The Faith Centre is currently open exclusively to students and staff, regardless of your beliefs. We offer unique spaces for group worship, private prayer, personal reflection, social activities, pastoral support and relaxation. Our facilities can be accessed by staff and students only using your University ID card. The Faith Centre is currently open from 08:30 to 21:30, Monday to Friday for staff and students.
We believe in providing a supportive context in which all students and staff of any belief system or religious, philosophical and cultural background can explore new ideas and experiences and engage critically with each other in a respectful learning environment.
Please get in touch with a Chaplain if you would like a chat - their contact information is below. Further information about observing your Faith in the community can be found in our Local Faith Community Provision Guide. You can find other sources of support via askUS.
The Faith Centre
The Faith Centre is located on Peel Park campus right near accommodation. The space has its own Chapel and a large Muslim Prayer Hall with Ablution facilities for men and women. You can also find:
- Communal kitchens including a Kosher kitchen
- A social space
- A quiet room
- Multi-Faith room
- Bookable spaces and meeting rooms
- Gender-neutral and accessible toilets
- Chaplains’ offices
We also play host to events and activities for both faith and non-faith groups such as craft groups, societies, therapeutic counselling and mindfulness sessions.
Our Faith Centre offers a unique space in the University for all groups to build positive relationships, including if you:
- Are of faith or follow a religion
- Are questioning, seeking, agnostic
- Prefer not to define your spirituality in a specific way
- Are not religious or have no faith
We gratefully accept donations to support the activities of the Faith Centre.
- Policies and agreements:
- Events and activities:
- General Faith resources
We hold regular events during term time as well as one-off events. Keep an eye on our calendar to see what’s coming up.
- Regular Thursday Holy Communion Service (Anglican / Church of England) at 13:05
- An in-person half-hour service in the Faith Centre, which is a time of prayer and reflection followed by social conversation for those who are able to stay longer. Both students and staff are welcome to attend.
- Faith-based societies through the Students’ Union organise their own events. Find a society on their website.
- Contact Chaplains directly for a chat or to request a meeting (see their details below)
Inter Faith Week (12-19 November)
Inter Faith Week is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of faiths on campus and increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs. This year, Inter Faith Week will take place from Sunday 12 - Sunday 19 November, and there are lots of events that you can get involved in. Inter Faith Week is for everyone, so come along and celebrate the diversity of faith and belief across campus. No booking for events required. Upcoming Inter Faith Week events include:
Pop-up Chaplaincy (multiple dates)
Come along to Clifford Whitworth Library's main foyer to meet our friendly Faith Chaplains and have a chat with them.
- Mon 13 Nov - 12:00-14:00
- Tue 14 Nov - 12:00-15:00
- Wed 15 Nov - 12.30-14:30
Labyrinth meditation event (15 November)
Join us for our Labyrinth event on Wednesday 15 November (12:00-14:00) in the Faith Centre's Multi-Faith Space. You'll be led in a walking meditation session to help open the mind and ground the body.
Labyrinth walking is an ancient practice used by many different faiths for spiritual centering, contemplation, and wellbeing. The labyrinth is an ancient design which will be created on the floor for staff and students to walk through. It is an exercise which invites us to journey to its centre, with whatever emotional or spiritual burdens may be weighing us down.
Faith and Belief Panel (16 November)
Meet with staff and students of different faiths or no faith and participate in discussions and debates on Thursday 16 November (18:00-19:00) at the Faith Centre, Multi-Faith Space.
Our Chaplains and support team are appointed to serve all members of the University, whatever your convictions or beliefs. You can talk to a Chaplain about anything you like – we don’t just do religion – and all conversations are confidential. You can find out more in our Confidentiality Statement.
You are welcome to drop in at any time during opening hours and you can always contact us on email@example.com or by using our Chaplains’ listed email addresses and phone numbers.
The Chaplaincy offers you:
- Confidential advice and a ‘safe space’ to talk
- Spiritual help at times of need or if you’d just like to explore ideas
- Friendship and support
- Information on places of worship for all faiths
Sister Teresa Wild
Bio: I am a Franciscan Missionary of St Joseph and belong to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford. I like classical music and various crafts. I am interested in aspects of social justice and care of the environment. I enjoy meeting students and staff in the Faith Centre and around the campus. You are all very welcome to call in to say hello.
Imam Rashid Musa
Bio: I have worked extensively in both academic and support capacities in Further Education (F.E.), Higher Education (H.E.), and in various prison and hospital chaplaincies. In addition to my role as a Chaplain, I also lecture for different departments here at Salford and at religious and educational institutes across the country and abroad.
As part of the chaplaincy team, we are all committed to helping and supporting all staff and students of any faith and no faith. My role involves representing Islam within the University community, raising awareness of Muslim students and staff, and identifying and responding to their specific pastoral, cultural and spiritual needs.
My hobby is following the Premier League and I look forward to annual visits to the holy lands with my family. I cherish being visited by any member of our University community over a cup of tea or coffee at my office.
Reverend Helen Tomlinson
Bio: I was ordained priest in 2008 in the Manchester Diocese and have previously worked as a chaplain at the Christie Hospital. I am part of North Manchester deanery ministry team. When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, walking, gardening and occasionally strumming my guitar. I am happy to listen, chat and offer spiritual support to students or staff members accompanied by a brew and a biscuit.
Rabbi Eli Simon
Office: FC115 (Faith Centre, First Floor)
Bio: As part of the multi-faith team, I offer support to both students and staff. Together with my family, I am also the local representative for Chabad on Campus international. I love learning Torah and enjoy perfecting G-D’s beautiful world.
It is my pleasure to be of assistance, so please reach out to me via email or visit my office. You are all very welcome to call in to say hello, do a Mitzvah or have a drink.
I am Sandra and recently joined the multi-faith team as Quaker chaplain. I particularly appreciate the Quaker emphasis on action and reflection and a holistic approach to life. I am widowed, mother of two daughters and have three grandchildren still at school and feel I have lot of life experience. My degree from around 50 years ago was from Keele University but this gave me a lifelong interest in studying a wide range of subjects, including recently undertaken modules about the environment and politics with the Open University. I belong to Quaker Social Justice and Peace promotion groups and am exploring now my role in the University, at present by walking around campus and getting a feel for Salford University life.
Rabbi Ephraim Guttentag
Ephraim Guttentag is the Rabbi at Whitefield Hebrew Congregation in North Manchester. Following three years as Community Rabbi at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue in London, he is delighted to be returning to his Chaplaincy role on Manchester campuses, a position he had previously held for five years. Rabbi Guttentag is passionate about students maintaining a strong Jewish connection whilst on campus and looks forward to getting to know students across the Manchester region. Whether at lunch n’ learns, Freshers fairs, seasonal events or just for a listening ear, he is on hand for all your spiritual and welfare needs.
Revd. Canon Andy Salmon
I am vicar of Sacred Trinity Church on Chapel St on the Salford side of the City Centre and also have a part time job helping churches think about strategy and mission. I help out in the University Faith Centre when needed and have been involved in different ways with Salford Uni for many years. We have some students in our congregation and often have students filming in church or at concerts. When not working I like to run or listen to music. I’m also keen on cycling and get involved in discussions about making our cities easier to walk and cycle in.
Christian Volunteer Chaplain
Hello, I’m Neil and I’m the Christian Chaplain at the MediaCityUK Campus. I also work for the University as a Broadcast Production Team Leader and can be found in room 3.26.
I’m an active member of my local church and am a Lay Pastoral Minister in the Diocese of Leeds. Even though I am a Christian Chaplain, I am here for those of all faiths as well as those who have no faith. I believe that as a Chaplain, I can help staff and students, I can be a listening ear and offer spiritual support in good times and in not so good times. To relax, I enjoy playing darts, although I’m not very good! I can also be found sampling real ale in a local pub.
If you’d like to be a volunteer chaplain then we’d love to hear from you. We’re keen to engage with communities that aren’t currently represented in our team as we develop services and offer students and staff a diverse and cohesive experience at the Faith Centre. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We have various facilities across campus to meet the faith requirements of our University community. The Faith Centre, quiet rooms and ablution rooms are currently open between 08:30-21:30, Monday to Friday. These areas are for students and staff only, so you will need your ID card for entry.
All other buildings may have different opening hours.
Peel Park campus
- Faith Centre, University Road (directly across the road from the new SEE Building)
- Chaplains’ offices
- Muslim Prayer Hall and Ablution facilities
- Quiet room
- Social space
- Multi-Faith Room
- Meeting rooms FC111 and FC112
- Maxwell Building:
- Quiet Room 206 and Ablution Room (Wudu)
- SEE Building
- Quiet Room 01.32
- Ablution Room (Wudu) 01.33
Frederick Road campus
- Allerton Building:
- Quiet Rooms 321 and 324
- Ablution Room (Wudu) opposite the Quiet Rooms
- Quiet Room 324 (currently relocated to classroom MC04 in Damson. This is to allow us to carry out essential work and will be for a period of 3 weeks. If your access card does not work on the front door of Damson, please go to reception)
Making a room booking
We welcome all students and staff to use the faith spaces for faith-based activities. While the rooms exist for all to use, only meeting rooms FC111, FC112, Multi-Faith room are bookable.
Please note that this is a shared resource and is available on a first request, first served basis and the rooms may be unavailable at the times that you would like to use them.
If you would like to book the Chaplaincy or Faith Centre for a faith-based activity please contact the Faith Team at email@example.com.