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3.2 The Chaplain


The Chaplain is the Reverend Canon Hugh Shilson-Thomas. His pastoral care extends to the whole community, Fellows, students and members of the College staff alike. As Dean of Chapel, he is responsible for all aspects of College Chapel life – including the variety of services which take place each week, activities for those interested in exploring issues of faith and life, and with the Director of Music, the musical life of the Chapel.

The Chaplain has rooms on D staircase and is available to all members of College, irrespective of religious belief or denomination. Chaplains can lend a listening ear, provide support at difficult times, or simply be available to engage with those exploring their spiritual lives. He can be contacted at, but if ever you need help contacting the Chaplain urgently, the Porters will endeavour to do so on your behalf. He also serves as Chaplain at Newnham College, and is supported in his work at Selwyn by the Chapel Administrator, Caroline Stafferton.

Although the Chaplain works in close collaboration with the Tutors, the College Nurse and other colleagues, you may be assured that appropriate boundaries of confidentiality will be observed, so feel free to speak with him in confidence.