Support for students


We provide two rooms for prayer and meditation
We provide two rooms for prayer and meditation

Our University recognises that faith is an important part of life for many students and staff, and wants to support you during your time with us. Chaplaincy is one part of our Health & Wellbeing service. You may also be interested in visiting our Health and Counselling pages.

Our University provides three rooms for prayer and meditation. They are available to people of all faiths or none for private prayer, and can also be booked for use by small groups via the Chaplain.

They can be found at:

  • St Mary's Road, Ealing site - room PE.04.021
  • Paragon House, Brentford site – first floor, room PR121
  • Villiers House, Ealing site – first floor, adjacent to the goods lift, accessible to students on request at reception.

There are currently student societies for Christian and Muslim students. You can get in touch with these societies by contacting the Student Union or the Chaplain. We are eager to encourage other faith groups to form societies. Once your society is affiliated with the Student Union, you may be eligible for a grant. The Chaplain is happy to help you get started.

The University of West London Chaplain, Dean Ayres, is here to support you in all matters relating to faith, spirituality and prayer during your studies. The Chaplain is a Christian, but is here to offer you support and respect whatever your faith. The Chaplain can connect you with someone of your own faith if you wish. Here are some of the things the Chaplaincy can offer to you:

  • Finding a place of worship

Just moved into West London, and struggling to find the right place of worship? You can get information and advice to help you find the right place.

  • International Student Social Group

The Chaplain organised an active social group for international students. They meet every Wednesday afternoon in term time between 2pm and 4pm at Ealing Green Church for free tea, cake and chat. They held a range of social activities and outings during the course of the year including going bowling, to the cinema, and day trips to Cambridge and Brighton, among others things. To get involved, just come along, or join their Facebook group.

  • A listening ear

If you are worried, stressed or troubled, Chaplaincy can offer you a listening ear. You don’t need to be of any particular faith group. The Chaplain can usually offer you an appointment within a week, and sometimes within a couple of days.

  • Coaching

Coaching is a structured conversation to help you improve your motivation, get better at meeting deadlines, learn to manage your time more effectively, or address other aspects of your approach to work and study. The Chaplain offers free coaching sessions to students. To book an appointment, please get in touch.

Please contact the Chaplain, Dean Ayres.
Visit: Room N10
Tel: 020 8231 2365
Twitter: @UWLHealthnWbing

The following organisations might also be helpful:

International Student Christian Services (website)
3 Crescent Stables, 139 Upper Richmond Road
Putney, London SW15 2TN
Tel: 020 8780 3511

Catholic Chaplaincy for Overseas Students
16-C Portland Rise, London N4
Tel: 020 8802 9673

Hillel Jewish Student Centre (website)
1-2 Endsleigh St, London WC1
Tel: 020 8338 0801/3

Inform (website)
LSE, Houghton St, London WC2
Tel: 020 7955 7654
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