The University is committed to promoting equality and supporting equal opportunities for all employees across the University and this initiative has been identified as part of that ongoing commitment. This fund is being introduced as part of a range of activities taking place, which have been identified as priorities via the Athena SWAN Institutional Self-Assessment work.
The aim of the fund is to further enhance equality of access to these types of development activities for employees where additional costs due to caring responsibilities would be incurred to enable attendance.
The purpose of the Conference and Training Care Fund is to enable employees to claim back reasonable ‘additional’ caring costs for dependents necessarily incurred when they attend work related training, including conferences, development events and training courses.
Funding for the Conference and Training Care Fund will come from existing local/Faculty Staff Development budgets and should be claimed via the usual Concur expenses claims route, after initial authorisation from your Head of School/Line Manager in advance of the expense being incurred.
Funding will be approved where there is payment to a third party in relation to the additional cost of care eg registered home or respite care, registered nursery or child minder (these must be outside of your normal care provision arrangement - please note that this does not cover the cost of pet care). All claims will need to be supported by the submission of original receipts from the registered care provider.
Conference & Training Care Fund Guidance
Conference & Training Care Fund Authorisation
Conference & Training Care Fund Authorisation Form