Running throughout October, Diversity Month brings together a number of celebrations including Black History Month, World Mental Health Day and Ada Lovelace Day. We’ll also be using the month to help raise funds for breast cancer charities and the SANE Black Dog Campaign which supports raising awareness of mental health issues and providing services for those who need it.

A full calendar of events is now available on these pages with booking links for some of the activities. This year centrepiece activities include:

The Rise of Perfectionism, Thursday 3 October

Brought to you by Development and Alumni, the Heriot-Watt Student Union and Equality and Diversity, this event includes keynote speakers, panel discussion and audience participation exploring wellbeing and perfectionism. Hosted by the Student Union and running from 2-4pm we’re hoping to attract an audience from across the student community. Booking is now open.

National Work-Life Week, Monday 7 – Friday 11 October

National Work Life Week is an annual event and this year we’re looking for people from across the Heriot-Watt community to share their stories of balancing work and home life. Get in touch with us at equalty@hw.ac.uk and share your stories.

Film Screeing, Wednesday 9 October

Film title to be confirmed but it'll be great on the big screen!

World Mental Health Awareness Day, Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 October

Reaching out – we’re here for you:

Global events to mark mental health awareness

No-Bystander Training #StandUpStepIn, Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 October

We’re excited to announce no-bystander training part funded by an Association of Commonwealth Universities grant. Heriot-Watt was successful in the recent call for applications for the gender grant, and is delivering initially four training sessions, primarily for students. Booking is now open.

Wear it pink, Friday 18 October 

Friday 18 October is Wear it Pink Day for Breast Cancer Care! We’d love as many people as possible to get involved and Wear It Pink!

In aid of Breast Cancer Care, we’re encouraging people to pull something pink from your wardrobe, wear it for the day and donate whatever you wish for the pleasure of seeing pink inspired attire across the University!

If your team, service or school is getting involved, please let us know at employee-reward.engagement@hw.ac.uk and we can sort out collecting, dropping off and donating all the proceeds.

Go on – you know you want to!

Colour Run, Sunday 20 October

By popular demand, planning is underway for the colour run to return to the Edinburgh campus. Booking information will appear shortly.

BSL Café, Wednesday 23 October

To mark one year since the publication of our British Sign Language Local Plan, we’re hosting a BSL Café in the Edinburgh Business School from 12.15-1.15pm. Booking is now open.