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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 Peters Campus SR6 0AN

He leads Friday prayers at the Helen McArdle House, City Campus. Chris can be reached via telephone- 07846099643
or email

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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)

He leads Friday prayers at the Helen McArdle Building.

Imam Yusuh Meah
Phone: 07888645945

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



Fr. Marc Lyden-Smith


Egyptian Coptic Orthodox

There is regular worship every Friday and Saturday evening in the Murray Library.



Gareth Phillips




Gurpreet Singh
Gurdwara Sahib, South Shields 
Phone: 0191 515 3211

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.



Kath Jones


There are weekly meditation lessons in the Buddhist tradition in the Interfaith Chaplaincy Centre every Thursday evening at 5:30pm.



Patsy Wilson



There are also contacts with the local Jewish community and independent church denominations. Please contact Chris for details.


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