PoliciesFamily-friendly policies & procedures

The University has a range of benefits policies that help our staff balance work and family commitments:

Maternity Leave

Advice and guidance to help staff navigate through pregnancy, maternity leave and their return to work: Maternity Toolkit.

Paternity/Maternity Support

Leave and pay provisions for partners of expectant mothers, adopters or surrogate parent:

Adoption Leave

Leave and pay provisions for adoption and surrogacy:

Shared Parental Leave

Leave and pay provisions for staff who wish to share leave:

Ordinary Parental Leave

Provisions for unpaid leave of up to 18 weeks, for eligible employees:

Flexible & Agile Working

Policies relating to flexible working and homeworking:

Carers Leave

Support for our carers:

Family Friendly Research & Scholarship Leave

Support for Academic Staff returning from family and scholarship leave, to balance return to work with demands of research:

Childcare Vouchers

Childcare Voucher Scheme which enables parents to make tax and national insurance savings on childcare costs through salary sacrifice

Nursery Provision

Information about our campus nursery.

Special Leave

Details of our special leave provisions, including compassionate leave, leave for jury service, medical appointments and time off for dependents:

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

The University's EAP is designed to help staff deal with the many challenges life can present. Support includes a confidential telephone helpline, together with up to 6 face-to-face counselling sessions. Staff can also access online information on a variety of work-life, personal support and health and wellbeing topics, including postnatal depression, which can affect mothers and fathers, and tips on returning to work when breastfeeding.