The Listening Service

Support services available from the Chaplaincy, for both staff and students of all faiths and none.

The University Listening Service

Listening Service doodle with the text: There's nothing on earth like a timely conversation

The Chaplaincy runs the University Listening Service daily (Monday-Friday's), for any who would appreciate “a good listening to”. 

The Listening Service offers appointments 9-5pm on weekdays, please email to arrange an appointment.

To contact the Listening Service out of hours, please phone University Security on 0131 650 2257.

The Listening Service operates through the University Chaplaincy, for students or staff who want to touch base on any concerns or anxieties, or are looking for a timely or purposeful conversation. Conversations can be held in a variety of places, and could be over coffee or a walk.

We offer pastoral support for students and staff, regardless of religious affiliation.

We offer:

  • Confidential, non-judgemental listening.
  • Help in times of crisis.
  • Links with specialist sources of help (including faith contacts if you wish).

The Chaplains try to provide support as quickly as we can.

Support is available in person, or by phone, email or video conversation (please email to set up a Skype meeting).

Chaplaincy Q&A video

Please click the video below to watch the University Chaplain, Revd Dr Harriet Harris answer questions from a student about the listening service and the support it provides.

Video: Chaplaincy Q&A Video
Chaplaincy Q&A video

View the Listening Service Postcard.

The Listening Service

  • The Chaplaincy Centre

Contact details



The Chaplaincy Centre,
1 Bristo Square

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In the event of a sudden death, hospitalisation or acute crisis the Chaplaincy can be contacted at any time.

Other support services

Support services available across the University and other organisations in Edinburgh