Inclusion calendar 2022/23

Celebrating equality, diversity and inclusion at Kingston University

We are committed to creating an equal and inclusive learning 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 diversity 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 might reasonably ask for adjustments to their study in order to meet their religious obligations.

Please note when using the calendar:

  • 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.
  • This calendar represents the University academic year and therefore runs in order from September 2022 to August 2023.
  • Links to My Kingston and StaffSpace are internal and available for students and staff only.

September 2022

University of Sanctuary

As a university we are working towards becoming a University of Sanctuary. A University of Sanctuary is a place where everyone feels safe, welcome and able to pursue their right to education.

The award is given to Higher Education institutions that seek to foster a culture of awareness and inclusivity and can provide evidence of their commitment to developing initiatives that align with three core principles: learn, embed, and share.

Universities of Sanctuary is an initiative to recognise and celebrate the good practice of universities welcoming people seeking sanctuary into their communities, through facilitated access to higher education (HE), supporting local refugee communities, and taking an active role in learning about the issues and obstacles faced by this group in pursuing HE.

Do one thing

Read some of the short case studies in the University of Sanctuary resource pack.

October 2022

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.

The anti-racism pledge is a sector-wide commitment started by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). Kingston University fully endorses the anti-racism pledge: 'Racism exists on our campuses and in our society. Call it what it is and reject it in all its forms. We stand united against racism.'

Do one thing

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

November 2022

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 2022

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 7 April. If you would like to learn more about how to improve your health and well-being we have an online library of practical guides available to all.

Do one thing

Invest in your health and explore some new healthy habits.

January 2023

Promote equality with your thoughts, words and actions

We all have a responsibility to be respectful to others and challenge poor behaviour.

You can:

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

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 2021 Big Read Winner, The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney by Okechukwu Nzelu.

February 2023

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 "Beyond the Lens". 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 2023

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 the 2020 campaign, Each for Equal.

April 2023

KU Cares

This month we focus on 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 Care Experienced History Month to celebrate and acknowledge the existence of care-experienced people and the history of care, to best understand the system as it is today.

Do one thing this month

Visit the Care Experienced History Month website for resources, lectures, and untold stories.

May 2023

Celebrate cultural diversity

At Kingston University, we believe that the greater number of perspectives we have, the better equipped we'll be to come up with the most innovative ways of teaching and learning, research, ideas and solutions. In honour of UNESCO's Cultural Diversity Day, each May we celebrate our diverse community, share stories and lived experiences.

We would love everyone to get involved, so why not 'do one thing' for cultural diversity this month and join the conversation on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Do one thing this month

Be inspired by these powerful short TED Talks on "The danger of a single story" (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) or "The power of diversity within yourself" (Rebecca Hwang).

Fall in love with a new flavour and explore a different cuisine today or listen to a mix of music from different parts of the world.

June 2023

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 2023

Advocate for action

This month we encourage you to join a network, society or support an awareness campaign that you are passionate about. The Union of Kingston Students offer several active societies related to culture, faith, academia, arts, activities, liberation and campaigns.

On 30 July, we celebrate the UN International Day of Friendship which 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.

Do one thing this month

Make a friend in a new network or society!

August 2023

Ask for help if you need it

We want everyone working and studying at Kingston University to have a positive experience where they are accepted as their authentic selves and treated with respect. We hope you do not need to, but if you experience or witness any behaviour that makes you feel uncomfortable, report it.

The University has many ways to report unwanted behaviour, both formally and informally. Access the right support if you need it.

Do one thing this month

Read more about how you can be an ally in stopping violence against women and girls via White Ribbon

Special dates and events

September 2022

Special dates and events in September 2022

  • 08 September – Nativity of Virgin Mary (Christian)
  • 09 September – Anant Chaturdashi (Jain)
  • 10 September – World Suicide Prevention Day
  • 21 September – International Day of Peace
  • 21 September – Nativity of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christian)
  • 22 September – Mabon, Ostara (Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres)
  • 23 September – Bi Visibility Day
  • 25 September – World Deaf Day
  • 26 September to 2 October – National Inclusion Week for employers
  • 26 September to 5 October – Navaratri begins (Hindu)

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in September 2022

  • 26 September – Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)

October 2022

Special dates and events in October 2022

  • 01 to 31 October – Black History Month UK
  • 04 October – Dussehra - Dasara (Hindu)
  • 04 to 05 October – Yom Kippur (Jewish)
  • 05 to 11 October – Dyslexia Awareness Week
  • 09 October – Birthday of Guru Ram Das (Sikh)
  • 10 October – Sukkot (Jewish)
  • 10 October – World Mental Health Day
  • 11 October – National Coming Out Day
  • 13 October – World Sight Day
  • 16 October – Show Racism the Red Card
  • 16 October – World Food Day
  • 17 to 18 October – Simchat Torah (Jewish)
  • 18 October – Anti-slavery Day
  • 18 October – World Menopause Day
  • 22 October – International Stammering Awareness Day
  • 24 to 28 October – National Care Leavers' Week
  • 26 October – Birth of the Báb (Baha'i)
  • 26 October – Intersex Awareness Day
  • 27 October – Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
  • 31 October – Reformation Day (Protestant Christian)
  • 31 October – All Hallow's Eve / Hallowe'en

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in October 2022

  • 05 October – Yom Kippur (Jewish)
  • 07 to 08 October – Mawlid al-Nabi/Milad un Nabi (Muslim - Sunni)
  • 09 to 16 October – Sukkot (Jewish)
  • 13 October – Karva Chauth (Hindu, women only)
  • 24 October – Diwali - Deepavali (Hindu, Sikh, Jain)

November 2022

Special dates and events in November 2022

  • 01 November – All Saints' Day (Christian)
  • 01 to 30 November – Islamophobia Month
  • 01 to 30 November – Movember (Men's Awareness Month)
  • 02 November – All Souls' Day (Christian)
  • 02 November – National Stress Awareness Day
  • 02 to 06 November – International Stress Awareness Week
  • 05 November – Guy Fawkes Night
  • 08 November – Intersex Day of Solidarity
  • 11 November – Armistice Day (Interfaith)
  • 13 November – World Kindness Day
  • 13 November – Remembrance Sunday
  • 13 to 19 November – Transgender Awareness Week
  • 13 to 20 November – Inter Faith Week
  • 14 to 18 November – Antibullying Week
  • 17 November – International Students' Day
  • 19 November – International Men's Day
  • 20 November – Transgender Day of Remembrance
  • 22 to 26 November – Estranged Students Solidarity Week
  • 24 November – Thanksgiving (Interfaith USA)
  • 25 November – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
  • 30 November – Saint Andrew's Day (Christian)

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in November 2022

  • 02 November – Mawlid al-Nabi/Milad un Nabi (Muslim, Shi'a)
  • 08 November – Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev (Sikh)
  • 24 November – Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Sikh)

December 2022

Special dates and events in December 2022

  • 01 December – World AIDS Day
  • 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
  • 18 December – International Migrants Day
  • 19 December – Chanukah/Hanukkah (Jewish)
  • 20 December – International Human Solidarity Day
  • 25 December – Christmas Day (Christian)
  • 31 December – New Year's Eve

January 2023

Special dates and events in January 2023

  • 01 January – Gantan – sai (New Year Shinto)
  • 02 January – Bank Holiday, England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and ROI
  • 04 January – World Braille Day
  • 06 January – Epiphany (Christian)
  • 07 January – Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
  • 13 January – Lohri/Maghi (Sikh)
  • 14 January – New Year (Orthodox Christian)
  • 15 January – Makar Sankranti (Hindu) *date may vary
  • 17 January – World Religion Day
  • 18 January – Martin Luther King Day
  • 18 to 25 January – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Christian)
  • 22 January – Chinese New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist)
  • 25 January – Robert Burns Night (Burns Night)
  • 25 January – Vasant Panchami (Hindu) *date may vary
  • 27 January – Holocaust Memorial Day

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in January 2023

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

February 2023

Special dates and events in February 2023

  • 01 February – World Hijab Day
  • 01 February – Imbolc – Lughnasadh (Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres)
  • 01 to 7 February – World Interfaith Harmony Week
  • 01 to 28 February – LGBT+ History Month
  • 02 February – Time to Talk Day
  • 03 February – Birthday of Guru Har Rai (Sikh)
  • 04 February – World Cancer Day
  • 06 February – International Day against FGM
  • 07 to 13 February – Race Equality Week
  • 11 February – International Day of Women and Girls in Science
  • 14 February – Saint Valentine's Day
  • 15 February – Parinirvana Day/Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
  • 18 February – Lailat al Miraj (Muslim)
  • 20 February – World Day of Social Justice
  • 20 to 27 February – National Eating Disorder Awareness Week
  • 21 February – Shrove Tuesday (Christian)
  • 26 February – International Stand Up to Bullying Day

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in February 2023

  • 18 February – Maha Shivratri (Hindu)
  • 22 February – Ash Wednesday (Christian)
  • 27 February – Great Lent begins, Clean Monday (Orthodox Christian)

March 2023

Special dates and events in March 2023

  • 01 March – Zero Discrimination Day
  • 01 March – Saint David's Day (Christian)
  • 01 to 31 March – Women's History Month
  • 02 March – Nineteen Day Fast (Baha'i)
  • 02 March – University Mental Health Day
  • 06 to 07 March– Purim (Jewish)
  • 08 March – International Women's Day
  • 08 March – Lailat al Bara'ah (Muslim)
  • 08 to 10 March – Hola Mohalla (Sikh)
  • 13 to 19 March – MS Awareness Week *tbc
  • 16 March – Young Carer's Awareness Day
  • 17 March – Saint Patrick's Day (Christian)
  • 19 March – Mothering Sunday
  • 20 March – Norooz (New Year Persian/Zoroastrian)
  • 20 March – International Day of Happiness
  • 21 March – Naw-Rúz (New Year, Baha'i)
  • 21 March – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • 26 March – Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zarathustra, Zoroastrian)
  • 27 March to 2 April – World Autism Acceptance Week
  • 31 March – International Transgender Day of Visibility

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in March 2023

  • 06 March– Magha Puja (Sangha Day Buddhist)
  • 08 March – Holi (Hindu)
  • 22 March to 20 April – Ramadan (Muslim)
  • 30 March – Shri Rama Navami (Hindu)

April 2023

Special dates and events in April 2023

  • 01 to 30 April – National Autism Awareness Month
  • 01 to 30 April – Stress Awareness Month
  • 02 April – World Autism Awareness Day
  • 04 April – Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)
  • 06 April – Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)
  • 07 April – World Health Day
  • 08 April – International Romani Day
  • 14 April – Vaisakhi (New Year Sikh)
  • 18 April – Yom HaShoah (Shoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day, Judaism)
  • 18 April – Birthday of Guru Angad Dev (Sikh)
  • 21 April – First Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
  • 22 April – Earth Day
  • 22 April – Stephen Lawrence Day
  • 22 April – Akshaya Tritiya (Hindu, Jain)
  • 23 April – Saint George's Day (Christian)
  • 26 April – Lesbian Visibility Day
  • 28 April – World Day for Health & Safety at Work
  • 29 April – Ninth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in April 2023

  • 06 April – Passover (Jewish)
  • 07 April – Good Friday (Christian)
  • 08 April – Wesak/Vesak, Buddha Day (Buddhist)
  • 09 April – Easter Sunday (Christian)
  • 14 April – Birth of the Khalsa (Vaisakhi, Sikh)
  • 14 April – Good Friday (Orthodox Christian)
  • 16 April – Pascha (Easter Day Orthodox Christian)
  • 17 April – Lailat al-Qadr (Muslim)
  • 22 April – Eid al Fitr, expected (Muslim)

May 2023

Special dates and events in May 2023

  • 01 May – Beltane, Samhain (Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres)
  • 01 to 07 May –  Deaf Awareness Week
  • 01 to 31 May – Mental Health Awareness Month
  • 02 May – Twelfth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
  • 08 May – World Red Cross Red Crescent Day
  • 12 May – International Nurses Day
  • 13 to 20 May – Mental Health Awareness Week
  • 15 May – International Day of Families
  • 17 May – International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
  • 18 May – Ascension of Jesus (Christian)
  • 18 May – Global Accessibility Awareness Day
  • 21 May – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
  • 23 May – Declaration of the Báb (Baha'i)
  • 25 May – George Floyd Anniversary
  • 25 May – Ascension of the Lord (Orthodox Christian)
  • 29 May – Ascension of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
  • 30 May – World MS Day

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in May 2023

  • 26 May – Shavuot (Judaism)
  • 28 May – Pentecost (Christian)

June 2023

Special dates and events in June 2023

  • 01 to 30 June – LGBT Pride Month
  • 01 to 30 June – Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month
  • 01 June – Global Day of Parents
  • 6 to 12 June – National Carers Week
  • 12 to 16 June – Loneliness Awareness Week *tbc
  • 12 to 18 June – Men's Health Awareness Week
  • 18 June – Father's Day
  • 19 to 25 June – Refugee Week
  • 19 to 25 June – Learning Disability Week
  • 20 June – World Refugee Day
  • 20 June – Summer Solstice/Litha (Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres)
  • 21 June – World Humanist Day
  • 22 June – UK Windrush Day
  • 25 June to 1 July – Deafblind Awareness Week

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in June 2023

  • 04 June – Pentecost (Orthodox)
  • 16 June – Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev (Sikh)
  • 28 June – Waqf al Arafa (Muslim)
  • 28 June – Eid al Adha (Muslim)

July 2023

Special dates and events in July 2023

  • 09 July – Martyrdom of the Báb (Baha'i)
  • 14 July – International Non-Binary People's Day
  • 16 July – Disability Awareness Day
  • 18 July – Nelson Mandela International Day
  • 18 July to 17 August – South Asian Heritage Month
  • 19 July – Al–Hijra/Muharram, New Year (Muslim)
  • 23 July – Birthday of Emperor Haile Selassie (Rastafari)
  • 26 to 27 July – Tish'a B'av (Judaism)
  • 28 July – Ashura (Muslim)
  • 30 July – International Day of Friendship

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in July 2023

  • 03 July – Asalha Puja (Dharma Day, Buddhist)

August 2023

Special dates and events August 2023

  • 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)
  • 12 August – International Youth Day
  • 15 August – Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christian)
  • 30 August – Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)