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Equality and Diversity

Faith, Religion and Belief

Durham University is very inclusive and supportive of students and staff of all faiths. Our campus community is made up of people from 156 different nationalities and many different religions, so wherever you are from and whatever your beliefs we can accommodate you.

The University provides a number of facilities for its main religious communities through its Collegiate system. If you have special requirements relating to accommodation or diet and want advice on which colleges may be best suited to your needs, please see the Colleges' website for more details. Our chaplains offer faith support to different communities.

Christianity

Both Durham City and University have a strong Christian heritage - as testified by Durham's magnificent cathedral. There are many Christian churches located in Durham and Stockton, including Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, Baptist and United Reform denominations. Many of our colleges have a Christian chaplain and multi-denominational chapels with regular Sunday services. These colleges will also often hold special celebrations, such as carol services and other events, held throughout the year.

Buddhism

There are popular and active Buddhist and Meditation societies on campus and easy to reach places of worship in the local area. There is a Buddhist Centre in Newcastle which runs regular events and weekly mindfulness classes on campus.

Judaism

The University has a large and active Jewish Society and holds weekly events. The University has a Jewish chaplain and offers self-contained accommodation for women in the Shepherd Wing of St Mary's College and can provide single-sex flats in some of our self-catering accommodation at Josephine Butler College, Ustinov College, Stephenson College, John Snow College and St Cuthbert's Society.

Our main meal provisions, in catered colleges, and self-catering kitchens in non-catered colleges are not Kosher but alternative arrangements may be possible for individuals if required.

Islam

The University is able to offer services to support Islamic students, including Halal food in most colleges. We also offer self-contained accommodation for women in the Shepherd Wing of St Mary's College and can provide single-sex flats in some of our self-catering accommodation at Josephine Butler College, Ustinov College, Stephenson College, John Snow Colleges and St Cuthbert's Society.

Durham has a large and active Islamic Society with a dedicated Muslim Prayer Room on Old Elvet in the centre of Durham City. This room is used weekly, throughout the year, for Friday prayers as well as festivals and celebrations. For more information please see the Islamic Society website.

We are currently building a dedicated Muslim prayer facility located next to the heart of the campus. We hope for this to be available for use by the end of 2017.

More information about other faiths and faith support at Durham can be found here.