Mindfulness for Oxford University Staff

Course details

How long is the course?

6 weeks

How often do we meet?

90 minutes per week

Who is the course for?

Staff at the University of Oxford

How many people are on each course?

Up to 25

How much does the course cost?



The above course is being held at the Radcliffe Department of Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Priority is first given to staff from the host department who have attended one of our staff taster sessions. This means that, until the 19th of September, only staff members from this department can register and pay for the course. Members of staff from other departments or colleges can register for the course without paying, which adds you to our waiting list. If you are on the waiting list, you will be contacted after the above deadline to fill up any remaining spaces.

A further course will be running on Thursday Mornings in October and November on the Radcliffe Observatory Site. In order to sign up for this course, you must first attend the taster session being held on Thursday 20th September at 9.15am. To book a place on the Taster Session please contact Janice Young: janice.young@psy.ox.ac.uk

To verify your staff status please enter your Oxford University staff email address. This will determine whether or not your application is accepted. This will also allow us to confirm that you have attended a taster session. Thank you for your cooperation!

Is this course for me?

This course is for members of staff at the University of Oxford who want to learn more about mindfulness, and to develop the ability to deal more skillfully with the everyday stresses typical of the workplace environment. It is intended as an introduction to mindfulness and is taught in six weekly sessions along with home practice. If you are not a university staff member but wish to take part in a course, please sign up for a course for the general public at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.

Please note: this course is not a treatment for any specific physical or psychological conditions and is not suitable for people who are currently experiencing very severe problems in these areas. Before booking, we ask you to read more information so you can decide whether the course is suitable for you at this time.

What will I learn?

You will learn to cultivate mindfulness on two levels: First and foremost are the core mindfulness meditation practices. You will be taught a series of simple daily meditations that can be done almost anywhere. Some are as short as 3 minutes, while others may take 15 minutes. Second, mindfulness encourages you to break some of the unconscious habits of thinking and behaving that stop you living your life to the full. Many judgmental and self-critical thoughts arise out of habitual ways of thinking and acting. By breaking with unhelpful daily routines you’ll progressively dissolve some of these negative thinking patterns and become more mindful and aware.

“Fantastic course. Would recommend more staff from Oxford attending as it can help people from all different backgrounds who have difficult stresses. I already feel more resilient! I believe that this is the beginning of a new stage in my life and that I will definitely be more engaged and effective at work – as well as being generally happier!”

Who will teach me?

All of our mindfulness course teachers are fully trained, meet Good Practice Guidelines and have received the OMC Certificate of Competence to teach MBCT.

Great! I am interested in taking part!

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