New University Chaplain appointed

The University of Bath and the Diocese of Bath and Wells are delighted to announce the appointment of the Reverend Prebendary Dr Nigel Rawlinson to be the next Chaplain to the University of Bath.

Nigel Rawlinson has been a doctor since 1981, spending most of his career to date in Emergency Medicine at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, including a period as Associate Clinical Director.  He has since been Director of Student Affairs in the Bristol Medical School and Speciality Doctor at Dorothy House Hospice.

He was ordained in 1998 and has worked in self-supporting ministry in this Diocese, based at All Saints, Weston, Bath, since then.

The Chaplaincy exists to serve the spiritual needs of the University community, offers pastoral care and friendship to all students and staff and seeks to enhance the learning experience through an exploration of faith, peace and justice.  The Chaplain leads an ecumenical team of part-time Chaplains.

President & Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell commented: "A University Chaplain is an important and integral part of the University community.  I am confident that in Nigel we have someone with just the right skills and experience, and look forward to benefiting from his presence, insights and care for our students and staff."

On behalf of the Diocese, the Venerable Andy Piggott said: "We’re delighted at Nigel’s appointment to serve as Chaplain to this fine university, and pray God’s blessing on him as he prepares to take up his new ministry next term."

Speaking of his appointment, Nigel said: "I am delighted to be offered this post. Working as a doctor with patients, relatives and staff, in hospital and hospice; and also with students at Bristol Medical School, I have tried to show the hope and relevance of the Christian faith in everyday life.

"I look forward to serving the University and Diocese in this role and, with the chaplaincy team, supporting the welfare of all students and staff and representing the University in local churches and further afield."

Nigel will take up his post in September and succeeds the Reverend Prebendary Angela Berners-Wilson, who moved earlier this month to be Rector of the Quantock Towers Benefice in Somerset.  

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