Pastoral care

The Chaplain, Revd Dr Donald MacEwan, and Assistant Chaplain, Revd Samantha Ferguson, are available to offer pastoral care for any student or member of staff, regardless of faith or philosophy of life. This could be

  • a sympathetic listening and confidential ear
  • someone to talk to in a crisis
  • a sounding board
  • hospital visits for you or someone you know
  • support in emotional or spiritual issues
  • space to search for the meaning of life
  • support when all else fails
  • space for your to explore your faith or no faith (of whatever kind).

The chaplains also offer confidential support to people on questions of sexuality. Online resources for Christians and others over issues in sexuality can be found at Affirmation Scotland. Muslim students with questions relating to their sexuality are welcome to approach the Honorary Islamic Chaplain to the University, Imam Vali Hussain, . The Imaan website also offers support.

To arrange a meeting with either Revd Dr Donald MacEwan or Revd Samantha Ferguson, email their secretaries on or drop by to make an appointment. You are also welcome to contact them directly.

In case of an emergency, the Chaplain can be contacted on 07713 322036 in the evening or at weekends.

The other members of the Chaplaincy team are also available for consultation on request. If you would like to meet with a female chaplain, please contact the Chaplaincy secretaries to make arrangements or alternatively, contact Fiona Barnard, Honorary Global Chaplain, direct at