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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. 

Maternity leave

Maternity leave is available for all female employees in accordance with the the University's Maternity policy (PDF - 128KB).

Those taking maternity leave must notify their line manager and the relevant HR Partner/Adviser of their pregnancy, the date their baby is due and the date on which they intend to commence maternity leave at least 15 weeks before the baby is due.  This notification should be in writing.  A Maternity Leave Notification Form is available for this purpose.

An Expectant Mothers Risk Assessment Form must be completed by the Line Manager. There is Expectant Mothers Risk Assessment Guidance produced by Health & Safety Services to guide through this process.

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

Adoption leave

Adoption leave is available for employees who meet certain qualifying criteria in accordance with the University's Adoption Leave Policy (PDF - 139KB .

 Childbirth/adoption support leave (formerly paternity leave)

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

Parental Leave

Shared Parental Leave

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) on or after 5th April 2015. 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 her 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.  Below are some sample letters and forms which can be used for notification purposes.

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

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