Pastoral and spiritual support

Who we are and what we do

We are a team of volunteer chaplains and faith advisers who are university staff offering pastoral and spiritual support to staff and students at the university. The team is led by our pastoral and spiritual support coordinator Revd Jonathon Ross-McNairn.

We welcome all members of the university community. It's a safe space for all offering comfy lounge and kitchenette facilities – a space to sit, eat, chat, study and play games with free tea, coffee, squash and biscuits. No appointment is needed; just drop in. Our core opening hours are 10.00 to 16.00 Monday to Friday. 

We also have a large meeting room where people can hold meetings or study; a quiet room for meditation, mindfulness, prayer or just a bit of time out; and toilet and wudhu facilities.

Across campus, 20 Endsleigh Place has multi-faith prayer rooms including wudhu facilities.

Soul Fuel!

A new inclusive morning group for staff, volunteers and students, led by Revd Jonathon Ross-McNairn.

Start your day by taking time for prayer or mindfulness, a thought for the day from Revd Jonathon and a question for the day to inspire you. Join us, listen in and enjoy some soul fuel.

Held 9:30–9:45 am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning, starting on Monday 15 June.

You can access this group through Facebook Live.

Meet the Pastoral and Spiritual Support team

The University of Plymouth's Pastoral and Spiritual Support team is made up of a diverse range of people from different faiths who offer their time as chaplains and faith advisers.

Learn more about the Pastoral and Spiritual Support team

Student faith and belief societies

University of Plymouth students have access to over 100 societies. They help connect you with others who share your passion.

All societies at the Students' Union are student led. Joining any one of them is a great way to make the most of your university experience, meet new people, learn new things, explore your passions and have fun.

There are a number of faith and belief societies which may be of interest to you.

Spaces for prayer and reflection

On campus

Pastoral and Spiritual Support, 1 Kirkby Terrace 

Pastoral and Spiritual Support has a quiet room which is available to people of all faiths and none for prayer and quiet reflection. Pastoral and spiritual support is open weekdays 10:00–16:00 in term time and 12:00–14:00 during holidays.

Multi-faith Prayer Room, 20 Endsleigh Place, Drake Circus, University of Plymouth

Multi-faith prayer facilities are available on the main campus opposite the Boots Store from 9:00–17:00 weekdays with washing facilities for both genders. Friday congregational prayers (Jumu’ah) for Muslims are offered from 13:15–13:45 each week during term time.

Sherwell United Church, North Hill, Plymouth

Sherwell United Church is available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00–13:00 for Christian prayer or for quiet reflection. The church is accessible from North Hill.

Off campus

Multi-faith Prayer Room, Level 7, Zone E Derriford Hospital, Derriford Road Plymouth PL6 8DU

The multi-faith prayer room is easily accessible from the John Bull Building. Friday congregational Muslim prayers (Jumu’ah) are offered from 13:15–13:45 each week.

Dental Education Facility, Peninsula Dental School, Exeter DEF, Veysey Close, Exeter, EX2 4SG

There is a multi-faith prayer room on the ground floor of the Dental Education Facility.

Knowledge Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, Cornwall TR1 3HD

There is a multi-faith prayer room at the Knowledge Spa.

Within the community

Faith communities and places of worship