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Flexible Working

What is flexible working?

The Department actively promotes a family friendly environment and encourages a good work-life balance whether you have family responsibilities or not. As part of this inclusive approach, the Department & University have part-time working, flexible working and working from home policies.  This is in addition to University policies covering family leave; maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave.

Flexible working can include a wide variety of working practices. Flexibility can be in terms of working time, working location or the pattern of working. Examples could include part-time working, staggered hours, working from home, job-sharing or term-time only working.

How do I apply for flexible working?

If you have 26 weeks continuous service with the University you have the right to request flexible working. If you would like to apply for formal flexible working we would encourage you to discuss this with your manager in the first instance. If it is possible to grant your request, this will result in a change to your contractual terms and conditions. Your local HR team are always available to answer any questions you may have about flexible working and can support you through the process.

You can make a request at any stage during the year but there is also an opportunity to discuss this at your Personal Development Review.

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 be found there.


Case Studies

NDM is actively encouraging the use of flexible working, where possible, as a way for staff to maintain a healthy work-life balance and provide a means for those needing to adapt their working pattern to successfully meet the demands of both the workplace and home life. Some of our staff have shared their experiences of flexible working, exploring some of the benefits and challenges they have faced and the reasons for their flexible working pattern; including spending more quality time with the family, covering child care needs, and to help in the recovery from illness. Please see the case studies below:

I have been the Goods-In Technician in the ORCRB since the building opened in 2008. As part of the Buildings Facilities team, I receive goods that come into the building, use Oracle R12 to receipt the goods on the system and ensure safe and secure storage and dispatch of those goods, interacting with drivers and all staff in the building.


I am a consultant in infectious diseases and microbiology, and am currently funded by a Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellowship to lead a small group based at the Medawar Building working on Hepatitis B virus (HBV), with close links with collaborators in South Africa and Uganda.


My current job title is Project Manager with Professor Crook in the Modernising Medical Microbiology group. The role mainly consists of supporting the group with their work on improvements in infectious disease diagnostic methods and detection of antimicrobial resistance to antibiotics, and leading on public engagement and involvement.


I started working for the University in October 2008 in the Clinical Bio-Manufacturing Facility within NDM. This is the University of Oxford’s GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) manufacturing facility that is producing biological Investigational Medicinal Products (IMPs) according to the principles of GMP for early phase clinical trials.


I joined the Tomlinson lab, then in London, to start a postdoc in 2007. Shortly afterwards the lab move to the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics in Oxford. Starting a family took me longer than I’d hoped but I finally fell pregnant in 2010 and had my daughter Bethan in April 2011.


I am the Translational Medicine Lead within the Experimental Medicine division of NDM and a Research Fellow in Wolfson College. I am a member of the senior management group at the Translational Gastroenterology Unit.


I am a Research Assistant in the Cornall Lab and I am primarily responsible for managing the day to day running of the lab. I was born in Australia and did my undergraduate B.Sci Hons degree at the University of Melbourne. After finishing my degree, I worked for a couple of years as a research assistant for Prof Tony Purcell before applying for jobs in the UK.