Update on facilities Update on facilities

Islamic prayer facilities

A Prayer Room is located in the main Lecture Theatre Block (opposite Lecture Theatre 2). This is open for daily prayers every day including weekends, via campus card swipe access.

A larger space for congregational prayers is available in the main hall at Blackdale each Friday from 12-3pm. Blackdale main hall will continue to be used for teaching and exams at other times during the week and during the exam period.

Users will need to apply for their campus card to be activated so they can gain access to the buildings. Please apply online at:

www.uea.ac.uk/multifaith/faiths/islamic/cardax-access-request-form

Friday prayers

The main hall at Blackdale is available for prayers for staff and students on Fridays from 12-3pm, following remodelling work to create separate male and female entrances and washing facilities. Appropriate adjustments have been discussed in detail with the Islamic Society, Muslim chaplain and Students' Union.

The hall is available for Islamic prayers on Fridays 12-3pm throughout the year, including vacation periods when UEA buildings are open, with the exception of the exam period April–June when exams will take place in the main hall. During the exam period, suitable temporary provision will be made for Islamic prayer, in consultation with the Muslim student representatives, Students' Union and Muslim chaplain, and will be widely communicated in advance of April.

After consultation with Islamic Prayer Facility Working Group, UEA has arranged for the Council Chamber to be available to Muslim students and staff for Friday Prayer from 12noon to 2.30pm on the following dates when Blackdale is being used for exams.

The Council Chamber will be available for Friday Prayer from 12noon to 2.30pm on:

  • 25th May 2018
  • 1st June 2018
  • 8th June 2018
  • 17th August 2018
  • 24th August 2018

Daily prayers

The Prayer Room in the main Lecture Theatre Block (opposite Lecture Theatre 2) has one long prayer space with a divider and has male and female entrances at either end. Washing facilities for males and females are installed. A swipe card system operates on both entrances, permitting card access to staff and student users 24 hours a day.

Muslim students are also welcome to use the Multifaith Centre for daily prayers.

Multifaith Centre

Toilets and wudu washing facilities have been installed to increase capacity and help meet disability requirements.

Longer-term plans

The University is committed to developing, through our Estates’ strategic space planning process, the permanent provision of appropriate Islamic prayer facilities for the university community. Consultation with Muslim student representatives, the Students' Union, the Multifaith Centre and the Muslim chaplain will be carried out before further changes are made.