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UCL EQUALITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

DIVERSITY CALENDAR

2016 - 2017


SEPTEMBER 2016


SEPTEMBER 2016

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

1 2 3 4

5 Ganesh Chaturthi** (Hinduism)

8 Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary

(Christian)

10 Hajj (Pilgrimage)* (Islam)

5 6 7 8 9 10 11

11-14 Eid Ul Adha (Festival of Sacrifice)*

(Islam)

Hajj (Pilgrimage)

12 13 14 15 16 17 18

The Hajj is pilgrimage to Makkah.

It is the Fifth Pillar of Islam and therefore a very

important part of the Islamic faith.

Every year around 2 million Muslims from all over

the world converge on Makkah.

19 20 21

UN

International

Day of Peace

22 23 24 25

The Hajjis or pilgrims wear simple white clothes

called Ihram which promote the bonds of Islamic

brotherhood and sisterhood by showing that

everyone is equal in the eyes of Allah.

26 27 28 29 30

Find out more here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/religion/islam/

eid_haj.shtml

Image above: UCL Freshers’ Fair


OCTOBER 2016


OCTOBER 2016

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

October marks Black History Month

1 2

1-10 Navaratri** (Hinduism)

3-4 Rosh Hashannah (Judaism)

(work not permitted)

3 4 5 6 7

World Mental

Health Day

8 9

12 Ashura* (Islam)

Yom Kippur* (Judaism) (work not

permitted)

14 Muharram - New Year* (Islam)

10 11

Ada Lovelace

Day

12 13 14 15 16

17-23 Sukkot* (Judaism) (work not permitted

on 17-18 Oct)

20 Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth

(Sikhism)

17 18 19 20 21 22 23

24-25 Shemini Atzeret* & Simchat Torah

(Judaism) (work not permitted)

30 Diwali (Hindu, Sikh, Jain)

31 All Hallow’s Eve (Christian)

24 25 26 27 28 29 30

31

Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace Day (ALD) is an international

celebration day of the achievements of women

in science, technology, engineering and maths

(STEM). It aims to create new role models who

will encourage more girls into STEM careers and

support women already working in STEM.

Find out more:

http://findingada.com/

Image above: Candles lit in preparation for Diwali celebrations


NOVEMBER 2016


NOVEMBER 2016

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

1 2

3 4 5 6

National

Stress

Awareness

Day

7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Interfaith

Week, 13-20

14 15 16 17 18 19

International

Men’s Day

Remembrance

Sunday

20

Transgender

Day of

Remembrance

1 All Saints Day (Christian)

2 All Souls’ Day (Christian)

14 Guru Nanak Dev Sahib birthday

(Sikhism)

24 Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom

(Sikhism)

30 St Andrew’s Day (Christian)

UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) 22 Nov

- 22 Dec

“UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) is an

annual event creating a platform to focus on the

history of our struggle for equality and human

rights.

21 22

UK Disability

History Month

begins

23 24 25 26 27

The theme for 2015 is ‘Portrayal of Disability:

Then and Now’ which aims to examine the

way disability and disabled people have been

portrayed in literature, pictures, sculpture,

photographs, advertising, journalism, media and

film.”

28 29 30

Find out more:

http://ukdhm.org/

Image above: UCL UKDHM panel discussion 2015 (image taken by Nicola Best)


DECEMBER 2016


DECEMBER 2016

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

1 2

3

4

International

Day for the

Abolition of

Slavery

International

Day of

People with a

Disability

14 Mawlid an Nabi* (Islam)

21 Solstice (Wicca/Pagan, Christian)

24-1 Chanukah* (Judaism)

5 6 7 8 9 10

International

Human Rights

Day

11

25 Christmas Day (Christian)

Chanukah

Begins sunset of Saturday, 24 December, 2016

Ends nightfall of Sunday, 1 January, 2017

12 13 14 15 16 17 18

“The eight-day festival of light celebrates the

triumph of light over darkness, of purity over

adulteration, of spirituality over materiality.”

19 20 21 22 23 24

Christmas

Eve

Christmas

Day

25

Find out more:

http://www.chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/

article_cdo/aid/102911/jewish/What-is-

Hanukkah.htm

Boxing

Day

26

27 28 29 30 31

New Year’s

Eve

Image above: Christmas at UCL


JANUARY 2017


JANUARY 2017

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

New Year’s

Day

1

5 Guru Gobindh Singh birthday (Sikhism)

6 Epiphany (Christian)

8 Fast of Tevet 10 (Judaism)

2

Bank Holiday

3 4

World Braille

Day

5 6 7 8

13 Maghi (Sikhism)

Chinese New Year

9 10 11 12 13 14 15

World

Religion Day

16 17 18 19 20 21 22

23 24 25 26 27

National

Holocaust

Memorial Day

28

Chinese New

Year

29

Chinese New Year, known in modern Chinese

as the “Spring Festival” is an important Chinese

festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional

lunisolar Chinese calendar. Celebrations

traditionally run from the evening preceding the

first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of

the first calendar month.

The New Year festival is centuries old and gains

significance because of several myths and

traditions. Traditionally, the festival was a time to

honour deities as well as ancestors.

Find out more:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_New_Year

30

Image above: Chinese New Year lanterns


FEBRUARY 2017


FEBRUARY 2017

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Febraury marks LGBT

History Month

1 2 3 4 5

1 Vasant Panchami** (Hinduism)

5 Guru Gobindh Singh birthday (Sikhism)

11 Tu BiShvat* (Judaism) (work

permitted)

International

Day of Zero

Tolerance

to Female

Genital

Mutilation

6

7 8 9 10 11 12

13 14 15 16 17 18 19

14 St Valentine’s Day (Christian)

25 Maha Shivratri** (Hinduism)

28 Shrove Tuesday (Christian)

LGBT History Month

“LGBT History Month is celebrated in February

in the UK but work to challenge homophobia,

biphobia and transphobia continues throughout

the year.”

20 21 22 23 24 25 26

Find out more:

http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/

Keep up-to-date with UCL’s programme of events:

www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/equalities/lgbt/events.php

27 28

Email out@ucl.ac.uk to join the social network for

staff

Become a Friend of Out@UCL here:

www.mailinglists.ucl.ac.uk/mailman/listinfo/

friends_of_out

Image above: Out@UCL members at termly social lunch


MARCH 2017


MARCH 2017

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

1 2 3 4 5

1 St Davids Day (Christian)

Ash Wednesday (Christian)

6 7 8

International

Women’s Day

9 10 11 12

12 Purim* (Judaism) (work should be

avoided)

13 Holi** (Hinduism)

Hola Mohalla (Sikhism)

International Women’s Day

13 14 15 16 17

St Patrick’s

Day

18 19

“International Women’s Day has been observed

since in the early 1900’s, a time of great

expansion and turbulence in the industrialized

world that saw booming population growth and

the rise of radical ideologies.”

20 21

International

Day for the

Elimination

of Racial

Discrimination

22 23 24 25 26

Find out more:

http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

about.asp#.Vc3N7flVhBc

27 28 29 30

Image above: UCL International Women’s Day exhibition finalists 2016


APRIL 2017


APRIL 2017

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

1 2

World Autism

Awareness

Day

5 Ramanavami** (Hindu)

11-18 Pesach (Passover)* (Judaism) (work is

not permitted on 11-12 and 17-18 April)

11 Hanuman Jayanti** (Hinduism)

3 4 5 6 7 8 9

14 Vaisakhi** (Sikhism)

23 St. George’s Day (Christian)

Yom HaShoah* (Judaism)

24 Lailat al Miraj* (Islam)

17

Easter

Monday Bank

Holiday

10 11 12 13 14

Good

Friday

15 16

Easter Sunday

18 19 20 21 22 23

24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Vaisakhi

“Vaisakhi (also spelled Baisakhi) is the festival

which celebrates the founding of the Sikh

community known as the Khalsa. It is celebrated

on April 14 each year. On Vaisakhi day in 1699,

Guru Gobind Singh summoned Sikhs from all

over India to the city of Anandpur Sahib. At this

gathering, the Guru called upon Sikhs to uphold

their faith and preserve the Sikh religion.”

Read more about Vaisakhi here:

http://www.sikhismguide.org/vaisakhi.aspx

Image above: Sikh gurus at a Vaisakhi festival


MAY 2017


MAY 2017

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

1

2 3 4 5 6 7

May Day

Bank Holiday

1 Yom Ha’Atzmaut* (Judaism)

12 Lailat al Bara’ah** (Islam)

8

Mental Health

Awareness

Week, 8-14

9 10 11 12 13 14

14 Lag B’Omer* (Judaism)

27 Ramadan begins* (Islam)

31-1 Shavout* (Judaism) (work is not

permitted)

International Day Against Homophobia &

Biphobia (IDAHOBIT)

29

May Spring

Bank Holiday

15 16 17

International

Day

Against

Homophobia

18 19 20 21

22 23 24 25 26 27 28

30 31

“The Day represents an annual landmark to draw

the attention of decision makers, the media,

the public, opinion leaders and local authorities

to the alarming situation faced by lesbian, gay,

bisexuals, transgender and intersex people and all

those who do not conform to majority sexual and

gender norms.

IDAHOBIT is not one centralised campaign; rather

it is a moment that everyone can take advantage

of to take action. May 17th was specifically

chosen to commemorate the World Health

Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify

homosexuality as a mental disorder.”

Find out more:

http://dayagainsthomophobia.org/what-is-may-

17th/

Image above: Interior of a Synagogue in Riga


JUNE 2017


JUNE 2017

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

1 2 3 4

4 Pentecost (Christian)

16 Guru Arjan martyrdom (Sikhism)

21 Summer Solstice (Wicca/Pagan)

5 6 7 8 9 10 11

22 Laylat al Kadr* (Islam)

26-28 Eid al Fitr* (Islam)

12 13 14 15 16 17 18

National Women in Engineering Day is a day

dedicated to raising the profile and celebrating the

achievements of women in engineering.

UCL Women is a network for academic staff

(postdoc and above) in science, technology,

engineering and mathematics (STEM).

19 20 21 22 23

National

Women in

Engineering

Day

24 25

For more information and to join the network visit:

http://uclwomen.org/

26 27 28 29 30

Image above: UCL Engineering and James Dyson Foundation summer school (image from Engineering Sciences)


JULY 2017


JULY 2017

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

1 2

11 Fast of the 17th of Tammuz (Judaism)

13 Ulambana (Buddhist)

13-15 Obon (Buddhist)

3 4 5 6 7 8 9

15 Dharma Day (Buddhist)

25 St James the Great Day (Christian)

31-1 Fast of Tish’a B’Av (Judaism)

10 11 12 13 14 15 16

17 18 19 20 21 22 23

24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Dharma Day

Dharma Day, marks the day when the Buddha

began teaching. Celebrated by Buddhists

worldwide, it’s considered a time to reflect on the

qualities of the Buddha and express gratitude for

his teachings which offer humanity a way to find

release from its bonds. Dharma refers to the body

of the Buddha’s teachings.

Read more:

http://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/buddhism/dharmaday-a-universal-celebration-of-the-buddhasteachings.aspx#sPDqga20PFMtbx4R.99

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Image above: Buddha statue


AUGUST 2017


AUGUST 2017

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

1 2 3 4 5 6

31-1 Tish’a B’av* (Judaism)

7 Raksha Bandhan ** (Hinduism)

The 15th of Av (Judaism)

15 Krishna Janmashtami** (Hinduism)

7 8 9 10 11 12 13

31 Waqf al Arafa - Hajj Day* (Islam)

Krishna Janmashtami

14 15 16 17 18 19 20

21 22 23 24 25 26 27

The Krishna Janmashtami festival marks the birth

of Krishna, one of the most popular Gods in the

Hindu pantheon.

Krishna is perceived by most Hindus to be an

avatar (incarnation) of Vishnu, who is regarded

as the highest avatar. It is believed that all other

deities are manifestations of him. Krishna is

considered to be a warrior, hero, teacher and

philosopher by Hindus.

Find out more here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/hinduism/

holydays/janamashtami.shtml

28

Late Summer

Bank Holiday

29 30 31

Image above: UCL students at graduation


At UCL it has been agreed that student requests to be absent due to religious commitments should be dealt

with sympathetically by departments. Students should not be registered as ‘absent’ without good cause’ if

they are absent due to religious commitments, provided this has been discussed and agreed with their tutor.

Staff wishing to observe religious festivals and holy days should negotiate with their managers in advance.

Managers in turn are encouraged to consider sympathetically requests for annual leave or flexible work

schedules from staff wishing to participate in religious festivals and to be prepared to make reasonable

adjustments to working arrangements as long as they don’t cause undue disruption. Each academic year, a

calendar of the main religious holidays is available so these can be taken into account by Departments with

reference to drafting teaching timetables, coursework deadlines and field trips etc.

Please note that the effect of these festivals will vary from person to person, and they will not necessarily

impact on staff or students time whilst at university (for example they are celebrated in the evening or at

weekends).

The above dates are not intended to be a prescriptive list. Staff, students, parents or members of the public

are welcome to contact the equalities team (equalities@ucl.ac.uk) to suggest other noteworthy dates.

* Holy days usually begin at sundown the day before this date.

** Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.

Useful Links:

Religion & Belief: guidance for UCL managers

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/equalities/belief/religion_belief_guidance_for_managers.pdf

Religion & Belief Equality Policy for Students

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/academic-manual/part-5/religion-belief-equality

Supporting Muslim staff during Ramadan

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/equalities/belief/ramadan.php

Interfaith Calendar

http://interfaithcalendar.org/

Jewish holidays and festivals

http://www.chabad.org/holidays/default_cdo/jewish/holidays.htm

Sarah Guise

Head of Equality, Diversity

& Inclusion

Tel: 020 3108 8889

Email: s.guise@ucl.ac.uk

Teresa Williams

Equality, Diversity &

Inclusion Manager

Tel: 020 3108 8860

Email: teresa.williams@ucl.ac.uk

Sonal Bharadva

Equality, Diversity &

Inclusion Advisor

Tel: 020 3108 8890

Email: s.bharadva@ucl.ac.uk

Fiona McClement

Equality, Diversity &

Inclusion Manager

Tel: 020 3108 8888

Email: f.mcclement@ucl.ac.uk

Mike Higgins

Equality, Diversity &

Inclusion Manager

Tel: 020 3108 8877

Email: m.higgins@ucl.ac.uk

For general enquiries email: equalities@ucl.ac.uk

Website: www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/equalities

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