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The Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences recognises that our staff and students have lives outside of work, and that, for many, it can be a struggle to balance the two. Our flexible working policies and initiatives for those who require extra support allow our staff and students to find their own work-life balance.


Our Department operates a variety of flexible working policies in line with the University. This includes family leave and the option to work part-time or from home

Parents' and Carers’ Career Fund

The Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences is dedicated to supporting the professional development and individual career ambitions of our staff and students. We recognise that staff and students with caring responsibilities may incur additional costs in order to attend ‘work-related training’. Following a successful six-month (13 September 2017–15 March 2018) pilot, we established the NDCN Parents’ and Carers’ Career Fund as a permanent scheme.

Objective: To enable parents and carers to attend courses, conferences, summer schools, research visits and other work-related training, by supplementing the costs of their preferred additional care arrangements.

Eligibility: All academic, research, research-related, professional and support staff and students within NDCN who have regular caring responsibilities, e.g. child, parent, partner, or a close relative.

Value of award: Up to £250

Examples of additional care arrangements might include, but are not limited to:

  • A contribution to the costs of an additional day’s nursery fees if the individual usually works part-time but was attending a course on a day when the child would not normally be in nursery.
  • A contribution to the costs of a childminder, babysitter, or after-school club to look after a child if the parent were returning home later than usual.
  • A contribution to the travel and sustenance costs of taking a child and/or additional carer to a conference.
  • A contribution to the travel costs of bringing a grandparent, sibling, or other carer to Oxford to help cover the applicant’s usual care responsibilities.
  • A contribution to the costs of night care for an elderly parent or disabled relative.

How to apply: Download the application form here and email the completed form to Jessica Hedge ( Guidance notes on eligibility are available here.

Deadline: Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis at Staff Development Committee meetings. A list of deadlines is available on the Staff Development Pages on the NDCN Intranet.

Parents' and Carers' Factsheet

Read more about NDCN's provisions for parents and carers.


ParentsNet is a forum for parents in the Medical Sciences Division to exchange ideas and goods. It is hosted on WebLearn and is subscription-based. For further information, or to sign up, email

My Family Care

Offering access to emergency back-up childcare and adult care, a 'speak to an expert' phone line and a wide range of guides and webinars through a website called the Work + Family space.

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