Annual Review 2016 – 17

UCCF’s review of the year.


About UCCF

Christian Unions (CUs) are mission teams that operate at the heart of university and college campuses. They are led by students, resourced by Christian Union Staff Workers and supported by the local church. Together, we are reaching students for Jesus.

Read more to find out how it all fits together.


‘God has transformed who I am; I no longer have to strive for popularity or for my worth but I find my worth in Him.’

Ollie, Aberdeen

Director’s Report

Welcome! I am delighted to commend to you this Annual Review for the academic year 2016–17. As you will see, this year has been busy, remarkable and fruitful.

Over the past 12 months, more than 86,000 students have attended either a CU carol service or CU mission event.

Each of those students has a story.

As you scroll through this review you’ll hear more about some of them, and how they came to faith in Jesus.


‘At the beginning of the week I thought I was looking to get to a particular point. Now that I’m there, I’ve realised it’s actually a whole new beginning.’

A student in Oxford

‘The CU mission week changed my life completely.’

Ryan, a Durham University student, shares his experiences of becoming a Christian at University.


‘We were chatting in my kitchen and he suddenly said “I’m ready. I want to pray the prayer now.” It was amazing to see him go from death to life right there in my kitchen!’

A member of Huddersfield CU

‘There are real opportunities and openings for the gospel here.’

The possibilities for students reaching students in West Yorkshire has grown significantly recently, with the appointment of a new, additional Staff Worker in the area as a result of your generous giving. Andrea Dalton reports from her first year in the job.


‘I’m so glad I’ve found the CU; I’ve been looking for somewhere I can come and ask all my questions!’

A student at London City

We want to see young people equipped to speak confidently and winsomely about Jesus.

For over ten years, our Bethinking resources have been equipping students to defend their faith and hold out the truth, relevance and goodness of the gospel.

Faced with ever-increasing challenges, we’re not standing still.

This year, we’ve been building on this foundation and investing in the students of the future by producing new resources aimed at 14-18 year olds.


‘I have finally made this most important decision in my life: to be a faithful follower of Lord Jesus. I am so grateful that our Heavenly Father brought me to university in the UK.’

An international student studying in Lancaster

Financial Report

The vast majority of our expenditure goes towards our charitable objectives – to make it possible for students to hear and respond to the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We are so grateful for your continued support and we thank you all for faithfully upholding UCCF’s ministry, both financially and in prayer.


‘I’m not a Christian or other religious believer. But I’d like to explore philosophy and religions, starting with finding out if this Jesus thing is for real or not.’

A student in Newcastle

Pray for us

Join with us in giving thanks:

  • That the gospel is the power of God, which brings salvation for everyone who believes. We praise God that He has worked through the CUs this past year to bring new life.
  • For the boldness and passion of Christian students to make Jesus known on campus, and for the open door for the gospel on so many campuses.
  • For churches and individuals who support this work in all sorts of ways. Give thanks that the Lord has provided for our needs financially this past year.

As we look ahead to a new year, please pray for:

  • More students to come to know Christ as the CUs continue to make Him known.
  • Additional finances to be able to create one or two new Staff Worker posts in key areas, and ongoing provision for our needs as a fellowship.
  • Preparations for Uncover Mark, our new CU seeker resource, which will be launched at Forum 2018.

Thank you for praying for the work of UCCF.

‘I’ve never heard anything that makes so much sense … it feels like a weight has lifted off my shoulders. I feel so free.’

A student in Leicester

Be part of it

Supporters are a crucial part of UCCF’s ministry. Without the partnership of many individuals, churches and trusts we wouldn’t be able to make disciples of Jesus Christ in the student world.

Find out how you can be part of it, through praying, giving or volunteering your time.


In addition to the prayer points on the previous page, you can also pray daily for the work of UCCF and CUs by subscribing to our free termly prayer diary, Focus, in print, online or via PrayerMate. There are also many local prayer groups around the country which meet a few times a year to pray for our work – get in touch to find one near you!


As you’ll have seen from our financial report, UCCF relies on the generosity of many individuals to continue this work. Perhaps you could set up a standing order, give a one-off gift, or see if your church might like to support UCCF? Everything you give helps us come closer to achieving our vision of giving every student an opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Give online:


Whether it’s at Forum or at our headquarters in Oxford, we are often in need of willing volunteers to carry out invaluable tasks. Perhaps you are a student, retired or just have some spare time on your hands, we would love to hear from you if you have the skills and enthusiasm to help serve the CUs. For more information, go to


There are all sorts of other ways you can be involved in supporting CUs, such as cooking for a CU weekend away or lending your house for a Staff Worker to have a holiday. Just let us know what you can offer.

‘I am constantly humbled, amazed and grateful that there are people who pray for me and for students all over the country (and even the world). I love being able to tell students that they are lifted up in prayer by people they’ve often never met!

The prayers and encouragement of supporters help me keep the right perspective on my ministry, and remind me I am not alone in what God has called me to do as He has called so many more to partner with me in prayer and in giving, so we are a team serving in His mission to the campuses.

When I receive responses to my prayer letters and see that God’s work in the CUs has prompted praise and faith in my supporters, I see how wise God is in giving us to each other as a family and that we are all blessed as we serve one another.’

Emily Muwowo, Staff Worker in Bournemouth and Winchester

‘UCCF continues to be the single most crucial ministry for reaching our increasingly secular British Universities for Christ, as well as for nurturing Christian disciples and equipping them for fruitfulness in such an environment.’

Timothy Keller, Founding Pastor,
Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City

Photographs reproduced with kind permission from CU students and staff, including Leeds CU Something More events week.