Why do we have Chaplaincy at Writtle University College?

Chaplaincy exists to:

  • - Help meet the religious needs of all worshipping groups within the University College, including provision of the Multi-Faith Room;
  • - Advise individual students, staff and governors on religious/spiritual/faith matters;
  • - Advise the University College on religious/spiritual/faith matters;
  • - Help with the co-ordination of celebrations, spiritual events and festivals;
  • - Provide pastoral support for students, staff and governors;
  • - Promote links and relationships with the wider community;
  • - Support faith societies;
  • - Encourage interfaith dialogue and multi-faith activity.

Writtle University College is fortunate to have a Chaplain.

Their role is to:

  • - Provide a faith based pastoral and advisory presence for staff, students and governors;
  • - Support the work of student faith societies (as appropriate);
  • - Support and advise the University College on matters of faith and ethics, including attendance at appropriate University College committees/groups/meetings;
  • - Help create links with and between faith communities, and signpost/refer students and staff, as and when appropriate;
  • - Refer students or staff who might benefit from specialist support (e.g. counselling) to the relevant University College service or if no such service exists to an external service;
  • - Exercise a concern for the freedom and dignity of others. This means

    • Respecting other people's freedom within the law to express their beliefs and convictions in worship and prayer;
    • Respecting the convictions of others about food, dress and social etiquette and not behaving in ways which could cause offence;
    • Always avoiding violence in relationships, in particular avoiding violent action or language, threats, manipulation, improper inducements, or the misuse of any kind of power;
    • Not misrepresenting or disparaging other people's beliefs and practices;
    • Being sensitive and courteous;
    • Respecting the right of others to disagree with us;
    • Not actively seeking to persuade others to join their faith.

Anyone wishing to contact the Chaplain (Reverend Andrew Merchant) should email or contact the Safeguarding & Wellbeing team on 01245 424200 ext 25720.