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The Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC) has recently launched a new initiative to offer tailored mindfulness classes to staff working in the higher education setting. With the first classes being rolled out across Oxford University over the next academic year, the plan is to widen the initiative to see mindfulness being routinely offered to staff working in universities across the UK.

The six-week courses, taught by teachers from the OMC, are designed specifically for people in the workplace setting. The aim of the courses is to learn how simple, practical mindfulness techniques can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve clarity and focus and increase the possibility for a richer more vivid existence. The courses are open to all staff across the University and will be offered on a termly basis.


If you’d like to join a mindfulness course starting in January 2019 you’ll need to attend one of the following taster sessions, you can then sign up for any of the six-week courses running the following term:

Taster sessions:

Wednesday 12 December at 5pm, Hume-Rothery Building, Department of Materials. To book a place contact Hannah Gilbert:

Thursday 13 December at 9.30am at The Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, Roosevelt Drive. To book a place contact Peter Bond:

Friday 14 December at 12.30 in the Department of Oncology, Roosevelt Drive. To book a place contact Kea Hinsley:

Wednesday 19 December at 11am in the Department of Biochemistry, South Parks Road. To book a place contact Jolanta Parkinson:

The cost of the six week courses is £140. 

More information is available at

What previous participants say:
“I have found this course to be extremely valuable and don’t think the importance of investing in staff welfare should be under-estimated.”
“Really helpful in dealing with the stress of working in an academic post at Oxford University.”