Working environment

We value the diversity of employees, students, visitors and collaborators on our shared campus and we have in place a range of policies and benefits to provide a supportive and inclusive environment.

Workplace environment

We are committed to fostering an inclusive, stimulating and rewarding culture where everyone can thrive and diversity is celebrated. Employees are supported to reach their full potential and are valued for their differences in thought, background, experience and perspective.

We believe that cultivating a friendly and supportive workplace is key to helping our researchers, students, and staff develop their skills and experience. We have a family-friendly environment that permeates the fabric of our campus. It is common for parents to bring their children on site, often having breakfast or lunch with them when they are using the holiday club.

We are committed to providing a range of progressive policies which support everyone to achieve a positive work life balance.

  • Flexible Working
  • Maternity, Adoption, Shared Parental, and Paternity Leave
  • Parental Leave
  • Paid leave for carers
  • Carers’ grant
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Dignity at Work (Prevention of Bullying and Harassment)
  • Homeworking
  • Working Time


We focus on impactful and sustained changes, which when combined, encourage and support a positive culture of equality, diversity, and inclusion. As part of this, we are committed to a range of long-term, targeted activities which promote gender equality and recruitment, retention and progression of women within the organisation.

Policies to support a positive work-life balance

  • Our enhanced Maternity and Shared Parental Leave Policies provide an entitlement to six months’ full pay. There is no qualifying period of employment before an employee is entitled to benefit from this enhanced policy. We will extend contracts when staff have taken parental leave where we can. For example, we have in place an innovative and flexible approach within our scientific leadership model to support extended leave. Faculty who have taken parental leave can extend their tenure by up to an additional 18 months to support their transition back to research.
  • Our Carers Grant enables employees to attend training, conferences, collaborative research visits, or invited talks whilst receiving financial support to cover additional care costs for dependents.
  • Our paid leave for carers policy allows staff to take up to an additional 10 days paid leave per year to deal with extraordinary caring situations
  • Our recruitment processes encourage positive consideration of career breaks and periods of part-time working and whenever we can, roles are advertised as flexible
  • Our employee assistance program (EAP) is a confidential employee benefit that assists our staff and students with personal or work-related problems that may impact their job performance, health, or mental and emotional wellbeing.

Career Development and training

  • We  hold Campus-wide talks and training on unconscious bias and equality, diversity and inclusion, especially in recruitment.
  • We have an active mentoring and coaching scheme with over 50 coaches and mentors on Campus with specific training.
  • We hold an annual Careers Day, with invited talks from funders and those in a range of scientific and non-scientific careers.

Campus Life

  • We have active staff engagement networks, such as our LGBTQ+ and Parent and Carers’ Networks.
  • Our workplace nursery offers significant cost savings for staff using the facility.
  • Our summer holiday club runs every year and is for children between the ages of 4 -14 years.
  • We have high chairs in the cafes, priority bus boarding for parents travelling with their children on the Campus buses, baby changing facilities, priority parking for pregnant employees and New and Expectant Mother (NEM) rooms.
  • Our Sports and Social Club organises a range of events throughout the year and our on-site gym offers a range of exercise classes with flexible membership options.


For further information contact Dr Saher Ahmed, Head of Equality, Diverstiy and Inclusion: