• Work-life balance

    Work life balance

    Flexible working opportunities

    At Brookes we recognise that we need to provide the opportunity for staff to find the right balance between work and home life to enable them to work to their full potential, and encourage confidence and enterprising creativity. We also recognise that work-life balance needs may change throughout different stages of your life to reflect changes in your personal circumstances, job role and work environment.

    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:

    Aligned with our four Guiding Principles, the University is fully committed to supporting its public responsibilities in the community and as such enables staff to undertake such duties where this is compatible with individual, department, and organisational requirements. Click here for more information on leave.

    Work life balance

    Our son enjoys it very much. So do we! His creativity and independence have flourished since day one at the nursery. But the most important for me is how much care and love nursery staff put into their work with all children.

    Hanna Czarnecka-Nagy, HR 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.

    The nursery’s vision is a simple one – that you will join our many other families who “consider their children very lucky indeed to attend such a wonderful setting”. (Ofsted June 2015)


    Flexible working may be negotiated on appointment (unless stated otherwise, all of our roles are open to job sharing) or requested for any reason during your employment. All employees have a statutory right to request flexible working after 26 weeks continuous service.

    My studies have fed back into my job – I’ve had lots of ideas, and practices ‘cross-pollinate’ from one side to the other, so doing this has made me better at my job

    Liz Lovegrove, Tutor, Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, OCSLD
    Kirsten Baker

    Kirsten Baker

    Senior Lecturer in Midwifery, Health and Life Sciences

    I have worked at Brookes for about 5 years since 2012. I teach across our undergraduate and postgraduate curricula.

    After more than a decade of midwifery teaching and having launched my 4 children into adulthood, I found I had itchy feet. I had always been delighted to greet each successive cohort of Freshers, but latterly had begun to notice my enthusiasm waning. This did not do justice to their delight and excitement. I spoke to my manager about needing to move on: I’d decided to volunteer for an NGO and work in sub Saharan Africa. She suggested I apply for a career break: I did so, and this was approved. This alone made me feel like a valued part of the University.

    Read more about Kirsten

    Simon Hogg

    Simon Hogg

    IT Service Transition and Benefits Realisation Manager, IT Services

    Work smarter, not harder

    Compressed hours

    Simon Hogg has worked at Brookes since 1989, progressing through five different roles in IT, from system administration into project management. He has been working compressed hours for about 9 years.

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    Liz Lovegrove

    Liz Lovegrove

    Tutor, Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, OCSLD

    I’m part of the team which runs and teaches our Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, the course that new lecturers take.

    I’ve worked at Brookes for fifteen years! I started off as Web & DTP Editor, was then Learning Technologist for a while, then Digital Media and eLearning Developer, and now PCTHE tutor (which was initially an 18-month secondment, but is now permanent). I’m also an Associate Lecturer in the School of Arts.

    What working flexibly means to me...

    For me it’s about being supported to maintain my commitment to my job while also pursuing other goals. My main two have been education and motherhood. I’ve worked part time for a long time, starting off working 80% in semester time so I could study undergrad modules (and then going back up to 100% in vacations), then once I’d finished my first degree I dropped down to one day a week to do a full-time masters, and now I’m working half time while doing my PhD.

    Read more about Liz