Revd Dr Gill Smart was licensed as the new Co-ordinating Chaplain for the University of Bolton in a special ceremony today (24 March 2017).
The ceremony took place on campus with Rt Revd Mark Ashcroft, the Bishop of Bolton, appointing Revd Dr Gill Smart to the role.
Revd Dr Gill Smart has been an honorary Chaplain since 2014, when she did a placement in the Chaplaincy as part of her ministry training, and will now work with students and staff across the University.
The Chaplaincy, in the Chancellor’s Mall, is a multi-faith Chaplaincy for those of faith and those without.
‘The role of the Chaplain is very much about pastoral care and being there for people,’ said Revd Dr Gill Smart.
‘All of the Chaplains are available to talk to people whether their issue is spiritual or not.’
The Revd Dr Gill Smart works in the School of Engineering and the Fire Materials Research Group where she lectures on materials and medical devices for Biomedical Engineering. She continues to work with industry on research into novel materials and testing of fire properties.
In her role she has worked with many industrial partners on the modification and development of materials for wound dressings, auxetic fibres and foams and modification of plastics to change the burning behaviour.
The Revd Dr Gill Smart will continue in her role in Engineering on a part time basis while performing her duties as Chaplain.
‘I am delighted that there is a chaplaincy at the University,’ said Rt Revd Mark Ashcroft, the Bishop of Bolton who oversaw the ceremony.
‘It is an important part of our ministry as a diocese and as a wider church, and all the faith groups are working together on the wellbeing of our students.’
For more information on the Chaplaincy please visit www.bolton.ac.uk/Chaplaincy/About/Chaplains.aspx
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