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


Here are some of the ways we are making life work well at the Babraham Institute.



  • On-site accommodation
  • Free car parking
  • Subsidised local bus fares
  • Bike sheds (with equipment and support)
  • Campus car share scheme
  • Canteens and coffee shops
  • Cash machine
  • Vending machines/coffee machines
  • Nurseryafter school club & holiday club
  • Nappy changing facilities in male and female toilets
  • Lactation room
  • e4s children's resource box for when children are on site
  • Nursery salary sacrifice
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Gym, sauna, sports clubs, tennis courts, trim trail
  • Yoga classes
  • Reflection/prayer room
  • Allotments
  • Sports and social club
  • e4s library
  • Gardens

Policies and initiatives

  • Flexible working
  • Job sharing
  • Meetings during core hours (9:30-15:00)
  • Supported access to remote computing facilities
  • Maternity, adoption, shared parental, and paternity leave
  • Roving researcher to support staff on long term leave
  • Requests to reduce/increase contracted hours considered
  • Dignity at Work 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)
  • Research Access Programme


  • e4s blog
  • Intranet resources
  • 'My Life in Science' seminar series
  • Group Leader seminar series
  • e4s Bite seminar series
  • @equal4success
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