Charlie House Big Build Project: The Mindful University

 

The Mindful University booklet has been produced entirely by volunteers from the University of Aberdeen. We are participating in the Venture Challenge 2019 competition to raise funds for the Charlie House Big Build project.  This is a three-year fundraising campaign to raise £8 million to build the Charlie House Specialist Support Centre.  The Specialist Support Centre, which will support babies, children and young people with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions, will be built in the grounds of Woodend Hospital in Aberdeen, north-east Scotland.

 

The booklet has been designed to provide a short guide to our beautiful campus and buildings.  It also provides a set of mindful colouring exercises based on images taken from our campus. 

 

Whether you are familiar with the University of Aberdeen or not, the short vignettes, which accompany each of our images, have been written to highlight the unique features of our University.  It showcases the best of our historical architecture, some of our stunning new buildings, such as the award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library, and our exciting new overseas campus in Doha, Qatar.  As a souvenir of your time with us, or a guide to exploring further what we have to offer, we hope that you enjoy this Mindful University booklet.

 

Information about how to buy the booklet is available below. For any other enquiries, please email cad@abdn.ac.uk.

 

 

Where can I find out more about Mindfulness at the University of Aberdeen?

 

As the only university in Scotland to offer an MSc in Studies in Mindfulness, perhaps completing this booklet might inspire you to investigate this growing area further?

The booklet has been designed to provide a short guide to our beautiful campus and buildings.  It also provides a set of mindful colouring exercises based on images taken from our campus. Mindful colouring does not need you to be a fine artist. Rather, it invites you to engage with the here and now, bringing your attention to the present, to the simple process of applying colour to a picture. By spending time in the present, we can begin to calm our restless minds, focusing on this one thing.  Practising a simple task, such as colouring, can help us to regain focus from our often hectic lives, helping in turn with our work and our study. Far from being an activity, associated with childhood, mindful colouring is seen as a valuable, therapeutic activity which is attracting serious academic research.