Religious and Spiritual Needs

Whether you are a member of a faith or belong to no faith tradition our Chaplaincy Service is available to provide spiritual support to all our students and staff.

Our Coordinating Chaplain, Revd Dr Fiona Haworth has an office in Bredon, BB 181. Revd Dr Fiona Haworth

Fiona knows many of the local ministers and churches so can help you to find a worshipping community where you will feel at home. Fiona is a member of the Worcestershire Inter Faith Forum and has contacts with faith communities in and around Worcester and again will be happy to help you make contact with a local faith community. Please see the Places of Worship page where many of the local places of worship are listed, along with contact information. We endeavour to keep the information listed as accurate as possible.

Fiona organises a range of informal meetings during the year for both staff and students. Please look at the events section for more information. Fiona is happy to meet with students individually or in groups and can offer a listening ear and a chance to talk over a mug of tea or coffee.

The University does provide designated multi-faith rooms at St John's and the City Campus. At the City Campus the Prayer and Quiet Room is located in Charles Hastings LG 030, with adjacent washing facilities.  The Jenny Lind Chapel will also be available for prayer and quiet reflection when not in other use.  At St John's, a Prayer and Quiet Room with adjacent washing facilities is located in Bredon, BB 179; this is for the use of all faiths and beliefs and non.  The Multi Faith Chaplaincy Meeting Room, BB 178, is available to Faith Groups and for services;  Communion is held there every Monday at 1.00pm. 

The chaplaincy is committed to working for issues of peace and justice; as a first step towards this all tea, coffee, sugar and hot chocolate used in the chaplaincy are Fair Trade.

You can contact our Chaplain, Revd Dr Fiona Haworth on: 01905 54(2327) or email:

If you have a Facebook account Fiona has a Face Book Page and there is also a Facebook page for the University of Worcester Chaplaincy where comments can be left.


Faith Matters:

A series of short films have been produced featuring members of the university talking about their faith. The films were commissioned by Fiona and made by Creative Digital Media Students. The first three films are here. It is hoped to produce more films in due course.

Faith Matters - Islam
Faith Matters - Buddhism
Faith Matters - Latter Day Saints

Hospitality Scheme for International Students:

Local families and churches host international students for a meal during the period over Christmas when the university is closed. It is a lovely opportunity to discover how Christmas is celebrated in Britain and an opportunity to make new friends. Those taking part, students and hosts, have all said how much they appreciated it. We have run the scheme for the past four years and will do so again over over Christmas in 2013. To join the scheme or ask for more details please contact Fiona on


Every Monday 1.15pm to 1.45pm in Bredon 178 (Multi Faith Chaplaincy Meeting Room). Open to staff and students. Services include a range of styles, from Church of England to the Iona Community, from formal to informal.

Roman Catholic Mass:

A Roman Catholic Mass takes place at St John's on Wednesday's at 1.30pm in the Chaplaincy meeting room (BB 178). The Mass is open to students and staff and is led by Fr Paul Whieldon from Our Lady Queen of Peace.

Prayer and Bible Study:

An open bible study with breakfast has been taking place during the current semester. A time and date for the new semester will be arranged. Fiona is also happy to arrange to bible study and prayer with individuals or groups. These can be tailored to meet specific needs or based on resources available in the Chaplaincy.

Meditation / Mindfulness:

Regular courses offering an introduction to meditation and mindfulness are offered through the chaplaincy. Details and times available from Fiona. They are open to anyone wishing to join them.

Weekly meetings for staff:

A book group during Lent is offered and other meetings can be arranged. For more information contact Fiona

Holocaust Memorial Day 27th January

Holocaust Memorial Day is marked with a simple ceremony for staff and students in main reception of Edward Elgar on 27th January, or on an appropriate day each year. We remember the persecution of the Jews in the Second World War and subsequent genocides including the one in Rwanda and pledge to learn the lessons of the past.