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.

Come to 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 you 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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Lead Chaplain – Rev. Samantha Sheehan

Emmanuel Centre Office G.03

0113 343 5070


Hi, I’m Samantha, I’m a minister in the United Reformed Church (URC).

I grew up in Stockport and moved to Sheffield to train for paediatric nursing. After qualifying I worked in the Operating department at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

I felt God’s call to ministry very early on, while I was at college, but didn’t go forward for training until some 8 years later. I moved to Cambridge to complete my ministerial training, and degree in theology at Westminster College.

I was ordained in 2015, my first posting was in Gravesend, Kent. Moving back north in 2018, I came to Leeds and joined the Chaplaincy team as part of my current ministry post helping the URC engage with young adults.

I am often on campus on Mon, Wed and Fridays; happy to chat about the big and small stuff – I can also be found out and about in campus with the Unity Tea Trolley.

Reverand Samantha Sheehan

You can choose to see 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

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.