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Family leave

In order to improve the work-life balance of staff, the University has a number of family-friendly policies that aim to make working as easy as possible for those with, or about to have, family responsibilities. Guidance for Managers is available to raise their awareness of how they support their team members before, during and after family leave.


Click below to take you to policies and guidance relating to the following:

Maternity Leave

Adoption Leave

Shared Parental Leave

Childbirth/Adoption Support leave (formerly known as paternity leave)

Parental Leave

Parental Bereavement Leave


Supporting Staff returning from Maternity, Adoption or Shared Parental Leave

The University is committed to supporting the leave and successful return to work of individuals following periods of Maternity, Adoption or Shared Parental Leave. As such, the University Executive Board decided that Schools and Functions should be full reimbursed for the salary costs of staff taking maternity, adoption and shared parental leave; and that part of this reimbursement be used to support the staff member on their return to work.

Replacement costs for family leave and supporting returning staff gives guidance to managers and employees on the details of this scheme and sets out the types of activity that can be funded to support a staff member on their return to work. 





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