Working at the Blavatnik School

Everyone who works at the Blavatnik School of Government is passionate about our mission to inspire and support better public policy and government around the world. We aim to deliver top-quality education and develop research excellence that bears impact on real-world policy, and we think working here is hugely rewarding.

Our employees come from various countries and have a wide variety of experiences. They work in many different roles: from faculty members who contribute to our teaching and lead our research, to administrative support staff who promote our educational offering and ensure the smooth running of the School.

Blavatnik School employees also enjoy a wide range of benefits as part of the University of Oxford network; from generous annual leave and pension entitlements, to professional development training and useful discounts on transport, childcare facilities, health and much more. For more information of available staff discounts and benefits, visit the University of Oxford staff benefits page.

Work-life balance 

Annual leave: We offer a generous holiday allowance of 38 days’ holiday per year, (including public holidays), pro-rata if you’re part-time. This increases after 5 years.


Salary: Our salary structure is nationally negotiated and includes automatic annual increments until you reach the maximum point of the service scale for the grade of your post.
Reward and Recognition Schemes: Our annual schemes recognises contributions over and above your normal responsibilities and rewards employees who have performed well in all the key areas of their jobs.
Pension: Every member of staff has access to a generous salary-related pension scheme based on employee and employer contributions.
Transport schemes: To help you manage your travel costs, the University offers a variety of schemes including: bus pass, train season ticket, bicycle loan, bicycle repair and car-sharing schemes.
Discounts: Computing Software, Ashmolean Museum Shop, The University of Oxford shop.


Maternity, paternity and adoption leave: We have schemes in operation which are significantly in excess of statutory entitlements.
University childcare: We offer a comprehensive range of childcare services, including subsidised nursery places and a subsidised play scheme. See details of our childcare schemes 


Employee Assistant Programme (EAP): EAP provides staff and their immediate family with free and confidential information and counselling services on personal issues. The service is provided by an external organisation which operates a helpline 24 hours a day.


Staff common area: Level 5 of our award-winning building is home to our staff common area complete with barista-style coffee machine and spacious seating area.
Dining facilities: Our excellent ground floor canteen provides a high standard of food, including healthy eating and vegetarian options. There are also kitchens on Levels 2, 3 and 5 with free tea and coffee.
Bike storage: the School has indoor bike storage, lockers and shower facilities for those who cycle to work.
Social Committee: the School has its own Social Committee which arranges an array of different events throughout the year for staff and their family.

Learning & development

Talks, seminars and conferences: during term time there are regular events and talks within the School that are open to all staff. The Blavatnik also hosts the annual Challenges of Government Conference, which staff are welcome to attend.
Oxford Learning Institute: Provide a variety courses for free, including courses on leadership & management, personal development and programmes for women and newcomers.
Staff learning scheme: A framework to assist employees to apply for internal funding for personal training. Staff receive free, unlimited access to online training portal.

University access

Access to colleges: University employees plus 1 guest may visit the 45 Oxford University colleges for free, with University Card.
Bodleian Library: Access to the Bodleian Library and the other Oxford University Library Services, with University Card.
Botanic Gardens: University employees are able to visit the University of Oxford Botanic Garden free of charge, on production of a University staff card.