Supporting working life

Work and family

The School of Biochemistry promotes the University of Bristol Parents at Work, which provides information and support for parents and carers.

The School is committed to providing every opportunity for our staff to integrate the development of a career with family responsibilities. All employees have the right not to be subjected to a detriment on the grounds of pregnancy, childbirth or maternity/paternity, irrespective of hours of work or service. The University website has more information on eligibility, entitlements and the University paternity policymaternity policyadoption policy and shared parental leave policy. In addition, the School of Biochemistry has produced a school-specific Parental Leave Booklet 2022 (PDF, 558kB) to support you throughout your parental leave.

Flexible working

A number of our staff currently take advantage of flexible working arrangements. Requests for flexible working are always considered and could include job shares, part time working, term time or seasonal working, career breaks and training breaks. The School recognises flexible working can provide benefits to both the employer and the employee.

Bristol Clear

The Bristol Clear project was initiated and has been championed by the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, Professor Nishan Canagarajah, who said: ‘Research staff are crucial to the success of our institution and its research endeavour. We pride ourselves in attracting the most talented researchers to Bristol and the aim of Bristol Clear is to attract them and nurture them with the support they need to be successful.’ The Bristol Clear project provides coaching, mentoring and career drop in sessions, amongst other services.

University staff networks

Our Staff Networks provide a safe space for colleagues sharing particular circumstances or characteristics to connect with others, share experiences and challenge organisational practices to create a more inclusive working environment.


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