STUDENTS will be getting some spiritual guidance when they start their courses this week.
The University of Sunderland installed the Reverend Chris Howson as its new chaplain at a special licensing ceremony in Sunderland Minster on Thursday evening.
Chris has joined the university after seven years as the city-centre priest for Bradford.
He has also been a faith advisor to the University of Bradford since 2010.
The clergyman said he and his family are already settling into their new life in Sunderland.
He said: “I am delighted with the new job, as the University of Sunderland is a great force for the common good and provides a great working and learning environment.
“Everyone has been really helpful and friendly, and I can’t wait to serve the student and staff community in any way I can.
“There is already a good chaplaincy team serving the multi-faith community and we will build on this to provide support for all at the university.”
Chris added: “As a family, my wife Catriona and two girls, Clara and Angela, couldn’t be more impressed.
“We have already seen Shakespeare plays in Barnes Park, jumped in the waves at Roker and enjoyed the views of the city from Tunstall Hill.”
Oliver Pritchard, assistant director of student and learning support at the University of Sunderland, said: “We are very pleased to be able to welcome Chris to the university, the diocese and the city.
“We are looking forward to working with him as we further develop our multi-faith chaplaincy as an opportunity for all our students and staff.”
The Venerable Stuart Bain, Archdeacon of Sunderland, said: “The Diocese of Durham is delighted to be able to work with the university in being part of the multi-faith chaplaincy.
“We are really looking forward to the contribution that Chris will bring to the University of Sunderland and the Minster.”