Who we are
The Faith and Spirituality team are here to encourage all students and colleagues to explore their sense of spiritual wellbeing as part of our grounded, holistic education.
We offer a compassionate space to contemplate together in the spirit of openness and honesty.
We provide opportunities for confidential contact on occasional or regular basis, especially in times of difficulty.
How we can help
During this demanding time we are offering one-to-one pastoral and spiritual support appointments online or by phone.
We also provide guidance in meditation, mindfulness and everyday awareness training.
These practices are delivered in an open style and are available to people of all faiths and none. They can be helpful in strengthening our ability to stay calm in times of crisis, and to nourish and learn about our mind, body and spirit.
Spiritual and pastoral support
Our spiritual and pastoral support appointments are available to discuss any personal issues that are affecting your life and studies. In these sessions, you'll enter a compassionate space to confidentially share your thoughts, feelings or associations in relation with the external world. For example, this can connect with ideas around your faith, culture, relationships or the turbulent times in which we are living.
Meditation and mindfulness support
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
A series of Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation classes takes place each semester, offering a guided instruction in mindfulness of breathing meditation.
These sessions are free, open to beginners and experienced meditators of all faiths and none, and are currently taking place online only.
Our online Deepening Meditation gatherings are open to those who have an established meditation or mindfulness practice or who attend at least two Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation sessions.
To enquire about joining a class please email David Morris (assistant interfaith adviser) at [email protected]
Everyday Awareness training
Everyday Awareness is about having a better sense of our thoughts, feelings and associations in relation with the external world. At this time of rapid change, we include digitisation and the online experience in our range of themes for focus.
In these sessions, Yusuf Kaplan (interfaith adviser) offers one-to-one training and simple techniques to enhance awareness in daily life. To arrange a session, please contact Yusuf at [email protected].
Diversity and equality
We are committed to embracing diversity and promoting equality among our students and colleagues with regard to their religious or philosophical beliefs, or lack of belief. This includes providing support for experimenting with how various ideas can be implemented, or for changing beliefs.
We recognise that ethnicity and culture are not indicative of religion or belief and that all religions have a variety and range of doctrines, which may reflect different values and customs. Fair treatment involves taking difference into account equitably, not treating everyone the same.
We aim to provide a respectful environment for students and colleagues to express their beliefs. In turn, they should also tolerate others, showing sensitivity and respect for the opinions of others when giving expression to a belief either individually or in association.
Solidarity with Anti-Racist Action
As a University community, we hold a wide array of faith-based, spiritual and non-religious beliefs. The Interfaith team recognise the intersectional experience of students and staff for whom belief or lack of belief may compound experiences of marginalisation and oppression.
We offer our direct support to students and staff of all faiths and none and believe that within all traditions there is a seed of liberation that can be watered; nourishing a connective, compassionate life-force which can assist in weakening structural and systemic barriers, which we inherit and may also be complicit in reinforcing.
Spirituality may be defined as a process of coming to see oneself and one's actions more clearly; we include in this the dawning of a willingness to look at our own privilege – a dawn that may come each day, moment by moment in our everyday experience of a shared human society.
Religious observance dates
The University’s Religious Observance Calendar identifies principal religious festivals on which certain University activities should be avoided. These are dates on which it would be unreasonable to expect a follower of the recognised religion to engage with learning and teaching opportunities or assessment requirements.
More information can be found in our Religion, Belief and Study Policy:
To check the dates of principal religious festivals for the academic years 2020–21 and 2021–22 visit our Religious observance dates page
Contemplation and prayer rooms
As part of the University's support for holistic wellbeing there are prayer and contemplation facilities located across our campus sites. Students and staff of all faiths and none are invited to use these spaces. Due to restricted campus access during Semester 1, some of our usual facilities are not accessible and capacities have changed. Please see below for details of current available facilities.
- Prayer and Contemplation rooms are only available for those who have timetabled on-campus activities.
- No personal or shared items can be left in the facilities, and so users are requested to bring their own prayer carpets, meditation cushions or other items and to take them away when finished. Items left in the rooms will be removed.
- All rooms have a maximum capacity to ensure 2m distancing. Capacities are listed on the doors to each room. When a room reaches capacity, you are requested to form a queue with 2m spacing.
309 Regent Street
There are ablution facilities within the prayer rooms.
- Prayer room (female) – B30a. Capacity: 3
- Prayer room (male) – B30b. Capacity: 3
- Contemplation room B29. Capacity: 2
There are ablution facilities near the prayer rooms.
- Prayer room (female) – CLG.10. Capacity: 6
- Prayer room (male) – CLG.11. Capacity: 9
- Contemplation room CLG.48. Capacity: 2
There are no dedicated ablution facilities currently available at Marylebone campus.
- Prayer room (female) – M205. Capacity: 6
- Prayer room (male) – M306. Capacity: 9
- Contemplation room – M309. Capacity: 8
There are no dedicated ablution facilities currently available at Harrow. Our prayer and contemplation room is located in G1.1, near Kodak Lecture Theatre.
- Prayer room (female) – G1.1. Capacity: 2
- Prayer room (male) – G1.1. Capacity: 2
- Contemplation room – G1.1. Capacity: 8
Little Titchfield Street
Facilities are closed in Semester 1, 2020-21 due to site considerations.
Faith and spirituality groups
You may also be interested to join, or establish, a Student Group related to Faith and Spirituality. For more information check out the Students' UnionGo to the Students' Union Faith groups page.