The “audit familiengerechte hochschule" – family-friendly university audit – run by berufundfamilie Service GmbH is a strategic tool to assist management with arranging the conditions for working and studying at universities in a family-friendly way. Higher education has a unique need to improve the balance of life and work. The challenge here is to create family-friendly working conditions for university staff and academics. Among other things, this includes flexible working, such as flexitime and working from home, creation of family work rooms for use when children have to be brought to the university because child care or school is not available, and support for staff who care for dependents. Student parents must be guaranteed family-friendly and flexible study conditions that can compensate for the demands on their time. The aim is to establish a sustainable, family-friendly higher education policy and support it in practice in the university’s culture.
At the start of 2023, the berufundfamilie Service GmbH’s auditor held dialogs with various groups of university members. The action program this gave rise to will apply for the next three years and has been approved by the President’s Office. On June 13, 2023, the University of Tübingen was awarded the family-friendly university certificate for the fourth time.
Annual reports document progress and milestones. The University of Tübingen is currently in the implementation stage. We call on all members of the university equally to assist in realizing these measures and achieving the objectives, and are confident of support.