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Shared Parental

Shared Parental Leave (SPL) is a statutory right available to employees who are expecting a child to be born or placed for adoption (whether through birth, adoption or surrogacy). It provides the option of sharing up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of pay if they meet the necessary eligibility criteria. Further details on Shared Parental Leave and Shared Parental Pay can be found in the Shared Parental Leave policy.


Shared Parental Leave cannot commence until the mother/adopter has either returned to work or given notice of the date their period of maternity/adoption leave will end. It is important that the University is given the correct notifications at the correct time when requesting Shared Parental Leave.

The ACAS website has a suite of forms and templates available to use for notification purposes for those eligible and wanting to take Shared Parental Leave. Acas website: Shared parental leave forms and templates for parents | Acas

Shared Parental Leave in Touch (SPLiT) Days

To claim payment for SPLiT Days, complete the SPLiT Days Form and pass for authorisation by the Head of School or Department.