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Childbirth or Adoption Support Leave

The University's Occupational Childbirth/Adoption Support Scheme (formerly known as Paternity Leave) provides enhanced benefits to those contained within the statutory provisions.

The University’s Childbirth/Adoption Support Leave Scheme enables eligible employees, who are expecting a child to be born or placed for adoption (whether through birth, adoption, or surrogacy), to take up to four weeks’ of paid leave after the birth or adoption. More details on eligibility and the process to follow can be found in the Ordinary Childbirth/Adoption Support Leave Policy


The notification process differs depending on the type of support being given:

  • Births (including surrogacy): Notice must be given by the end of the 15th week before the baby is due, or, if this is not possible, as soon as is reasonably practicable
  • Adoptions: Notice must be given within 7 days of the adopter being advised of being matched with the child or, as soon as is reasonably practicable

The Ordinary childbirth-adoption support leave form is available for this purpose