Coronavirus

City has published updated advice for its students and staff on the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Latest information for students and staff

Last updated: 03 Apr 2020 12:30pm

Welcoming every Faith, Belief and Culture

Support from your Chaplaincy Team

Your Chaplaincy Team continues to work while we’re all at home. Please do contact us at any time if you would like a chat.  Don’t be isolated at this time. Contact us by email in the first instance, but we’re also happy to talk on the phone, or via social media platforms – we’re all on video calls now!

You can also follow us on Instagram @cityunichaplaincy where we are posting a daily Christian devotion, and a weekly ‘Good Questions’ talk on IGTV.  We hope to extend this provision for other faith groups.

At this time when the vast majority of places of worship are closed, or have limited access, it’s important to stay as connected as possible with our faith communities. Your spiritual health is as important as your physical and mental health.

Religious observance during exams and assessments

The University recognises that the changes to teaching and assessment caused by Covid-19 may have an impact on students’ religious observances. In general, we consider that the move to teaching online and the suspension of the main exam period (4th May – 28th May) and the move to alternative forms of assessment should enable more flexibility in students’ schedules to balance their religious observance with their studies.

You may apply for extensions to coursework if required. Where alternative forms of assessment remain in the form of an exam, the 24 hour period exists to allow all students to engage with the assessment, whatever their circumstances, such as time zone and also including religious observance.

If the scheduling of an exam or assessment is impacting your religious observance, please contact the Exams team in the first instance.

If Covid-19 is impacting your studies, you can use the Supporting Academic Success process to notify the University.

Online worship and opportunities

Below is a list (by no means exhaustive) of places of worship that are offering live streamed worship, or various seminars and teaching opportunities. They are listed in alphabetical order according to faith tradition.  We will update this as we receive details from other places of worship.

Christian

Catholic:

From the Vatican.

Jesuits's Daily prayer app

Pause of Faith, offered by Fr Stephen Wang, Senior Catholic Chaplain, Westminster Diocese

Church of England:

Church of England website

Methodist:

Worship from Methodist Central Hall, Westminster

Worship from Wesley’s Chapel and Leysian Mission

Hindu:

Daily Webcast from Neasden Temple

Jewish:

Online Services with Rabbi Lerer from Central London Synagogue:

Muslim:

East London Mosque

Additional support

All other University services are still available to you should you need them - you can find information about how to access them remotely on the Student Hub.

Stay well and stay at home!

Ian and the Chaplaincy Team

Chaplaincy at City

Here at City, you’re part of a wonderfully diverse community with people studying from all parts of the world. Many are religious and will want to find opportunities to practice their faith alongside their studies. Indeed, your time at City should be an opportunity to explore all aspects of life, not just your academic studies.

It will be a time when you have questions about identity and some of those ‘big questions’ in life:

  • Who am I?
  • What is my purpose?
  • Is there more to life than ‘this’?

The Chaplaincy at City is a great place to help you explore all these issues and more.

You can find us in the City Faith Centre on Level 1 of the Tait Building (just before the Students' Union Reception desk) on the Northampton Square campus.