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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.