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

March 2021

Monday 01 March

St. David's Day

A day of parades, concerts and festivals to celebrate St. David, the patron saint of Wales. Find out more about how the day is traditionally celebrated at Visit Wales: Happy St David's Day.

Celebrations will look a little different this year - read about the plans for 2021 celebrations.

Thursday 04 March

World Book Day

Not sure what to read next? Take inspiration from your colleague's recommendations - Black History Month Books.

Want to share your thoughts on your latest read? Join our Women's Collective Book Club.

Monday 08 March

International Women's Day


Today, we challenge everyone to share a few words that come to mind when you think of the women you admire, those who you love, or those who inspire you. These will be collected and shared to celebrate the wonderful women in our lives.

Tell us: In Your Words. Closing midday Thursday 11 March.

Contact Ruby or Naomi to join in.

Wednesday 10 March

Virtual Staff Room

This week’s virtual staff room is brought to you by Shona and her pet rabbit Charlie.

We’ve also got a quick quiz of guess what vegetable Shona is growing in her allotment. Grab a cuppa and get ready to catch up with some new and familiar faces.

Meeting link available in LUU Key Dates Calendar.

2.30pm – 3pm, Google Meet

Sunday 14 March

Mothers' Day

The UK Mothers' Day has its roots in religious celebration, falling on the fourth sunday of Lent.

BBC - Mothering Sunday

It's a chance to acknowledge and celebrate the mother figures in people's lives, by sending cards, gifts and spending time with loved ones.

Wednesday 17 March

St. Patrick's Day

Traditionally St Patrick's Day has its roots in religious celebration to honour the death of the patron saint of Ireland.

The day is now a worldwide celebration of Irish culture with parades, foods music, dancing and drinking.

Find out more at - St Patrick's Day

Tuesday 16 March

Understanding and Managing Anxiety & Panic

We are pleased to be working with the University Staff Counselling and psychological support team to bring you four workshops that are designed to support and build your resilience.

Available Workshops | Sign Up Form

2pm - 4pm

Wednesday 17 March

Virtual Staff Room

Join us for this week’s virtual staff room, hosted by Jasper Hegarty-Ditton, for a session on relaxation.

Meeting link available in LUU Key Dates Calendar.

1pm – 1.30pm, Google Meet

Thursday 18 March

Virtual Support Session

Our Women’s Collective are running a virtual session for network members who have felt impacted by recent events in the news. It will be a safe space for open discussion and peer support.

Contact Ruby or Naomi to join in.


Monday 22 March

Staff Voice Group Meeting

Tell us your thoughts. Topics to be confirmed.

Here are your Staff Voice Reps.

Monday 22 March

LUU Climate Week

Izzy and Lottie, your student exec officers, are leading on a week dedicated to fighting climate change.

Look out for more information in staff comms for how you can get involved.

Thursday 25 March

Active approaches to worry, meeting things head on

This workshop will look at what worry is, why we do it and how to avoid getting caught in unhelpful and unproductive cycles of worry.

Available Workshops | Sign Up Form

2pm - 4pm

Friday 26 March

Term Two Ends

You can see the full list of term dates for the University of Leeds academic year here -

Term Dates 2020-2021

Saturday 27 March - Sunday 04 April

Passover (Pesach)

A major Jewish spring festival, celebrating freedom and family. The Passover story is of Moses and The Ten Plagues, you can read a summary here - The Passover Story in a Nutshell.

If you want to find out more visit - Everything you need to know about Passover.

Sunday 28 - Monday 29 March


A Hindu Festival, popularly known as 'the festival of colours'.

Watch this 1.30min video to see the vibrancy of the festival and learn more about the traditions and origins - National Geographic: Holi.

April 2021

Thursday 01 April - Tuesday 06 April

LUU Closed

Thursday 01 April is a half day closure, so staff will be expected to work in the morning, unless they have booked this off. LUU then closes for the afternoon and we will see you again on Wednesday 07 April.

Sunday 04 April

Easter(Resurrection) Sunday

Traditionally a religious holiday, Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. It's also a great time to gift chocolate, eat hot cross buns and spend time with friends and family.

Read: 17 Easter Traditions from Around the World

Monday 12 April


The Ramadan start date for 2021 is expected to be Monday 12 April 2021, following the sighting of the moon over Mecca.

Check out this handy guide from network leader Serish Shah:

What is Ramadan?

Tuesday 13 April

Working with change and uncertainty

This workshop explores individual reactions to change and uncertainty and builds the skills and strategies which can be used to maintain a healthy and sustainable balance.

Available Workshops | Sign Up Form

10am - 12pm

Tuesday 20 April

Virtual Staff Room

All Things Allotments - hosted by Sue Stones.


Meeting link available in LUU Key Dates Calendar.

Tuesday 20 April

Women's Collective - Craft & Chat

Join the Women's Collective for an afternoon of crafting and chatting as we think about the upcoming Earth Day (Thursday 22 April). Bring something crafty (think knitting, origami, drawing) or just yourself. Let Ruby or Naomi know if you'd like to come along.

3-4pm, Google Meet

Wednesday 21 April

Rama Navami

Rama Navami is a spring Hindu festival that celebrates the birthday of the Hindu God Lord Rama.

Find out more: Rama Navani

Thursday 22 April

Working with your mind

This workshop will introduce you to psychological perspectives on our use of email, the internet and social media, and offer strategies for taking control of attention and managing your engagement with email and social media.

Available Workshops | Sign Up Form

2pm - 4pm

Monday 26 April

Term Three Starts

We welcome students back into the third and final semester of the year.

You can see the full list of term dates for the University of Leeds academic year here -

Term Dates 2020-2021

Wedneday 28 April

Workers' Memorial Day

A day to remember those who have lost their lives at work.

UNITE - Workers Memorial Day

UNISON - Workers Memorial Day

Wednesday 28 April

Virtual Staff Room

Join Shona and her rabbit Charlie for a catch up.


Meeting link available in LUU Key Dates Calendar.

Thursday 29 April

LGBTQ+ Network Catch Up

We’re hosting a virtual LGBTQ+ Network catch up this week. Get in touch with Courtney or sign up to the mailing list if you’d like to join in.

3pm, Google Meet

May 2021

Monday 03 May

University Closed - Bank Holiday

See staff policy pages for more detail on holiday entitlement.

Wednesday 05 May

Virtual Staff Room

Lockdown Projects - hosted by Matt Broadey. Come and have a chat about all projects creative, personal, or even just little goals you set yourself over the past year.


Meeting link available in LUU Key Dates Calendar.

Monday 10 - Sunday 16 May

First UK Black Inclusion Week

The aims of Black Inclusion week are to make us stronger as a community, create a commitment towards change & celebrate and amplify the voices of Black people across the UK.

Visit: Black Inclusion Week

Monday 10 - Sunday 16 May

Mental Health Awareness Week

The theme this year is Nature.

Look out for more resources and activity in our weekly staff comms.

Visit: Mental Health Awareness Week

Wednesday 12 - Thursday 13 May

Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr, also known as the 'Festival of Breaking the Fast', is a big celebration that marks the end of Ramadan - a time where our fellow Muslim colleagues and students may have been fasting.

Read: 11 Things You Might Not Know About Eid al-Fitr

Wednesday 12 May

National Day for Staff Networks

The theme for 2021 is #togetherness

Here at LUU we have three staff networks: The Women's Collective, The LGBTQ+ Network and the BAME Coalition.

To find out more visit: LUU Staff Networks

Monday 17 May

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia

This day raises awareness of the discrimination experienced by the LGBTQ+ community.

Visit to read news articles from around the world celebrating diversity.

Monday 17 May

Exams Start

The exam period for 2021 is Monday 17 May to Friday 04 June.

You can see the full list of term dates for the University of Leeds academic year here -

Term Dates 2020-2021

Wednesday 19 May

Virtual Staff Room

Q&A with staff network leader Serish Shah. Join in to find our more about our fantastic LUU networks.


Meeting link available in LUU Key Dates Calendar.

Monday 31 May

University Closed - Bank Holiday

LUU is closed.

See staff policy pages for more detail on holiday entitlement.

June 2021

Friday 04 June

Exams End

The exam period for 2021 is Monday 17 May to Friday 04 June.

You can see the full list of term dates for the University of Leeds academic year here -

Term Dates 2020-2021

Thursday 10 June

Virtual Staff Room

Join Barney Anderson, People Team, for a chat about all things Walking!


Meeting link available in LUU Key Dates Calendar.

Thursday 10 June

Shining Stars Nominations Close

Shining Stars is open to all of our LUU staff, to nominate a teammate, colleague or department. You can nominate at any point during the year but this is the deadline for the Summer 2021 awards.

Nomination Form

Monday 14 June

Staff Voice Group Meeting

Tell us your thoughts. Topics to be confirmed.

Here are your Staff Voice Reps.

Wednesday 16 June

Martyrdom of

Guru Arjan Dev

A day for Sikh's to honour the death of the first martyr of the Sikh faith.

Find out more: BBC Religions

Friday 18 June

Term Ends

You can see the full list of term dates for the University of Leeds academic year here -

Term Dates 2020-2021

Sunday 20 June

Father's Day

A day to celebrate the father figures in our lives.

The day of celebration may vary across countries, but in the UK is traditionally the third Sunday of June.

Wednesday 30 June

Shining Stars Celebration

In place of our usual Virtual Huddle at 11.30am. An invite will be sent to all staff.

Tuesday 01 June - Wednesday 30 June

Pride Month

A month to celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community. Pride was established after the Stonewall Riots, which took place back in 1969 - "A reminder of the power of standing together in defiance of those who seek to divide us."

July 2021

Monday 12 July

Puri Ratha Yatra

An important Hindu festival, also known as the Chariot Festival, which is organised each year at the famous Jagannath temple in Puri.

To find out more, read Puri Ratha Yatra 2021: All you need to know

Mon 19 - Fri 23*

Eid al Adha

Serish Shah, your REACH network leader was a guest editor for one of our Five Things for a Friday last year, read Five Things - Eid al Adha

Why not use our e-card template to wish your colleagues a happy and blessed Eid?

*Dates may vary

Saturday 24 July

Dharma Day

A Buddhist celebration which marks the day Siddhartha Gautama, the future Buddha, began teaching.

To find out more, read Dharma Day: A Universal Celebration

Friday 30 July

World Friendship Day

International Day of Friendship is recognised by the UN, with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

UN - Friendship Day

Sunday 18 July - Tuesday 17 August

South Asian Heritage Month

Introduced in 2020, South Asian Heritage month seeks to celebrate British South Asian heritage and history in the UK through education, arts, culture and commemoration, with the goal of helping people to better understand the diversity of present-day Britain and improve social cohesion across the country.

Thursday 01 July - Saturday 31 July

The Samaritans annual awareness raising campaign - they are here to listen to anyone who's struggling to cope, at any time of the day or night. Throughout July they will be sharing expert tips on how to be a better listener.

Look out for more on their socials Facebook ,Twitter and Instagram on Saturday 24 July (24/7).

August 2021

Sunday 01 August

Leeds Pride

Although the usual parade will not be able to go ahead, there are lots of smaller events being organised around the city for you to join in.

Tuesday 10 August

Virtual Staff Room - Holidays & Staycations

Join us for a chat about all things breaks and holidays! Hosted by the People Team.

Link in LUU Weekly News.

Sunday 22 August

Also known as Rakhi, this important Hindu festival celebrates brotherhood and love. It's celebrated by tying bracelets made of red and gold threads around wrists, to honour the relationship between a sister and brother.

Monday 30 August

A two day Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Krishna, god of protection, compassion, tenderness and love. It is celebrated by by fasting, singing, praying together, preparing and sharing special food, night vigils, and visiting temples.

Monday 30 - Tuesday 31 August

University & LUU Closed

See staff policy pages for more detail on holiday entitlement.