• Chaplaincy, 1 Kirkby Terrace

  • Chaplaincy, 1 Kirkby Terrace

  • Chaplaincy, 1 Kirkby Terrace

  • Chaplaincy, 1 Kirkby Terrace

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What is Fika?

The University of Plymouth welcome you to Fika; a place to relax, share some cake and make time for your wellbeing. Hosted by Student Wellbeing Services and the University's Equality Team every two weeks in 1 Kirkby Place, all University staff are invited to pause and unwind during your busy working day over some cake.

According to The Swedish Kitchen, “Fika is much more than having a coffee. It is a social phenomenon, a legitimate reason to set aside a moment for quality time. It can be with colleagues, family, friends, or someone you are trying to get to know. It is a tradition observed frequently, preferably several times a day.". Taking time out of your day to relax and switch-off from your emails for a bit is important for your wellbeing and Fika gives you the chance to socialise and pause with others too.

Where is Fika?

The Fika meetings are held upstairs in 1 Kirkby Terrace (the Chaplaincy building). If you have accessibility requirements or concerns about using the stairs then email

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A place to pause

"Functioning as both a verb and a noun, the concept of fika is simple. It is the moment that you take a break, often with a cup of coffee, but alternatively with tea, and find a baked good to pair with it. You can do it alone, you can do it with friends. You can do it at home, in a park or at work. But the essential thing is that you do it, that you make time to take a break: that’s what fika is all about.” - Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break

Fika: to have coffee

Fika is a ritual. Even the mighty Volvo plant stops for fika. All Swedes consider it important to make time to stop and socialise: to take a pause. It refreshes the brain and strengthens relationships.

What is Fika?
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