31 October 2011
Canterbury Christ Church University will be marking National Inter Faith Week with a day of events exploring the many different aspects of religion and belief.
The ‘Day of Faith’ will take place on Thursday, 24 November, at the University’s Chapel in Canterbury, and is just one of many events around the country to celebrate the week.
The aim of Inter Faith Week is to strengthen relations between different faiths and people of religious and non-religious beliefs, as well as increasing awareness of the different faith communities in the UK and their contribution to our communities.
In the morning the University will host the Equality Challenge Unit’s (ECU) presentation of recent research into religion and belief, and the experiences of staff and students in Higher Education institutions.
Neil Baker, Senior Policy Advisor on Religion and Belief for the ECU, will explore the key findings from the research including areas for development within Higher Education institutions and the importance of objective setting and outcome based delivery in equality.
Following this event, the University’s Inter Faith Council will hold a round table discussion on compassion in different faith traditions.
The event is open to everyone and free to attend. It will be held in University Chapel, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, starting at 11am with coffee and welcome by the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Equality and Diversity, Professor Tony Lavender.
The ECU lecture will start at 11.30am, followed by a short lunch and will end with the discussion on Compassion at 1pm. The day will finish at approximately 2pm and people are welcome to drop in at their convenience.
Booking is not essential however places for lunch are limited, so if you would like to join for refreshments and lunch please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, 16 November, 2011.
For more information on the day visit: www.canterbury.ac.uk/about/equal-opportunities/A-Day-of-Faith.
To view the ECU research visit: www.ecu.ac.uk/publications/religion-and-belief-staff-and-students-in-he
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.
- In 2010 the Faculty of Education received 'outstanding' grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University's primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
- 94.3 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
- Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
- Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.