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University Chaplains

The full time University Chaplain is the Reverend Chris Howson. He is based within Student Support Services, 1st Floor Edinburgh, City Campus or at the Interfaith Chaplaincy Centre, St Peter's Campus, SR6 0AN

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Meet The Chaplains


University Chaplain

Chris Howson Profile

Chris Howson

Email: Chris.Howson@sunderland.ac.uk

Phone: 07846099643 

Reverend Chris Howson is the University Chaplain, he hosts many events and walks that are open to all students to attend.

Every Tuesday at 7pm-8pm our Chaplain Chris Howson hosts the Global Friendship Evening! This is a social event for all students at UOS to meet and get to know each other. All current and former Sunderland Uni students welcome to join in. To get involved just contact Chris.Howson@sunderland.ac.uk for more details.

Muslim Chaplain

Yusuf Meah Profile

Imam Yusuf Meah

The University Imam is Yusuf Meah and he can be contacted via the methods listed below. He leads Friday prayers at the Helen McArdle Building (formally Shackleton Building)

Phone: 07888645945

Email: yusuf.meah@sunderland.ac.uk 

Yusuf Meah is the Imam for the Islamic Society at the University and a member of the Chaplaincy Team. He is available on request via the chaplaincy office or direct by telephone. He leads Friday prayers and supports Muslim members of the university community.

Catholic Chaplains

Mary Palmer Profile
Mary Palmer (lay chaplain) - sunderland.chaplaincy@rcdhn.org.uk  
I'm Mary, I'm from Staffordshire in the midlands and so love being near the sea in Sunderland. I studied Psychology at the University of Birmingham, and currently studying part-time for a Masters in Global Mental Health. Whilst at uni, I loved learning about different faiths as well as my own through the university chaplaincy - and I guess that's how I ended up here! It's great to meet students from all around the world, and see how faith is expressed in different cultures, so get in touch for info on our events or just for a chat and coffee!
FR Christopher Profile
Fr Christopher Hancock (priest chaplain) - christopher.hancock@rcdhn.org.uk  
Fr Christopher is from Cardiff in Wales, and has only just moved to Sunderland this Summer 2020 so be sure to recommend some good sites if you see him walking his greyhoud dog, Eric! Fr Chris has spent most of his priestly ministry in Cameroon in West Africa, as well as 5 years studying in Rome.

The Catholic Chaplaincy is based at St Mary's RC Church, Bridge Street, Sunderland, SR1 1TQ (call:  0191 567 5354)
Social Media links:
Instagram: @sunderlandcathsoc https://www.instagram.com/sunderlandcathsoc
Facebook: Sunderland Catholic Chaplaincy https://www.facebook.com/sunderlandcatholic
TikTok: @suncathchap

Egyptian Coptic Orthodox

Contact the University Chaplain - Chris Howson for further information. Chris.Howson@sunderland.ac.uk 

Methodist Chaplain

Gareth Phillips

Email: garethphillips3@gmail.com

Sikh Chaplain

Gurpreet Singh

Phone: 0191 515 3211

Email: gurpreet.singh@sunderland.ac.uk

Gurpreet is a principal lecturer in the Design Department at the University. He is a Trustee of the Gurdwara Khalsa Mero Roop Hai Khas in West Way, South Shields and takes part in the services there on Wednesday and Saturday evenings from 7.30pm.

There is a very active Sunderland Gurdwara close to campus.

Buddhist Chaplain

Graeme Profile

Graeme Jobes

Phone: 07899008278 

Email: graemejobes@outlook.com 

Graeme is a teacher in the tradition of Soto Zen Buddhism.  He received Buddhist precepts in 2017 and leads the Sunderland Zen Group which part of the Wild Goose Sanga. 

Meditation and mindfulness sessions are available to students and staff every Wednesday at 1.30pm (currently on Teams – please contact Graeme for details)

There is a Meditation (In the Soto Zen tradition) session every Sunday at 6pm (currently on Zoom  - please contact Graeme for details)


Contact the University Chaplain - Chris Howson for further information. Chris.Howson@sunderland.ac.uk 


Val Profile

Valerie Blackett

Email: valblackett@googlemail.com

Val is the University’s Humanist Chaplain who provides specific support for humanists, atheists and secularists. She is a member of the Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network of Humanists UK.

Please contact Val if you wish to find out more about humanism, or if you would like to talk to someone who isn’t religious about your fears, hopes, anguish, questions of meaning and purpose, or sense of loss and bereavement. Or simply, if you would like to talk to a friendly face away from home.

Other Contacts

There are also contacts with the local Jewish community and independent church denominations. Please contact Chris Howson - University Chaplain for details. Chris.Howson@Sunderland.ac.uk 

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