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Peace Cafés

In order to promote healing, fellowship and community, the Chaplaincy will be organising two Peace Cafés on Wednesday 8 November - one each for members of the Jewish and Muslim communities.

The Peace Cafés will be focused on community and healing. They will not be a forum for political debate.

The cafés will be facilitated by members of the University Chaplaincy Team. Refreshments will be provided.

The details for each of the Cafes are as follows:

  • For Jewish staff and students – EHB210, 2pm, 8 November
  • For Muslim staff and students – SCHO101 (Schofield Building), 2pm, 8 November

What is a Peace Café?

A peace cafe is a concept that combines the idea of a cafe with a focus on promoting peace and dialogue. The aim is to provide a safe, welcoming and neutral environment away from the busyness of day to day life where people can come together as a community to support each other.

This may mean talking about their anxieties, their hopes for peace, their loss or whatever else is on their mind in constructive conversations.

The goal is to foster community and mutual support ultimately contributing to a more peaceful and harmonious society.

Additional Support Services

For students 

Student Services (Email:, Tel: 01509 222765) offers a range of support, including mental health and wellbeing, and advice specifically for international students. One-to-one support with an advisor is also available. If you would like to access this support, please complete the online referral form or call the number above.

The University Chaplaincy (Email:, Tel: 01509 223741) offers a space for quiet reflection. University Chaplains are here to listen, here to care, and here to help all staff and students. No appointment is necessary.        

If you feel your studies are being affected, you can contact your Academic School and/or Personal Tutors so that we can provide the right support to you. If you wish, you can also submit an individual Mitigating Circumstances claim to explain how you have been impacted by recent events. More information on this can be found in the Student Handbook.     

For staff 

This support is available for all colleagues, explicitly including all those affected by the conflict in the Middle East and those who have experienced conflict elsewhere in the world.

Colleagues can access emotional support through our Employee Assistance Programme. More information can be found on our People and Organisational Development website.       

Should you need some time away, we would like to draw attention to our compassionate leave arrangements, including our specific policy related to race-based stress, which offers pre-approved compassionate leave for the reason of race-based stress.