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Family friendly

The Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics is actively promoting the provision of a family friendly working environment. The University of Oxford recognises the demands of work/life balance and offers a range of family-friendly policies:

Childcare and other carer responsiblities

The University offers a comprehensive range of childcare services and works closely with various professional bodies to continue to enhance its provision.

Equal career opportunities

As part of its Integrated Equality Policy the University of Oxford aims to provide an inclusive environment which promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students are respected to assist them in reaching their full potential.

The University will work to remove any barriers which might deter people of the highest potential and ability from applying to Oxford, either as staff or students.

Newcomers' club

The Oxford University Newcomers’ Club exists to welcome to Oxford the wives/husbands/partners of newly appointed academics, of visiting academics and of postgraduate students to the University.

Postdoctoral Society

The DPAG Postdoctoral Society is run by and for postdocs and aims to promote interactions between postdocs to create a friendly network of skills and expertise and to welcome new postdocs joining the Department.

Postdoc lunch meetings are organised regularly for postdocs across the entire Department to meet and exchange advice and tips on their projects, career and life in Oxford.

A forum also offers postdocs a place where they can exchange and ask questions to the wider DPAG postdoc community on any subjects ranging from help on protocol, career, life in Oxford, etc.

Updates on departmental business is provided via the postdoc representative (currently Mattea Finelli) who sits on the Departmental Committee where any potential issues can be discussed.

mentoring and professional development 

Please find below various mentoring and professional development schemes available to members of staff.

OLI mentoring pages
The Learning Institute coordinates and supports a range of mentoring schemes within the collegiate University.

Ad Feminam
Ad Feminam mentoring is intended to encourage women to explore their leadership potential within academic life, or within an administrative career, for example as leaders of departments and divisions or in university governance.

Springboard is an award winning personal and professional development programme, designed and developed by women for women. It has been created specifically to enable women to achieve their full potential both at work and in their personal lives. It is designed for women from all backgrounds, ages and stages of their lives. Women are less well represented in senior roles with in the University. Springboard provides women with a means by which we aim to address this concern.

Navigator Development Programme for Men
Navigator results in long term, high quality benefits for individuals and their organisations. Grounded in reality, it enables men to identify the clear and practical steps they want to take in their lives, and then develop the skills and determination to do something about them.

The Post-Graduate Diploma in Teaching in Higher Eductation
This 2 year part-time professional degree programme is intended for experienced academics working in the collegiate University who wish to enrich their understanding of student learning, improve their own teaching practice, and develop ideas for educational enhancement.