Mindfulness in Higher Education Symposium, Oxford Mindfulness Centre


We have now run 4 very successful one day symposiums held at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and in London. The events were led and facilitated  by Ariana Faris, Chris Cullen, Steven Stanley and Kate Malleson and in the last three events we have been joined by Ruth Collins, Siobhan Lynch and Kitty Wheater.  Over 120 participants from a wide range of universities and colleges have now attended these days. Some were based in their institutions counselling services, others were administrators and academics. All shared their knowledge and experience about what makes a successful mindfulness course in higher education.  The symposiums have been oversubscribed and we feel this signals the interest in bringing mindfulness to students and academic staff. For more information contact:  info@mindfulnessforstudents.co.uk or Oxford Mindfulness Centre.

Here are some of the photos and participants comments from a fascinating and enriching days:




















The symposiums aimed to assist people in developing strategies for effectively integrating Mindfulness training into Higher Education and making it accessible to all students. We focused on:

1 Research and local evidence supporting the use of MBSR/MBCT or Mindfulness Based adaptations in Higher Education: Mindfulness and learning, enhancing academic performance, reducing stress and anxiety.

2  Mindfulness based models for Higher Education contexts: case studies, MBCT adaptations including frantic world, clinical and non-clinical populations

3  The Case for Mindfulness in Universities: Practical strategies for engaging management and academic staff in this process, in order to gain support for introducing Mindfulness courses to students. This includes methods for presenting the academic/wellbeing/student retention as well as economic arguments.

4  Setting up 8 week courses: advantages and disadvantages of locating MBI’s within student counselling services or academic support services within Universities and Colleges of Higher Education. Some of the challenges involved in introducing MBI’s to student populations.

Here are links to some of the presentations held at the most recent symposium which was held in May. Steven Stanley asks that if you would like a copy of his paper you contact him directly on his email ( see contact details on about page)

Presentation by Chris Cullen at HE day – OMC 11.05.2015

Mindfulness in Highter Education May 2015 – presentation by Ruth Collins

Slides from Ariana Faris Mindfulness and Performance anxiety



If there are no courses at your university or college…

If you do not have a mindfulness course available at your university or college you might want to get started with the help of the guided meditations and resources available on this site (see the links above)and check out some of the sample practices for yourself.

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