Rabbi Alex Goldberg has been appointed senior chaplain at the University of Surrey to lead a community of 18,000 students and staff for several months.
A barrister and human rights activist, he is also the first non-Anglican to take on the role at the university.
As part of his role, Rabbi Goldberg will help the University of Surrey open an intercultural and interfaith community hub, called The Roundhouse Centre for Faith and Reflection.
He said: “I’m delighted to be taking up this role for a few months. It is a great privilege and honour to be serving in a community that I know and love.
“Great things happen here and it’s a fantastic time to be taking up this challenge, a wonderful opportunity.
“I am grateful for the warm words of encouragement and support that I have had from the university, other chaplains and the local faith communities, including Guildford Cathedral, different Surrey Jewish communities and the Surrey Muslim Association alongside the local Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist and Bahai communities.”