Throughout October our Edinburgh and Galashiels Campuses will be marking our first Diversity Month.  The idea is to have a jam-packed month of activities that celebrate diversity.

Why October? October brings together a number of celebration days including World Mental Health Day and Ada Lovelace Day which both take place on 10 October. October is also Black History Month and 2017 marks 30 years of recognising Black History. 

We’re using the month of activites to help raise funds for the SANE Black Dog Campaign which supports raising awareness of mental health issues and provides services for those who need it.

What can you look forward to? So much!  Throughout the month we have film, music, wellbeing focused physical activity, a range of training and development alongside exhibitions. Unless otherwise stated our activities are open to everyone. You'll find everything you need to know on this page including how to book events.

We’re splitting the month up with exhibitions and events tailored to themes throughout the month:

  • 2-6 October is Work Life Week where many of our events have a focus on balancing work and home-life
  • 8-14 October is Mental Health Awareness Week focusing on mental health and wellbeing
  • 16-21 October is Black History Week looking to highlight Black History
  • 23-27 October is Equality Week focusing on an inspirational gender equality ‘What She Said’ campaign and drawing together equality strands

Central University services alongside the Student Union and the Sports Union, Oriam and HWU Transition are all part of the team bringing Diversity Month to life.

Our centrepiece activities include:

Colour Runs

Due to popular demand we are pleased to announced that we will be holding a Colour Run at the Edinburgh campus on 8 October – starting at 10.00 at Oriam. To book your place call Oriam on 0131 451 8400.

We are also hoping to announce a Colour Run in Galasheils so watch this space!

Film and music

We will be showing acclaimed films over the month in James Watt 1:

12 Years A Slave,  16.00  Wednesday 4 October

Hidden Figures, 16.00 Wednesday 25 October

Our Musician in Residence has kindly opened rehearsals for the Choir (Monday Lunch times) and the Orchestra (Monday evenings) throughout the month.

Alpacas and Therapets  

Thursday 5 October we’ll be welcoming Alpacas to the Student Unions at both the Edinburgh and Scottish Borders Campus.

Tuesday 10 October the Therapets will be at the Edinburgh Campus.

Gender Equality

Look out for us welcoming STEMETTEs #MonsterConfidence Conference to the University on 6 October where we will be hosting around 200 girls interested in study and careers in STEM subjects.

We’ll be marking Ada Lovelace Day on 10th October with events taking place across our science, engineering and technology Schools.

Friday 13 October The Big Pink – fun, games, awareness raising and fundraising for Breast Cancer, Edinburgh Campus Student Union.

Exhibitions and Awareness Raising

Exhibitions and Awareness Raising
Date Event Venue
9-13 October Mental Health Awareness ‘Rethink the Stigma’ Link Bridge Edinburgh Campus
16-20 October Black History Exhibition – on loan from NUS Scotland Link Bridge Edinburgh Campus
23-27 October ‘What She Said’ Link Bridge Edinburgh Campus

Workshops and Training

PIP Suicide Prevention and Mental Health and Awareness Raising Sessions taking place throughout October for staff and students.

PIP Suicide Prevention and Mental Health and Awareness Raising Sessions
Date Time Venue
16 October 09.30-12.30 Court Room, Edinburgh Campus
18 October 12.00-15.00 Zeros, Student Union, Edinburgh Campus
19 October 13.30-16.30 Court Room, Edinburgh Campus
20 October 10.00-16.00 Court Room, Edinburgh Campus (Staff Only)


This is our first #DiversityMonth and we really hope you make the most of all we have to offer and help us raise awareness and celebrate all things diversity!

Keep up with what’s happening by following us on twitter @HWUEquality