Keele Hall Courtyard, � Stephen Clifford, August 2011


Memorial Service for Dr David Cohen, Registrar Emeritus

A service in memory of Dr David Cohen, Registrar Emeritus, who very sadly passed away on 25 April 2022, will take place at Keele on Friday 16 September 2022. University staff, former colleagues, associates and friends are all warmly invited to join David's family to celebrate his life and career.

The memorial service will take place in the Chapel at 11am, followed by a reception at Keele Hall. It would be helpful if people planning to attend could let David's family know by emailing . Any enquiries or information re. dietary requirements can also be sent to this address.

David's family look forward to welcoming as many people as possible on 16 September.

Posted on behalf of Adam Cohen and Esther Cohen-Tovee

Summer Lawn Party

The SCR is pleased to invite you to a summer lawn party at Keele Hall on Friday 17th June, 4.30pm to 8pm.

We'll gather on the lawn outside Keele Hall from 4.30. This event is BYOB and BYOP (bring your own picnic). Some of us will be bringing cake to share!

We're hoping for nice weather but just in case (this last week hasn't been up to much) I've booked the breakfast room and SCR room so we can retreat inside if necessary. We'll also have access to the toilets.

Let's gather and celebrate the end of marking season (for those who have been afflicted).

All best,
Becky Bowler
SCR Social Secretary and one day soon SCR Chair ...

AGM 2022

The Minutes of the meeting of 27th May can be read here

RIP David Cohen

We are very sad to report the death of our Wine Steward Emeritus, Dr David Cohen, on 25th April. He was on our Committee for over 60 years, while Lecturer & Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, Senior Tutor (1970-82), Registrar (1982-97), and Registrar Emeritus.

His son Adam Cohen writes: It is with the deepest sadness that we (Adam and Esther) announce the death of our dear father, David Cohen on Monday 25th April 2022 at the age of 88, following a short illness. The funeral took place in Prestwich, Manchester on Wednesday 27th April. Our father was an exceptionally talented scholar who dedicated his life to academic excellence. Not only Keele University, where his career spanned the roles of Lecturer and Senior Lecturer (in Chemistry), Senior Tutor for Admissions, and Registrar, but also Newcastle-under-Lyme School, of which he was Chairman of Governors for over 15 years, and Abbotsholme School, of which he was also a governor, benefited from his incomparable knowledge, experience and wisdom. Above all he was an exceptionally devoted husband, brother, uncle, father, father-in-law, and grandfather. We miss him so very, very much. RIP.

Thank you David for everything you did for Keele.


After the cancellation of Burns night and postponement of lunchtime openings, hopefully we have been able to offer something to lighten the mood and start some SCR activities back up again this year.

We resumed Friday evening bar service from Friday 18th February. Officially this will be from 5.30 to 7.30pm, but a few of us may stay a little longer... Please do pass on the message to colleagues who may be interested, especially new members of staff as we are always looking to meet new people! (They will even get a free drink if they sign up as members on the night!) We are open most Friday nights in term-time.

Next opening expected to be Friday 20th May, and again on the night of the AGM, 27th May 2022.

All the best
Chris Adams

Of course, for those still wishing to re-join (and then come to the events!), the link to send subs is below. Just a reminder that this will automatically set up an annually recurring 20 pound subscription:

Alternatively existing staff members can renew their subscription by completing the standing order mandate which can be downloaded here , either by returning to your bank or quoting the details to set up your subscription through online banking.

Kind regards
Chris Adams

SCR Office

The SCR office is situated on the floor immediately above the Bar (Keele Hall Room 74). A PC has been installed with network access to the SCR's University financial systems, and to the database of room bookings. If a member of the Committee is in at lunchtime, this office will be available for use. The internal telephone number is 33954 (01782-733954), with Voicemail facility available, since the office is staffed only when officers are in Keele Hall.

Chess Competition 2018/20

The SCR is organizing another chess competition, for the very prestigious cup which may be seen behind the bar. If you would like to enter, then please send an email to Chris Wain. It is not necessary to be a player of a very high standard, or even an SCR member! The competition which began in 2015 has now (2018!) been declared closed. Play in the current competition is suspended but we hope as more things open up to resume soon.

The draw can be downloaded here.

Chris Wain

The draw and results of the 2013/14 Chess Championship of the SCR, concluded in early 2015, appears here.

Winner 2014: John Staniforth - congratulations to our new Champion. (This competition took until 2015 to complete, through no fault of the finalists.)

Staff Catering in Keele Hall

As you may be aware the SCR Committee worked with Catering in Keele Hall to look at ways in which they can deliver their lunchtime food offer.

We are delighted that, as part of the agreement, existing SCR services and facilities were safeguarded with a 10% discount on all the meals for our members, on use of a Keele card to pay for the meal. Cards can currently be charged with money in Chancellor's Building, or online. A sample menu is attached, and under our Constitution temporary membership is available for others when buying from this range.

We hope you'll agree that this is an ideal location for staff and SCR members to meet for lunch with colleagues and friends, and that it is also a great opportunity to raise awareness of the SCR itself. Food is served in both the Bar and the Common Room.

Facebook Page

The SCR has its own Facebook Page - members with facebook accounts are invited to 'like' this at

SCR Golf Tournament for the Rolo Cup

If you would like to play next year (2019/20), even if you are new to the competition, please let me know your handicap. If there is anyone else that you would like to invite to play, even if they are not employed by the University, please give me their details also. I hope to revive the competition in the coming year.

Regards, Chris Adams, Chairman

Burns Night 2012

See the Piping of the Haggis here. Photos from 2013 may be seen on Facebook.

Favourite Rambles of the Senior Common Room

The SCR was delighted to announce the publication of a booklet by John Winchester, who led our rambles for so long, in which he describes and details the routes of 18 of his favourite rambles, within 60 miles of Keele. The SCR has acquired copies of this handy A5/pocket sized booklet, which are available for sale at £3 each. Copies may be purchased in the SCR Bar in Keele Hall, during opening hours, or will be sent out in the internal mail by request, on receipt of cheques payable to "SCR". (Please email to ask for postage rates if you need us to post a copy using Royal Mail.)

As well as a written description and a map for each of the walks, John has also provided an introduction describing the area covered, and a handy section on the geological background and scenery to be experienced.

As he says, the descriptions were correct at the time of writing (2008), and small changes in availability of pubs and footpaths may subsequently occur. Users should of course take this into account.

SCR Committee