LUU Cultural Calendar

Welcome to our LUU Cultural Calendar for 2021, which includes key international and national events alongside LUU staff events and dates for your diaries. We'll be adding new events regularly, so don't forget to check back.

Is there something you'd like to see added? Get in touch with Courtney Wright, HR Officer (Diversity & Engagement).


Mon 06 - Wed 08

Rosh Hashanah

Beginning sunset of Monday 06 September, this marks the Jewish New Year - the birthday of the universe.

Find out more: Rosh Hashanah

Thurs 09 - Fri 10

Festival of Work

Our Festival of work is a long awaited opportunity for us to get back together, have some fun and support one another.

Take a look at more info.

Wed 15 - Thurs 16

Yom Kippur

The holiest day of the year in Judaism, begins at sundown. Jewish people traditionally fast and pray on this day.

Find out more: Yom Kippur

Mon 20 - Mon 27


Sukkot is a time of joy and happiness - a seven day celebration.

Find out more: Sukkot

Mon 27 - Wed 29

Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah

Following the seven days of Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are separate festivals in their own right.

Find out more: Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

Monday 20 September

Freshers' Week Begins

This is the introduction week to University life.

You can view the key dates for students here

Monday 27 September

Term 1 Begins

This is the week which the University of Leeds term begins. Good luck to all our student staff starting their teaching.

National Inclusion Week

Monday 27 September - Sunday 03 October

The theme for this year's NIW is all about unity. Together we are #UnitedForInclusion

Although we are committed to inclusion all year round, we'll be using this week to talk about the work we're doing and share lots of info with you through our staff communications channels.


Black History Month

Friday 01 October - Sunday 31 October

Check out our History Month heroes & book recommendations from last year.

Look out for more info in our staff comms and activity from your REACH network.

The theme from this year is 'Proud To Be.'

Thurs 07 - Fri 15


A nine night long Hindu festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil by the goddess Durga.

Find out more: Navratri

Monday 11 October

National Coming Out Day

We want our People at LUU to feel they can bring their whole selves to work and not have to hide any aspect of their identity. Our LGBTQ+ staff network is here to offer peer support and help you meet people who may share similar experiences to you.

Sunday 10 October

World Mental Health Day

Here at LUU we believe the mental health of our staff and students is important all year round. We use awareness days like this to highlight resources we have available and to show our support. Visit our Mental Health Support page to find out what support you have access to as a staff member.

Monday 18 October

World Menopause Day

Listen to the Women’s Collective podcast featuring Lou Proctor, our Joblink Assistant Manager, talking about her personal experience with the menopause at work.

Visit NHS - Menopause to find out more.

Monday 18 October

Women's Collective Meeting

An online meeting to get to know our new members and plan activity for the upcoming year.

Contact Courtney Wright for the meeting link.

2pm - 2.50pm

Wednesday 20 October

Installation of the Scriptures as Guru Granth

A Sikh celebration of the installation of their sacred scripture, which first took place in 1604.

Find out more: Anniversary of the Installation of the Adi Granth

Thursday 21 October

LGBTQ+ Network Meeting

An online meeting to get to know our new members and plan activity for the upcoming year.

Contact Courtney Wright for the meeting link.

2pm - 2.50pm

Sunday 31 October


Halloween is on the eve of the Christian festival All Saints Day, but many Halloween traditions originate from the ancient Celtic celebration of Samhain. Nowadays traditions include trick-or-treating, wearing scary costumes, and carving pumpkins.

Find out more: Halloween Origins, Meanings & Traditions