Our Faculty

Details of the Abundant Academy Faculty.

Revd Dr Harriet Harris MBE, MA (Oxon) D Phil, FRSA, the University Chaplain and Head of Chaplaincy Service, will be delivering the core courses: Replenish, Reflect, Realise. Harriet has a long university career, as a Research Fellow (Oxford), University Lecturer (Exeter), and Chaplain and Faculty member (Oxford and Edinburgh). She continues to write, teach and supervise research, and is used to being stretched across multiple roles, including family ones! She is an Honorary Fellow of the School of Divinity, and an Associate Fellow of the Clinical Educator Programme, providing training in ‘Compassion for self and others’ to medical consultants. Harriet is also a Trainer with Student Minds, and a Certified Coach with One of Many, the biggest UK network of women leaders.


Revd Geoffrey Baines has been a member of the Chaplaincy Team since 2006, firstly as an Honorary Chaplain and from 2016 as an Associate Chaplain.  Geoffrey has more than thirty five years experience of leadership within the Methodist Church, but his real joy has been the development of the work that allows people to see and realise more of who they are, bringing the power of their imaginations to meet the pressures of reality.  He is a futurist, blogger, doodler and dreamwhisperer – his word for the work of listening to what our lives are saying to us but perhaps we struggle to hear.  One of Geoffrey’s personal surprises has been the exploration of doodling, including a colouring book with some mindful purpose. 


Dr Kitty Wheater, MA, MPhil, DPhil (Oxon), the Mindfulness Chaplain, runs the mindfulness programme for staff and students at the UoE, including the mindfulness drop-ins, day retreats, and MindLetter. Kitty is a Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy practitioner, anthropologist, and writer. She co-developed the mindfulness programme for students at the Oxford University Mindfulness Centre, where she is a Teaching Partner, and trains and supervises mindfulness teachers both in the UK and internationally. Her research focuses on mindfulness pedagogy and therapeutic experience, particularly the ethics of care and self-work. She is also an Associate of the Global Compassion Initiative.