Accessing Support – University of Leeds

Chaplaincy services for the University of Leeds 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 out of hours phone line.

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.
  • For personal private prayer.
  • To join in with worship services.

We are here to support you pastorally, or in faith.


Chaplaincy Office: 0113 343 5071

Or E-mail:

Out of hours phone: 07780 613862 to speak to a chaplain.

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You can choose to see Anthea 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 email

Lead Chaplain – Rev. Anthea Colledge

Emmanuel Centre Office G.03

0113 343 5071

Hi, I’m the Anglican (Church of England) chaplain (pronouns she/her).

I’ve lived in Leeds for the last 8 years, first working as a parish priest in West Leeds and then commuting to the University of Sheffield to be a chaplain there. Sheffield is great, but I’m very pleased to have a shorter commute these days! Before that I worked in mental health and learning disability projects for the NHS and Local Authorities in London. I’ve been adopted by Yorkshire, but I come originally from London.

As a chaplain my natural habitat is the coffee shop, so I’m always happy to go for a coffee and chat about life, the universe and everything. I can probably chat most intelligently about Christian spirituality, mental health and wellbeing, faith-related equalities and inclusion, interfaith learning, or my very badly behaved dog Taffy, but I’m up for trying any topic once!

Alongside working as a chaplain I’m also a part-time PhD student at the University of Leeds so I get to see the University from different angles and understand some of the pressures (and joys) of postgraduate life from the inside.

I am the lead chaplain for the University of Leeds and I am also the LGBT Chaplain for the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett, Leeds Arts University and the University of Law.


Emmanuel Centre Office G.03

0113 343 5071

Rev Anthea Colledge

Muslim Student Advisor – Farhat Yaqoob

0113 343 5071

Farhat Yaqoob joined the university in 2014. She 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 (G. 09), 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

Rabbi Zecharia Deutsch and Nava Deutsch:


Learn more about the Jewish Chaplaincy here.

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 support and wellbeing services available.

Click here to find out what support is available from Student Counselling and Wellbeing

LUU Student Help & Support provides a range of advice for many situations that can affect your health and wellbeing.