Life Sciences Research for Lifelong Health

flexible working

Making Life Work Well At BI

There are many facilities and policies available for staff and students at Babraham to make life work well.

In our 2016 staff consultations we asked  what Babraham does well in helping people to combine work and family life. Some of the answers included:

'Work life balance is important here and that is really good.' Computing Support Staff

'From a family point of view I can't think of a better place to work. There is flexibility and high-quality child care.' Facility Head

'Summer socials, Christmas events, the nursery on site, on site housing. Not many places provide so much.' Science Support Staff

Here are some examples of ways in which we are making life work well at BI


  • Nursery, after school clud, funpack holiday club
  • On site accommodation
  • Supported access to remote computing facilities
  • Free car parking
  • Canteens, food outlets, coffee shops
  • Gym, sauna, sports clubs, tennis courts, trim trail
  • Yoga Classes
  • Mindfulness seminars
  • Bike sheds (with equipment and support)
  • Subsidised campus commuter bus
  • Prayer room
  • Lactation room
  • Nappy changing facilities
  • Cash machine
  • Book club
  • Vending machines/coffee machines
  • Allotments
  • Gardens
  • e4s children's resource box
  • e4s children's book recommendations
  • e4s library


  • Requests to reduce/increase contracted hours considered
  • Employee assistance programme (EAP)
  • Flexible working
  • Job sharing
  • Meetings during core hours
  • Nursery salary sacrifice
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Shared parental leave policy
  • Maternity leave policy
  • Funding requests considered (e.g. emergency childcare, travel to work)


  • e4s blog pages
  • e4s intranet
  • HR intranet
  • My life in science seminar series
  • Group leader seminar series
  • e4s twitter account