Mindfulness at QMUL

Mindfulness for staff & students

Spring 2020 – Events and Booking

  • FREE to QMUL Staff and Students
  • “Mindfulness First Steps” 4 week course, beginners level
  • NEW! “Mindfulness Next Steps” 4 week course, intermediate level
  • In person events in the Chaplaincy YURT Mile End Campus
  • Day Retreats
  • Practice Sessions

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 experienced practitioner and mindfulness teacher who works with charities, businesses and educational organisations.

Since April 2020 Bob has been delivering training online with Zoom. This Spring semester there will be a mix of online and hybrid sessions. 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)

  • Tues Sept 28 at 16:00 (Online) 
  • Thur Sept 30 at 12:30 (Online)

First Steps – 4 week course

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 Autumn 2021

  • Wed Oct 6 – Wed Oct 27 at 16:00  (Mile End Campus & Online)*
  • Thur Nov 4 – Thur Nov 25 at 16:00 (Mile End Campus & Online)

Places in the live event will be limited due to ensure Covid Safety. 

*MITC has a public Next Steps course starting after this course on Wed Nov 3rd. 25% discount for QMUL. Possibility of joining both to make an 8 week course. DETAILS

Next Steps – 4 week course

This, online, course is ideal for those who have attended a First Steps 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.

Dates Autumn 2021

  • Thur Oct 7 – Thur Oct 28 16:00-17:15 (ONLINE)
  • Wed Nov 3 – Wed 24 (ONLINE) from 8pm-9:15pm (£30 for QMUL – save £15 )


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

  • Wed Sept 29 at 16:00 (Mile End Campus & Online)
  • Every Monday from Mon Oct 4 – Mon Nov 29 at  12:30 (ONLINE)
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 (online)

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.


Date 2021 – Sunday December 5th

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 courses participants can make a voluntary donation/contribution to the costs, if they wish to, via the Chaplaincy. Typically £10-£20