Who can join?

The Staff Common Room is your organisation, and you can make as much or as little of it as you like. It is open to all staff, academic or not, and to postgraduate research students, and needs your support in order to survive. Its purpose is to act as a Staff Club for all who wish to join.

Because of Covid 19 restrictions in 2020 no events have been possible since March, nor can the Bar be opened at present. Because of this the AGM held by correspondence agreed to carry forward all 2019 subscriptions until at least January 2021. The details of catering and joining the SCR below are therefore not applicable at present.

Staff Catering in Keele Hall

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. This is an ideal location for staff and SCR members to meet for lunch with colleagues and friends. Food is served in both the Bar and the Common Room.

There are two kinds of SCR membership - ordinary and associate.

Ordinary membership

of the SCR is open to all current staff members of the University and part-time staff paid on national scales, including those whose employment is subject to a probationary period. Members may bring up to three guests into the SCR on any one occasion. Spouses and partners of members may use the facilities without additional subscription.

The current subscription fee is twenty pounds per annum, from October 2017, payable by deduction from salary. For research students who are not staff the subscription is ten pounds per annum.

Associate membership

is open to retired staff, Fellows of the University and Science Park staff. Full details may be found in the copy of the Constitution posted on the notice board in the SCR suite, or may be obtained from the Secretary. For most of these categories the concessionary subscription is ten pounds per annum.

For Staff Members needing to resign membership, e.g. if leaving the staff shortly after the annual payment is due, the following is the procedure: although the deduction from salary mandate form says that it should be cancelled by writing to Finance, the Payroll Office is happy with the following for simplicity:

Members wishing to cancel their membership should email to this effect to Payroll, copied to the Membership Secretary.

The last Membership Circular, an earlier one, describing in more detail the advantages of membership, and produced by the Committee in November 2006, and a questionnaire circulated a few years ago which led to a number of our newest initiatives, are available to download here:

  • 2019 Membership Circular
  • Membership Questionnaire - new initiatives for the SCR
  • Membership Information from 2006 to download

    The SCR Facebook Page can also be accessed from here, as can details of the Membership Email List.


    A membership application form is available here for those in receipt of Keele salaries.

    Applicants for membership who are unable to complete this mandate for deduction of the subscription from Keele salary (e.g. retired and associate members) should contact the Membership Secretary.