Staff wellbeing

Our staff, academics, researchers, language instructors and professional administrators, come from all walks of life and experiences. As a Division, we're committed to supporting them through their period of employment, through ill health, caring responsibilities and the pressures of work.


We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. Sometimes our mental health is good, sometimes it's bad. At the Humanities Division we know that people's lives are complex, and that support and understanding is a vital part of prevention of and recovery from mental health issues.

Stress is a part of everyone's life, but not everyone deals with it well all the time. This Interactive Stress Container, from Mental Health First Aid England, is a tool to help you think about the stresses you face.

The Humanities Division has a cohort of trained Mental Health First Aiders. You can find out more about them on our Mental Health First Aid pages.


There are dedicated webpages for parents and carers on the main University site. Our parental leave offer is the best in the UK Higher Education sector, and we have policies in place to help parents before and after the birth or adoption of children. We also recognise that caring takes many forms, and, whether caring for children or adults there is support and advice available for staff on these pages.

The University's Occupational Health Services team provides independent advice to employers and employees concerning the relationship between health and work, and the effects one has on the other.

The Mind website has lots of fantastic information and resources for anyone experiencing mental ill health, or anyone supporting someone with mental health issues. You can also get in contact with the local Oxfordshire Mind group via their website.