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The Nuffield Department of Medicine is actively promoting the provision of a family friendly working environment. The University of Oxford recognises the demands on work life balance and offers a range of family friendly policies and practices:


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:

  University Nurseries (nursery providers, waiting lists, FAQ and application processes).
  Childcare Voucher Scheme / Salary Sacrifice Scheme 
  Holiday Play schemes
  Parenting Organisations

Flexible Working and Part-time Workers

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

   • Part-timers receive the same access to training and promotion as full-timers
   • Part-timers receive a pro rata entitlement to leave including bank holidays
   • Requests from full-timers to work part-time are given careful consideration, particularly those returning from maternity leave

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.

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.

Other policies can be found on the employment pages of the University website.