Compassion and Wellbeing in Education Day

Date and time
Friday, 25 November 2022
08.30 - 16.30

Enterprise Centre
Bridge Street

A community of experts

Building on the success of our 2019 Compassion in Schools for Educators Day, on 25 November 2022, we will be hosting a Compassion and Wellbeing in Education day. It will bring together a community of experts, researchers and experienced practitioners.

The event is led by the University of Derby in artnership with the Derby Opportunity Area and the Compassionate Mind Foundation. It is for anyone working within or linked to education wishing to gain knowledge of compassionate and wellbeing practice and skills, and how to embed them in their curriculums.

Over 70% of attendees at the 2019 event suggested that they would apply the practices learned from the day to help staff and pupils in their school. The day is equivalent to seven continuing professional development (CPD) hours.


The event will have hands-on workshops, with themes focused on:

Compassion in the classroom

Experiential training in compassion

Further wellbeing initiatives

Conference rates

Early Bird (available until 31 August) £75 VAT exempt
Standard £95 VAT exempt

If you have any issues or require further information, please email conference@derby.ac.uk.



Paul Gilbert, FBPsS, PhD, OBE, is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and honorary visiting professor at the University of Queensland. Until his retirement from the NHS in 2016, he was Consultant Clinical Psychologist for over 40 years. He has researched evolutionary approaches to psychopathology with a special focus on mood, shame and self-criticism in various mental health difficulties for which Compassion Focused Therapy was developed.

He was made a Fellow of the British Psychological Society (FBPsS) in 1993, president of the BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies) 2002-2004, and was a member of the British Government's first NICE guidelines for depression. He has written/edited 23 books and over 300 papers and book chapters.

In 2006, he established the Compassionate Mind Foundation as an international charity with the mission statement: "To promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion." There are now a number of sister foundations in other countries.

He was awarded an OBE by the Queen in March 2011 for services to mental health. He established and is the Director of the Centre for Compassion Research and Training at the University of Derby. His latest publication is a major edited book with Professor Gregoris Simos (2022), Compassion Focused Therapy: Clinical practice and Applications (Routledge).

Frances Maratos is a Professor at the University of Derby. As a world-leading expert in affective science, her research has centred on understanding psychological, neurological, cognitive and physiological correlates of emotional wellbeing.

Her research has contributed to understanding anxiety, pain and eating disorders, understanding processes of threat and self-criticism, and the use of compassion for emotion-regulation across various populations, including teachers, primary and secondary-aged pupils, and HE students.

She has published around 50 peer-reviewed papers in these specific areas as well as numerous book chapters. She has further been involved in the award of over £1.3 million in grant applications. This includes not only the Compassion in Schools applied research she leads on, but also a five-year US National Institute of Health research grant concerned with the neural mechanisms underlying self-critical rumination, self-reassurance, and suicidal thoughts and behaviour in youth, where she serves as an external expert.

In keeping with the applied research Frances conducts in education, she has also served as a consultant on UK Mindfulness Initiative Education Strategy policy and as a school governor for the Anthem Trust, UK.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her partner, two children, aged 11 and 13, and Prince, their Covid-19 lockdown family addition (a dog, of course).

Katherine Weare is Emeritus Professor at the University of Southampton. She is known internationally for her work on mental health and wellbeing and social and emotional learning, including for the last 15 years focusing on mindfulness and compassion-based approaches in education.

She has published widely, engaged in cutting-edge research projects and reviews of the evidence base for the field, advised the UK government, the EU and WHO (World Health Organisation), and developed practical strategies across most European countries. She was a lead player in the influential Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) programme in the UK and in the European Network of Healthy Schools. This helped cultivate holistic and empathic approaches in education which put the development of the inner person, social and emotional learning and wellbeing at the heart of the educational process for students and staff. 

Her recent book, Happy Teachers Change The World: A Guide to Cultivating Mindfulness in Education, co-written with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, has been translated into five languages and is widely used in schools and universities across the world.

Katherine has for the last two years been Co-lead for Education Policy for the UK Mindfulness Initiative and also Principle Investigator with Mind and Life Europe, developing a Community of Contemplative Education Europe. She attempts to keep her feet on the ground and practise what she preaches, maintaining a personal mindfulness practice, and teaching mindfulness and compassion to a variety of group. She lives in South Devon where she and her family enjoy contact with nature and the open air life.


8.30am-9.00am Registration
9.00am-9.15am Welcome
9.15am-9.45am Keynote Professor - Professor Paul Gilbert
9.45am-10.00am Keynote Professor - Professor Frances Maratos
10.00am-11.30am Parallel workshop session 1
11.30am-11.45am Refreshment break
11.45am-1pm Parallel workshop session 2
1pm-1.45pm Lunch
1.45pm-2.15pm Keynote presentation - Professor Katherine Weare
2.15pm-3.45pm Parallel workshop session 3
3.45pm-4pm Refreshment break
4pm-4.30pm Plenary Panel

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