Wellbeing and support services

University wellbeing provision

The Equality and Diversity Unit (EDU) provides guidance to students, staff and policymakers across the University to foster an inclusive culture. The EDU supports various staff networks and encourages University members to get involved in national events such as Anti-Bullying Week and Black History Month.

The Occupational Health Service offers advice and consultation for University staff on whether work is affecting health, or health affecting work. This can range from help managing stress, to substance dependence and physical and mental illness related to your work. It also offers travel advice if you are planning to work abroad whilst employed at the University of Oxford. Referrals can be obtained from your department.

The Student Advice Service is an independent advice and information service based at the Oxford University Student Union. The Counselling Service provides individual and group counselling for students, as well as workshops to promote good mental health and wellbeing, a peer support network, and advice for parents and staff involved in providing welfare support.

The Disability Advisory Service provides information and advice on disability issues and facilitates support for students with disabilities or long-term health conditions, for example, sensory or mobility impairments, specific learning difficulties, autistic spectrum conditions or mental health difficulties. The Staff Disability Officer (tel: 01865 280687) provides advice for staff with disabilities. Information on the support available for staff can be found on the EDU disability webpages.

Staff Wellbeing Programme: Thriving at Oxford

The Staff Wellbeing programme: Thriving at Oxford was officially launched in September 2022 and dedicated webpages are now live on the Staff Gateway. Building on the work undertaken by the Wellbeing Programme Board the programme has been developed to support staff whilst they are working for the University. The Thriving at Oxford webpages include wellbeing tips and information about sources of support and other resources.

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Support services for University staff

  • Parents and carers can access a range of support initiatives to promote positive work-life balance at all stages of your life.
  • The University's Careers Support Network can help administrative or support staff looking for confidential, impartial advice about an internal job application or a job interview. The network offers access to a number of managers who are also experienced recruiters.


It always seems impossible until it’s done.

Nelson Mandela