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Dr Dean Howes

Assistant Professor 

+44 (0)24 7657 4099

Room WCE 0.11, Centre for Lifelong Learning, Westwood Campus

Dean is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Lifelong Learning and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Dean teaches a variety of mindfulness, psychology and coaching courses and modules. He has been a tutor at the centre for over 15 years, teaching on the Social Studies degree programmes, the certificate programme and a range of other programmes, initiatives, workshops, and sessions.

With a background in Psychology, Dean has taught at a variety of school, post-16, and adult education institutions. He has held a variety of roles, including being a Head of Department, a consultant in a large academy group and a private well-being and performance coach. Alongside his teaching commitments, he also leads mindfulness and well-being workshops for external organisations (e.g. Halfords, Tata Steel), other departments (e.g. CTE, WMG) and university-wide initiatives (e.g. Mental Health Day, Warwick in Africa, Coventry City of Culture). As a leading member of the Mindfulness Research Network at the university, he is involved in promoting mindfulness, organising conferences (including a national conference in 2017) and seeking funding opportunities for research in this area. In 2018 he was nominated for the Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence (WATE) and in 2019 for the Warwick Award for Personal Tutoring Excellence (WAPTE). For the 2020-21 academic year he was nominated again for the WATE award.

Current News:

A behavioural economics project that Dean provided resources for has just been published - read it hereLink opens in a new window.

Dean has just delivered a mindfulness session art Foleshill Community Centre as part of a community garden project.

Upcoming Events:

Dean will be running Mental Health and Wellbeing sessions at:

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Dean has just had an articleLink opens in a new window published in Sustain Health magazine.

Dean collaborated with colleagues for "The Reasons for Painting" art exhibition.

"Golden Nuggets of Mindfulness" projectLink opens in a new window launch.

Current teaching:


PhD Supervision:

· CE204 Research Methods


· The pedagogy of mindfulness

· CE264 Introduction to Coaching and Mentoring


· The experiences of teachers and learners of mindfulness

· CE266 Mindfulness in Lifelong Learning


· Constructivist-based pedagogies

· CE302 Dissertation in Lifelong Learning and Social Studies


· Wellbeing in HE

· CE353/4/5 Applied Social Studies


· The use of new technologies in teaching and learning

· #StudyHappy Mindfulness


· The use of biofeedback for wellbeing

    · Wellbeing in the workplace


Howes, D. (2023) A Powerful Five-Step Technique On How To Become Better At Being You. Published in:

Howes, D. (2020) Five ways mindfulness could help you and your family during lockdown. Published in:

Howes, D. (2019) Towards fidelity, integrity and authenticity: A critical reflection of an academic-oriented mindfulness-based programme.

Peer Review Activity:

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Dean is a staunch advocate of free speech and is active in tackling the growing persecution of Christians globally, in the UK and on university campuses. He is affiliated with the following organisations.

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He is also a member of the Christian Postgraduate and Staff NetworkLink opens in a new window at Warwick.