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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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Muslim Chaplain

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)

Imam Yusuf Meah

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.



Mary Palmer

Lay Catholic Chaplain

Phone: 07539688547

Email: sunderlandcathsoc@gmail.com


Egyptian Coptic Orthodox

Contact the University Chaplain - Chris Howson for further information



Gareth Phillips

Email: garethphillips3@gmail.com



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.



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)



Patsy Wilson

Email: patsy.wilson1@ntlworld.com



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.


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