a great place
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
Buckley Building, Headington 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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
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 world to
of our electricity
> 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
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
www.brookes.ac.uk. We look forward to receiving your application.
Thank you for your interest.
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