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Faith Centre

Our University is proud of its vibrant and diverse multicultural community and recognises the importance that faith, belief and spirituality play in the lives of many people.

Faith Centre update

Supporting our students and staff

The Faith Centres at Colchester and Southend campuses will not be reopening for groups to hold events or services from the start of the new academic year. This includes the prayer rooms and ablution rooms.

A Risk Assessment for the Faith Centre has been completed in line with the University of Essex policy and guidance on COVID-19. This has been endorsed by the Business Continuity Group. In-person religious, faith services and gatherings will be suspended on campus during the autumn term due to the risks outlined in the Risk Assessment.

The following can take place to support students and staff in the provision of faith support

  • Live-streaming by Chaplain or Faith Society.
  • Face-to-face appointments with a Chaplain.
  • Because of anticipated limited capacity this in person support will be restricted to staff and students .

Additional support can be offered to students and staff in the form of phone calls or text messages, email-based support and chaplains may be able to physically post resources, such as weekly prayers/ reflections

The University has taken this decision to help keep our students and staff safe on campus and has not taken it lightly. This will be kept under constant review and monitoring as the situation demands. Any comments can be directed to faithcentreadmin@essex.ac.uk

It is a difficult time for us all. Many of us will feel afraid. Many will also be dealing with very challenging situations. Everyone connected with the Faith Centre wishes to continue to provide spiritual and pastoral support to students and staff during this period. We invite you to get in touch with us. We are here to help and support you. You don’t have to be religious or want to pray to ask for support from us.

Find out where you can get support from our Faith Centre. Please see the main University of Essex events page for details of all events including those linked to the Faith Centre.

Faith support

With religious services and gatherings currently suspended owing to the outbreak of COVID-19. Find out how you can get support from the Faith Centre

Faith Centre services and facilities

Our Faith Centre offers pastoral care, a confidential listening ear and spiritual support to anyone in our University community,

Colchester Campus

Religious and faith societies

We have a large range of student faith and cultural societies at the University.

Chaplains and faith representatives

We have a number of Chaplains and faith representatives who offer their time to the Faith Centre.

Faith Centre at Colchester Campus

The Faith Centre at our Colchester Campus offers spaces for worship, prayer and quiet reflection.

Loughton Campus

Faith services at Loughton Campus

All major faiths are represented in the local area and are within easy reach of the campus.

Southend Campus

Faith Centre at Southend Campus

The Faith Centre at our Southend Campus is a welcoming place for staff and students to meet, interact and engage in a positive and peaceful manner.