Mindfulness-Based Coping with University Life
Mindfulness-Based Coping with University Life (MBCUL) was developed by Siobhán with guidance from her PhD supervisor, Prof Harald Walach, back in 2006 as part of her PhD looking at how mindfulness can help university students.
MBCUL is an 8-week programme, based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), but adapted to focus on the needs of university students. It is suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Whether students are making the transition to university at 18 or as a mature student, coping with university life is about so much more than just performing well academically. The decision to focus on stress, health, approach to academic work and relationships and communication stemmed from the literature, talking with students, and initial pilot work.
Research has found MBCUL to be an effective programme and the first paper was published in 2011, with further papers being prepared. Those who participated had significant drops in measures of stress and anxiety.
The Mindful-Kiwi Guide to Coping with University is a further adaption, designed to be delivered online over 30 days. It is currently being piloted.