Staff and Postgraduates

Chaplaincy services are available to all members of the universities, not just to undergraduates.

Chaplaincy services are available to people of all faiths or none, not just to Christians.

Chaplains are driven to serve others because they are people of faith; they don’t expect you to have any interest in religion although they are happy to discuss matters of faith with you.

At the Chaplaincy, we understand that life is sometimes hard:

  • Balancing the demands of work and home life;
  • Managing time effectively so that you can meet deadlines;
  • Being a leader or being part of a team challenges our personal skills;
  • Living in a diverse society and trying to understand other lifestyles and religious observances;
  • Maintaining your personal ethics in a work environment;
  • Living far away from family and friends to pursue study or career goals;
  • Concerns for younger or less experienced colleagues and students.

Chaplaincy can help you in many ways:

  • One-to-one confidential support with a chaplain of your choice;
  • Group activities to socialise outside your department;
  • Quiet activities for mediation or prayer;
  • Quiet spaces to take time out of your day;
  • Learning opportunities through short courses or social lunches on a range of topics.
Photo of Upstairs Congregation Space Emmanuel Centre

The Emmanuel Centre on Woodhouse Lane is the hub of Chaplaincy in Leeds while Melvyn Kelly is stationed at LBH PRG07a (you do not need a Wellbeing appointment to see a chaplain). In the Emmanuel Centre we have a common room for relaxation and making yourself a hot drink, a chapel and a meeting room. We hold regular activities for prayer, international support and evenings groups in Mandarin and Cantonese. At LBU there is the faith and belief forum which meets termly to discuss matters of faith and how they impact on work and study in the university.

The first Friday of every month is Staff and PostGrad coffee hour at the Emmanuel Centre from 2:00 -3.30pm. Anyone can drop in to socialise and encourage each other over snacks and drinks.

Chaplaincy activities run year round, not just in term-time.