Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD’s Pioneering Approach to Workplace Mindfulness

17.12.2014

Earlier this month, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) offered people a chance to find out more about its pioneering ‘Mindfulness’ programme during a series of taster workshops held in Swansea.

Mindfulness in the Workplace is one of the University’s specialisms in terms of Work-based learning. Mindfulness is recognised as an effective way to reduce stress, increase self-awareness, enhance intelligence and empathy, and effectively handle thoughts and feelings.

The University recently offered taster sessions in Swansea which offered a practical introduction to Mindfulness that helped individuals find out how they and their business could benefit from Mindfulness practices in the workplace.

The workshop provided an overview of some of the key elements of what Mindfulness is, and a brief look at the research which demonstrates how the practice impacts on the brain. It offered practical experiences of the shorter mindfulness practices – helping to identify stress 'signatures'.

At the end of the event participants had an overall introduction to the subject area. Many of those who attended were interested in learning more and signed up for the funded ‘Mindfulness in the Workplace’ course which begins on the 7th January 2015.

“I really enjoyed the taster session and would be interested in learning more about Mindfulness and sharing these practices with my colleagues in the workplace,” said one participant.  Another stated that is was “a very useful introduction that makes me think that I should make time for mindfulness. Thank you.”

The programme is run by UWTSD’s 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.

Lecturers from the Wales Institute on Work-Based Learning were also recently invited to attend the All Party Parliamentary Group for Mindfulness (Workplace strand) round table discussion in November as a result of their work in this area.

The Institute is delivering this programme through its Elevate Cymru Project, part of the Work Based Learning programme made possible by the European Social Fund (ESF), through the Welsh Government.

For further details on the courses offered by the Wales Institute for Work-Based Learning, please visit www.uwtsd.ac.uk/wiwbl

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Senior PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676908 / sian-elin.davies@tsd.uwtsd.ac.uk / 07449 998476
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014