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Chaplaincy Team

The Rev Dr Donald MacEwan, University Chaplain

The Chaplain's full title is Chaplain to the University. He is Chaplain to the whole University, to students, to all staff and support staff, and can be contacted at the Chaplaincy or for emergency pastoral care on his mobile.

T: 01334 462865
M: 07713322036

The Revd Samantha Ferguson, Part-time Assistant University Chaplain

Sam will be involved in most of the Chaplaincy’s life, from taking services to interfaith events, from meeting international students to offering pastoral care to staff and students. 

T: 01334 461766
M: 07546526280

All this involves befriending, counselling, advice and support - whatever may be appropriate. People come and talk about all kinds of things, some to do with faith matters; often, however, faith is not mentioned. Issues range through depression, anxiety, panic attacks, study problems, relationships, identity, bereavements, career, spiritual matters.

Contact the Chaplaincy
T: 01334 462866

Linda Bongiorno, Chaplaincy Secretary
T: 01334 462866

Tracy Niven, Senior Chaplaincy Secretary
T: 01334 462866

Meet the Team...

Fiona Barnard
Honorary International Students Chaplain

Fiona oversees our Befrienders scheme which introduces students for whom English is not their first language to local people – see further information at the back of this booklet or the Chaplaincy website. Fiona is particularly happy to meet with those who would prefer to talk to a female Chaplain
Barbara Davey
Honorary Quaker Chaplain
Barbara is a lifelong Quaker - green fingered, enjoys writing, and is devoted to learning and nurturing. She is a member of St Andrews Quaker Meeting (The Religious Society of Friends) and has served with Friends both locally and nationally.

Sandy Edwards
Honorary Humanist Chaplain

Sandy previously taught Biology in the University and is now retired but still does fieldwork with some teaching.  He is a Humanist funeral celebrant and has held various posts in the Humanist Society Scotland. Sandy is on the committee of the Spiritual and Healthcare department in NHS Tayside and works as a volunteer at Ninewells Hospital.

Father Michael John Galbraith
Honorary Roman Catholic Chaplain

Father Michael John is the Parish Priest of St James in St Andrews on the Scores opposite Canmore, the Catholic Chaplaincy.

Kitty Macintyre
Honorary Pagan Chaplain

Kitty has worked in the University administration for 30 years, having been a student here before that. She enjoys her regular contact with Pagan students and any other students who cross her path.

Revd Alan McGougan
Honorary United Reformed Church Chaplain

Alan is a minister in the United Reformed Church and moved to live in Dunfermline in 2016 and is minister to five congregations in the Fife and Tayside area. In 2016 the United Reformed Church became the first mainstream Christian Denomination to vote in favour of allowing ministers to conduct same-sex marriages. 

Jared Michelson
Honorary Chaplain: Cornerstone

Jared grew up in the United States, but has lived and worked in St Andrews with his wife Becky since 2013 while pursuing post-graduate education. In 2018 Jared became the lead Pastor at Cornerstone Church in St Andrews.

Dr Emily Michelson and Bill Shackman
Honorary Lay Jewish Chaplain and

Emily and Bill (a married couple) offer support to Jewish students in teaching, encouragement and hospitality, and in taking part in Jewish Society events.

Dr Sam Pehrson
Honorary Buddhist Chaplain 

Sam is a lecturer in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience. He works with the student-led Buddhist Meditation Society to run the weekly meditation and reading/discussion group. He is happy to meet anybody in the university interested in any aspect of Buddhist practice.

The Very Rev. Archimandrite Avraamy Neyman
Honorary Orthodox Chaplain or
01382 293733

Fr Avraamy is a priest and monk from the Russian Orthodox Church who moved to Scotland in 2007 and is based in Dundee.

Imam Abdul Raof
Honorary Muslim Chaplain

Imam Abdul Raof works with the Islamic Society in organising Friday Prayers, and is available to students and staff on any issue in connection with Islam.

Leslie Stevenson
Honorary Quaker Chaplain

Leslie was Reader in Philosophy 1968-2000, and is now Honorary Reader.  He is author of Open to New Light: an introduction to Quaker spirituality, and Thirteen Theories of Human Nature.  He has been known to conduct chamber ensembles and to paint landscapes (not at the same time).

Local faith contacts

Unitarian Christian Church

Rev Dr Rob Whiteman

Methodist Church

The Revd Dr Sue Jansen

The nearest Methodist church is Dundee.



The Chaplaincy Centre

3A St Mary's Place
St Andrews
KY16 9UY
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: 01334 (46)2866 or (46)2492

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