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A seminar for parents, prospective parents, and line managers.

Learn more about the various family friendly policies at Oxford and the support on offer from your HR team; childcare options available to Oxford staff and students, as well as government supported childcare schemes; and recent changes to the returning carers fund including new eligibility for those taking shorter breaks. Speakers from the Medical Research Council (MRC), the University’s Research Strategy & Policy Unit, and Medical Sciences Division will also outline policies and initiatives to support those pursuing and sustaining research and teaching careers through the family years.

Advance booking required. Register for free here. Registration closes on 23 March.

If you have any questions, please contact


10:30 – 10:35: Welcome

Chair - DPAG Professor Damian Tyler

10:35 – 10:55: HR Support & University Policies 

Sophia Evans, DPAG HR Manager, Katie Meads, DPAG Deputy HR Manager, and Ellie Bonthorne, DPAG HR Adviser

Guidance on the various family friendly policies (including adoption, fertility, maternity, paternity, and shared parental leave), flexible working, KIT days and the support available from your HR team.

10:55 – 11:15: Childcare

Jo Mason, Head of Wellbeing and Childcare Services, University of Oxford

Information on the childcare options available to Oxford staff and students, Work & Family Space, and government supported childcare.

11:15 – 11:25: Returning Carers Fund

Katherine Corr, Athena Swan & EDI Facilitator and Advisor, Medical Sciences Division

Summary of the recent changes including increased flexibility and eligibility, including new eligibility for those taking shorter breaks, aimed at supporting those taking shared parental leave.

11:30 – 11:50: MRC Funder Support 

Jennifer Anderson, Head of Training & Careers, Medical Research Council (MRC)

MRC specific inclusive practices to ensure equality of opportunity for parents.

11:50 – 12:10: Research Funding Support 

Jennifer Gladstone, Strategic Research Development Manager and Research Policy Manager (EDI), University of Oxford

Support available for parents to obtain grants and fellowships, and how to access it.

12:10 – 12:30: Research Assessment Landscape 

Tanita Casci, Director, Research Strategy & Policy Unit, University of Oxford, and Mary Muers, Research Culture Facilitator, Medical Sciences Division

Discussion of sector policy initiatives around research assessment including REF, concordats, narrative CV, authorship, etc.

12:30 – 13:30: Lunch