Work-life balance

  • Work life balance

    Flexible working opportunities

    At Oxford Brookes we recognise that to enable staff to work to their potential, and encourage confidence and enterprising creativity, it needs to give them the opportunity to find the right balance between work and home life. Your work-life balance needs may change throughout different stages of your life to reflect changes in your personal circumstances, job role and work environment. Our flexible working opportunities include:

    Generous holiday entitlement

    Leave entitlement at Oxford Brookes varies according to your role and your length of continuous service.

    • Support staff: 25 days per year rising to 28 days with after 9 years
    • Senior staff: 30 days per year
    • Academic staff: 35 days per year

    In addition to annual leave and public holidays, the University offers two concessionary days (at the Easter and August bank holidays) and operates a closure period between Christmas and New Year.

    Other leave entitlements include:

    • enhanced payments for maternity, adoption and paternity leave
    • shared parental leave
    • domestic care, dependant and emergency care leave
    • study leave

    Work life balance

    The University has been incredibly supportive of my return to work after maternity leave and my colleagues fully supported me when I made a request to change my working hours.

    Laura Cooper, Academic Administration Manager


    Oxford Brookes Nursery has been rated as outstanding by Ofsted. It offers childcare for children aged 4 months to 5 years between the hours of 08:30 and 17:25. The nursery accommodates up to 54 children and is only a short walk from all of the Headington Campus sites. We also offer salary sacrifice for nursery fees and to help reduce the cost of childcare.

    If you would prefer a nursery closer to home or your partner’s place of work we also run a salary sacrifice scheme for childcare vouchers. The voucher scheme allows you to pay a proportion of your child/s’ nursery fees before tax. This could save you over £900 a year per child in nursery fees.