Mindfulness for staff & students


Mindfulness opportunities will commence again in the Autumn at QMUL including:

  • “Mindfulness First Steps” 4 week online course, beginners level
  • NEW! “Mindfulness Next Steps” 4 week online course, intermediate level
  • In person events in the Chaplaincy YURT
  • Day Retreats
  • Autism/Asperger firendly events
  • Practice Sessions

Register your interest and be the first to hear when these events are open for booking.



Many of us have had our lives turned upside down by Covid 19 since. There is growing concern about the impact on our mental health these pressures and changes are making. There is also a realisation that we need to work on taking care of ourselves and others rather than carrying on as normal.

Mindful approaches to stress have proven to be easy to learn and use in almost any circumstance. Although it’s not a magic solution or right for everyone it can form an important part of a personal strategy in these challenging times.

Being a student is stressful at the best of times, now Covid-19 is adding another dimension to that pressure. Studies have shown how mindfulness can be of help. It is now offered in many universities around the world. 

Participant’s comments

“I feel empowered thanks to having a range of mindfulness practices which I can weave into my everyday life”
The course has really helped me feel happier. As someone who suffers from anxiety Mindfulness has allowed me to focus more on the present and manage my stress and feelings of panic a lot better. It is a tool I will use for life.
It ended too fast! Would love to carry on doing sessions – course should be longer, enjoyed it too much”

This initiative

The Chaplaincy recognises the value of mindfulness and contemplative practices for supporting good mental health and general well-being.

We are pleased to partner with Bob Chase who has been working with us since 2019. Bob is an experienced practitioner and mindfulness teacher who works with charities, businesses and educational organisations.

Since April 2020 Bob has been delivering training online with Zoom. All the sessions will be accessible wherever you are on campus or at home. You can find out more about Bob on his website Mindful in the City or send an email to bob@mindfulinthecity.co.uk

Taster Sessions


Designed as a fun and informative introduction to mindfulness for the curious. Participants leave with an understanding of the theory behind mindfulness and an experience of mindfulness practices.

Over one and a quarter hours we will look at the science behind mindfulness and why it is being embraced by health professionals in the UK. We will introduce you to the key concepts and techniques that you can begin using right away. If you are unsure about coming on a course – this is ideal way to get acquainted with the teacher.

Dates 2021 – Staff & Students (FREE)

  • Wed Feb 3 at 16:00
  • Thur Feb 11 at 12:30

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4 Week Course online

Teacher and student in yurt

This beginners course gives a firm introduction to mindfulness and core mindfulness skills. Each session lasts 1 hr 15 min and is accompanied by web based information on each session. This includes downloadable audio resources and videos to watch from scientists and respected teachers.

Dates 2021 – Staff & Students (CLOSED)

  • Wed Feb 17 – Wed Mar 10 from 16:00 -17:15
  • Thur Mar 4 – Thur Mar 25 from  12:30 – 13:45

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Practice Sessions

Photo of zoom screen

Once you have learned one of the basic exercises, in a taster or course, you can top-up your experience by dropping into a free Practice Session.

Practice sessions include a guided mindfulness practice followed by an optional Q&A about mindfulness meditation and practice.

Dates 2021 – Staff & Students – FREE – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

  • Monday July 26 at 12:30
  • Monday August 23 at 12:30
  • Monday September 27 at 12:30
  • Monday October 25 at 12:30

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I enjoyed “The ability to take time out of the constant anxious whirl of thoughts and to just ‘be’. The fact that Bob gave permission to wander and bring ourselves back, so no guilt for not performing correctly”

Who is it for?

The courses are specifically designed for staff and students. We will do our best to make these available at convenient dates and times. Please note these sessions are secular in nature. They do not include any religious content or agenda. If you have any concerns or difficulties due to disability, for example, contact Ella or Bob.

Is there a charge?

All Taster and Practice sessions are FREE. For the 4 week “Mindfulness First Steps” course participants can make a voluntary donation/contribution to the costs, if they wish to, via the Chaplaincy. Typically £10-£20