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Supporting you

We're here to listen and offer confidential support, whatever your religion or beliefs

At the Chaplaincy you'll find support, guidance and a friendly ear. Come in for a chat and a cup of tea anytime.

If you're struggling with life's ups and downs, our team of experienced Chaplains are here for a confidential one-to-one chat. You don't always need to make an appointment.

We run social events throughout the year and we can point you in the direction of other support services on campus. We're open to all students, regardless of your values and beliefs, for a confidential chat, somewhere to have lunch with friends, or just some quiet space.

We'll listen to you confidentially about whatever you want to explore. Our Chaplains have pastoral skills that can help with establishing values, meaning and purpose for living.

What is the Chaplaincy?

The Chaplaincy is a safe and inclusive social space open to all students, regardless of your values and beliefs. Free tea and coffee is available every day during the week.

Our facilities include:

  • The Sanctuary – a quiet multi-faith room for reflection, stillness and personal prayer
  • Confidential support – often no appointment is necessary. Just pop in and ask to see a Chaplain for a one-to-one chat, make an appointment or email us at 
  • Islamic prayer rooms – available in the Nuffield and Mercantile Buildings with ablution facilities for Muslim staff and students, and separate ablution facilities for Brothers and Sisters. You can book use of the prayer rooms on Eventbrite now:
  • Information – we have a small library of books, magazines and information about other support services and local places of worship

Speak to us

Our Chaplains will listen and support you. We'll:

  • listen non-judgmentally
  • encourage you to develop and grow
  • support you for as long as it takes

Your visit and conversations are kept confidential unless you give us permission to tell someone else.

If we think you're a risk to yourself or others, we may need to tell someone, but we'll discuss this with you first if we can.

We provide support and can tell you about other services across the University and city for issues such as:

  • Faith issues and concerns
  • Domestic abuse
  • Pregnancy
  • Refugee status
  • Marriage advice
  • Financial problems
  • Academic concerns
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Substance abuse 

The Chaplaincy offers you an opportunity to build relationships with people from other cultures, faiths and religions.

We also have the resources and contact details for local faith groups. If you are unsure about how to approach someone from a different cultural or faith background to yourself, then the Chaplains will be able to help.

There are guidelines for building relations with people of different faiths and beliefs, available both nationally, and within the University. We can direct you to groups and organisations that specialise in building interfaith relationships.

Events and activities

Throughout the year, the Chaplaincy team organise social events for students and staff to meet new people within a peaceful and impartial environment. Activities include:

  • Festival of Light
  • Film and Games afternoons (Xbox and board games)
  • Crafts including mug painting and card making
  • Christmas Carol Service

Everyone in the University community is welcome to visit and participate in our social events, speak to us, socialise with friends or use the space for quiet time and reflection.

Freshers' event – Paint Your Own Mug

If you're joining the University in 2021, we'll be running a drop-in mug-painting event for a full week, from Monday 4 – Friday 8 October, 10.00am – 4.00pm.

Our mug painting event is a chance to meet other students and chaplaincy staff in a chatty and friendly environment and free refreshments should be available. This makes it a popular event for those of you looking for a spot of calm during a busy first few weeks.

You can arrive and join in at any time. If the session is busy (maximum capacity is 8 people), you can pop back whenever suits you. Safety guidelines will be in place, including sanitisation of all equipment, so you can get to know others in a safe environment. 

Students painting mugs

Get in touch

If you are in serious distress and would like to urgently speak to a Chaplain out of normal office hours, the Duty Chaplain can be contacted through the University Security Lodge on +44 (0)23 9284 3418 (or 84 3418 from halls landlines).

Call us on +44 (0)23 9284 3030, or email us at (for personal concerns) or (for general enquiries). You can also follow our PortsmouthUniChaplaincy Facebook page, or visit us: 


Ground Floor
Chaplaincy Suite
The Nuffield Centre
St. Michael's Road
Portsmouth PO1 2ED


We are open 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday, and Fridays from 9.00am to 4.00pm.

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