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.

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

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.

Chaplains and faith representatives

We have a number of chaplains and faith representatives who offer their time to the Centre:

Catholic Chaplain

Southend Catholic Society (CathSoc)

The president of Southend CathSoc is Christine Njeru. Email Christine if you have any queries CathSoc hold regular meetings and also organise trips. This year they ran an Isle of Wight retreat, attended by students from Southend and Colchester campuses.

Anglican Assistant Chaplain

Rev Cherry Sandover - St Marks Church, Southend-on-Sea

St Mark the Evangelist Southend Facebook

Local churches

Many students at the Southend Campus go to the Sunday evening Mass at 6pm at St Helen’s, Milton Road, Westcliff. This is the nearest church to University Square accommodation. The Southend Campus Catholic Society meets most Sundays in the parish hall after the 6pm Mass at St Helen’s.

Southend faith societies

Local places of worship

Looking for a local place of worship? Our Chaplains are happy to signpost you, whatever your faith. Just drop in, or email us.

Contact us
Contact us
Faith Centre Administrator
Telephone: 01206 873952