Help with cost of living

We are all experiencing an increase to our monthly household bills. The increase in the cost of living has resulted in things such as the weekly food shop being more expensive, a rise in our electricity and gas bills, higher prices at the petrol pumps and a general increase in prices. It is not unsurprising that people may feel uncertain and anxious as a result of this, and needing to look for advice and guidance to deal with situations that they were not expecting or had made plans for.

Employee Assistance Programme

Confidential guidance and support

The University's Employee Assistance Programme provides all employees access to a free confidential helpline 24/7, 365 days a year and an online portal which includes practical advice and guidance including legal and financial wellbeing.  

Staff Assistance Fund

Oxford Brookes operates a Staff Assistance Fund that will make a grant of up to £1,000 to those employees who are facing unexpected pressures that have resulted, or will result in severe financial difficulty and where support is not available elsewhere. 

You must have be an employee for a minimum of 6 months and have passed your probation to be eligible to apply for a grant from the Fund. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Guidance and the application form can be found on the Staff Assistance Fund page:

Financial Coaching

Oxford Brookes have partnered with Navigate, a charity who offer financial coaching to support individuals experiencing financial hardship or emergency. Navigate offer tools, knowledge, support and advocacy to help colleagues to navigate financial difficulties and achieve stability in the longer term.

Financial wellbeing workshops

As part of our wider wellbeing and resilience learning and development offer on the Staff Learning portal we also offer a number of workshops to support colleagues financial wellbeing.

Staff Discounts and Offers

Oxford Brookes also provides a range of discounts and offers for staff which can be found on the Pay, Benefits and Recognition web pages.

Assistance from other organisations