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Further Education

This page contains information about inter faith activities in Further Education colleges, and how to get involved.

Inter faith activity within Further Education colleges varies widely. This in part reflects the diversity of the colleges themselves: some colleges have a chaplaincy, some have Students' Unions, and some have neither. 

Some FE colleges within the UK emphasise the importance of awareness about different faiths and beliefs, for example by holding inter faith activities on special days - such as Inter Faith Week and Scottish Interfaith Week - and running guidance sessions on myths and prejudices. 

Students at West Thames College taking part in Inter Faith Week 2019

Chaplaincies 

If you are a student at a Further Education college who is interested in getting involved in inter faith activity, and your college has a chaplaincy, this is often a good place to start. 

It should be noted, however, that only some FE colleges in the UK have chaplaincy services, usually run on a multi faith basis to support students of all faiths and beliefs. 

Students' Unions / Student Services 

If you are a student who is interested in getting involved in inter faith activity you may also find it helpful to explore this with your Students' Union or student services team. They may also be able to put you in touch with inter faith initiatives in the wider local community. You can also find out about local inter faith organisations in your area using IFN's locator tool

Students' Unions are usually led by students, and may be affiliated with the National Union of Students (NUS), whereas student services are usually run by members of staff to support students with any academic, personal or pastoral needs.

Resources

For staff, chaplains or students at FE colleges looking to get involved in inter faith activity or start a project of their own, the 'Resources' page within this section lists resources and guidance that others have found helpful. You can also contact us directly.

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