Accessing Support – Leeds Arts University

Chaplaincy services for the Leeds Arts University are located in the Emmanuel Centre, next to the Parkinson Building. The Chaplaincy is here for staff and students.

Chaplains are available for drop-in visits and for appointments, and we have a 24/7 emergency phone service.

Use the Chaplaincy:

  • Whether you have a faith (Christian, Jewish, Muslim etc.) or have no religious beliefs.
  • When you need someone independent and confidential to talk to.
  • If you’re finding life difficult or you have a tricky decision to make.
  • If you have lost someone close to you.
  • If want to explore spirituality.

We will not try to make you religious, we are here to help you in any way that we can.

The Common Room is a great place to make yourself a hot drink and relax or you can go to the Claire Chapel for some quiet time.

Chaplaincy Office: 0113 343 5071,


Lead Chaplain – Robin Fishwick

Emmanuel Centre Office G.10

0113 343 5073

Robin Fishwick first came to Emmanuel Church as a member of its choir in 1979. He was a Roman Catholic back then and became a Quaker in 1989, so he knows something about ecumenical diversity. He is the senior Quaker Chaplain and is also Co-ordinating Chaplain.

As well as Breathe, Robin is also involved in Unity Events and the Inspired Music Nights. Robin is also a keen environmentalist, a singer, songwriter, musician and ceilidh caller.

Robin serves as the Quaker representative on the committee of the Churches Higher Education Liaison Group.

Emmanuel Centre G.10

0113 343 5073

Photo of Robin Fishwick

You can choose to see Robin or any of our chaplains, or ask to be referred to an advisor of another faith. Call the main office on 0113 343 5071 to check availability or just drop in.

Muslim Student Advisor – Farhat Yaqoob

0113 343 5071

Farhat Yaqoob joined the University of Leeds in 2014. She works part-time and is very much in demand, as much for her general brilliance in caring for people as for her expertise in the practice of the Islamic faith. Her office is in the Emmanuel Centre and you can make an appointment with her by calling the main chaplaincy office on 0113 343 5071 or email

Farhat is also the instigator of the many Unity activities that you will see around campus. Her aim is to unite people around our similarities regardless of our home cultures, religions and interests. She makes a big impact on the life of the university and is happy to counsel anyone, staff or student, Muslim, any faith or no faith.

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Jewish Chaplaincy Couple- Zecharia & Nava

Learn more about the Jewish Chaplaincy here

Contact Nava:
07791 292 948
Contact Zecharia:
07815 108 260

Other sources of help and support

Nightline is an anonymous, confidential, non-advisory telephone listening and information service run for students by trained student volunteers. Phone lines are open 8pm until 8am, every night of term time, including weekends.

0113 380 1381: Listening service

0113 380 1380: Information service

Click for the University’s webpage showing the full range of welfare services available.

Leeds Arts Union provides a range of advice for many situations that can affect your health and well-being.