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Staff Festival 2018

Colleagues enjoying the carnival atmosphere at the 2018 Staff Festival 

Excitement is building for this year’s instalment of the hugely popular Staff Festival. 

Now in its 12th year, the Staff Festival is a celebratory ‘thank you’ to colleagues across campus, who have worked tirelessly for the University throughout the year.

A packed programme is close to being finalised, featuring food and drink, fairground rides, stalls, workshops and live music for all ages.

All colleagues, family and friends are invited to join us on campus from 3-7pm on Friday 28 June 2019 for what promises to be a hugely entertaining afternoon of activities and attractions, full details of which will be announced nearer the date.

But a taster of what’s in store can now been revealed.

Following feedback from last year’s event, we’re pleased to announce the dodgems will be making a welcome return alongside the ever-popular Ferris wheel. And among the exciting new attractions for 2019 will be inflatable climbing, a surf simulator, Sumo suits, a gladiator game and a giant version of Hungry Hippos!

Children will be entertained by a miniature railway, ride-on cars, a bouncy castle, face painters and candyfloss, as well as arts and crafts from the Rocket Mobile Studio.

Workshops include cocktail making, DJ skills and flower buttonhole designs with Ready Planted.

Mouth-watering food and drink stalls will be selling a tempting range of tasty treats, including a hog roast, desserts, pancakes, pretzels, brownies, olives, fish and chips, curry, ice cream, cocktails, gin, beer and West African cuisine. Tasty vegetarian and vegan options will also be available.

Live entertainment will also take place on the Festival stage, with the full line-up of acts to be confirmed nearer the date.

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One of the many popular workshops held during last year’s Staff Festival. June 2019
One of the many popular workshops held during last year's Staff Festival

Book your place on our workshops 

Booking opens on Monday 17 June for this year’s packed programme of wonderful Staff Festival workshops!

Last year’s line-up was hugely popular, so colleagues are encouraged to act fast to sign-up for any of the 2019 events that require booking.

This year’s workshops include:

  • Streamers – A drop-in event running throughout the Festival (3-7pm), where children and adults can make a festival streamer choosing their favourite colours. Donations requested for this year’s Staff Festival chosen charity, SNAPS (Special Needs and Parent Support).
  • Free-hand body artist – Another drop-in event, creating beautiful and funky designs on your arms, with glitter to finish! Donations requested, as above.
  • Beer tasting with Leeds Brewery – Sample a selection of hand-pulled cask ales, as well as some draft ales, whilst learning how they are produced and the ingredients used. There will be a bar vibe and participants can pull their own beer, if they wish! Three sessions for a maximum of 18 adults each will take place from 3.15-4.15pm, 4.30-5.30pm and 5.45-6.45pm. The cost is £5 per person, to be booked in advance.
  • Fresh flower button-hole making – Drop in throughout the Festival and make your own floral creation to wear. Donations requested, as above.
  • DJ School – Learn how to mix your own playlist, and listen back with headphones, at this drop-in workshop. Donations requested, as above.
  • Cocktail making – Full details to be announced, but advance booking is required.
  • Paper quilling – Learn the beautiful art of quilling and leave with your own very own artwork, such as a card, hair clip or pair of earrings. Two sessions for a maximum of ten people each are on offer – 3.15-4.30pm and 5.30-6.45pm. The cost is £2 per person, to be booked in advance.

To ensure there is equal access to booking, we will not be using the on-line store this year. Instead you must visit the LOGIK Centre (with the relevant fee) between Monday 17 June and noon on Thursday 27 June to sign up. But don’t delay as these sessions fill out fast. Email the Staff Festival team for further information.


SNAPS (Special Needs and Parent Support) has been selected as this year’s official Staff Festival charity.

Hundreds of colleagues took the chance to cast their vote, with SNAPS attracting the most support from a list of eight good causes nominated to benefit from fundraising at the annual staff celebration.

SNAPS provides leisure support services for children with special needs of all kinds, and their families. Its aim is to support the entire family, by enabling the child – along with siblings, parents and other carers – to participate in a shared experience of physical activity, fun and conversation in relaxed surroundings, supported by professional and dedicated staff. 

Operating out of two sites – Penny Field School in Meanwood and Broomfield School in Broom Place – the charity offers physiotherapist-led hydrotherapy and rebound sessions (exercise therapy using trampolines), along with swimming, arts and crafts, soft toy play and a range of other fun activities, such as dance, sign and sing, boccia, storytelling and music therapy. 

An announcement about the winning charity was made at the Staff Benefits Fair on Tuesday 2 April. 

Appeal for tombola prizes

Can you help by donating prizes for the Staff Festival charity tombola? Brand new and sealed items should be delivered to the LOGIK Centre no later than Wednesday 19 June. All proceeds go to this year’s chosen charity, SNAPS. 

Possible Disruptions

This year’s Staff Festival will take place in and around the Refectory, University Precinct and University Road on Friday 28 June.

Please be aware there will be increased levels of noise and traffic on the day, as the Staff Festival has live entertainment, market stalls and fairground attractions scheduled. Although the Festival officially opens at 3pm and ends at 7pm, disruptions may be caused outside of these hours for the event setup and pack down. This includes the later hours of Thursday 27 June after 7pm. Please see a more detailed timetable listing anticipated disruptions below.

If you have any questions, please direct them to Jo Westerman on x37785 by Friday 21 June.

The Staff Festival team has arranged for parking to be available to all staff on site from 1pm in the orange zone car parks. Spaces are limited and cannot be guaranteed.

Disruption timetable

Location: The Staff Festival will take place in University precinct and the grass opposite LUU, as well as inside the Refectory.

Thursday 27 June: There will be noise and disruption from 6pm in and around University Precinct, whilst some attractions are delivered and stored safely.

Friday 28 June: There will be noise and disruption from 10am in and around University Precinct and University Road. University Road and University Precinct will close to non-Festival traffic from 10am to 7pm. Festival vehicles will be moving up and down the precinct until 2pm and after 7pm. Some, or all, of the following will be on the precinct from 9am to 2pm:

  • creation of gazebos
  • erection of Ferris wheel
  • arrival, set-up and running of workshops
  • arrival and set-up of tables and chairs
  • arrival and set-up of performers
  • arrival of all stallholders and food/drink providers; and
  • ambient noise of those involved in the set-up procedure.

The full Festival event runs from 3-7pm, with loud music, performances, and noise from visitors. There will be noise of vehicles and people from 7-9pm as the Festival attractions in the Precinct are packed down.

Accessibility and Facilities

We endeavour to promote equality and diversity in our policies, practice and services. We are committed to making all web pages accessible to disabled people and compliant with WAI’s accessibility guidelines (WCAG 2.0). Should you encounter any problems accessing material, please inform Leeds Webmaster.

We are committed to making the Staff Festival as accessible as possible to ensure everyone can enjoy the day. In order to plan this, we need to know about your requirements as soon as possible. Please see below for details.

Accessible Information

If you require any festival information – e.g. maps/event details – in alternative formats, such as Braille or Large Print, please contact the Staff Festival team.

Personal Assistants

If you would like to book a Personal Assistant to accompany you at the Festival – either to make you feel more comfortable or to provide you with practical assistance or information – please contact the Staff Festival team by Friday 7 June to book. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the availability of Personal Assistants on the day of the festival if they are not pre-arranged.

British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreters

If you would like to book a BSL Interpreter to accompany you at the festival, please contact the Staff Festival team to book by Friday 7 June. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the availability of BSL Interpreters on the day of the festival if they are not pre-arranged.

Toilet Facilities

Toilets are available in the LUU building, which also has gender neutral and disabled facilities.

Prayer Facilities

The Emmanuel Centre is at the main entrance to campus in Woodhouse Lane and is managed by the Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds. Here you will find a place to meet and grab a coffee or tea, pray, worship, share or reflect.

Catholic Chaplaincy – The Catholic Chaplaincy is another of the buildings used by the Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds. It is located in St Mark’s Avenue, opposite the Faculty of Engineering buildings.

Green Room – this Islamic prayer room is managed by the LUU Islamic Society. It contains prayer rooms for men and women, washing facilities and a kitchen with halal food available. The Green Room can be found in the same building as the Conference Auditorium, near to the Sports Centre.

Hillel House – this is the Jewish Chaplaincy in Springfield Mount, near to the middle of campus.

University House will also provide prayer room facilities on the day.

Breastfeeding Facilities

LUU has ‘breast feeding friendly’ status with Leeds City Council and provides a quiet area in the student advice centre for this purpose. University House will also provide breast feeding facilities.

Contact Us

Telephone: 0113 343 4161 or 0113 343 7785
Twitter: @UOL_StaffFest

Watch this space for all the latest news and updates ahead of this year’s Staff Festival (please note the former Staff Festival website has now been closed and replaced by this In Depth page).


Book your place on our Staff Festival workshops

Booking opens on Monday for this year’s packed programme of wonderful Staff Festival workshops!

Staff Festival 2019 attractions announced

Excitement is building for this year’s instalment of the hugely popular Staff Festival.

Staff Festival 2019 charity vote winner

SNAPS (Special Needs and Parent Support) has been selected as this year’s official Staff Festival charity

Why your Staff Festival charity vote is so important

Colleagues are being encouraged to vote for the 2019 Staff Festival charity beneficiary by last year’s winner.

Staff Festival 2019: vote for your favourite charity

Voting for this year's official Staff Festival charity is now open.

Staff Festival 2019 charity nominations open

Nominations have opened to select the Staff Festival 2019 chosen charity.

Staff Festival 2019: save the date

Make sure you save the date for next year’s instalment of the hugely popular Staff Festival.

Staff Festival survey feedback

Feedback from this year’s Staff Festival survey has confirmed it was a big hit.

Staff Festival's fantastic fundraising figure

Staff Festival organisers are delighted to announce the fantastic figure raised for this year’s chosen charity.

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