The university Chaplaincy
We believe in the dignity and value of every human being. That is why, as Chaplains, we are here to help you in any way we can.
What is a university Chaplaincy?
- The Chaplaincy is both a place and a team of people, known as Chaplains.
- Chaplains are appointed by faith communities to work at the university to care for students and staff of all religions or none.
- Chaplaincy is part of the Welfare & Student Support section of the Office of Student Affairs.
- Each campus has at least one Chaplain, based in the Chaplaincy office.
What do Chaplains do?
Chaplaincy work has three aspects:
Home from home
- We provide a positive, homely atmosphere to students and staff
- We offer hospitality to those who visit the Chaplaincy offices
- We help students, especially those from abroad, to register and settle in
- We regularly visit staff in their offices
- We provide information on local places of worship
- We support the university community by organising social occasions, trips, religious services, and other events
- Assist in university events such as graduations and freshers' fairs.
Heart to heart
- We provide confidential pastoral care to those in distress or need
- In the event of a serious incident affecting students or staff we offer confidential care and guidance to those affected
- We offer spiritual direction to students and staff of all faiths or none
- We encourage students and staff to discuss religion, belief, and ideology sensibly, respectfully and calmly
- We visit sick students at home if requested, and visit students who are in hospital or prison
- We offer advice and workshops on how to do well at university
- We co-ordinate a network of Christian students at the three campuses.
Missing in action
Students sometimes go missing from the university because they are unable to cope.
- To ascertain whether a missing student is alright, the Chaplains will try to make contact with them directly or through friends and tutors.
- If the student is genuinely missing we contact the student's family and/or the emergency services as appropriate.
If you are concerned about a missing student, please e-mail the Chaplaincy in confidence at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a prayer room on each university campus. These are provided for all students and staff, of all faiths and none.
Contacting the Chaplaincy
There is at least one Chaplain on each campus. Students and staff can drop in without appointment to see a Chaplain at the Chaplaincy or they can book beforehand.