LUU Cultural Calendar Archive

Welcome to our LUU Cultural Calendar Archive, which includes key international and national events alongside LUU staff events and dates which have happened over the previous months.

January 2021

Monday 04 January

Welcome Back!

Winners of the December Dash competition will be announced in the LUU Weekly News.

Tuesday 05 January

Wellbeing Survey

Tell us how you’re really feeling.

Take the survey.

Monday 11 January

Term Two Begins

A warm welcome back to our members, and especially our student staff.

Good luck during this exam season.

Tuesday 12 January

LUU Staff Room - Veganuary

Hosted by Lois Sharpe, People Team. Join us for a chat about all things Vegan!

Tuesday 19 January

LUU Staff Room - Welsh Language Taster Session

Hosted by Gruff Jones, Digital Services. Join us for a taster language class, suitable for all levels of experience.

1.30pm - 2pm, Google Meet

Wednesday 20 January

Chana Masala Cooking Class

Join us for another fantastic cooking class, hosted by Niv from our Activities Team.

Contact Niv Tilakkumar

6pm, Google Meet

Monday 25 January

LGBTQ+ Coffee Catch Up

Join us for a virtual catch up.

Contact network leader Will Steele for details.

3.30pm, Google Meet

Wednesday 27 January

Holocaust Memorial Day

A national commemoration day dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered in the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.

Thursday 28 January

Trans Awareness Training: The Basics

Some of your colleagues will be undertaking this training including your People Team and hiring managers.

There's still places available so get in touch with Rachel Winfield if you'd like to sign up.

Thursday 28 January

Mahayana New Year

Mahayana Buddhism is the largest sub-division of the Buddhist religion, and they celebrate the new year by honouring Buddha and other deities.

Read more at World Religion News: New Year Traditions

February 2021

Throughout February

LGBTQ+ History Month

Look out for activity from your LUU Staff Networks.

Monday 04 February

Time to Talk Day

A day to get us all talking honestly and openly about mental health.

The People Team are running a drop in session from 10am - 12pm.

Contact for the Google Meet Invite.

Monday 04 February

Book Club

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Contact Ruby or Naomi to join in.

3pm, Google Meet

Monday 08 - Friday 12 February

Galentine's Week

A week focusing on friendships. Look out for activity in staff comms.

Hosted by the Women's Collective.

Friday 12 February

Chinese New Year

The year of the ox.

Xin Nian Kuai Le!


Monday 15 February

Nirvana Day

An annual Buddhist festival that remembers the death of the Buddha when he reached Nirvana at the age of 80.

Find out more at learn religion:

Nirvana (Parinirvana) Day

Tuesday 16 February

This festival marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring and is celebrated by people from different religions, including Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Muslims.

Tuesday 16 February

Shrove Tuesday (aka pancake day)

The traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.

Check out these Pancake Recipes.

Read more: Pancake Day

Wednesday 17 February

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day of prayer and fasting, and is the first day of Lent.

Read more: Britannica - Ash Wednesday

Thursday 18 February

LUU Virtual Staff Room

Meet your Women's Collective Leaders

Open to all staff.

2pm, Google Meet

Contact for the meeting invite.

Thursday 25 - Friday 26 February


Purim commemorates the time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination by the courage of a young Jewish woman called Esther.

Read more: Judaism - Purim

Thursday 18 February

LUU Virtual Staff Room

Join us in the Virtual Staff Room this week to learn about Sri Lankan and South Indian food and take part in a short quiz. Hosted by Niv Tilakkumar.

2.30pm, Google Meet

Contact for the meeting invite.

Thursday 25 February

LGBTQ+ Coffee Catch Up

To end LGBTQ+ History Month celebrations, join us for a virtual catch up and a chat.

Contact Courtney Wright for details.

3 - 3.30pm, Google Meet