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 £10 (approx, usually a bit more!) grocery bag (scroll on down!)

A new location and Drop-In will be on Falmer campus in the Checkland building Atrium between 12 and 2 pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, starting on Feb 26th. Sometimes it will be Dermot and me, other times it might be one of us and Claire (Catholic Chaplain) or Fr Ian (Orthodox Chaplain) or any combination thereof! Come and say hello, I'm intending taking my knitting or some other simple craft, if you're interested - if you enjoy crafts I'm interested to see what you're doing - or hear about it.

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. On the first Wednesday of each month we are pleased to offer our "Wonderful Wednesdays" food event when we will be offering something yummy for free ... it might be anything from hot chocolate and biscuits to a pasta dish. Drop in and see what's cooking! From about 10.30 until it's gone (usually!)

That will be closely followed by ‘Reflections’ short ecumenical service at 1 pm during term-time, and you are welcome to then join us for a light lunch of bread and cheese (maybe cake too!) Everyone welcome.

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

We’re also trialling a drop-in discussion  group “Reflection” which meets on the 4th Thursday of each month from 12.30 - 13.30. Currently we're meeting at the Coffee Bar on the Grand Parade campus. 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 always start with a big subject to get the conversation going.


 Next Grocery bag giveaway: February 4th 2019 ... 

Every month in term time (Brighton Uni’s Grand Parade campus) we offer the opportunity to win a bag of groceries (value approximately £10) or a supermarket voucher to the same value. 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: 4 Feb

<-Here’s Bronte, one of our last Grocery Bag winners before Christmas. This time we were giving away vouchers, but there were still a few goodies thrown in for good measure

And, as this was the last draw for this term and this year (and it's Christmas!), we decided to give away three prizes – our second winner was Joshua  who, sadly, was unable to come in for his prize. Luckily, however, his friend and fellow-winner Jade was able to collect on his behalf, which meant she got first choice of the goodies too! ->  



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 4th February … 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