Ahead of our next issue, Impact wanted to know what you thought about the issues we were covering. We asked students around campus for their view on religion and it’s role within university life.
Do you think a person’s religion will impact their experience at university?
Definitely. Although I’m not religious I sometimes attend the Christian events, which I think is important because it’s good to learn about other religions. It also helps you build a network of friends.
Josh, 3rd year Geography. Christian non-practicing.
What do you think about religion within the university?
Lots of my friends are very active in the CU or in their other faiths. I like that there are lots of different societies for different faiths. That’s really important.
Claudia, 3rd year English. Non-religious.
Do you think religious students end up having less fun at university?
Not necessarily, I think that what people think is fun is subjective. Obviously some people may regard them as having less fun because they might choose not to drink. It’s an individual choice.
Dayleanna, 2nd year Civil Engineering. Catholic. & Faaizah, 2nd year Architecture. Muslim.
How does your religion fit into your university life?
Dayleanna: I try and attend mass every Sunday. As for the drinking culture, I don’t drink much anyway so it wasn’t really an issue for me.
Faaizah: I really like that there are prayer rooms available for me, especially that they are female only. I don’t drink at all, but I don’t think you need to drink to have fun.
Charlie, 4th Year Business and Spanish. Non-religious.
Do you think being religious affects a student’s social life?
It doesn’t need to, but sometimes it does. Drinking and university go hand in hand, so it might restrict them in that sense.
Bryony, 2nd year German and Russian. Non-religious.
What role do you think religion plays within the university as an establishment?
I think it’s really good to have the CU presence in halls as it means there’s a support network there for you, even if you don’t identify with their religion they’re happy to support you. All the religions here have something positive to give to the university.
Interested in how religion and university life fit together? Read Impact’s latest issue for our investigation into the lives of religious students.
Sarah Dear and Amrit Santos