Humanist Chaplaincy

Humanists UK estimates that there are more than 17 million British Humanists. The Humanist and non-religious adviser is there for students or staff who would like pastoral or spiritual support from a non-religious perspective.


About Humanism

What is a Humanist? Humanists UK describe a humanist as somebody who:

  • trusts to the scientific method when it comes to understanding how the universe works and rejects the idea of the supernatural (and is therefore an atheist or agnostic)
  • makes their ethical decisions based on reason, empathy, and a concern for human beings and other sentient animals
  • believes that, in the absence of an afterlife and any discernible purpose to the universe, human beings can act to give their own lives meaning by seeking happiness in this life and helping others to do the same.

Read more about Humanism on the Humanists UK website.

Humanists UK have also developed a free online course to introduce you to the concepts of Humanism, run through FutureLearn. 

Take the course

A video of Humanism explained by Dr Emily Wood

Ways to get involved

Join the UK-wide community of Humanist students

Humanist Students exists to support and represent a growing membership of non-religious students on campuses everywhere in the UK.

Join a local Humanist group

Join the Facebook group for the Sheffield Humanists group to find out what's going on locally.

Humanist/non-religious advisor: Emily Wood

Emily Wood is the Humanist Adviser for the University, and is there for all Humanist or non-religious staff and students.

"I am a Humanist pastoral worker, accredited by the British Humanist Association and the non-religious pastoral support network.

"I am happy to be contacted by staff or students who wish to speak to someone from a non-religious background, regardless of whether or not they identify as Humanist.

"I am from Sheffield and I have studied biology, nursing and health services research at the Universities of Bangor and Sheffield. I work for the University of Sheffield as a mental health researcher in the School of Health and Related Research."


Telephone: +44 114 215 9121

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