Inclusion calendar 2022/23

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.

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March 2022

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 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 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 2022

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.

This year we are focusing on themes such as belonging and how Covid has changed cultural activities and celebrations over the last year.

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 2022

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 2022

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 2022

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 WiFi and live timetable updates on the KU mobile app. There are study areas, 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

March 2022

Special dates and events in March 2022

  • 01 to 31 March – Women's History Month
  • 01 March – Zero Discrimination Day
  • 01 March – Saint David's Day (Christian)
  • 01 March – Nineteen Day Fast (Baha'i)
  • 01 March – Shrove Tuesday (Christian)
  • 01 to 07 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
  • 16 March – Young Carer's Awareness Day
  • 17 March – Saint Patrick's Day (Christian)
  • 20 March – Naw-Rúz (New Year, Baha'i)
  • 20 March – Norooz (New Year Persian/Zoroastrian)
  • 20 March – International Day of Happiness
  • 21 March – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • 28 March – Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zarathustra, 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

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in March 2022

  • 07 March – Great Lent begins, Clean Monday (Orthodox Christian)
  • 02 March – Ash Wednesday (Christian)
  • 18 March – Holi (Hindu)
  • 28 March – Passover (Jewish)

April 2022

Special dates and events in April 2022

  • 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
  • 22 April – Stephen Lawrence Day
  • 23 April – Saint George's Day (Christian)
  • 25 April – Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)
  • 26 April – Lesbian Visibility Day
  • 27 April – Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)
  • 28 April – Ninth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
  • 28 April – World Day for Health & Safety at Work

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in April 2022

  • 02 April – Ramadan begins, expected (Islam)
  • 10 April – Shri Rama Navami (Hindu)
  • 13 April – Birth of the Khalsa (Vaisakhi, Sikh)
  • 15 April – Passover (Jewish)
  • 15 April – Good Friday (Christian)
  • 17 April – Easter Sunday (Christian)
  • 22 April – Holy Friday (Orthodox Christian)
  • 24 April – Pascha (Easter Day Orthodox Christian)

May 2022

Special dates and events in May 2022

  • 01 May – Beltane, Samhain (Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres)
  • 01 – 31 May – Mental Health Awareness Month
  • 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)
  • 02 to 08 May – Deaf Awareness Week
  • 08 May – World Red Cross Red Crescent Day
  • 09 May – Lailat al-Qadr (Islam)
  • 10 to 16 May – Mental Health Awareness Week
  • 12 May – International Nurses Day
  • 13 May – Ascension of Jesus (Christian)
  • 14 May – Akshaya Tritiya (Hindu, Jain)
  • 15 May – International Day of Families
  • 16 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)
  • 25 May – George Floyd Anniversary
  • 28 May – Ascension of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
  • 30 May – World MS Day

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in May 2022

  • 01 May – Eid al Fitr, expected (Islam)
  • 15 May – Wesak/Vesak, Buddha Day (Buddhist)

June 2022

Special dates and events in June 2022

  • 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
  • 01 June – Global Day of Parents
  • 08 to 13 June – National Carers Week
  • 10 June – Ascension of the Lord (Orthodox Christian)
  • 14 to 20 June – Men's Health Week
  • 14 to 20 June – Refugee Week
  • 15 to 18 June – Loneliness Awareness Week
  • 20 June – World Refugee Day
  • 20 June – Father's Day
  • 20 June – Summer Solstice/Litha (Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres)
  • 21 June – World Humanist Day
  • 21 to 27 June – Learning Disability Week
  • 22 to 28 June – Deafblind Awareness Week
  • 22 June – UK Windrush Day

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in June 2022

  • 16 June – Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev (Sikh)
  • 05 June – Pentecost (Christian)
  • 05 June – Shavuot (Judaism)
  • 12 June – Pentecost (Orthodox)

July 2022

Special dates and events in July 2022

  • 05 July – Birthday of Guru Hargobind (Sikh)
  • 09 July – Martyrdom of the Báb (Baha'i)
  • 12 July – Disability Awareness Day
  • 14 July – International Non-Binary People's Day
  • 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 2022

  • 09 July – Eid al Adha (Islam)
  • 13 July – Asalha Puja (Dharma Day, Buddhist)

August 2022

Special dates and events August 2022

  • 01 to 31 August – Health and Safety Month
  • 18 July to 17 August – South Asian Heritage 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 2022

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

September 2022

Special dates and events in September 2022

  • 06 September – Krishna, Janmashtami (Hindu)
  • 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)
  • 23 September – Mabon, Ostara (Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres)
  • 23 September – Bi Visibility Day
  • 25 September – Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)
  • 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)
  • 27 September – Mawlid al-Nabi/Milad un Nabi (Islam – Sunni)

October 2022

Special dates and events in October 2022

  • 01 to 31 October – Black History Month UK
  • 04 October – Yom Kippur (Jewish)
  • 04 October – Dussehra - Dasara (Hindu)
  • 05 to 11 October – Dyslexia Awareness Week
  • 09 October – Sukkot (Jewish)
  • 09 October – Birthday of Guru Ram Das (Sikh)
  • 10 October – World Mental Health Day
  • 13 October – World Sight Day
  • 16 October – Show Racism the Red Card
  • 17 to 18 October – Simchat Torah (Jewish)
  • 18 October – Anti-slavery Day
  • 22 October – International Stammering Awareness Day
  • 25 October – Birth of the Báb (Baha'i)
  • 26 October to 1 November – National Care Leavers' Week
  • 26 October – Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
  • 26 October – Intersex Awareness Day
  • 31 October – Reformation Day (Protestant Christian)
  • 31 October – All Hallow's Eve / Hallowe'en

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in October 2022

  • 04 to 05 October – Yom Kippur (Jewish)
  • 08 October – Mawlid al-Nabi/Milad un Nabi (Islam - Sunni)
  • 09 to 16 October – Sukkot (Jewish)
  • 12 October – Karva Chauth (Hindu, women only)

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 – Mawlid al-Nabi/Milad un Nabi (Islam, Shi'a)
  • 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 20 November – Inter Faith Week
  • 14 to 18 November – Antibullying Week
  • 17 November – International Students' Day
  • 18 November to 26 December – Chanukah/Hanukkah (Jewish)
  • 19 November – International Men's Day
  • 20 November – Transgender Day of Remembrance
  • 22 to 26 November – Estranged Students Solidarity Week
  • 24 November – Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Sikh)
  • 24 November – Diwali, Deepavali (Hindu, Sikh, Jain)
  • 24 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 2022

  • 02 November – Mawlid al-Nabi/Milad un Nabi (Islam, Shi'a)
  • 08 November – Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev (Sikh)
  • 24 November – Diwali - Deepavali (Hindu, Sikh, Jain)
  • 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
  • 20 December – International Human Solidarity Day
  • 25 December – Christmas Day (Christian)

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)
  • 15 January – Makar Sankranti (Hindu) *date may vary
  • 15 January – World Religion Day
  • 16 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)
  • 26 January – Vasant Panchami (Hindu) *date may vary
  • 27 January – Holocaust Memorial Day
  • 31 January – International Transgender Day of Visibility

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in January 2023

  • 07 January – Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christian)
  • 09 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
  • 03 February – Birthday of Guru Har Rai (Sikh)
  • 04 February – World Cancer Day
  • 06 February – Time to Talk Day
  • 06 February – International Day against FGM
  • 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 (Islam)
  • 20 February – World Day of Social Justice
  • 21 February – Shrove Tuesday (Christian)
  • 24 February – International Stand Up to Bullying Day
  • 27 January – Holocaust Memorial Day

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in February 2023

  • 18 February – Maha Shivratri (Hindu)
  • 22 February – Ash Wednesday (Christian)
  • 28 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 07 March – Eating Disorders Awareness Week *tbc
  • 01 to 31 March – Women's History Month
  • 02 March – Nineteen Day Fast (Baha'i)
  • 04 March – University Mental Health Day *tbc
  • 06 March– Purim (Jewish)
  • 08 March – International Women's Day
  • 08 to 10 March – Hola Mohalla (Sikh)
  • 12 to 18 March – MS Awareness Week *tbc
  • 14 April – Nanakshahi (New Year Sikh)
  • 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)
  • 28 March – Lailat al Bara'ah (Islam)

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments in March 2023

  • 06 March– Magha Puja (Sangha Day Buddhist)
  • 08 March – Holi (Hindu)
  • 22 March – Ramadan (Islam)
  • 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
  • 02 April – World Autism Awareness Week
  • 04 April – Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)
  • 06 April – Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)
  • 07 April – World Health Day
  • 08 April – International Romani Day
  • 14 April – Nanakshahi (New Year Sikh)
  • 17 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
  • 23 April – Saint George's Day (Christian)
  • 23 April – Akshaya Tritiya (Hindu, Jain)
  • 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

  • 05 to 13 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 – Holy Friday (Orthodox Christian)
  • 16 April – Pascha (Easter Day Orthodox Christian)
  • 18 April – Lailat al-Qadr (Islam)
  • 21 April – Eid al Fitr, expected (Islam)

May 2023

Special dates and events in May 2023

  • 01 May – Beltane, Samhain (Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres)
  • 01 to 31 May – Mental Health Awareness Month
  • 02 May – Twelfth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
  • 02 to 08 May – Deaf Awareness Week
  • 04 May – Birthday of Guru Amar Das (Sikh)
  • 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, Transphobia and
  • 18 May – Ascension of Jesus (Christian)
  • 18 May – Global Accessibility Awareness Day
  • 21 May – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
  • 24 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

  • 28 May – Pentecost (Christian)
  • 25 to 27 May – Shavuot (Judaism)

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
  • 08 to 13 June – National Carers Week *tbc
  • 12 to 18 June – Men's Health Week
  • 12 to 18 June – Men's Health Awareness Week
  • 14 to 20 June – Refugee Week
  • 15 to 18 June – Loneliness Awareness Week *tbc
  • 16 June – Birthday of Guru Arjan Dev (Sikh)
  • 18 June – Father's Day
  • 20 June – World Refugee Day
  • 20 June – Summer Solstice/Litha (Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres)
  • 21 June – World Humanist Day
  • 21 to 27 June – Learning Disability Week *tbc
  • 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)
  • 27 June – Waqf al Arafa (Islam)
  • 29 June – Eid al Adha (Islam)

July 2023

Special dates and events in July 2023

  • 05 July – Birthday of Guru Hargobind (Sikh)
  • 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
  • 19 July to 16 August – Al–Hijra/Muharram, New Year (Islam)
  • 23 July – Birthday of Guru Har Krishan (Sikh) *tbc
  • 23 July – Birthday of Emperor Haile Selassie (Rastafari)
  • 26 July – Tish'a B'av (Judaism)
  • 28 July – Ashura (Islam)
  • 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 August – Lughnasadh, Imbolc (Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres)
  • 01 to 6 August – International Youth Day
  • 01 to 31 August – Health and Safety Month
  • 06 August – Feast of Transfiguration of our Lord (Christian)
  • 06 August – Transfiguration of the Lord (Orthodox Christian)
  • 15 August – Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christian)
  • 30 August – Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)