University of Sunderland re-open Interfaith Chaplaincy Centre

Quaker Chaplain Iman Yusuf Meah, Coordinating Chaplain Roland Bai, Revd Chris Howson, Buddhist Chaplain Graeme Jobes, Catholic Lay Chaplain Rebecca Leighton and Vice-chancellor Sir David Bell

The University of Sunderland is pleased to announce the re-opening of their Interfaith Chaplaincy Centre, after receiving a major refurbishment. 

The University spent around £30,000 on the refurbishment, which has seen new paint, furniture and design introduced to make a fun and attractive place for new students.

Located on St Peter’s campus they have; an Interfaith Library, the St Hilde Chapel, ‘Mindfulness room’, male and female Muslim prayer provision, a teaching room, two offices, the LGBTQIA resource room and the ‘Mature Study Centre’.

Revd Chris Howson said: “At the start of the Covid crisis, the Chaplaincy team at the University of Sunderland were at the heart of the work to support students who were isolated and in some cases were trapped in the UK with no family to help them. 

“The University acknowledged the essential work we have been doing with a huge investment in the building that we use, the Interfaith Chaplaincy Centre. 

“We couldn't be more pleased with the difference new furniture and newly decorated rooms make to the place. It’s now a lovely, inviting place for students to pray, study and meet together.”

Students and the chaplaincy team met with Vice-chancellor Sir David Bell to officially reopen the newly refurbished Chaplaincy Centre.

First published on: 14th December 2021
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