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UWTSD Contributes to World-First Westminster Report into Mindfulness

20.10.2015

University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has contributed to a major world-first mindfulness report which has been launched in Westminster this afternoon (20/10/15).

The Mindful Nation UK report is being described as hugely significant and influential. It is being launched by the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group and was collated by the Mindfulness Initiative. It can be found at http://themindfulnessinitiative.org.uk/images/reports/Mindfulness-APPG-Report_Mindful-Nation-UK_Oct2015.pdf

The first policy document of its kind, it seeks to address mental health concerns in the areas of education, health, the workplace and the criminal justice system through the application of mindfulness interventions. The recommendations in this report are evidence-based, sourced directly from experienced implementers, who report notable success in their respective fields and urge policymakers to invest resources in further pilot studies and increase public access to qualified teacher trainers.

The report defines mindfulness as ‘paying attention to what’s happening in the present moment in the mind, body and external environment, with an attitude of curiosity and kindness. It is typically cultivated by a range of simple meditation practices, which aim to bring a greater awareness of thinking, feeling and behaviour patterns, and to develop the capacity to manage these with greater skill and compassion. This is found to lead to an expansion of choice and capacity in how to meet and respond to life’s challenges, and therefore live with greater wellbeing, mental clarity and care for yourself and others’.

UWTSD is the first UK institution offering a university-accredited programme in mindfulness in the workplace and one of the case studies used in the report, relating to mindfulness in the workplace, is based upon projects between the Wales Institute for Work-based Learning (WIWBL) at UWTSD and companies across Wales.

Heather Fish, UWTSD lecturer, said: “WIWBL are delighted to have worked with various companies bringing mindfulness to their workplace activity. The report has highlighted our work in the field of mindfulness and health and safety in heavy industry. It is exciting that mindfulness has been seen as significant in terms of safety, as well as the wider benefits it can bring, particularly in terms of well-being and the impact this has on performance and creativity.”

Politicians and campaigners from around the world are looking to Britain as the first nation to take seriously, at a policy level, the great potential mindfulness has to transform human lives and relationships.

The mindfulness programmes at UWTSD’s are run by the Wales Institute for Work-based Learning. The Institute is learner-centred and encourages inclusion, widening access and lifelong learning. It has a distinctive portfolio of multi-award winning employment-focused programmes that are delivered through blended learning routes.

Find our more about Mindfulness at UWTSD - http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/wiwbl/courses-we-offer/mindfulness-in-the-workplace/

Further Information

For more information please contact Steven Stokes, Principal Corporate Communications and PR Officer, on 01792 483695 / 07872 423788 or email steven.stokes@uwtsd.ac.uk.