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a great place
to work
What makes Oxford Brookes a great
place to work?
As one of the largest employers in Oxford, with well over 2,000 staff,
we take our responsibility for the welfare and job satisfaction of our staff
very seriously. We are an Equal Opportunities Employer and will employ
the best person for the job, regardless of disability, sex, age, race,
religious belief or sexual orientation. We welcome applications from
people with a disability and we are a two ticks        employer which
means that we guarantee to interview all applicants with a disability who
meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on
their abilities.
                                                      Buckley Building, Headington Campus

and diverse

                  Simon Williams
                  Undergraduate Centre,
                  Wheatley Campus

                                                      Harcourt Hill Campus

Whatever job you are applying for, you will be joining a friendly and diverse community
where every member of staff is recognised as important to the success of the university.

In the last staff survey, well over 80% of staff said that they enjoyed their work and felt that
their skills and experience were valued by their colleagues.

What are the benefits?
The university is large and ambitious, and seeks to ensure that it employs the best people
to offer the best educational and social experience for our students and customers.

There are many benefits but we couldn’t fit all of them in, so here are just a few of the
main ones.
Personal development
Oxford Brookes offers all staff guidance and encouragement to expand
their knowledge, skills and qualifications. We spend over 2% of our
salary budget on staff development, and every employee has an
annually reviewed personal development plan. The university has
achieved Investors in People (IiP) accreditation and is working towards
IiP Champion status.

‘It’s a nice
place to work’

                                                Susan has been working as a domestic
                                                assistant at the university halls of
                                                residence for more than five years.
                                                Although the students maintain their
                                                own rooms, Susan is responsible for the
                                                communal areas. She says, ‘It’s a nice
                                                place to work. Talking to the students
                                                about their courses and future ambitions
                                                can be very interesting, especially as quite
                                                a few are from overseas.’
                                                Susan has periodic staff development
                                                reviews when she discusses different
                                                aspects of her job and any training needs.
                                                So far she has completed a Cleaning
                                                NVQ Level 2, which she feels provides
                                                recognition for her work. Susan has also
                                                completed a refresher course in computing
                                                as she hopes at some point to reduce
                                                her hours as a cleaner and to return to
                                                part-time office work.

                                                Susan, Domestic Assistant

IiP is all about ensuring that organisations support individual development
and good communications. We do this in many ways at Brookes:
> an annual personal development review
> a comprehensive NVQ programme up to level 5
> lunchtime language classes in French, Italian and Spanish
> IT training, including the European Computer Driving Licence
> conferences and workshops
> public lectures
> a highly successful in-house training programme for management
  and organisational skills
> professional accreditation studies.
Pension schemes
Academic staff will either be eligible for membership of the Teachers’
Pensions Scheme or the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme and
non-academic staff join the Local Government Pension Scheme.
All three are final salary schemes, providing guaranteed retirement
benefits, and the value of the pension is protected against inflation.
In addition to the annual pension the schemes offer ill-health, death
and family benefits and the option of a tax-free lump sum at retirement.

final salary

                                                      extra holidays
                                                      a year

And there’s so much more…
> five extra holidays a year (added on to Spring and Autumn Bank Holidays and
  Christmas closure) in addition to your normal leave entitlement (minimum 25
  days per year)
> access to the internet and your own email address
> free membership of the university’s libraries
> active trade unions – UCU and UNISON
> a fortnightly newsletter during semester-time to keep you up-to-date with what’s
  happening in and around the university
> a car-share programme and a special bus service for travelling to work
> lunchtime activities, which include concerts, health walks, language classes and
> up to £5,000 to help with the costs of relocating to the Oxford area if you are living
  elsewhere when you join the university.
Health and sports facilities
➜       Occupational health
Oxford Brookes has a commitment to the health and well-being of its staff. The university’s
Occupational Health Advisers are concerned with all issues relating to health and work and
can be contacted directly or through line managers or Human Resources.

➜       Osteopathy clinics
Situated in Oxford, and Swindon,
the osteopathy clinics are part of the

university’s School of Health and Social
Care and are staffed by highly qualified
and experienced osteopathic tutors and
students in their third, fourth and fifth years
of the rigorous five-year programme in
Osteopathy. All staff using the clinics
receive the first two sessions free and
thereafter pay £10 per session.                    About
In addition to these benefits, Oxford
Brookes also provides:
> Help with the cost of eyesight tests,            Rounding off the day in the gym or the
   spectacles and contact lenses for staff         squash court helps Ben to unwind and
                                                   stay fit. He joined the university more than
   who use a display screen as a significant
                                                   six years ago as a Human Resources
   part of their normal work.
                                                   Manager and, although based at
> An NHS dental practice on Headington             Wheatley Campus, makes time to visit the
  Campus for all staff and students.               university’s Centre for Sport in
                                                   Headington at least three times a week.
                                                   He says, ‘The sports and recreation
                                                   facilities are excellent. Staff can join the
                                                   Sports Centre for £39 a year and then
                                                   pay as they go. I’m not aware of any
                                                   employer in Oxford that can rival the
                                                   sports facilities offered here at Brookes.’

                                                   Ben, Human Resources Manager

➜       Sports facilities
All members of staff are entitled to use the sports facilities based on the Headington,
Wheatley and Harcourt Hill Campuses. For a reduced annual fee you can use any of the
facilities including the:

>   health and fitness suite with 65 training stations, sauna and steam room
>   free-weights Olympic training room
>   badminton, squash and tennis courts
>   climbing room and lead tower
>   25-metre indoor heated swimming pool
>   nine-hole golf course (par 3)
>   classes, which include martial arts, aerobics and fitness.
Childcare facilities
Located in purpose-built accommodation on the Clive Booth Hall site,
a 5-10 minute walk from the Headington Campus, the Brookes Nursery
offers full day care provision for children aged 4 months to 5 years.

‘The nursery
is absolutely

                                                 Judie is a senior lecturer in hospitality,
                                                 leisure and tourism management, and
                                                 came to Oxford Brookes from Huddersfield
                                                 University in January 2000. Daughter
                                                 Maddie attended the nursery
                                                 full-time until she was four years old and
                                                 son William who is 21 months old is
                                                 following in his sister's footsteps.
                                                 ‘The nursery is absolutely wonderful,’
                                                 Judie says. ‘Everyone is very caring and
                                                 helpful and they are supportive of parents
                                                 as well as the children. The staff are so
                                                 creative in the way they encourage use
                                                 of a huge range of toys and materials.
                                                 The children are inspired to do all sorts
                                                 of things. It’s also a great ice-breaker for
                                                 getting to know other parents, which is
                                                 very useful if you are new to an area.’

                                                 Judie, Senior Lecturer

The nursery is run by a team of professionally
qualified staff who are committed to                     Find out more
developing the individual needs of the
children within a high quality learning          For an application form or more
environment. At its most recent Ofsted           details on nursery places, please
inspection in January 2007 it was rated
‘outstanding’ for its educational provision.
                                                 contact the nursery manager on
                                                 01865 485050. For information
To help with the costs of childcare, staff can
benefit from paying the nursery fees through
                                                 on childcare vouchers please call
a salary sacrifice scheme which saves about      0845 365 2999
30% of the costs through tax and NI relief,
and for those staff who want to use external
nurseries or creches, we also provide
childcare vouchers.
Work-life balance
We have some of the best family-friendly and work-life balance
policies in the university sector. Brookes offers generous maternity and
paternity leave, as well as parental and maternity support leave, and a
career-break scheme. Everyone has a right to request changes in
working hours to suit their responsibilities outside work, and many jobs
enjoy flexi-time arrangements.


                                                Nalin came to Oxford Brookes in 1993 and
                                                when he’s not in the mountains he’s a
                                                Networking Administrator, troubleshooting
                                                around the university. Since taking the
                                                novice climbing course at the Sports Centre
                                                he hasn’t looked back. Many of his
                                                holidays for the last few years have found
                                                him adventuring all over the world with

                                                other Brookes staff and students – from
                                                skiing and ice-climbing in Chamonix to
                                                trekking to Everest Base Camp in the
                                                Himalayas; experiencing the wilds of
                                                Patagonia and reaching ‘The roof of Africa’,
                                                Mount Kilimanjaro. Though he’s no runner,
About                                           he recently completed the Vancouver
                                                Marathon in Canada and will soon be

me...                                           attempting the Jungfrau Mountain
                                                Marathon in Switzerland.
                                                Nalin said, ‘I’ve had fantastic opportunities
Ceri has experienced many changes in            at Brookes. You don’t have to be superfit
lifestyle since joining us in 1986. She left    to go trekking, but I do cycle everywhere
her job as Deputy General Manager with          and often utilise the excellent sport
Berni Inns to become a full-time senior         facilities. At Brookes, work-life balance is
technician in the then School of Hotel          important and achievable.’ Nalin is also
and Catering Management. Since then,            being supported by Brookes to study with
studying part-time, she obtained a BSc          the Cisco Networking Academy.
(Hons) in Hotel and Catering Management
and has had two periods of maternity            Nalin, Networking Administrator
leave. She is now Assistant Development
Director in Corporate Affairs.
With the arrival of her two sons, Ceri had
to decide whether to look for part-time
work or to renegotiate her working days
to fit round both family and Brookes.
Her 37-hour working week now comprises
three short days and two long days. Ceri
said, ‘One of the reasons I stayed so long
is the flexible approach to working. I’m
fortunate that in my particular role it suits
both Brookes and me. I have also made
good use of the Brookes Nursery’

Ceri, Assistant Development Director
Environment and ethics
Oxford Brookes is committed to being an environmentally sustainable
and ethically responsible place to study and work. We have been at the
forefront of developments which have now been adopted by many other
institutions and organisations.

 the first
 university in
 the world to
 be awarded

                                                    of our electricity
                                                    comes from
> In June 2009 Oxford Brookes came 4th in a new environmental league table of UK
  universities, and also received a ‘first class’ rating for its environmental credentials.
> The creation of environmentally sustainable buildings is central to our exciting plans for
  the £150m redevelopment of our campuses.
> As well as paper, cans and glass, we recycle paper cups, computers and monitors,
  CDs, fluorescent tubes, cooking and engine oil and mobile phones.
> 100% of our electricity comes from renewable sources.
> In October 2003 we became the first university in the world to be awarded Fairtrade
  status, providing a platform for raising awareness of international trade issues amongst
  students, staff and the wider public. This was renewed in 2009.
> Brookes launched an award-winning Green Commuter Plan which has led to substantial
  reductions in the number of staff and students travelling by car. Tougher new targets
  have been set for 2010.
> Brookes Bus achieved the highest environmental standard in the UK for bus services.
What’s the background to Oxford
Oxford Brookes University can trace its history back as far as 1865
when the Oxford School of Art was founded. The organisation grew
and merged until it became Oxford Polytechnic and then in 1992
Oxford Brookes University. The university took its name from John
Henry Brookes, the first Principal of the School of Technology, Art
and Commerce.


                                                  Professor Janet Beer


Oxford Brookes takes pride in having been recognised as the leading modern university
in the UK for most of the past decade. We aim to be a top class learning and teaching
institution with an excellent record for research and for transferring the outcomes of
research to practical applications in industry, commerce and the public sector. Two of the
national centres of excellence in teaching and learning are based at Brookes and we pride
ourselves on a long-standing reputation for the employability of our graduates.
There are eight academic schools and six support directorates, and the responsibility for
the day-to-day running of the university rests with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janet
Beer and her senior management team.

With a student body of over 19,000 representing 110 countries, our students and staff are
from all backgrounds, cultures and religions and make Oxford Brookes a truly international
community for study and for employment.
What else do I need to know?
Oxford Brookes is based on three campuses in and around Oxford which
can all be reached by public transport as well as a direct inter-site bus
service which operates all year round. The university encourages staff to
reduce their use of the car through its Sustainable Travel Plan which
includes interest-free loans and special tax-free schemes for the purchase
of bus season tickets and bicycles. We also have a site in Swindon. On-
site car-parking permits can be purchased by staff who live more than
three miles from their place of work. If you prefer to cycle to work, there
are plenty of cycle racks, under-cover bike-bins and showers.

➜     On-campus catering, shopping and banking
> The university offers a wide range of catering outlets, offering hot and cold meals, snacks
  and drinks including the award-winning Brookes Restaurant – open to the public at
  lunchtimes and some evenings – offering cuisine to rival the best in the city.
> The Students’ Union runs bars that are open to staff.
> The university has shops selling a wide range of goods on Headington Campus.
> The computer services shop at Headington Campus sells computer supplies at keen prices.
> Blackwell’s has an excellent bookshop based at Headington Campus.
> The Santander banking group provide support to the university through scholarships.
  Also staff who purchase a Santander product, or bank with the group, are able to claim
  10 free shares in the company and a range of additional benefits. Full details can be
  obtained from the Santander Branch at Gipsy Lane.
> Cash machines are available at Headington Campus.

We hope that this leaflet has provided you with useful information about Brookes. If you would
like to follow up any of these points, please contact us on 01865 485960 or visit We look forward to receiving your application.

Thank you for your interest.

                                                 Directorate of
                                                 Human Resources

To obtain a large-print copy of this publication or to enquire about
other formats please contact +44 (0) 1865 484848 or email
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