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The impact of mindfulness training in the workplace

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, July 31, 2019
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Mental ill health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, accounting for 70 million sick days. Many organisations recognise the importance of encouraging employee wellbeing but are unsure how to prevent mental health problems.

There is some evidence that mindfulness training in the workplace may improve well-being, attention, cognitive function and performance but more methodologically robust research is needed. The proposed research will develop and evaluate mindfulness-based interventions aimed at improving worker health and wellbeing. In so doing, it will examine a novel approach to worker coaching, mentoring and awareness raising, whilst providing research evidence on the efficacy of the intervention.

The evaluation study will adopt a longitudinal design, anticipated to comprise 2 arms: intervention groups and waiting list control groups. A survey will be conducted with training recipients and controls at baseline (pre-intervention); end of intervention and 3 months post intervention. The survey will use existing validated questionnaires to assess trait and state mindfulness, wellbeing, health, sickness absence, presenteeism, job motivation and satisfaction, work performance, safety climate.

A process evaluation will be conducted using focus groups to determine the impact of the intervention on employees’ working lives and to gain their feedback on the intervention. Analysis of the qualitative data generated by the initial workshops and the process evaluation focus groups will offer detailed guidance to support transferring the mindfulness intervention to other organisations and the benefits to be expected for performance, health and safety and quality of working life.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Psychology.
A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage:
Workplace Health
Occupational Health


All candidates are required to submit a project proposal with their application. Applications should be made online at Under programme name, select School of Sport, Exercise and Health Science.

Please quote reference number: SSEHS/CH

Start date of studentship: 01 October 2019
Closing date of advert: 31 July 2019

Funding Notes

The project is open to anyone from around the world who can bring their own funding, whether self-funded or from a scholarship. The candidate should have a good undergraduate degree in chemistry, ideally with experience in one or more of the following: organic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, chemical biology, spectroscopy, analytical chemistry.

UK/EU Fee band: TBC
International Fee band: £21,100

Full Time Duration: 3 years
Part Time Duration: 6 years

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