Chaplaincy & the Multi-Faith Room

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

What is the role of our Chaplain?

The Chaplain's role is to:

  • Provide a faith based pastoral and advisory presence for staff, students and governors
  • Support the work of student faith societies
  • Support and advise the University College on matters of faith and ethics
  • 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

Anyone wishing to contact the Chaplain (Reverend Andrew Merchant) should contact WUC's Wellbeing team in the first instance by emailing

What is the Multi-Faith Room (MFR)?

The Multi-Faith Room is a space for spiritual refreshment, exploration, quiet contemplation and worship for students, staff and governors of any religious persuasion and none. It is designed to be conducive to individual prayer and meditation and will contain appropriate facilities to assist the prayers of members of different religious traditions. Members of the Muslim community can use the nearby changing rooms in the Hubert Ashdon Recreational Centre for their ablutions prior to prayer.

It is expected that the MFR will be shared openly with those of any religious traditions who may wish to pray at the same time and those who might wish to think or reflect.

Any group wishing to book the room for regular use must request to do so through the Student Union (SU). The SU are responsible for monitoring the booking of the MFR.

All those using the room should respect other people's freedom to express their beliefs in worship and prayer. People should not be disparaging of other people's faith and practises and should exercise self-restraint and a concern for the freedom and dignity of others.