Since 2006, Bielefeld University has focused on helping staff and students to achieve a good work-life balance, including the compatibility of family and university study, work and/or an academic career. The university was certified by berufundfamilie gGmbH as a family-friendly university for the first time in 2006 and again in 2009. Bielefeld University family services offer comprehensive counseling and support services to students and university employees who must care for children or other family members.
The Academic Staff Council is available to answer questions related to university workplaces or work contracts. The WPR board has walk-in hours for academic employees, the hours can be found here (in german). Individual counseling can also be arranged.