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Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre

University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

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COVID-19 Information (University of Essex)


  • Services / facilities within the building include Prayer Room, washing facilities and a quiet space.
  • Comments View
    • The Multi-Faith Chaplaincy centre is located on level 3 of Square 2NE.
    • Religious representatives include; Unitarian, Hinduism, Sikhism, Anglican, Baptist Union, Buddhist, Catholic, Chinese Christian Fellowship, Congregational, Orthodox, Islamic Society, Jewish Community, Methodist, Quakers, Unitarian and United Reform.
    • The centre is open 24 hrs a day all year.
    • University students and staff can ask for access to the Chaplaincy at any time via the security office on providing their student or staff ID as security.
    • Staff operating times vary.


  • The venue is situated within the centre of the campus.
  • This venue is situated in Colchester.
  • The venue is in a pedestrian area.
  • The nearest mainline station is Hythe.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • Although not as close as Hythe, most visitors choose to arrive at Colchester North station where bus and taxi connections are more readily available.


Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located in the north east corner of Square 3.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 107cm (3ft 6in).


  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located along the corridor from the 3NE entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 2-3-4-5B-5-5A-6.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 19m (20yd 2ft) from the 3NE Entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 89cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 200cm x 95cm (6ft 7in x 3ft 1in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Outside Access (Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on level 3, on the far side of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 142cm (4ft 8in).
  • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

Level Change (Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in the corridor leading from the lift.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • Easy ramps are located at either end of the corridor containing the MFCC entrance.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 worship areas which are open to all who wish to pray, meditate or have some time for quiet reflection.
    • These areas can be booked in advance.

Wash Room

  • There are male and female washrooms available outside the prayer room, to the right as you enter the MFC.
  • They are located 6m from the MFC entrance.
  • There is level access to the washrooms.

Accessible Toilet

  • There is not an/are not accessible toilet(s) within this venue designated for public use.
  • Comments View
    • The nearest adapted toilet is located in the Computing Services building.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is generally on duty.
  • Comments View
    • Staff may receive disability awareness training.
    • The photograph shows the Muslim abolution room.