Support groups for staff and students experiencing: grief / loss / life-change / isolation / religion, belief or race discrimination

Support groups can be an effective way to find solidarity and mutual support in challenging times. Such groups, run by the Chaplaincy for all staff and students -as non-judgemental, confidential and non-religious activities- continue, but now online via video meeting, during these extraordinary times of pandemic crisis. In addition to our long-term provision of grief support groups, after the death of a loved one, we are also offering support groups for those experiencing other life-altering circumstances, including for: loss, life-change, isolation and religion, belief or race discrimination.

You may wish to consider participating in such a group, with others who are in a similar position to yourself. When you express an interest in joining a group you can choose what topic area you want to share about and you will be placed in a group with people in a similar situation to yourself.

Groups run for three sessions.  The group happens via Google Meet as a facilitated peer-to-peer conversation. The group facilitator will be an advisor or chaplain from the Chaplaincy Centre. Please note that these are not drop-in sessions - group members must register in advance and be willing to attend all 3 sessions.

For information about the next scheduled groups, please contact the chaplaincy on 

If you have questions or would like more information please contact Kathryn Fey-Beatson, Chaplaincy Administrator,

The sessions are not religious in purpose or intent, these groups are designed in consultation with the University Counselling Service, HR Wellbeing and other advisory services.

These peer support groups are organised by the University's Chaplaincy Centre in addition to the one-to-one support offered, year-round to staff and students.