Keele Hall Courtyard, � Stephen Clifford, August 2011


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


Sadly, as those of you who had booked will already know, having attracted only enough bookings to meet 2/3 of the cost of the coach, we have today reluctantly cancelled this year's trip to Aldborough & York.

We did ask the coach firm whether they had a small enough vehicle, given our reduced, though keen, numbers, to bring the cost down to manageable proportions. (Though we realized the main cost to them is fuel and driver's wages.) They have now got back to say that at most this would save £50, as their smallest coach is a 34 seater, they have no minibus or 25 seater. In the circumstances we felt we had no choice. Those who wished to come should have heard direct about returning their payments.

As usual, we are invited to join the local CA's annual coach trip - it is hoped, the first since 2019!

This is to Aldborough Roman Town and York, on Saturday 28th May, leaving Keele Hall at 8 a.m., and including a stop for an early evening meal.

It is essential however to have sufficient bookings to cover the cost of the coach before its booking is confirmed - without that, the trip will not be able to proceed. Bookings with payment are needed by 22nd April.

We shall visit the Aldborough Roman Town, off the A1 North of York and also be dropped off in York, with the opportunity for some independent time in the city, as well as the chance to view Roman and other sights. On the return we shall stop for a group meal, and those booking will be asked to choose from a menu in advance of the trip at about 15-17 pounds per head, although as yet we do not have a firm price. This will be circulated to those who have booked for reply by Tuesday 24th May. We will probably need to charge members for their meals on the coach, for Branch payment on the night. (This is separate from the payment of 30 pounds (subject to any later variation) to book your place.

Bookings by not later than 22nd April, please. If you book by email please post your cheque for 30 pounds per person, payable to North Staffs CA, as soon as possible - c/o SCR by internal mail is fine, but please email to confirm if you do so. Alternatively, if you prefer to pay online, let us know and we can arrange this by return. Once we have received these replies, and confirmed that numbers allow the trip to take place, more information will be sent out in due course to those who have booked, including final details of the costs - the only proviso about our request for prepayment is that of course, if numbers booking allow us to reduce the cost per person, this will apply also to those who have already paid. The booking form can be found at

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