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.

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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

These 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.

Oxford Brookes Nursery

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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)

“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


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.