Keele Hall Courtyard, © Stephen Clifford, August 2011


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.

Note that SCR members receive a 10% discount on lunches served in in the SCR (in collaboration with Keele Hall Catering) when using your Keelecard. This is in place of the standard staff card discount of 5%.

SCR Lunch Service in Keele Hall in Graduation Week

As Members will know, Degree Ceremonies take place from Tuesday (10th) to Friday (13th!) next week. On those days the Common Room will not be available for lunches, nor of course will there be any parking in the Courtyard.

The Bar however will remain open for lunches all week, with a restricted menu: selected items from the main menu, drinks, and the SCR specials list (toasties etc). This is the case Monday - Friday inclusive, but the Common Room is open on Monday 9th July. Naturally, there will also be many visitors in the Hall on the other four days of the week.

Next Events

Please feel free to send us any ideas you have for social events for the SCR. In particular we would like to see more family events that include children. Specific events are co-ordinated by different Committee members, but please contact the Social Secretary, with suggestions. See also Dates for your Diary

Gin Tasting

Whether you’re a gin aficionado or simply curious, this event is for you! Keele resident Kate Ballantyne and the new Keeper of the SCR Bar, Nick Wright, will be hosting a gin tasting event on 18 July 2018 in the Common Room from 5:30 pm. We will have a selection of gins to sample neat, with different tonic waters, and in a cocktail. There will be at least six gins, ranging from classics to more unusual options (the number of gin options depends on the number of attendees). At only £10 per person, this will be an excellent opportunity to try different gins, not to mention socialise with fellow SCR members. To reserve your spot, please email Kate Ballantyne. We will be taking payments on the day, but do email ahead of time so that we can purchase enough supplies!

Looking forward to seeing many of you there. to book your place,


Friday Night Bar Opening

The SCR bar was open as per usual on Friday evenings in the Spring Semester until May, except on Good Friday (30th March). At present the last is expected to have been 25th May, after the AGM.

Chess Competition 2015/16

If you would like to take part in the next SCR Chess Competition (for the prestigious trophy which may be seen behind the bar), then please send an email to It is not necessary to be a player of a very high standard! The present competition has now (2018!) reached the semi final stage! Contestants must arrange to play by the end of June or they will be defaulted ...... please take note.

New participants particularly welcome.

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 (2018/19), 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