Methodist Chaplain

Tracey Hopwood

Tracey Hopwood

I started my new role as Chaplain for Newcastle & Northumbria Universities in September 2017.
It’s fantastic to be able to live and work in Newcastle – what’s not to love? Its got the coast, a vibrant city centre, beautiful countryside, outstanding universities, a passion for the beautiful game, and wonderful people. (If the chaplaincy doesn’t work out for me I’m thinking of working for the local Tourist Board!)

As a Christian I am passionate about living out my faith and desire to positively impact whatever environment I am in. To me this means loving others unconditionally, seeking to help and support wherever I can and being willing to go the extra mile to support others. I’m excited about my new role as a Chaplain as I am available to work with both staff & students, with people of faith & people of no faith and anyone in between! I love discussing issues around faith particularly with those who have lots of questions. I also enjoy supporting those who have a faith and who want to develop it further. I enjoy supporting others regardless of whether or not they want to discuss faith issues and think that sometimes its just good to know there is someone there for you to talk to if needed. I’m available to anyone in the University who would like some support or just a chat. I really enjoy being around people and I’m looking forward to visiting the many different coffee bars on campus to engage with the great diversity of people we have at the University.

I have a BA Hons Degree from Loughborough University in Sports Science and History with Education (and a teaching qualification), a MEd from Newcastle University and a Masters in Theology from Bristol University. I’ve been a Head of Department in a school, a Lecturer in F.E., a Student Worker with various organisations, a Student Engagement Officer and a Senior Student Support Officer. I really enjoy working with students!

I enjoy all sport and am an ex P.E. Teacher (please don’t hold that against me – I’ve heard many horror stories!) I have a particular love of the beautiful game and am a lifelong Liverpool supporter as well as an FA Level 2 Coach. My playing days are long gone but I enjoy coaching & watching football and am an avid fantasy football player. I love being by the coast, going to the cinema & theatre, stand up comedy & comedy shows and T.V. especially good dramas as well as I’m a Celeb & The Apprentice.

I am very much looking forward to getting to know as many staff & students as possible. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to meet up it would be great to meet you.