Religious observance

Places of worship for religious observance for the major world religions are located around the University campus and Oxford Road corridor.

The independent University Chaplaincy Service offers pastoral and spiritual support for all students and staff, regardless of faith, and has links with all the world religions.

For information on places of worship in Manchester and Preston, or to be put in touch with a Chaplain or Faith Advisor, please contact the University Chaplaincy via:

Reverend Ben Edson
Multi-faith Chaplaincy Co-ordinator
St Peter’s House
Email: ben.edson@manchester.ac.uk  
Tel: +44 (0) 161 275 2894

Please note that there is a prayer room in the Stopford Building (Room 3.400 - students wishing to use this facility should enquire at the Stopford main reception desk to acquire the code to enter the room). Prayer rooms are also available at each of the clinical education campuses and your clinical education campus undergraduate team will be able to advise of the specific locations.

Regular daily or weekly religious observance

The programme expects students to attend all components of the programme and cannot normally accommodate changes to individual timetables to account for regular daily or weekly religious observance.

If you would like to discuss specific issues relating to regular daily or weekly religious observance, please contact the Programme Manager, Alison Howard (a.howard@manchester.ac.uk, 0161 275 1449) as early as possible and before the start of the academic year.

Please note that we cannot in any way guarantee that modifications can be made to your timetable.

Major religious festivals

We also recognise that there may be occasions when some students are unable to attend due to the need to observe particular religious festivals.

In this case you are asked, at the latest by the start of the academic year, to inform the Programme (via directentrymedicine@manchester.ac.uk) in writing of any date(s) when you intend to be absent from the University due to requirement to observe mandatory religious holy day(s).

We are aware that precise dates may not be available at the beginning of each academic year, but it is vital that you provide as much information as soon as possible and then confirm the exact date with the School at the earliest opportunity.

These dates will be noted and kept as part of your student record. All absences will be counted and recorded in the normal manner.

In Years 3, 4 and 5 only, it might be possible to make alternative arrangements for students who are unable to attend scheduled classes due to mandatory religious festivals and who have notified the Programme in the correct manner and at the start of the academic year.

Please do be aware that this may not always be possible and it is not a right.

Places of worship for religious observance for the major world religions are located around the University campus and Oxford Road corridor.

The independent University Chaplaincy Service offers pastoral and spiritual support for all students and staff, regardless of faith, and has links with all the world religions.

For information on places of worship in Manchester and Preston, or to be put in touch with a Chaplain or Faith Advisor, please contact the University Chaplaincy via:

Reverend Ben Edson
Multi-faith Chaplaincy Co-ordinator
St Peter’s House
Email: ben.edson@manchester.ac.uk  
Tel: +44 (0) 161 275 2894

Please note that there is a prayer room in the Stopford Building (Room 3.400 - students wishing to use this facility should enquire at the Stopford main reception desk to acquire the code to enter the room). Prayer rooms are also available at each of the clinical education campuses and your clinical education campus undergraduate team will be able to advise of the specific locations.

Regular daily or weekly religious observance

The programme expects students to attend all components of the programme and cannot normally accommodate changes to individual timetables to account for regular daily or weekly religious observance.

If you would like to discuss specific issues relating to regular daily or weekly religious observance, please contact the Programme Manager, Alison Howard (a.howard@manchester.ac.uk, 0161 275 1449) as early as possible and before the start of the academic year.

Please note that we cannot in any way guarantee that modifications can be made to your timetable.

Major religious festivals

We also recognise that there may be occasions when some students are unable to attend due to the need to observe particular religious festivals.

In this case you are asked, at the latest by the start of the academic year, to inform the Programme (via directentrymedicine@manchester.ac.uk) in writing of any date(s) when you intend to be absent from the University due to requirement to observe mandatory religious holy day(s).

We are aware that precise dates may not be available at the beginning of each academic year, but it is vital that you provide as much information as soon as possible and then confirm the exact date with the School at the earliest opportunity.

These dates will be noted and kept as part of your student record. All absences will be counted and recorded in the normal manner.

In Years 3, 4 and 5 only, it might be possible to make alternative arrangements for students who are unable to attend scheduled classes due to mandatory religious festivals and who have notified the Programme in the correct manner and at the start of the academic year.

Please do be aware that this may not always be possible and it is not a right.