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Work-life balance

As a University member of staff, there are a number of services available to you to promote wellbeing and improve your work-life balance.


Take advantage of healthcare on campus, including the NHS doctor and dentist and our free and confidential counselling service.

Medical and dental care

If you're a student or a member of staff and you live within the practice boundary, you can register with the doctor and dentist services on campus.

You can visit the Medical Centre for GP clinics, prescriptions and urgent appointments. The Dental Centre is in the same building.

Counselling service

There are times when we all need some extra support to balance the demands of everyday life.

Our Care first: Counselling in the moment support offers help for a wide range of work, family and personal issues, including:

  • work-life balance
  • childcare information
  • relationships
  • workplace issues
  • health and wellbeing

The Education Support Partnership

The Education Support Partnership provides free confidential support, counselling and independent guidance to all University and Higher Education employees.

Flexible working

Arrange your working day to suit your life with a range of flexible working options.

Depending on your role, you might be able to arrange different types of flexible hours, including:

  • part-time
  • flexitime
  • job sharing
  • term-time only


Find out more about different types of leave at the University.

Annual leave

Make the most of your annual leave, public holidays and discretionary days.

You're entitled to a generous annual leave package, depending on your grade. You also get public holidays and discretionary days off. A discretionary day is an extra day of leave after a public holiday.

To get the best work-life balance, you should try to use all of your annual leave entitlement throughout the year. If you're a full-time member of staff, you can also carry up to 36.5 hours over from one leave year to the next.

Career breaks

Career breaks are an extended period away from employment devised to help you meet your personal needs, with a view of facilitating a later return to work.

Eligible staff can request career breaks via the flexible working request procedure.

Sabbatical leave

Sabbatical leave is a scheme available to you if you are an academic member of staff.

Find out more about the Sabbatical Leave Scheme available for academic staff.

Staying active

With access to our world-renowned sports facilities and beautiful walks through the campus and surrounding countryside, you can maintain a healthy, active lifestyle working at Bath.

Join the staff society

Become a member of Omnibus, the University's staff society, and meet fellow members of staff while you enjoy fun activities and events.

Omnibus brings together University staff through social events and activities, including:

  • day trips and evening theatre shows
  • sports teams from badminton, football to volleyball
  • quizzes and lunchtime talks
  • social meet ups with board games, book and craft clubs


The Chaplaincy Centre on campus offers support for people of all faiths and none.