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University welcomes a new Chaplain

Image - 01Ahmed Uddin joined the University of Portsmouth on 17 July as the Muslim Chaplain. He will be working alongside his colleagues in the Chaplaincy team to carry on the work of supporting people of all faiths and no-faiths.

Prior to joining the University he worked for Islamic Relief (IR), an international relief and development agency striving to alleviate poverty and suffering around the world regardless of colour, race or religion, where he headed up UK programmes.  IR is a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and is an implementing partner for DfID, ECHO, the World Food Programme and UNHCR. In response to the Grenfell Fire tragedy; Ahmed helped form a disaster response unit in coalition with a number of charities that worked alongside the British Red Cross.

In 2012, Ahmed help set up the National Zakat Foundation (NZF), a charity that tackles poverty and inequality in the UK. The first of its kind in the British Muslim charity sector whereby it uses funds to offer hardship grants to individuals in financial hardship. During his time there, NZF Canada and Australia was also launched. NZF was instrumental in distributing large sums of emergency cash grants to residents that were affected in the Grenfell tower incident.

Ahmed graduated in BSc Molecular Medicine from the University of Sussex and completed his MSc in Global Politics from the University of London. Currently, he is a PhD candidate at UCL where he is researching poverty alleviation in developed nations such as the UK and USA. He also works part time for the Fostering Network as a Senior Project Officer.

He is looking forward to meeting new people in an academic setting, as he enjoys having discussions with individuals from different disciplines. He is passionate about travelling and reading.

6 total comments on this postSubmit yours
  1. Alsalam Alikom Ahamed
    I am a PhD student in Portsmouth university. i am really interested to hear from you more about your job ( Muslim Chaplain ) what will you do ? how can you help people?
    I am looking forward to hearing from you.
    Many thanks,

  2. Dear Ahmed,
    Welcome to Portsmouth and UoP.
    Great to see that you are active in aspects of disaster management and poverty alleviation. I’m the course leader of UoP’s MSc in ‘Crisis & Disaster Management’, which has some staff and students involved in researching (sometimes assisting operations) with aspects the Middle East refugee crisis.
    During the forthcoming academic year, would you be interested in giving a 30-40 minute guest lecture on your work with Islamic Relief, the DEC, DfID, ECHO, the World Food Programme and UNHCR ?
    Richard Teeuw

    • Dear Richard

      I have just sent you an email.

      Kind regards,


  3. Welcome Mr Ahmed, and all the best in your new job.

  4. Dear Ahmed, its great to have you in Portsmouth and you are very welcome. It would be good to meet up at some point, as my Red Cross team and others run a twice weekly drop-in for refugees and asylum seekers in Portsmouth. We also work closely with the University and many of its students.



    • Dear Malcolm

      Just seen your post, thank you for the kind welcome and reaching out to me. I would be interested in the drop-in sessions, looking to get involved more locally and build on my previous experience.

      Please do email me on

      Kind regards,


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