Our chaplaincies

Buddhist statue

CHAPLAINCY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WINCHESTER

Our Chaplaincy team is here for everyone. We are based in the Winton Building, room 30, next door to the Chapel and are here to provide support for all members of the University community.

Buddhist Chaplaincy

Chaplain

Dr Simon Roffey

Simon first experienced Buddhism whilst in India and Nepal in 1992, learning meditation at the Tibetan Monastery at Kopan, Nepal. Since that time he has practised with most of the mainstream Buddhist traditions in the UK but also abroad including in France, USA and Japan. In 2001, Simon was invited to train as a guest student at the San Francisco Zen Centre. On return to England he carried on training primarily in the Zen tradition taking up formal study in the Sanbo Zen tradition in 2012. Simon is currently engaged in a programme of traditional Koan study. In 2016, he was Interim Chairman for the setting up of the Jizo Zen Centre, London and is currently Chairman of the Oxford Zen Centre. He trained as a Buddhist chaplain under the guidance of Dr Sunil Kariyakarawana, Buddhist Chaplain for Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and also teaches, and conducts research, on the subject of the archaeology of Buddhism

Simon.roffey@winchester.ac.uk

Events

  • Buddhist Meditation Sessions for staff and students: This sessions involve a 30 minute group meditation followed by refreshments. It is open practice ie. your own meditation practice (from whatever tradition, religion, or personal practice). Space, cushions, (and silence) provided.Mondays 1-2 (term time) in the Anchorage and last Wednesday of every month 6-8pm (term time) in the Anchorage
  • An Introduction to Meditation: will be held on Mondays twice a semester.
  • Zen for Wellbeing: a workshop for staff and students held every year
  • Half-day retreat: held each summer in the University Chapel

Christian Chaplaincy

Who we are

DEAN OF SPIRITUAL LIFE: REVD DR TERRY BIDDINGTON

After many years spent working in university chaplaincy and the voluntary sector, Terry arrived at Winchester early in 2017. His role combines oversight of the chaplaincy and the strategic development of the University’s spirituality value. Whilst engaged in teaching across many disciplines, his work has a research focus.

Terry.biddington@winchester.ac.uk

UNIVERSITY CHAPLAIN: REVD CHRIS DAY

Chris was a theology student here between 1998 and 2001. She was ordained in 2004 and after working within parish ministry and as Anglican Chaplain at the University of Southampton she returned to Winchester in 2014 as Chaplain. “Space, Presence and Engagement” are the focus of her predominantly pastoral ministry in which she provides room, silence, accompaniment, a listening ear and aims to encourage and help people to connect with the other and others

Chris.day@winchester.ac.uk

Events

Each week there are different activities:

  • 12.12pm Monday to Thursday, (term time only) Midday Prayer
  • 7pm Monday evenings, (term time only) meetings of the Christian Union
  • 12.12pm Wednesday lunchtime, Ecumenical Holy Communion
  • 7pm Thursday evenings, (term time only) meetings of the Student Christian Movement
  • 12.12pm Friday, (term time only) Space for Silence: using a variety of formats
  • 7pm Sunday evenings, (term time only) Compline/Night Prayer

We offer other events and activities to suit a variety of tastes and worship styles – all welcome! A programme is available from the Chapel for each semester, or you can get one by emailing us at chaplaincy@winchester.ac.uk

Muslim Chaplaincy

Chaplain

SHAYKH RIZWAN AL AZHARI

Shaykh Rizwan is an Islamic scholar and teacher. He is a graduate of Al Karam school and its Islamic Studies Department, Al Azhar University in Cairo and Cambridge Muslim College. He is currently the Head Imam in Bashir Ahmed Mosque in Southampton and serves as religious advisor to the Muslim Council of Southampton.
Rizwan.hussain@winchester.ac.uk

Prayer Facilities

There is a Muslim Prayer Room located at the rear of Winton Building in the King Alfred Quarter. The room is segregated to ensure a dedicated space for both brothers and sisters.
There are ablution and shoe storage facilities, as well as copies of the Qur’an and some pieces of Islamic text. To provide some extra comfort there are also beanbags, coat hooks and a wall mirror available.
The Muslim Prayer Room is open Monday to Friday 6am-9pm. If you wish to worship outside of these hours, our Site Stewards can provide suitable access. Please phone them on 01962 827666 to make arrangements.

Islamic Society

Want to join a shared community along with your fellow sisters and brothers? Join the University of Winchester’s Islamic Society. The society is open to all students who are interested in learning more about Islam. The society is also keen to host a variety of community, social and academically engaging events throughout the year. 

Halal Food at the University of Winchester

Although Halal food is not served in the Food Hall, the Student Union shop serves a selection of certified Halal samosas and sandwiches, such as the URBAN eat range.

In Winchester city centre there are several establishments and restaurants that serve Halal meat.