If you’re an NTU student with an interest in religion and spirituality – and looking to give a little something back to the community – our Faith Ambassador scheme is your chance to help make the world a better, more tolerant place.
Faith Ambassadors: who they are, what they do, and why you should become one
Our Faith Ambassadors project is about real faith, real stories, and real students. It aims to promote the positive values of faith – both at University and beyond – with voices from across our whole student community. We’re building an interfaith dialogue through events and visits, and establishing a genuine sense of community and tolerance.
Our team of 15 ambassadors come from all over the world – they’re a mixture of different faiths, but that’s not a prerequisite for joining up. Some members of our team have no faith, but still enjoy being a part of the conversation – and they contribute significantly to it. Bringing people together is a big part of our commitment to developing an informed and truly representative dialogue: through our work, we introduce people to new ideas, new spiritual concepts, and new ways of looking at life.
I’m really hoping to have a positive effect on people, leave a non-judgemental legacy of acceptance, and learn as I go along. I want to spread some peace and love!
Teresa, Christian faith, BA (Hons) Journalism – international student
Our work in the community – recent events
Salaam Shalom community café
We volunteered at the award-winning Salaam Shalom – a kitchen run by Muslim and Jewish volunteers, which was set up to provide free hot meals to the community. Our Faith Ambassadors prepared and cooked the food, served dinners, and talked with attendees throughout the evening. We’re not just committed to giving back to our community – we want to help build it further. And this was an opportunity to do just that; a great example of the kind of work you’ll be involved in as a Faith Ambassador.
The diners were certainly happy to see us getting involved. One of them told us:“I think it’s really good that we have something like this. It’s a multi-faith project – you really can see that everyone just gets along, whatever their religion.”
St Mary’s Church
Our visit to this iconic church was another great opportunity to bring students of all faiths – and none – together. Together, we visit places of worship across the city; bringing together the physical, spiritual and mystical dimensions of faith, and enables our Ambassadors to gain a greater insight into the Faith tradition.
It’s really wonderful to see NTU Faith Ambassadors who are keen to work across different groups and religions, and to really overcome our prejudices and discriminations; then we will realise how wonderful humanity is.
Dr Musharraf Hussain (OBE) Faith Leader, Karimia Institute
Meet our ambassadors
I’m a Christian. I joined the Faith Ambassadors programme because I’d never seen anything to do with faith linked to the University before. I’m really in favour of normalising faith and removing any barriers it can cause, and I’d encourage others to get involved. The programme has given me important insights into other religions – and as a graduate, that understanding and respect is going to be essential in the workplace.
Anna, BA (Hons) Business Management and Marketing
In my country, I was a Muslim faith leader – so coming here and seeing faith being valued through this project was very comforting. Since becoming a Faith Ambassador, I’ve learned to widen the lens of how I view the world. After the programme’s Unconscious Bias training, for example, I pushed myself to speak to people who were different from me, and learn more about their lifestyle.
Ammar, LLB (Hons) Law
We want you - so get involved!
The project is a great way of helping others, giving something back to the community and building your CV – so contact Robina Din at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
The conception of the NTU Faith Ambassadors project was one of only 11 projects funded from the Office for Students Project on Religious based Hate Crime affecting students in the UK. See the report from our NTU Criminology and Criminal Justice Department which evaluated the Faith Ambassador work in terms of how the project promotes the positive value of faith at NTU.