Chaplaincy and Faith Support
  

Christian Chaplains

Members of all churches, and none, are offered support by the Chaplaincy team. The denominational labels below are only as a guide: feel free to contact any of us.

Chaplains

Megan Smith Profile 

  

Revd Dr Megan Smith (Anglican Chaplain)
University Park
megan.smith@nottingham.ac.uk
 +44 (0)115 951 3931

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Megan studied medicine at the University of Manchester. As a student there she also spent much time involved in church ministry, inner-city community development work and prison visiting. Enjoying squeezing as much as possible into life, she started studying for an MTh in Applied Theology (Liverpool) the year of her medical finals and later squeezed in an MSc in Medical Education as well! Megan specialized in Paediatric and then Paediatric Intensive Care Medicine. She gained further medical experience in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto, Canada before coming to Nottingham as a Consultant Paediatric Intensivist at NUH in 2004. On return to the UK Megan quickly began exploring a calling to ordained church ministry, didn’t quite fit into the usual patterns for ministry training, and was ordained in Southwell Minster in 2007. After 5 years of juggling ordained church ministry and full-time medical work, she is now in ministry full-time, as Vicar of Lenton and University Chaplain. She has interests in medical ethics and end-of-life care (both medical and pastoral). Megan is passionate about anything which helps people discover who God has created and called them to be. Other passions are gardening, mountains and lakes, good wine, home-baked bread, Aga cooking and generally living life to the full.

 

Jonathan Rose Profile
Father Jonathan Rose (Catholic Chaplain)
University Park and Jubilee
jonathan.rose@nottingham.ac.uk
+44 (0)115 951 3930
+44 (0)7526 711287

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Father Jonathan Rose was born and brought up in Southwell, Nottinghamshire and educated in Derbyshire and the West Country. He trained for Hotel Management in Norwich. He was received into the Catholic Church at Downside Abbey, whilst away at school in Bath. He spent the majority of his professional life managing luxury hotels across the world. After returning to the Anglican church, he became an Anglican Monk with The Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield, West Yorkshire. Returning to the Catholic Church, he continued his studies in Theology at the University of Nottingham before training for the Diocesan Priesthood, firstly at The Royal English College in Valladolid, Northern Spain and then at the Pontifical Beda College in Rome. He was ordained to the Deaconate in Rome, in the Basilica of St. Paul’s outside the Walls by the former Head of the Papal Household, Cardinal James Harvey in June 2014. Fr. Jonathan was ordained to the Priesthood in July 2015 by Bishop Patrick McKinney in the Catholic Cathedral of St. Barnabas, Nottingham and it is at the Cathedral and in the parish of St. Augustine’s Woodborough Road that Fr. Jonathan has ministered as a priest before joining the Chaplaincy team in January 2017, as the Catholic Chaplain. In addition he is the Private Secretary to the Bishop of Nottingham. Fr Jonathan is a people’s person, with a keen sense of humour and love of life. He enjoys offering and receiving hospitality in all its many forms. In his spare time, he likes reading, foreign travel, music, cinema and the theatre as well as hill walking and skiing.

 

Liz Middleton Profile
Liz Middleton (International Chaplain)
University Park and Jubilee 
liz.middleton@nottingham.ac.uk 
+44 (0)115 951 3931
+ 44 (0)7952 291671

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Liz joined the chaplaincy team in 2006 with a focus on international students. She is involved in the Globe Cafés, outings and other events for international students, plus international Bible studies and pastoral work. She is in the Portland Building Chaplaincy office C2-3 most days and in the Jubilee Campus Faith Space (Amenities Building B4) on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Previously Liz worked in mainland China for thirteen years, initially teaching English & studying Mandarin and then for nine years working with abandoned children. In her spare time Liz enjoys scenic walks in the countryside, playing the piano and meeting up with family & friends.

  

Val Owens Profile
Val Owens (International Chaplain)
Sutton Bonington 
val.owens@nottingham.ac.uk 
+44 (0)115 951 3931 
+44 (0)7942 073750

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Val qualified and worked in Cardiff as a Physiotherapist before moving to Loughborough where she continued to work as a physio whilst becoming increasingly involved with student ministry in Loughborough University. After a number of years close involvement with students from Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and China through the Loughborough Chinese Christian Fellowship, she spent 2 years at All Nations Christian College doing a course in Biblical, Missiology and Cross cultural studies. Following her time there she moved to work with international students on Sutton Bonington Campus, enjoying the rich diversity of cultures represented there. She is involved with a variety of events, such as Globe Café, Mosaic group for international women, arranging outings , hospitality and opportunities to study the Bible. She has also been involved since 1992 with a humanitarian project high on the Tibetan plateau and has made regular trips to China since that time, as well as other parts of the Far East, (and more recently to Kenya) greatly enjoying linking up with some past student friends in the process.

  

Grace Li Profile
Grace Li (International Chaplain)
Jubilee
grace.li@nottingham.ac.uk
+44 (0)115 951 3931 
+44 (0)7948 993926

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Born and grown up in mainland China, Grace came to the UK for her theological study. She then joined Chinese Overseas Christian Mission (COCM) as a full time minister.  Grace came to Nottingham in 2006 with a focus on sharing the gospel to mainland Chinese students.  She is involved in mandarin Bible studies, pastoral work, and basic counselling.  Grace works closely with Liz Middleton as an international chaplain and works regularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays on Jubilee campus. In her spare time, she loves reading, hiking, extending hospitality and self-inventing cooking!
Grace 来自中国, 在英国 完成了她的神学课程后, 加入基督教华侨布道会, 做全职传道工作。 她于2006年来到诺丁汉, 旨在向中国的同胞分享上帝的爱。她目前参与在普通话学生团契, 中文圣经学习, 以及基本的心理咨询工作。每周二, 周四她会在大学Jubilee campus faith space, Amenities Building B4.。 偶尔也会在 Portland Building Chaplaincy. 
她的业余爱好是徒步旅行及阅读, 以及享受自我挑战的料理!

 

Paulina Hlawiczka Profile
Revd Paulina Hlawiczka (Lutheran Chaplain)
(Polish - Slovakian - German - English speaking)
University Park
paulina.hlawiczka@nottingham.ac.uk 
+44 (0)115 951 3931
+44 (0) 7707 430403

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Paulina has many roles – chaplain, theologian, pastor, ethicist, activist and soprano. She was born in Southern Poland and studied Theology & Ethics at the Christian Theological Academy, and Opera with Acting at the Elsner Opera School, both in Warsaw. She worked for several years as a PA to a Major General and Military Bishop in the Army Chaplaincy of the Polish Ministry of Defence helping to advocate gender equality in the army, co-editing the Military Magazine; supporting staff after traumatic events, and performing at Christmas Concerts for soldiers and the government. Paulina went on to work at the Polish Ecumenical Council as a projects' coordinator in areas such as the Migration Project, co-operating with the CCME (Churches Commission for Migrants in Europe) in Brussels. Since 2015 she has been a part-time Pastor-in-Charge of two multicultural churches in Nottingham and Corby and also one of the 7 Trustees of the Lutheran Church in Great Britain Council in London. In 2017 she became a part time Lutheran Chaplain at the Nottingham University assisting students from Central and Eastern Europe and the USA. In addition to advocating for social & gender justice, supporting minority communities and tackling hate crime, Paulina also performs solo as a soprano at different events such as opening ceremonies, anniversaries, commemorations, legal services, recitals, and concerts.

 

Matt Fugill Profile
Revd Matt Fugill (Methodist Chaplain)
University Park
matt.fugill@nottingham.ac.uk
+44 (0)115 951 3931
+44 (0) 7540 336848

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Matt began his ministry in 2011, serving for five years in the North Bedfordshire Circuit, before moving in 2016 to serve in the Nottingham Trent Valley circuit. As part of that work, he currently serves as a member of the Nottingham University Chaplaincy Team. Matt is married to Rebecca, and has a three year old daughter called Abigail. In his spare time, he enjoys playing Table Top RPG's and boardgames with friends.

 

Faith Advisors and Chaplaincy Assistants

 

Kwok Leung Cheung Profile
Kwok-Leung Cheung (Chinese Church Faith Advisor)
University Park and Royal Derby Hospital 
kl.cheung@nottingham.ac.uk
+44 (0)115 951 3931
+44 (0)1332 724881

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Kwok-Leung was born and bred in Hong Kong, becoming a Christian when he was in secondary school.  Having completed surgical training, he came to Nottingham in 1998 to carry out research in breast cancer, and has not left since! He is now a clinical academic at the University.  He is a member of the Nottingham Chinese Christian Church. Kwok-Leung is currently studying a BA in Theological Studies at London School of Theology. He is married to Loretta, with two grown up children, Ian and Victoria.

  

Suzanne Astill Profile
Suzanne Astill (Interim Lay Anglican Chaplain)
University Park
chaplains@nottingham.ac.uk
+44 (0)115 951 3931

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Suzanne is originally from West Sussex, and moved north (!) to study Geography at the University of Sheffield. She then spent time managing bus services around the Midlands, Scottish Borders and East Anglia (yes she still has a PSV licence!). This was followed by some time in Transport Policy for Local Government. She then moved to Nottingham in 2009, took some time out to look after her two daughters (who are now teenagers). She then took the plunge and went back to work in a local Church for 5 years as a Children’s and Families Worker. 

Suzanne now volunteers as a Children’s Chaplain at QMC one day a week alongside her University Chaplaincy role. She attends Holy Trinity Church in Lenton and is passionate about walking alongside people and supporting them as they deal with the day to day joys and troubles of life.

She enjoys spending time with family, misses the sea (a lot!), is a bit of train geek, and loves socialising, building friendships and watching Disney, Narnia or Harry Potter films

 

Chris Howitt Profile
Christopher Howitt (Catholic Lay Chaplain)
University Park
christopher.howitt@nottingham.ac.uk
+44 (0)115 9513931

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Originally from Nottingham, Chris studied Drama at De Montfort University Leicester and stayed on a further three years to complete his MA in the Arts and MPhil in Theatre and Theology. A keen writer, Chris enjoys creating play-scripts, poetry and just about anything with a pen and paper. Before joining the Chaplaincy team he spent two years as Catholic Lay Chaplain at the University of Derby, working ecumenically with fellow chaplains and recording the weekly Three Christians Podcast. Born into the Catholic faith, Chris has a love of life, laughter, hospitality and cooking. He is thrilled to be part of the Chaplaincy here at the University of Nottingham.

 

Tim Yearsley Profile
Tim Yearsley (Associate Chaplain)
University Park
chaplains@nottingham.ac.uk
+44 (0)115 951 3931

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Tim leads a student ministry for The Navigators UK across the universities in Nottingham. Tim is all about helping students explore how faith gives meaning and purpose to life on campus - he is experienced in one-to-one mentoring, talking with students to make sense of life, ask bigger and better questions, and help others do the same. Tim has been married to Beth since 2010, and they attend Holy Trinity church in Lenton together.  Tim enjoys provocative film, intense coffee, long runs, playing in his metal band, and meaningful conversations.

 

Karen Gray Profile
Karen Gray (Chaplaincy Assistant)
Sutton Bonington
karen.gray@nottingham.ac.uk
+44 (0)115 951 3931

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After a wandering childhood (West Indies/Southern Africa/North Wales/France), Karen studied Geography at Birmingham University before moving (with husband David) to Sutton Bonington  - a community where she has loved living, teaching, running youth clubs and raising three boys. Home life often involves juggling the priorities of feeding students, reading widely, introducing visitors to new board games and keeping in touch with sons who have now left home for Germany, Alabama and Oxfordshire! Karen recently left teaching and is now studying for a degree in Theology, Ministry and Mission at St Mellitus College, East Midlands, in the hope that this will equip her for leadership in a local church, working with students and living out faith in a messy world. Aside from spending time with people (including volunteering with a local organisation working with young people seeking asylum), she enjoys walking, swimming in the local river and playing the French Horn (very amateurishly!) in the SB campus orchestra.

 

Zak Gittins Profile
Zak Gittins (International Chaplaincy Assistant)
University Park
zak.gittins@nottingham.ac.uk
+44 (0)115 951 3931

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Zak is from Manchester and came to Nottingham in 2014 to study Maths. After graduating in July 2018, he worked for one year as the student intern at Cornerstone Church, Nottingham. In September 2019, he started a new role as the REACH Trainee for Friends International and also volunteers as a Chaplain's assistant. He enjoys running, reading books and loves a good coffee!"

 

Chaplaincy and Faith Support

A29, Portland Building
University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Tel: +44 (0)115 951 3931
Email: chaplains@nottingham.ac.uk