Associate Chaplain - Rev Alison Newell

Alison Newell is one of our Associate Chaplains.

Rev Ali Newell, Associate Chaplain
Rev Ali Newell, Associate Chaplain


Alison started her tenure as Associate Chaplain at the university in 2011.  She was formerly a chaplain at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.  She came back to Scotland with her family to be co-warden at Iona Abbey for the Iona Community between 1988-92, then prison Chaplain at Edinburgh prison.


She later worked in social responsibility for the Anglican diocese of Portsmouth, returning to Scotland to be the Director of the Ecumenical Spirituality Programme for Scottish Churches Open College.  For the last ten years she has been working in the field of spirituality, teaching and offering spiritual accompaniment at the Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Glasgow and leading retreats with her husband Philip Newell on Iona and at Casa del Sol in the high desert of New Mexico.  This is a spirituality centre with a dispersed community of companions which Alison and Philip helped bring into being.


Alison is a Church of Scotland minister and a trained counsellor.  She is committed to creation-centred spirituality and to dialogue with other faiths in seeking to care for our planet and work for peace in the world.  She appreciates fresh language in expressing faith and a spirituality that is embodied.  She has four adult children, loves the outdoors and enjoys an artistic angle on things.

Rev Alison Newell


Chanting for Peace: Praying with the Earth

Sounds of the Eternal: Meditative Chants





Rev Alison Newell

Associate Chaplain

  • Chaplaincy

Contact details



Chaplaincy Centre
1 Bristo Square

Post Code


  • Alison works Tuesdays to Fridays only, 09:00-17:00.