Groups and societies

The following groups and societies are open to University of Leicester staff. If you know of a group or society which should be included here, or if any details given here are inaccurate or out of date, please let us know:

badminton shuttlecock on top of a racketSports groups

Masters/Vets Team in the Midland Vets League open to all Men and Women aged 35 or over, new club members welcome

- All track events up to 3000m (no hurdles events)
- All field events
- All competitions within own age group
- Support from current club athletes
- Taster sessions and coaching for returning and new athletes (if needed)
- Encourage parents/grandparents/aunts/uncles to get fit, have fun AND compete for the club
- All league events from 7 p.m. on Wednesdays

For more information and to be part of this exciting new club development contact Mary Baker
0116 2523324,

Wine bottle and glasses containing red wine.Other groups and societies

Chess at University of Leicester

After a fallow period, chess is once again thriving at the University. This coming season, the university has teams in Divisions 2, 3, and 4 of the county league. There may be people in the university, especially staff members, who are strong players with experience of competitive chess. If so, please join the club, which is open to staff, students, and even alumni. At the moment the club meets twice a week, at 3pm on Wednesdays, and from 12 midday on Sundays, both at the Dry Dock near the top of Putney Road East LE2 7TF. Regular notifications for events are posted on the Facebook page.

Anyone interested, please come to a meeting or contact

Knitting, Crochet and Stitching Group

This group meets on Thursday evenings during term time at Attenborough Arts from 5-7pm on a ‘drop in and out when you can’ basis.  Absolute beginners are very welcome to this informal group and you can find help to get started, improve your skills or try something completely new.  The Arts Bar is open for drinks and snacks. For more information please contact Jean Baxter on

Ukulele Band

Whether you are a seasoned strummer or a total beginner, this informal group is for you. The group meets on Friday evenings during term time in the Charles Wilson Building, 8th floor from 5-7pm on a ‘drop in and out when you can’ basis. You don’t even need a ukulele if you want to give it a try. Just come along and have a go on one of our loan instruments. For more information please contact Jean Baxter on

LGBT+ Staff Forum

Have your say on a range of issues or use it as a forum for social networking or confidential support. For more information and to register your interest please contact the chair Manish Maisuria on or visit their website for more information.

Disability Staff Equality Forum

A Forum for disabled staff to discuss and raise issues about the management of disability in the University.  Discussions from the Forum have already resulted in feedback being given to the University to help inform decisions both about specific disability related issues (e.g. building design and adaptation) and to agreed processes and rules (e.g. car parking permits).  For more information and to register your interest please contact the chair Karen Smith at

BAME Staff Equality Forum

The University of Leicester BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Staff Forum was set up in 2012,  and welcomes new members at any time.  For more information and to register your interest please contact the co-chairs Chandni Purohit at and Nalina Pattni at .

Women's Forum

The Women’s Forum supports the work and careers of women at the University of Leicester. There are still a range of women-specific challenges in higher education that result in women not participating and advancing their careers on an equal footing with men. The Women’s Forum was set up in 2014 to help overcome these challenges. The Forum focuses on information, inspiration and voice, and its meetings provide a platform for staff to raise and discuss women-specific issues of working in higher education, and to feed these issues into conversations across the University. Beyond its meetings, the Women’s Forum initiates and organises events and activities aimed at supporting women at the University of Leicester. The Women’s Forum recognises the important role of men in making higher education a more equal workplace and welcomes men to many of its activities. If you are interested in the group please contact Angelica De Vido at

Staff Carers Group

We are a group of carers who get together over tea and biscuits to support each other, to air some of our difficulties and enjoy ourselves, too! We meet on the first Thursday of each month from 5.30pm to 7.00pm in the Woodhouse Room, Charles Wilson Building.

Each member of the Group has a different experience of caring: this might mean looking after someone who lives with us; doing housework and shopping for relatives who live elsewhere; supervising medication; sorting out finances and paying bills; supporting someone with mental ill health.

If you support or care for someone, you might like to join us at our monthly get-togethers to meet others in a similar position. Check out whether the group is for you by phoning Maggie Thomas in Staff Counselling and Wellbeing on 223 1702 or email her at staffcounsel&

Leicester University Chorus

Leicester University Chorus is a friendly, welcoming fun-filled choir for all those who love to sing! There are no auditions, and everyone - student, staff or Leicester local - no matter how experienced, is welcome. That's no reason not to aim for a high standard however,  and we are proud to have been voted the University's Performance Society of the Year 2012/13.

We cover a wide variety of material from Classical choral works and opera to popular songs and musical hits; Handel to Coldplay, Bob Dylan to The Lion King - we sing everything and anything, showcasing our work in termly concerts.

Our rehearsals take place on Mondays in term-time in the Fraser Noble Hall, which is accessed through 2 University Road, which is at the London Road end of the road.

To find out more or if you have any questions, send us an email at or have a look at our webpage.

Leicestershire and Rutland Walking Group

Your local 20’s, 30’s and 40’s Rambling Association group, we are an active and friendly walking club who welcomes new members of all fitness levels. We offer a diverse range of walking and social activities. Please email our new members contact ( or visit our website ( for full details of upcoming walks and events.

Staff Fellowship at the Gatehouse

We meet for an hour each Monday (1.00pm to 2.00pm) - with a simple lunch and an opportunity for shared discussion and support for one another as staff.

Often informal and unprogrammed, but sometimes with a pre-arranged topic, these gatherings are arranged by the ecumenical Christian team of the University Chaplaincy. They are for staff who have some concern for the role of faith in university life - whatever their own faith background.

Do join us if you can. Ring Leicester 285 6493 or email for details of any particular week. The Gatehouse is opposite Entrance 2 to the University.

Buddhist Meditation Group

The University Buddhist Meditation Group is open to anyone, staff or student, and meets at the Gatehouse Chaplaincy building on University Road, opposite the end of Mayor’s Walk,  every Tuesday lunchtime at 1.00pm.

Everyone is welcome to the group. Sitting Meditation is from to and we try to find time for a cup of tea and a chat before or after the formal meditation. We use Buddhist imagery and engage in some brief and minimal ritual but the emphasis is on personal meditation  practice. People from any religious faith or with none are very welcome. The meetings would suit anyone who wants the opportunity to sit and practise with others for half an hour. We offer basic meditation instruction and can advise on contact with established local groups in the various Buddhist Traditions. If you would like some meditation instruction please try to arrive as promptly as possible to allow  time for some guidance before the sitting session begins. Chairs are available to sit on but anyone wanting to use a cushion or other aid should try to bring their own.

Enquiries to Ian Snaith on or Jim Strupish on

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