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Key dates

We celebrate a wide range of events from different cultures and beliefs.

A celebration of diversity

The Students Union, together with the University, offers the opportunity for staff and students to take part in events and trips throughout the year.

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Key diversity dates



4th January

International Braille Day


LGBT History Month

4th February

World Cancer Day

8th February


20th February

World Day of Social Justice

22nd February

Lent Begins

8th March

International Women's Day / Holi

21st March

International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

2nd April

Autism Awareness Day

7th April

World Health Day / Passover

8th April

Easter Day

13th April


5th May


14th May

Fair Trade Day

15th May

International Day of Families

17th May

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTBi)

21st May

Diversity Day


Men's Health Week

5th June

World Environment Day

8th June

Carers Day

20th June

World Refugee Day

22nd June

Interfaith Day


Deaf Blind Awareness Week

20th July


8th August

Happiness Day

15th August

World Youth Day

23rd August

UNESCO Day for the International Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its abolition

26th August

Women's Equality Day

17th September

Rosh Hashanah

21st September

International Day of Peace/World Alzheimer’s Day

26th September

Yom Kippur

27th September

Sunderland Pride


Black History Month


One World Week - Interfaith week of prayer for world peace

1st October

International Day of Older Persons

8th October

Humanitarian Action Day

10th October

World Mental Health Day

11th October

World Sight Day

17th October

World Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty

26th October


3rd November

National Stress Awareness Day

10th November

Human Rights Day

13th November

Kindness Day / Diwali

14th November

World Diabetes Day

16th November

International Day of Tolerance

20th November

Universal Children's Day

20th November

Trans Day of Remembrance

25th November

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

28th November

Birthday of Guru Nanak

1st December

World Aids Day

3rd December

International Day of Disabled People

9th December

Hanukkah Day

10th December

International Human Rights Day

18th December

International Migrants Day

25th December

Christmas Day