Faith or Belief Officer


William Hayes

William Hayes was elected into the voluntary Faith or Belief Officer role by students at the Student Elections in March 2020. William will be succeeded in June 2021 by Shah Yaseen Ali.

About the Role

This role ctively seeks feedback from students with a faith or belief and acts as their representative voice at the Students' Union and the University. You will coordinate the Faith or Belief forum and run campaigns and events to raise the awareness of issues faced by students with faith or belief

About Me & My Aims

I am a High Church Anglican Christian, drawing heavily on the practices of Laudianism and the Oxford Movement. I'm reading Politics, with a specific interest in political philosophy and 10th-19th century political history.

I've taken an interest in student politics and the Union since I joined the University last September, and through my friendship with last year's Faith and Belief Officer, I learned more about the role and realised that I would like, and be well suited to running for it this year.

I aim to create and strengthen a harmonious, meditative, and contemplative campus environment for students of faith. I also will try to combat religious prejudices, particularly antisemitism, that has sadly become more common in recent years. I will arrange meetings with those from various faiths from across campus and gather their consensus on the improvements that could be made to better the experience of religious students at Newcastle University. I will promote and campaign for more opportunities and experiences for different religious groups on campus and make sure that resources are made more accessible to them.