What we do:

Our Circuit student work exists to offer a warm welcome to students studying in and around Brighton & Hove.  If you’re studying at a university in the City of Brighton and Hove – that’s the University of Brighton or the University of Sussex, the Chaplaincy would love to get to know you and help out in whatever way we can to make your time here even more enjoyable and worthwhile. The Chaplaincy welcomes and supports everyone – of any faith or none.

The Methodist Chaplain to the University of Sussex is the Rev Andy Lowe and Methodist Chaplain to the University of Brighton is the Rev Dermot Thornberry. The lay Chaplain/student worker is me, Sue Harrington. We offer all sorts of events and opportunities throughout the year at both sites and other places!

Student Christian Movement:

Dorset Gardens is now an SCM Link Church Be in touch if you're a student and you'd like to be part of a SCM group locally (Sussex or Brighton Uni). Contact details at the bottom of this page.



On Mondays in term-time Sue & Dermot will be at Brighton University’s Grand Parade campus Coffee Bar from 12 noon – 2 pm. Offering time out for a chat and a cuppa plus regular ‘events’ such as a tea/coffee tombola or a draw for a £12 grocery bag (scroll on down!)

We’re also trialling a drop-in discussion  group “Reflection” which meets in the student common room, Pavilion Parade. It’s an open, safe and respectful place to talk about areas of life which you may have found or are finding are being challenged at university – be that religion/faith, philosophy, ethics or anything else. Sometimes talking about something helps get it in proportion and seeing others’ perspective can be interesting and helpful.

We also meet weekly at Sussex University on a Thursday morning at 11.00 for Theology Cafe where there's a discussionon a theme set from the previous meeting, usually around faith or ethics.

On Wednesdays Andy or Sue will be at Sussex University Meeting House from 9.30 am – 1 pm. Chance for a chat and a cuppa.

That will be closely followed by ‘Reflections’ short ecumenical service at 1 pm during term-time, monthly, includes a Peace Eucharist (Holy Communion). followed by a light lunch of bread and cheese (maybe cake too!) Everyone welcome.


 Next Grocery bag giveaway: October 2018 ... 

Every month in term time (Brighton Uni’s Grand Parade campus) we offer the opportunity to win a bag of groceries (value approximately £12). The bags do vary a bit, from month to month, but they’re a bag of mostly basics with a few treats thrown in for fun!    Next draw: 1 October


<-Here’s Algy, one of our last Grocery Bag winners for this term. You may notice that there are actually two bags (we can’t get it all in one!)

And, as this was the last draw for this term, we decided to give away two prizes – our second winner was Beth, who was a little camera-shy. Sorry no prizes for spotting her ->  


If you’d like to be in the draw, just be at Brighton University’s Grand Parade Coffee Bar – on the first Monday of the month in term-time (!) between 12 noon and 2 pm and follow the instructions you’ll find on the tables. So next time will be the 1st October … winner will be posted here!

 Look out for us in our purple Chaplaincy tops!


Keep in touch:

To find out more or to be in touch there are several ways:

Email us here:

Through our dedicated website

Follow us on Twitter, join the Student Circuit Facebook group or the joint Chaplaincy Facebook page (Brighton & Sussex Universities). 

By direct email or phone:

Sue: via Student Circuit email address above or

Text/call 07943 401608