Guidance and support
Life can be full of surprises and sometimes it can be difficult to cope. Whatever troubles you face whilst at uni – a sudden change in circumstances, a loss of some kind or a tough decision – our University Chaplains can offer support, guidance and a willing ear.
The Chaplaincy is found on the ground floor of the Nuffield Building. It is available to all students and staff for a confidential chat, somewhere to have lunch with friends, or just some quiet space.
We'll listen to you confidentially about whatever you want to explore. Our Chaplains have pastoral skills that can help with establishing values, meaning and purpose for living.
University prayer rooms closed
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we have closed all our prayer rooms until further notice. This includes the Nuffield Centre and Mercantile Building.
These closures are in line with Government advice around social distancing, limiting mass gatherings and social contact.
Please be aware that all Chaplaincy events, activities and our refreshments provision are also affected by these Government guidelines.
What is the Chaplaincy?
The Chaplaincy is a safe and inclusive social space. We're open to all students, regardless of your values and beliefs. Free tea and coffee is available every day during the week.
Our facilities include:
- The Sanctuary – a quiet multi-faith room for reflection, stillness and personal prayer
- Confidential support – often no appointment is necessary. Just pop in and ask to see a Chaplain for a one-to-one chat, make an appointment or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Islamic prayer rooms – available in the Nuffield and Mercantile Buildings with ablution facilities for Muslim staff and students, and separate ablution facilities for Brothers and Sisters
- Information – we have a small library of books, magazines and information about other support services and local places of worship
This area is a great place to get away and to meet new friends. If you need a talk, this is the place. If you want to join a religious society, this is the place. I enjoy this place because the atmosphere is stress-free and you can always talk to staff.
Speak to us
Our Chaplains will listen and support you. We'll:
- listen non-judgmentally
- encourage you to develop and grow
- support you for as long as it takes
Your visit and conversations are kept confidential unless you give us permission to tell someone else.
If we think you're a risk to yourself or others, we may need to tell someone, but we'll discuss this with you first if we can.
We provide support and can tell you about other services across the University and city for issues such as:
- Faith issues and concerns
- Domestic abuse
- Refugee status
- Marriage advice
- Financial problems
- Academic concerns
- Anxiety and depression
- Substance abuse
The Chaplaincy offers you an opportunity to build relationships with people from other cultures, faiths and religions.
We also have the resources and contact details for local faith groups. If you are unsure about how to approach someone from a different cultural or faith background to yourself, then the Chaplains will be able to help.
There are guidelines for building relations with people of different faiths and beliefs, available both nationally, and within the University. We can direct you to groups and organisations that specialise in building interfaith relationships.
The Chaplaincy is a marvellous place to spend some free time. If you want, you can get into conversation with others, play games or seek advice about something. Or if you prefer, you can sit on your own, quietly, reading a book or simply listening to Classic FM Radio, recovering from the exertion of university life. Whichever you choose, you will be glad you went.
Events and activities
Throughout the year, the Chaplaincy team organise social events for students and staff to meet new people within a peaceful and impartial environment. Activities include:
- Festival of Light
- Film and Games nights (Xbox and board games)
- Mug painting
- Christmas Carol Service
Everyone in the University community is welcome to visit and participate in our social events, speak to us, socialise with friends or use the space for quiet time and reflection.
Meet our Chaplains
Connie is the University Anglican Chaplain and an honorary Chaplain at St Thomas Anglican Cathedral in Southsea.
Angela has been our Roman Catholic Lay Chaplain since 2011. She has studied Social Science, Healthcare Chaplaincy and Ignatian Spirituality.
I love the relaxing and peaceful atmosphere that the Chaplaincy has provided! Everyone here is nice and friendly. Angela is the best person to talk to if you just want someone to have a chat with. Chaplaincy is definitely the place to go if you are away from home.
Get in touch
We are open 9.00am–5.00pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.00am–4.00pm on Fridays.
If you are in serious distress and would like to urgently speak to a Chaplain out of normal office hours, the Duty Chaplain can be contacted through the University Security Lodge on +44 (0)23 9284 3418 (or 84 3418 from halls landlines).