SCR Activities

Keele Hall Terrace,  Stephen Clifford, August 2011

The SCR windows lie between the bay window and the far end, with the Bar the furthest window at the right.

Wine Tastings

A series of wine tastings with local wine merchants is organised each year, and occasional whisky tastings have also been offered. Wine tastings usually take place about three times a year (e.g. November, February or March, and May).

SCR Rambles

We arrange a number of Sunday walks each year, usually five to seven miles long and suitable for most ages from seven to seventy. Anyone wishing to receive details of future walks and to be placed on the special rambles mailing list should contact Stephen Clifford (e-mail).

Each walk features a halt for lunch at a suitable pub, either at the beginning or during the ramble, depending on the time of sunset. Some walks are more strenuous than others, but details and maps are provided in advance, and each walk has been thoroughly prospected by our resident geologists, who are able to offer informal comments on the terrain - as well as the pubs.

Some years we have also arranged for a small group to make a weekend trip to a more distant location, such as the Lake District, staying overnight so that we can undertake longer and/or more interesting walks. Anyone interested should contact one of the organisers: Terry O'Neill or Stephen Clifford.

Keele Experiment Dinner

This event, held in the lovely rooms of Keele Hall, replaces the Christmas Dinner, now a School or Department occasion for mots, as an occasion on which members of the university can meet in a social setting and enjoy one another's company. In 2014 the dinner will be held on the evening of Tuesday, 18 November.

Burns Night

The SCR holds an Burns Night Supper each year, on the Friday nearest to Burns Night (23rd January). Many Kilts are to be seen (but are not compulsory!) The ceremonial piping in of the Haggis (2012 Burns Night) is seen here:

photo by Chris Wain

Theatre and Concert Visits

The SCR hopes to organize coach trips to plays and classical music concerts within the region. Recently we have attended concerts at the impressive Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and at the equally stunning Birmingham Symphony Hall . Trips normally take place mid-week, with the coach leaving Keele campus at 5.00pm and returning by 11.00. Glasses of SCR wines are available while eating your own packed suppers. We are currently looking for a volunteer to take on continued organization of these visits.

Indoor Games

There will be a chess competition during the year. The current holder of the trophy, which is kept in the bar, is Tim Hinchcliffe (Academic Administration). The SCR has a chess set available for use by members; this is kept in the Snug of the SCR Bar. Players of any standard are warmly invited to get in touch with Chris Wain (telephone 34474 or e-mail aaa81). Packs of cards and a cribbage board are also available from the Bar.

Outdoor Games

A full-size croquet set is available: ask for it in the bar. The lawn behind the parterre of Keele Hall is normally suitable for playing. Boules are also kept in the bar, and this game may be played on the gravel paths to the rear of Keele Hall - not the lawns please.

Golf Competition

The Keele Golf Tournament is held annually when possible and is open to all members of the University, not just the SCR, and to their partners, including lay members of Council and Court. Now organised by Paul Collis, it has usually been played at a member's home course, followed by dinner and prize giving. The top prize, to be held for one year, is the Rolo Cup, named after the former Professor of History and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Paul Rolo. The current holder is Dr Anne Loweth (Life Sciences).

Supper Symposia

Shorter OED (3rd edn) Symposium:

Since 2005/06 the Senior Common Room has hosted an annual open forum in the Spring where independent and, we hope, stimulating but constructive debate can be joined. There have been two series of three 'supper symposia', the first considering the role of the university in today's world, and the second Israel and Palestine, then Global Warming and last year deprivation. Suggestions for topics are always welcome, to Gordon Pearson ( or Peter Lawrence ( Each symposium commences by 5.30pm with opening perspectives by distinguished leaders in the field, followed by open discussion which continues informally from 6.30pm.