Welcome to the Chaplaincy


Click here for the main Chaplaincy website.

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 emergency phone service.

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.

We will not try to make you religious, we are here to help you in any way that we can.

The Common Room is a great place to make yourself a hot drink and relax or you can go to the Claire Chapel for some quiet time.

Chaplaincy Office: 343 5071, chaplaincy@leeds.ac.uk

Lead Chaplain – Revd. Dr. Matt Ward

Revd. Dr. Matt Ward

Matt is an Anglican chaplain. He has been part of the university chaplaincy since 2005. He can often be found around the Emmanuel centre and is always happy to stop and chat with people. He works closely with teaching departments and university administration around matters of ethics, teaches a module on spirituality in the Medical School and leads annual events such as Remembrance Day and the Carol Service.

As well as being the lead chaplain for the University of Leeds, he leads Emmanuel Café Church on Sunday evenings.

Matt is really interested in how people belong to a community and recently completed a doctorate at Durham University that looked at how recent graduates seek and find belonging in churches when they move to new places.  He knows all about balancing daily life with the pressures of study and how to prepare yourself for assessment, psychologically and academically.

Away from the university he enjoys the outdoors, whether it’s walking in the hills or paddling his homemade canoe.

Emmanuel Centre Office G.09, 0113 343 5070, m.ward@leeds.ac.uk

 You can choose to see Matt or any of our chaplains, or ask to be referred to an advisor of another faith. Call the main office on 343 5071 to check availability or just drop in.

Muslim Student Advisor – Farhat Yaqoob

Unity LogoFarhat Yaqoob joined the university in 2014. She works part-time and 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 is in the Emmanuel Centre and you can make an appointment with her by calling the main chaplaincy office on 343 5071 or email f.yaqoob@leeds.ac.uk.

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.

Jewish Chaplain – Rabbi Eli Magzimof

Eli Magzimof

Rabbi  and his wife Rivka have made a fabulous impact since they arrived in September 2014, building incredibly close relationships with many of the estimated 1500 Jewish students across Yorkshire. They are great fun and provide regular events for students in Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield and beyond. There are also regional events to ensure that this major student hub is brought together. Known as the ‘Running Rabbi’, Eli – a former Paratrooper in the Israeli Defence Forces – ran the London Marathon for University Jewish Chaplaincy to help raise vital funds. They are a dynamic couple who will do anything in their power to make your university journey exciting and meaningful.

Learn more about the Jewish Chaplaincy here

Contact Eli directly: eli@mychaplaincy.co.uk.

Other sources of help and support

Click here for the University’s webpage showing the full range of support and wellbeing services available.

Drop-in services are available daily for anyone in need of support – counselling, mental health and wellbeing. Click here for time and places.

Counselling appointments can be booked here. There are also useful resources such as relaxation mp3 files.

LUU’s Student Advice Centre provides a range of advice for many situations that can affect your health and wellbeing, including handling online bullying.