April – Good Friday (Christian)
  • 04 April – Easter Sunday (Christian)
  • 13 April – Ramadan begins – expected (Islam)
  • 13 April – Birth of the Khalsa (Vaisakhi – Sikh)
  • 21 April – Shri Rama Navami (Hindu)
  • 30 April – Holy Friday (Orthodox Christian)

May 2021

Special dates and events in May 2021

  • 01 May – Beltane – Samhain (Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres)
  • 01 May – Twelfth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
  • 02 May – Birthday of Guru Arjan Dev (Sikh) 
  • 03 to 09 May – Deaf Awareness Week
  • 08 May – World Red Cross Red Crescent Day
  • 09 May – Lailat al–Qadr (Islam)
  • 12 May – International Nurses Day
  • 13 May – Ascension of Jesus (Christian)
  • 14 May – Akshaya Tritiya (Hindu, Jain)
  • 16 to 22 May –Mental Health Awareness Week 
  • 17 May – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 
  • 20 May – Global Accessibility Awareness Day
  • 21 May – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
  • 23 May – Birthday of Guru Amar Das (Sikh) 
  • 23 May – Declaration of the Báb (Baha'i)
  • 28 May – Ascension of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i) 

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in May 2021

  • 02 May – Pascha (Easter Day Orthodox Christian)
  • 14 May – Eid al Fitr – expected (Islam)
  • 17 May – Shavuot (Judaism)
  • 23 May – Pentecost (Christian)
  • 26 May – Wesak/Vesak – Buddha Day (Buddhist)

June 2021

Special dates and events in June 2021

  • 01 to 30 June – LGBT Pride Month 
  • 01 to 30 June – Men's Health Awareness Month 
  • 01 to 30 June – Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month 
  • 08 to 13 June – National Carers Week
  • 10 June – Ascension of the Lord (Orthodox Christian) 
  • 15 to 18 June – Loneliness Awareness Week 
  • 15 to 20 June – Men's Health Week
  • 15 to 20 June – Refugee Week
  • 15 to 20 June – Learning Disability Week
  • 20 June – World Refugee Day
  • 20 June – Father's Day
  • 21 June – Summer Solstice/Litha – (Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres)
  • 21 June – World Humanist Day
  • 21 to 27 June – Deafblind Awareness Week
  • 22 June – UK Windrush Day

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in June 2021

  • 16 June – Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev (Sikh)
  • 20 June – Pentecost (Orthodox Christian)

July 2021

Special dates and events in July 2021

  • 05 July – Birthday of Guru Hargobind (Sikh)
  • 09 July – Martyrdom of the Báb (Baha'i)
  • 18 July – Nelson Mandela International Day
  • 18 July – Tish'a B'av (Judaism)
  • 19 July – Waqf al Arafa (Islam)
  • 23 July – Birthday of Guru Har Krishan (Sikh)
  • 23 July – Birthday of Emperor Haile Selassie (Rastafari)
  • 30 July – International Day of Friendship

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in July 2021

  • 20 July – Eid al Adha (Islam)
  • 24 July – Asalha Puja (Dharma Day – Buddhist)

August 2021

Special dates and events August 2021

  • 01 to 31 August – Health and Safety Month 
  • 01 August – Lughnasadh – Imbolc – (Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres) 
  • 06 August – Feast of Transfiguration of our Lord (Christian)
  • 06 August – Transfiguration of the Lord (Orthodox Christian) 
  • 10 August – Al–Hijra/Muharram – New Year (Islam)
  • 12 August – International Youth Day

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in August 2021

  • 15 August – Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christian)
  • 18 August – Krishna – Janmashtami (Hindu)
  • 19 August – Ashura (Islam)
  • 22 August – Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)