Events

We’re a sociable lot and meeting up is the primary purpose of any decent LUG! Here are the venues we’re known to use…

If you want to see the actual scheduled events which will take place at these venues, take a look at the calendar.

Map

Workshops take place at the ‘Innovation Centre’ (also known as ‘IC1’ or simply ‘IC’ which it says on the side of the building) which has a postcode of ST5 5NB. For more information on parking and other details, keep reading on…

Socials take place at ‘The KPA Clubhouse’ which has a postcode of ST5 5DY.

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Workshops

For past and upcoming workshops featuring presentations and practical lab activities please see the calendar.

We use of a room full of 30 computers, 30 phones, a printer, whiteboard and large TV. Here is what it looks like…

All warm in the workshop on a cold day in winter…

It’s primary purpose and actual name is the ‘Workplace Recovery Suite’. Customers of Internet Central can use this when their usual place of work has suffered some kind of cataclysmic issue! Our fantastic benefactors at Internet Central allow Function Office to use the room it’s projects such as StaffsLUG. If you’ve got other uses in mind then contact us. We do ask that everyone keeps the place nice and tidy, in case the room needs to be used by a customer.

The room is handy for anything where a computer is of use, including…

  • Presentations
  • One-to-one help (bring in your own device if you like)
  • Gaming
  • Practical lab sessions
  • Showing off and much more… 🙂

Workshop meetings can take place every Tuesday, where the doors open from 6pm to the general public. However, unless we’ve got a scheduled activity on that Tuesday (where the room will be open anyway, see below), you’ll need to let us know you’ll be coming via the meetings@ mailing list so that someone can be there to open up, preferably by noon of the day in question. The workshop can always be used on Tuesdays if you, or a group of people, just want to use the facilities. But if you’re seeking one-to-one help, from someone that may have knowledge on a problem you’re experiencing, then let us know this and we’ll find the right person and free Tuesday for that.

Only about a third of these Tuesdays will feature a presentation or practical lab activity that always begin at 7pm (but the doors still open from 6pm). This is to allow people time to travel in from work or get something to eat. See the calendar for details on what is scheduled.

The only reasons why we may not open the workshop are…

  • We’re all somewhere else like at a StaffsLUG social or on a trip! (see the calendar)
  • It’s a holiday period like Christmas and such
  • The unlikely chance that no one with a key is available

The full address is address…

Internet Central, Innovation Centre 1
Keele University Science & Innovation Park, ST5 5NB

If arriving by car you’ll notice two entrances to the building and you’ll want the lower one (at the back of the building). On this side of the building are 30+ spaces, all of which (in the evenings) should be available and parking is free (the parking enforcement signs don’t apply to us!).

Entering Keele Campus from the north you’ll need the 2nd entrance!

If you ever come here during the day however you’re best finding a space marked ‘Internet Central’ (if one is free) or use the Keele Campus Pay and Display parking (by the Students’ Union)…
https://www.keele.ac.uk/connect/howtofindus/parking/payanddisplay/

If arriving by bus from the direction of Stoke-on-Trent or Newcastle-under-Lyme then you’ll likely want the number 25 operated by First or if you’re coming from Cheshire you may want the 85 operated by D&G.

Historically we used to run workshops from the Navaho offices in Stafford, this was mostly just a work surface and power plugs to help people install Linux and also the occasional presentation.

Socials

For past and upcoming socials please see the calendar.

If you just want to sit back, relax with a pint and chat about whatever you like without a screen blaring away at you… that’s what we call a social 🙂

We use The KPA Clubhouse which ran by the Keele Postgraduate Association and is also on Keele campus. It’s essentially a pub on the inside but has a nice atmosphere and a function room we can use for free upstairs.

Ah, leafy suburban Keele…

The full address is address…

The KPA Clubhouse, 97 Horwood Road
Keele, ST5 5DY

Historically we used to have socials on some Mondays at ‘The Yard’ and then ‘The Picture House’ pubs (both Wetherspoons) in Stafford. Bizarrely very few socials actually took place in North Staffordshire which is where the bulk of the population is for the area.

Trips

For past and upcoming Trips please see the calendar.

This will be any excursion to a place that is not ran by StaffsLUG itself. These can include expos, museums, unconferences, other LUGs, etc…

The tradition of going on organised trips will continue and we’ve got a dedicated separate mailing list for discussing and organising them. We’d love to hear your thoughts.