People of faith and belief

Celebrating our differences

In May we will be celebrating 'People of Faith and Belief'. Faith and belief role models from across the University will be talking about their philosophical and religious beliefs, how it shapes and guides their identity and how they live their life.

At the University of Derby, we know that people have principles, convictions, and values that determine how they live their lives. These are demonstrated most clearly in our behaviours and approaches to each other, our communities, and our world.

We celebrate this faith and belief through a variety of activities hosted by our Chaplaincy Team, the Union of Students' societies and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team.

For more information, contact equality@derby.ac.uk or chaplaincy@derby.ac.uk.

Key religious festivals in May

Saturday 1 May

BELTANE – Wiccan/Pagan 

Find out more about Beltane

Sunday 2 May

PASCHA/EASTER– Orthodox Christian/Rastafarian

For more information on Orthodox Christianity, please contact our Orthodox Chaplain Father Daniel Joseph (email Joseph@blc.ac.uk) from the Diocese of Sourozh in the Patriarchate of Moscow.


Ramadan and Night of Power (various dates) – Muslim 

Find out more about Ramadan

Monday 17 May

BSHAVUOT/FEAST OF WEEKS/PENTECOST - Jewish 

Sunday 23 May

ANNIVERSARY OF THE DECLARATION OF THE BAB – Baha’i

ZARATOSHT NO DISO – Zoroastrian

PENTECOST (WHITSUN) – Christian (Western) 

What is Pentecost?Pentecost explained video

Wednesday 26 May

WESAK/VESAKH/BUDDHA DAY – Buddhist  

Find out more about Wesak

Friday 28 May

ANNIVERSARY OF THE ASCENSION OF BAHA’U’LLAH – Baha’i

TRINITY SUNDAY – Christian (Western)

Find out more about Trinity Sunday