Faith & Reflection

Our team of chaplains and faith advisors offer confidential and non-judgemental support, guidance, prayer and a listening ear, regardless of whether you have faith or not. 

Your time at BU will be unique to you, but some of the ways that we help students include:

  • when they need to make a complex or difficult decision
  • at a time of bereavement
  • when they are feeling isolated
  • when they are looking to explore spirituality
  • when they need specific advice or support about a specific faith tradition.

What's more, we're part of the BU student support services network, so we can connect you with other teams and specialist support if needed.

Read on to find out about the spaces available to you (you'll also find us out and about across campuses too), our events schedule, and more about who we are.

Spaces for everyone

Our Faith & Reflection Centre is located on the first floor of Talbot House on Talbot Campus. It's open Monday-Friday, 8am-8pm. We also provide a dedicated space in our Bournemouth Gateway Building (room 401) for our community to contemplate and pray.

Depending on what you're looking for, our Faith & Reflection Centre is home to a range of spaces including:

  • A communal area (or, as we like to think of it, 'a pocket of peace')
  • A quiet room – designed to be used by our community for private meditation, prayer, or simply a quiet space to just be
  • A meeting room which can be booked via our chaplaincy team
  • An Islamic prayer room, a Kosher kitchen and an open kitchen – both with a good supply of biscuits!

Find Talbot House on our Talbot Campus map Find Bournemouth Gateway Building

Join activities and events in the Faith & Reflection Centre: 

See what's happening the week before Christmas (jpg - 465kb)

Every Monday, 12 noon – 3pm Soup-er Mondays
Offering free vegan soup and soul care
Every Wednesday, 5pm – 6:30pm International Student Global Café (gif - 120kb) 
A space for international students to meet others and enjoy games and quizzes
Last Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm – 9pm Buddhist chant & chat
Every Friday, 12:30 – 1:30pm

Cake & chat with Sister Tama
Jummah prayers happen every Friday during term time in the Islamic prayer room

If you're an international student:

  • We run a programme of activities specifically for our international students. Get in touch with Sue Burt, our International Chaplain, for more details.

Meet the team

Local faith advisors and contacts

Find more support services

Students chatting in a halls of residence room

How we can help & places of worship

Faith & Reflection supports all students and can offer advice on what to be aware of if you're looking to join a religious group, as well as where to find other local places of worship.