Mindfulness for Students and Staff

Mindfulness for staff & students

Mindfulness Programme 2022

Tune up your mind for successful study and student life

Alongside top universities like Harvard and Cambridge – QMUL offers Mindfulness training to students who want to thrive (rather than just survive) at university.

We offer our free programmes in the Spring and Autumn semesters. Dates for Autumn 2022 will be posted here when available.  Register your interest to receive early notification of dates by email.


Why Mindfulness?

Many of us have had our lives turned upside down by Covid 19. 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, anxiety and depression have proven to be effective and valuable for many people. 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. 

“This is, to the best of our knowledge, the most robust study to date to assess mindfulness training for students, and backs up previous studies that suggest it can improve mental health and wellbeing during stressful periods,” Dr Julieta Galante, of Cambridge’s psychiatry department More>>

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 accredited mindfulness teacher and experienced practitioner. He works with many charities, businesses and educational organisations.

 You can find out more about Bob on his website Mindful in the City or send an email to bob@mindfulinthecity.co.uk

Mindfulness 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 mindfulness the teacher.

Dates: New dates coming soon

Stress Less Study & Mindfulness 4 week

Designed for students this beginners course offers a firm introduction to mindfulness and core mindfulness skills. The focus will be on how Mindfulness can aid attention, memory, reduce stress and improve study performance.

The course is informed by research on attention training by Dr Amishi Jha.  See her recent publication “Peak Mind” 

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.

“I want to thank you for giving these sessions. It was very helpful for me“ (student March 2022)

Ground-breaking research conducted at Cambridge University into the positive effects of mindfulness for students has shown significant benefits for students.

Dates: New dates coming soon

First Steps 4 week course

This beginners course gives a firm introduction to mindfulness and core mindfulness skills. It’s focus is on understanding how our habits inhibit our natural curiosity about ourselves and our world.

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: New dates coming soon 

Next Steps 4 week course

This intermediate course is ideal for those who have attended a First Steps Course or the Stress Less Study Course and for already confident meditators.

We will be exploring the classic Four Foundations of Mindfulness using core mindfulness practices. The supporting web pages will include audio tracks for download and links to reading and video material. A great course for going deeper in your practice of Mindfulness.

Autumn 2022 dates coming soon

Meeting Mindfulness

Adding a dose of Mindfulness to your online business meetings can really aid attention and participation. With so many things on our minds fully engaging with new activities can be very challenging.

This year (2022) we are making available, to QMUL staff, short (5-10 min) mindfulness sessions to add on to your existing meetings and events.

You can chose from “on demand” videos, to show yourself, or book a live session from by one of our Mindfulness Trainers. 

Weekly Practice Sessions

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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.

Free to Staff & Students NO BOOKING REQUIRED

Dates: from Monday 31st January 2022 – ongoing

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”

Practice Day/retreat

Practice days are a great way to refresh and deepen your mindfulness practice. This ONLINE “flexible” version allows you to choose how much you want to extend your experience. You can decide to join in all of the sessions, and make it a mini retreat, or you can come along to just one or two during the day.

It’s suitable for people who have already learned to meditate, rather than complete beginners. Most of the practices will be familiar to you but perhaps a little longer. Walking mediation is taught and included in some sessions. You can do walking practice indoors or go outside if you wish.

The encouragement is to make the periods in-between each session part of a “mindful” day. So you might, for example, arrange to be on your own, but only if you feel comfortable doing that. Perhaps you could make sure you don’t need to go out shopping, or decide to have a break from social media and TV for the day?

The breaks between sessions can be used for informal practice like cooking mindfully and eating mindfully. Taking your time to appreciate each activity during the day and savouring your experience.

Practising with a group, even online, can be an encouraging experience. Although the focus is on practice rather than chat, a camaraderie often builds up over the day. In the evening session there is an opportunity to share experiences of the day with other participants before concluding with a final sitting meditation.

I hope you decide to join in. LEARN MORE..

Date: soon to be confirmed

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 Sharples or Bob Chase. info@mindfulinthecity.co.uk

Is there a charge?

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