Supporting department members - family-friendly benefits
We actively promote a culture that supports a healthy work–life balance, with policies and practices developed by both our own Better Workplace Group and the central University, with a focus on family-friendly working.
Athena SWAN Charter
The University of Oxford is a member of the Athena SWAN Charter and holds an institutional Bronze Athena SWAN award. The Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences holds a departmental Silver Athena award in recognition of its efforts to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality in science, engineering and technology (SET) and create a better working environment for both men and women.
As part of our Athena SWAN initiative we interviewed women from the department about their experiences working here. In the video, they speak about how they started working here, their career progression, the work environment and give advice to others.
The Work+Family Space Programme
The University of Oxford recognises that working parents and carers, who make up a large proportion of their talent pool, can find it difficult to juggle the demands of work and family.
By putting strong family-friendly support in place, The University of Oxford is demonstrating its commitment to shaping a workplace fit for an evolving workforce.
Through The University of Oxford Work+Family Space programme, there is a wide range of support available, including:
- Emergency childcare
- School holiday cover
- Backup adult and eldercare
- Expert advice and webinars
- Support for Dads
- Information and other resources.
Medical Sciences Division ParentsNet Forum
ParentsNet is a forum aiming to put people around the Medical Sciences Division in contact, and to give parents the opportunity to share and find a place to exchange goods and ideas alike.
Oxford's women in science
An inspirational journey of women’s experiences in science
Watch interviews with 39 successful women working in science at the University of Oxford and hear their perspectives on the shifting culture of science at Oxford, publishing, obtaining fellowship funding, career progression, taking parental leave, mentorship, and more.
“This project will be enormously helpful to young women as they contemplate careers in science.”
Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford
Funded by the Vice Chancellor’s Diversity Fund.
Equal career opportunities
The Oxford University Newcomers’ Club exists to welcome to Oxford the wives/husbands/partners of newly appointed academics, of visiting academics and of postgraduate students to the University.
Please see the employment pages of the University website for policies on the following areas:
- Management of working hours
- Management of leave, from annual leave/holiday to leave for domestic emergencies and parental leave
- The arrangements for sickness absence
- Training and Personal Development Review (PDR)
- The prevention and management of work-related stress
- Handling grievances
- Performance management including disciplinary procedures.
Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, who has recently returned to the department following maternity leave, writes about her experiences of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) conference in Chicago.
Senior Research Fellow James Sheppard describes how the department has supported him to progress his career while achieving a positive work–life balance through shared parental leave.
Following the EDU's Athena SWAN Awards announcement, where our department achieved a Silver renewal, Head of Department Professor Richard Hobbs reflects on our progress to date in creating a better workplace.
The department organises a bi-annual summer party and an annual Christmas party for staff and students, with the summer event open to partners and families.