Family Friendly Working


The University of Oxford recognises the demands on work life balance and offers a range of family friendly policies and practices:

Equal career opportunities

As part of its Integrated Equality Policy the University of Oxford aims to provide an inclusive environment which promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students are respected to assist them in reaching their full potential.

The University will work to remove any barriers which might deter people of the highest potential and ability from applying to Oxford, either as staff or students. The University has approved separate policies for race, disability, and gender equality.

Family Leave

The University currently has maternity, paternity, parental and adoption leave schemes in operation as part of their Family leave policies:



The University offers a comprehensive range of childcare services at affordable prices and works closely with various professional bodies to continue to enhance its provision. The following pages may be of interest to you:

Flexible Working and Part-time Workers

Part-time workers receive the same access to benefits and entitlements as full-time workers:

More information can be found on the Part-time workers pages of the University website. Additional guidance on the flexible working application process, as well the downloadable Flexible Working Application Form can be found on this website.


The Department recognises that teleworking can be a mutually beneficial arrangement. Teleworking may be undertaken by any member of staff with the agreement of the department. Teleworking is voluntary and reversible at the department's or employee's request; it may be set up on a temporary or ongoing basis.

More information can be found on the Working from home page of the University website.


Athena Swan


The following departments all have a footprint in the Institute and have achieved Bronze recognition in the Athena Swan Charter:  Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Department of Paediatrics, Nuffield Department of Medicine, Nuffield Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Nuffield Division of Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

Athena Swan recognises and celebrates good practice on recruiting, retaining and promoting women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education.

More information can be found on the Athena SWAN website.