Prayer slots timetabled at Goldsmiths from September

Muslim students at Goldsmiths University of London will benefit from a timetabled Jummah prayer slot from September.

Goldsmiths Students’ Union officers this week announced that the college will not schedule lectures between 13:00 and 14:00 on Fridays. This timetable space is set to accommodate Jummah or Friday prayers.

The sabbatical officers explained, “after years of different groups campaigning for Jummah prayers to be implemented in the academic timetable… we have successfully made the university agree not to include lectures between 13:00 and 14:00 on Fridays. This is for the upcoming academic year and hopefully beyond!

“This is a massive win for current Muslim students and future students.”

The statement also said, “Muslim students no longer need to choose between education and religion.” Campaigners say that this is a step in redressing “institutional Islamophobia” at the Lewisham university.

A spokesperson for Goldsmiths confirmed the move. The college told London Student, “Goldsmiths has continual discussions with the Students’ Union about how we can support our students, including those with religious beliefs.

“Our students should be able to practise their faith as well as continue their learning and, from this Autumn, the college will in principle not schedule any teaching between 13:00 and 14:00 on Fridays barring exceptional circumstances.

“This principle mirrors existing arrangements for Wednesday afternoons.”

Feature photo: Goldsmithslondon/Wikimedia Commons.

This article was edited on July 31, 2020 to include a comment from Goldsmiths.

Will is London Student's Features Editor. He has recently completed a BA History at SOAS, and you might find him hiding in a library around Bloomsbury.

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