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The Department of Oncology actively promotes a friendly and equitable culture that supports a good balance between work and life and is committed to providing a family-friendly working environment.

Family friendly

The Department of Oncology recognises these demands and offers a range of family-friendly policies and schemes:


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 University currently runs four nurseries across Oxford and has partnered with a large number of nursery providers who deliver quality childcare for University staff and student parents.

A planning application has been submitted to the City Council to open a fifth nursery on the Old Road Campus.

The following pages may be of interest to you:

Family Leave

The University has policies on all types of family leave (maternity, adoption, paternityshared parentalunpaid), and schemes are in operation.

Returning Carers' Fund

The Returning Carers' Fund is a small-grants scheme to support women and men who have taken a break of at least six months for caring responsibilities to re-establish their research careers.

The scheme is open to all members of academic and research staff employed by the University, including those holding joint appointments, but excluding those who have achieved full professorial title or who hold statutory chairs. Those currently on leave can apply for support on their return to work.

The grants will pay for a range of activities, such as short-term administrative or research assistance, teaching buy-outs, conference attendance, visits of research collaborators and training in new research methods.

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