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Family-friendly policies

Our family-friendly policies offer additional flexibility and support to new and expectant parents.

Maternity and adoption pay

You will be eligible for University Maternity Pay or University Adoption Pay if you have more than 12 months' continuous service at the expected week of childbirth or date of placement, and intend to come back full or part time for at least 13 weeks after your maternity leave has ended.

You will receive University Maternity Pay or University Adoption Pay for 26 weeks:

  • 18 weeks at full pay (inclusive of Statutory Maternity Pay)
  • 8 weeks at half pay (inclusive of Statutory Maternity Pay).

You will then receive 13 weeks Statutory Maternity Pay/Statutory Adoption Pay and can take up to 13 weeks of unpaid leave.

Maternity and adoption leave

You can take up to 52 weeks' maternity leave or adoption leave. The earliest you can start your leave is 11 weeks before the expected week of childbirth or the child is placed with you for adoption. Leave will also start:

  • the day after the birth if the baby is early
  • automatically if you're off work for a pregnancy-related illness in the 4 weeks before the week (Sunday to Saturday) that your baby is due.

Paternity leave

You are entitled to University Paternity Leave (one week at full pay), regardless of how long you've been here, if you:

  • are the partner of the child's mother, and
  • expect to have the main responsibility for the upbringing of the child (apart from that of the mother).

You are also entitled to Ordinary Statutory Paternity Leave if you have parental responsibilities for the baby and have 26 weeks' continuous service at the end of the 15th week before the expected due date.

Shared parental leave

Shared Parental Leave enables eligible parents to choose how to share the care of their child during the first year of birth or adoption. Its purpose is to give parents more flexibility in considering how to best care for, and bond with, their child.

All eligible employees have a statutory right to take Shared Parental Leave. There may also be an entitlement to some Shared Parental Pay. This policy sets out the statutory rights and responsibilities of employees who wish to take statutory Shared Parental Leave and statutory Shared Parental Pay.

Statutory payments apply to this type of leave.

Find out more about shared parental leave and pay.


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