This area is a gateway for students and staff to a range of services and groups which support spiritual life at The University of Western Australia. We ask all students to become familiar with UWA’s commitment towards cultural and religious diversity, and get involved in the myriad multifaith, multicultural and multilingual initiatives on campus.
Spiritual life includes big-picture philosophical concerns, such as:
Your spiritual life includes finding what it takes to make a difference, to be part of a community, to be the change you want to see, and even to be able to see it in the first place.
The University is committed to supporting students and staff with a diversity of cultural, religious and non-religious backgrounds and promotes interfaith conversation and collaboration wherever possible.
Chaplains from a variety of faiths are appointed to counsel UWA students and staff, support intellectual inquiry, and foster an open, honest and trusting exchange of ideas. See the University Policy on Chaplaincy Services for more about how Chaplains are appointed and the variety of roles they hold. As well as the Chaplains, there are many other supportive and spiritually respectful persons and groups around the University.
There are people of many differing faiths, religions and belief systems who belong to this University. UWA supports efforts which promote understanding and action between faith groups and supports the right to freedom of belief. Good debate is accompanied by good respect.
The University keeps an Interfaith Calendar, so everyone can know the times for the festivals of some of the larger religious bodies. Religious obligations of any belief systems are recognised as potential grounds for an application for deferral of one’s exams.
Public holidays of the University that were once historically Christian customs (such as Easter and Christmas) are now set within general semester breaks, and no preference is given to Christianity as a religion.
UWA is a public educational institution which recognises the diversity of backgrounds of its students and staff. UWA supports and encourages:
Chaplaincies on campus include:
Support from the Chaplains includes:
The UWA Chaplains also have roles in their church communities and in the wider community off-campus.
UWA has a chapel and a masjid that can be used by individuals and booked by groups.
The UWA Student Guild reflects UWA’s commitment to spiritual diversity through its multitude of student clubs catering to different faiths and beliefs. These are listed below; if your interests are not reflected here and you would like to start a new club, please contact the Student Guild.
|Australasian Union of Jewish Students||The Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) is the federal body for Jewish student societies at university campuses in Australia and New Zealand. We provide a wide variety of political, social and educational activities based on our four pillars – Judaism, activism, pluralism and Zionism.||[email protected]|
|Ahlulbayt Society of UWA||The Ahlulbayt Society of UWA is a faith club established to help the Shia Muslim students of UWA to better connect and integrate with the wider UWA community. Also to help students in UWA become closer to the teachings of the Holy Quran and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) as passed down from his holy descendants the AhlulBayt. If interested, email us or our Facebook page||
|Overseas Christian Fellowship (Perth)||We are a group of Christian students that strive to reach out to all international students on campus, building them up as Disciples of Christ so they can return to their home countries to serve God. Come and discover God’s love for YOU!||[email protected]||
|Students For Christ UWA (SFCUWA)||We are a Pentecostal Christian tertiary student ministry affiliated with the Australian Christian Churches and Youth Alive. Our mission is to reach students & staff of tertiary institutions for Christ and mobilise them for generational impact across the world.||[email protected]|
|University Buddhist Youth Club||We welcome everyone from all walks of life and spiritual backgrounds. Through organising various activities and events, UBYC is actively involved in both promoting the teachings of the Buddha and the fellowship among youths nowadays.||[email protected]|
|UWA Atheist and Skeptic Society||UWA's only club for atheists, agnostics, rationalists, skeptics & free-thinkers. Come to Atheists in the Tav or Atheists in the Caf events for some interesting conversation and laughs. We also screen documentaries on topics of interest to our members.||[email protected]|
|UWA Catholic Society||UCS provides an environment for Catholics to connect, have fun, and enrich their faith experience. We have a variety of social, spiritual, musical, and social justice focused events, so there is something for everyone.||[email protected]|
|UWA Christian Union||CU is a club of Christian students from lots of different churches, who join together to proclaim Jesus as King, and support each other in living for Him. Whether you’ve been a Christian for years or are investigating Jesus for the first time, we’d love you to join us.||[email protected]|
|UWA Muslim Students Association||The UWA MSA plays a multi-functional role for Muslim students and staff on campus. We hold regular Islamic and social events, provide a variety of services, participate in University held events and do our best to cater to all in our vibrant university community!||[email protected]|