Chaplains in Higher Education

University chaplains work with students and staff. 

In fact, we have a responsibility to engage with the whole of a university: all its members and all its aspects as an institution. This also means we often also deal with people outside the university community but who have an interest or a stake in it.

The chaplaincy co-ordinators at Newcastle University (Raza Rahman) and at Northumbria University (Andii Bowsher) have the task of helping chaplains more widely (Christian and other faiths) to work together with the universities for the common good. This involves co-ordinating chaplains efforts and enabling the university and faith communities to communicate together about matters of common concern. It can mean, therefore, raising issues one with the other. We also do the obvious things like organising prayer, meditation, discussions, lectures, trips away and so forth as well as being available to staff and students and their families for pastoral care and spiritual accompaniment.

Newcastle University (Interim) Chaplain: Revd Ollie Dempsey , email:

Northumbria University Chaplain: The Revd Andii Bowsher, Telephone: 0191 227 3284 or email:

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