University Chaplain

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Glasgow, Scotland
£43.266 - £50.132

The University Chaplain leads the spiritual life of the institution. Besides officiating at services of Christian worship in the Memorial Chapel, the role-holder is the leader of the University’s interfaith Chaplaincy which includes chaplains from a range of Christian denominations, other faiths and faith positions. The Chaplaincy provides spiritual and pastoral support to all members of our diverse University community on a non-discriminatory basis. In addition, the University Chaplain makes an important contribution to the wellbeing of students, working with colleagues in the Student Wellbeing and Inclusion Team and across the University to build a supportive learning community.

The University Chaplain is responsible for:

  • Leading services of worship in the Memorial Chapel
  • Managing Chaplaincy involvement and contribution to University-wide ceremonial occasions, including graduation ceremonies, Commemoration Day, Remembrance Sunday, international events and faith-based celebrations
  • Officiating at weddings, funerals and other ceremonies
  • Providing pastoral and spiritual support to students and staff, as the lead member of our interfaith chaplaincy team
  • Helping to support students and staff, their friends and relations, and other members of the University community, especially at times of crisis
  • Maintaining and building connections with local faith communities

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead and conduct worship in the University Chapel at Sunday and other University Services such as Memorial and Funeral Services, Graduation Ceremonies and the annual Commemoration Day, working closely with the Director of Chapel Music and the University Organist.
  • Provide one-to-one pastoral support to students, including those in residences, working closely with residence-based staff.
  • Maintain contact with students and staff who are in hospital or recovering from illness, as appropriate.
  • Coordinate the network of Chaplains associated with the University and facilitate the religious observance of the various Christian denominations and faith groups on campus.
  • Work with colleagues in Estates and Student & Academic Services to further develop the network of prayer and reflection spaces on campus.
  • Plan, coordinate and deliver a regular programme of interfaith events for students in collaboration with the Chaplaincy team, the student bodies and other University Services.
  • Build and maintain good relationships with students, Colleges/Schools, SRC and Student Unions, regardless of religion, faith or non-belief.
  • Build and maintain good relationships with local faith and belief communities and with the wider civic community.
  • Advise and assist senior colleagues (including the University’s Champion for Religion and Belief) in connection with matters of faith and belief and help to promote an inclusive, tolerant and harmonious university community.
  • Working with the Head of Student Wellbeing and Inclusion and other colleagues, play a key role in the University’s Student Crisis Response team, providing crisis support (both in work time and out of hours) to students and staff at the University of Glasgow.
  • Provide professional advice to senior management and to manage and coordinate the University’s response in the event of the death of a student and, when appropriate, the death of a member of staff or alumnus.


  • Ability to demonstrate the competencies required to undertake the duties associated with this levelof post having acquired the necessary professional knowledge and management skills in a similar or number of different specialist roles. Or, Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 9,10 or 11 (Ordinary/Honours Degree, Post Graduate Qualification), or equivalent, including being professionally qualified in relevant discipline, with a broad range of professional experience in a management role(s).
  • Ordained as a minister of religion in one of the mainstream Christian denominations.
  • Knowledge and understanding of higher education, its context and the student experience.


  • Professional training in pastoral care or counselling.

Skills and Attributes

  • Energy and vision for the role of Chaplaincy at the University.
  • Strong personal commitment to the Christian faith
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with a clear ability to build effective relationships within the University community and gain the respect of staff and students.
  • Ability to engage and relate to student-led religious groups.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills.
  • Commitment to ensuring an inclusive environment that welcomes and supports all staff and students.
  • Ability to promote good relations between different groups of students through activities that foster tolerance and understanding.
  • Willingness to keep up to date with theological and educational issues.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to inspire others.
  • Basic IT skills.
  • Understanding of equality legislation and its implications for all protected characteristics.


  • Previous experience in pastoral role in a variety of contexts and in a varied community.
  • Experience of an ecumenical approach.
  • Experience of working with leaders and other members of different faith communities.
  • Experience of working with young adults.
  • Experience of leading and managing staff and/or teams of volunteers.
  • Experience of developing activities and events that promote and celebrate different religions.


  • Previous University Chaplaincy experience.

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Standard Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions

  • Salary will be on the Management, Professional and Administrative Grade, level 8, £43,266 - £50,132 per annum.
  • This post is offered on a full time (35 hours) and open-ended basis.
  • New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.
  • The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme.
  • Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

Closing date 1 August 2019.