University club

The University Club provides social, sporting and hospitality activities for all staff, postgraduate alumni and retired staff and associated institutions of the University. The University Club building is located on Mansfield Road, opposite Mansfield College and incorporates a lively Club bar, where members can view all Sky sporting events whilst tucking into delicious food, a cafe which serves food all day until 1700, along with various sporting facilities including a Gym and Floodlit 5-aside Football pitch. There are also 14 en-suite bedrooms available to book at favourable rates for visitors to Oxford.

It is FREE to become a member of the Club. You can apply online here or telephone the Club on (01865) (2) 70144.

University sports facilities

All University staff are eligible for preferential membership rates at the University Sports Centre located on Iffley Road.  The extensive facilities include: athletics stadium, football pitch, water-based 3G astroturf, tennis courts (four hard courts, six grass courts), two four-court sports halls (one with a glass floor – the first in the UK),  fitness studio, Dojo martial arts hall, three squash courts, cardiovascular (‘Pulse’) gym, powerlifting gym and a 25m competition-standard swimming pool.  The sports complex also offers fitness classes and has two meeting rooms which are available for hire.

Membership of the facilities is required. Retired members of staff are eligible for the same membership rates as current staff. Staff may apply to join any of the 86 sports clubs.

Further information
Visit: www.sport.ox.ac.uk
Email: reception@sport.ox.ac.uk
Tel: 01865 (6)11476

Botanic Gardens

The University of Oxford Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in Britain. The garden contains botanical family beds, a range of glasshouses, including a Tropical Lily House, Palm House and Arid House as well as herbaceous borders, a newly restored bog garden and a rock garden. University employees are able to visit this oasis of tranquillity, free of charge, on production of a University staff card. People with a particular interest in gardening may like to join the Friends of the Botanic Garden, and receive benefits such as guided tours, workshops and newsletters.

Further information
Tel: (01865) (2) 86690
Email: postmaster@obg.ox.ac.uk

University Arboretum

The eighty-acre Harcourt Arboretum at Nuneham Courtenay contains one of the finest collections of mature trees in the country. It is open daily between April and November and on weekdays from December to March. University employees can visit the Arboretum, free of charge, on production of a University staff card.

Further information
Tel: (01865) (2) 86690
Email: postmaster@obg.ox.ac.uk

Wytham Woods

Wytham Woods covers 415 ha and consists of a mixture of woodland and grasslands with over 30 km of rides. The woods are open from 10.00 am to dusk from Monday to Friday and from dawn to dusk at weekends throughout the year, and only close when essential management is being undertaken.

Further information
Permits are available from The Conservator, tel: (01865) 726832

Eye Tests for VDU Users

If your department classes you as a DSE 'user' you are entitled to request an eye test. Your departmental administrator will arrange for you to visit one of the University's nominated opticians and reimburse the cost of the test.

In addition, where the nominated optician reports that a new or altered prescription for spectacles is required specifically for VDU use, the department will contribute £75 towards the cost. Full details are available on the Safety Office website.