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Who is at the Centre?

We are located next to the Media Factory


Oasis Faith and Spirituality Centre
Kirkham Street
Preston PR1 2XQ

Anne Roberts

anne roberts

Tel: 01772 892602/892615

I have worked at the University for many years in a variety of administrative and managerial roles.
In September 2020 I became a volunteer at Oasis and took on the role of Co-ordinator.
It is a pleasure to work with the Chaplaincy Team, supporting students and staff.
Anne Roberts
Oasis Faith and Spirituality Centre
(I am in Oasis Wednesday and Thursday 8am to 3pm)

Vasi Bhayat


Muslim Chaplain / Faith Adviser
Imam Vasiyyullah Bhayat
Oasis Faith and Spirituality Centre
(find me at Oasis Mondays - Fridays from 11am - 1pm)
Tel: (01772) 892602 / 892615

I joined the University in January 2007 after completing my BA in Islamic Theology. As well as serving as an Imam in one of Preston’s largest Mosques, I am also a contemporary Muslim Scholar who provides spiritual support and confidential pastoral care to students and staff of the University.

I have successfully been qualified in the field of Islamic Counselling from Markfield Institute in Leicester and can confidently advise students and staff on a range of Islamic contemporary issues such as spirituality, marriage, drugs & alcohol addictions and other social and domestic issues.

Anne Walmsley

Anne Walmsley
Buddhist representative on the chaplaincy team

I have a background in teaching, initially in comprehensive schools, but then established and ran a pre school nursery for some thirty years. I joined Cham Tse Ling Buddhist group at UCLan in 2001, taking refuge as a Buddhist in 2002. On my retirement from teaching I joined the team at Oasis in 2018, glad to be of some service to the Uni which has hosted Cham Tse Ling since 1998, and privileged to be able to continue the tradition of having a Buddhist representative on the chaplaincy team. I’m available at Oasis on a Thursday, when there is a meditation session at 12.00pm, and a meeting of Cham Tse Ling at 7.30pm.

The group has its origins in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, but welcomes practitioners from all Buddhist schools, and anyone who is interested in coming along and finding out more. We follow the non sectarian approach of our patron His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We have an active programme of visiting teachers throughout the year.

Dr Roger Kendle

Christian Chaplain
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Telephone: 07790 601197

I have a degree in Economics and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin, a Masters degree from Manchester University, and a Doctorate from Salford University. I was an academic at UCLan for 38 years primarily teaching business management and joined the University Chaplaincy team in 2007.

I am a Principal examiner for Cambridge University International A Level Examinations which involves setting, marking and managing exam papers. I also serve as a School Governor for Longsands Community Primary School in Preston and was Chair and Trustee of Age Concern Charity in Preston for some 20 years.

I have been a lay Minister for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at local and regional levels and have represented the Church on the Chaplaincy Team for the past 14 years. Together with my Chaplaincy colleagues I offer a listening ear, friendship and support to all students and staff irrespective of faith and will do all that I can to enrich your University experience.

Colette Eaton

Colette Eaton
Humanist Chaplain

“Humanists are people who shape their own lives in the here and now, because we believe it's the only life we have. We make sense of the world through logic, reason, and evidence, and always seek to treat those around us with warmth, understanding, and respect.”

There is no set way to ‘be a humanist’, no doctrines to follow and no set ceremonies or rules to become one. As a humanist I have developed a reasoned and comfortable understanding of living my one life without a god. I have no belief in an afterlife, so I live right now with an honest acknowledgement that I am wholly responsible for my actions and my treatment of my environment and the people around me. It is this acknowledgement that motivates humanists to live a good life and to offer others kindness, understanding and respect.

I offer unconditional and friendly support for all students and staff. If you want to know more about Humanism, or you’re just curious about living life without religion, please email me

Prof. John Hughson

John Hughson

Orthodox Christian Church

The Oasis Faith and Spiritual Centre at the University of Central Lancashire provides a point of contact for students of all Orthodox Christian backgrounds. It can also provide a starting point for non-Orthodox students interested to learn about Orthodox Christianity.

The nearest Orthodox Christian Church to the University of Central Lancashire, Preston Campus, is the Orthodox Church of ‘the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God and Saint Silouan the Athonite’ (Romanian Orthodox) on Harewood Rd.
The Orthodox Church of the Holy Apostles (Greek Orthodox), Leyland Lane, Leyland, holds all services in English and has a particularly diverse congregation made up of people across the range of Orthodox backgrounds, as well as British converts to Orthodox Christianity.