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?


In order to attend a Staff Course, you must first attend a 75-minute taster session.  Watch this space for dates of the next taster session!

Please note that priority will initially be given to staff in the host Department/College for both taster sessions and courses.

The next course will be hosted by the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health and staff from this department will be given priority booking until 2nd April 2020. After this date, staff members from any Oxford University department can book. This course will be delivered online – see below.

Dates of the next course, for those who have attended a taster session, are as follows:

9.30 to 11am on Thursdays. 23, 30 April;  7, 14, 21, 28 May 2020

PLEASE NOTE: This course is being delivered live online through the Zoom https://zoom.us platform. With all our courses we work hard to provide a safe environment to enable participants to fully engage with the programme. To support us with this, when engaging online we ask that you consider your environment when participating in these sessions. Where possible please use a private space where you will not be disturbed so that you and the group can achieve the highest levels of participation and confidentiality. Where you are not in a private space, to support confidentiality we ask that you use a headset or earphones rather than the speakers on your device and as much as possible have your screen facing away from the others in the room.

Please use your university staff address when applying.

These courses are 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 judgemental 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.

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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your place at least 5 working days before the course start date, you will be offered a full refund. If you cancel your place within 5 working days of the course start date, you are unfortunately not eligible for a refund.