Making Life Work Well

The Babraham Institute provides many facilities, benefits and policies so staff, students, visitors and collaborators can make life work well.

In our 2018 staff consultations we asked about the things we do well in helping people to combine work and family life. Responses included:

'Being able to drop my children off at the brilliant nursery and then park for free right next to my building means so much less stress for me'


'I know I can switch off completely when I leave work and there’s no pressure to stay late.'


'Campus life is good for reducing stress. I think the gym, yoga and beautiful grounds all help with mental health.'

---PhD student

Below are some examples of ways in which we are making life work well at the Babraham Institute. To find out more about these talk to a member of the e4s team or contact



  • On-site accommodation
  • Free car parking
  • Subsidised campus commuter bus
  • Bike sheds (with equipment and support)
  • Campus car share scheme
  • Canteens, food outlets, coffee shops
  • Cash machine
  • Vending machines/coffee machines
  • Nurseryafter school club & holiday club
  • Nappy changing facilities in male and female toilets
  • Lactation room
  • Supported access to remote computing facilities
  • e4s children's resource box
  • Nursery salary sacrifice
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Gym, sauna, sports clubs, tennis courts
  • Yoga classes
  • Book club
  • Reflection room
  • Allotments
  • Sports and social club
  • e4s library
  • Gardens


  • Flexible working
  • Job sharing
  • Meetings during core hours (9:30-15:00)
  • Maternity, adoption, shared parental, and paternity leave
  • Requests to reduce/increase contracted hours considered
  • Equality policy
  • Transgender and transitioning at work policy
  • Stopping the tenure clock during extended leave
  • Conference child care fund
  • Funding requests considered (e.g. emergency childcare, travel to work)


  • e4s blog
  • e4s intranet
  • HR intranet
  • My life in science seminar series
  • Group leader seminar series
  • @equal4success
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