Student and Staff Wellbeing

Faith and Spirituality Support

Chaplaincy: Faith and Spirituality Support

Newcastle University plays host to an incredibly diverse student and staff community and actively welcomes students and staff members of all faiths and none.

Newcastle University provides a Chaplaincy Service to support you during your time here at the University. The Chaplaincy Service works within the remit of the Student Health and Wellbeing Service but is available to anyone within the University community (both colleagues and students) of all faiths and none.

Covid-19 Support

The KGVI Prayer Space will be reopening on 3rd August 2020

Since Lockdown the University has been working closely with the Islamic Society in an effort to open the KGVI Prayer Space as soon it was deemed safe to do so.

  • The Prayer Space will open from August 3rd 2020 under new guidance. Prayer Space users must familiarise themselves with the guidance before entering the space. A summary document  has also been created for brevity.
  • Students and Staff members must swipe their smartcards to gain entry. This should be done one at a time. Any guests wishing to enter the space must be accompanied by a smartcard holder and will be required to submit their contact details for Track and Trace purposes. The link to the online form can be found here. All data will be securely held and destroyed after 21 days. Further information can be found on our Privacy Notice (PDF:137KB).
  • It is important to note that any behaviour which contravenes the guidance set out in the documents above will not be tolerated. The health and safety of those who use the space is of upmost importance.

Alternative provision is available in any quiet spaces still open on campus.

Buddy Scheme

A Buddy Scheme is available for students resident in the UK to receive a weekly wellbeing call from a member of university staff. To sign up for the Scheme, students should complete this form.

 

 

 

Overview

The Chaplaincy Team is made up of members of different faith communities, currently comprising chaplains from the Jewish and Christian faiths. They are joined in their work by a group of honorary chaplains that are University staff members who bring a wider faith perspective and experience.

The team is committed to making the University a place of religious tolerance, diversity and respect where students and colleagues of all faiths and none can feel comfortable and supported.

The Chaplaincy at Newcastle University offers:

  • confidential listening and support
  • faith exploration
  • mindfulness sessions
  • space for prayer and reflection
  • signposting to local faith communities
  • opportunities for prayer and worship
  • spiritual accompaniment
  • events and socials

Find out more about Faith and Spirituality Support at Newcastle University:

Events

Upcoming Faith Events

(NEW) Walk and Talk: Join with up to 5 others on a short (45mins) walk in the vicinity of the Newcastle University campus for opportunity to meet new people, get some fresh air, and share with others. The session builds on the Five Ways of Wellbeing to give time to Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Learn, and Give. The sessions are led by a member of the Chaplaincy team and are available for any Newcastle student. To sign-up for a Walk and Talk session, please go to the form here and we’ll be in touch to confirm your registration. 

 

 

Resources

Meditation for Relaxation 

Some recorded mediations have been provided by our Honorary Buddhist chaplain and can be found on the Resources tab. 

Join the Team

We are always open to receiving applications from interested parties for the role of Chaplain at Newcastle University. We are particularly keen to diversify our Chaplaincy Team to include those from different faith and spirituality backgrounds not currently represented on the team.

Chaplains work as part of the Student Health and Wellbeing Services and in close collaboration with other key Newcastle University and Students’ Union staff, with the aim of ensuring an exceptional student experience to those of all faiths and none. Chaplains form part of the University’s Chaplaincy team led by the Faith and Spirituality Support Coordinator to provide pastoral support that is inclusive and diverse for members of the University community.

This is a voluntary role requiring a consistent time commitment. Chaplains are Guest Staff members of the University and are provided with appropriate support, resources and training.

Chaplain Role Description (PDF:191KB)

Candidates or faith organisations interested in chaplaincy work at Newcastle University are invited to contact the Faith and Spirituality Support Coordinator for further details.

Applications are welcome at any time and will be considered in line with the requirements of the University community at the time.

To apply, please send a covering letter (up to 2 sides of A4) and CV by email with the subject “CONFIDENTIAL – Chaplain Recruitment”. The letter should indicate the time commitment offered, the reason for applying for the role and how you meet the Role Description. Please ensure the letter/CV include contact details (postal, phone and email) for three referees (one referee should be on behalf of the accrediting faith/belief organisation, and one a current or recent employer), indicating whether these may be taken up prior to interview.