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Providing a welcoming space

Our Faith & Reflection team are available to listen to you, offer spiritual support and care, answer your questions and help you to grow. We have an open door policy and are happy to welcome you whether you have a faith or not.

The Faith & Reflection Service is based at Talbot House and is a place where you can reflect, rest, pray, meet with other students and have free refreshments. An Islamic Prayer Room, a Kosher kitchen, a quiet room (to pray or be silent) and a meeting room are available for you. The team run social events and workshops throughout the year and it’s a great place to meet new people at the start of term.

Groups and activities

Students at BU

All activities take place at the Faith & Reflection space unless otherwise specified:

- Mindfulness group: Wednesdays, 3pm-4pm
- Exploring Christianity: Wednesdays, 3pm-4.30pm
- Global café for international students: Wednesdays, 5pm-6.30pm, (Third floor, Fusion Building, Talbot Campus)
- International Postgraduate Christian Fellowship group: Fridays, 1pm-2pm
- Free fun football: Fridays, 3pm-4pm (all weather pitch near Talbot House).

Faith & Reflection lectures

Open to all in the Student Hall, Talbot House, 12.30pm-2pm, including a free lunch:

- The Care of the Earth - 30 October

- The Care of the Homeless - 20 November.



Postgraduate students meeting

Postgraduate research lunches

With the Doctoral College:

- Talbot Campus: Tuesdays, 12pm-1.30pm
(1 October, 5 November, 3 December)

- Lansdowne Campus: Thursdays, 12pm-1.30pm
​(10 October, 14 November, 5 December)

Our Faith & Reflection team

Free Church Chaplain - Sharon Hartwell

Sharon Hartwell is our Free Church Chaplain and she represents, amongst others, the following denominations: Methodist, Baptist, United Reformed, Salvation Army and Quakers.

Sharon loves meeting new people and having a chat. You are very welcome to call into the Chaplaincy at any time during the day, her door is generally open. Sometimes she is out and about on campus so if she is not available just leave a note or email her at During term time Sharon is on campus on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

"Recently I completed my MA in 'Theology of Family, Youth and Community'. Before becoming a University Chaplain much of my experience had been in working with young people and community development so I love being part of Bournemouth University life and community.

"I am married and have two teenaged children (plus usually a houseful of their friends). I also have a dog and two cats. Overall I think it is the cats that are in charge of the house!"

International Chaplain - Sue Burt

Sue Burt, the International Chaplain, is responsible for welcoming and providing support to international students.

She works for the Christian organisation Friends International which exists to provide hospitality and activities for international students of all faiths and of none.

"I love travelling and find it fascinating to learn about different cultures. I have visited more than 30 countries and lived in France for a year. In 2006 I completed an MA so I know just how it feels to have all those assignment deadlines and dissertation pressures.

"We want to support international students. If you're feeling lonely, struggling to understand our culture or you just want to talk about your assignments (good news and not so good!) do come and see us. I’m at Bournemouth University on Wednesdays and you can email me any time.

Associate Chaplain - Tim Peters

Tim helps run various groups including, the PhD lunch and the postgraduate Christian fellowship, but also helps with the inter-faith groups and football. All faiths and none are welcome to join the groups.

Tim can often be found boiling the kettle in the Faith & Reflection kitchen - which is available and accessible for all students and staff.

"Feel free to say hello and my door is open on Wednesdays and Fridays when I'm at BU, or you can contact me at

Faith advisors

As well as the Chaplains based on campus, there are several Faith advisors and societies that can help you:

Gary Davidson
Telephone: 07801 312455

Catholic Chaplain
John Lavers
Telephone: 01202 411140

Greek Orthodox
Fr. Chrysostom MacDonnell
Telephone: 01202 602628

Please contact the Chaplaincy direct

Majid Yasin
Telephone: 01202 557072 / 07508403236
Email: or

Jewish Orthodox
Rabbi Adrian Jesner
Telephone: 01202 789430

Jewish Reform
Rabbi Jenny Amswych
Telephone: 01202 557736

Nightclub Chaplain
Kenny Mitchell
Telephone: 07800 831104

Faith societies

Faith societies are a part of the Student Union (SUBU) that represent groups of students with a shared common interest. They are run by students, for students, and tend to have weekly meetings and social events. Any student can join a society that is affiliated to the Student Union. For a list of current faith societies visit SUBU clubs & societies page.

Catholic Society

Wednesdays, 1.30pm-2.30pm
Catholic Society BU AUB Facebook group

Christian Union

Universities of Bournemouth Christian Union Facebook page​

Islamic Society

Thursdays, 4.30pm-5.30pm
BU Islamic Society ​Facebook group

For more information contact SUBU on 01202 965765 or email

More support services at BU

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Student Wellbeing

Find out more about our support services and how to book an appointment
AskBU: contact us

AskBU: contact us

AskBU is your one-stop-shop for student enquiries - you can contact us by email and phone, or drop in to see us at Talbot or Lansdowne Campus.

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Student Support & Engagement Team

If you're looking for advice or support to help you through any personal or academic issues - have a confidential chat with our team.