Maternity, SPL, adoption and parental support

See also our advice for managers - HR processes during COVID-19 pandemic

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This section provides you with an overview of the key policies, support and benefits that you may be interested in as a parent, or expectant parent, working at the University. This includes maternity, parental support and adoption leave.

Additionally, we recognise the importance of staff achieving balance between work and home life. This is supported by a range of policies and options covering:

Virtual information retrieval assistant (Vira)

Vira can answer basic questions on the family friendly policies and guidance in this section of the web site. Click here for details.

Our HR team are also here to support you and can provide specific advice and guidance if needed.

 

Maternity Leave

This section sets out the arrangements, criteria and process for applying for maternity leave, together with a checklist, application forms, flowcharts and calculators.

Shared Parental Leave

This section sets out the arrangements, criteria and procedures for applying for Shared Parental Leave, together with guidelines, flowcharts, eligibility information application forms.

 

Adoption Leave

This section sets out the arrangements, criteria and process for applying for adoption leave, together with a checklist, application forms, flowcharts and calculators.

Surrogacy

This section sets out the arrangements for employees giving birth on behalf of surrogate parents or starting a family through a legal surrogacy arrangement.

 

Parental Support

This section sets out the arrangements, criteria and process for applying for parental support (including paternity leave), together with a checklist, application forms and flowcharts.

Training & Resources

If you are a line manager, you'll find resources here which will help you to understand the particular needs and issues, and inclusive ways of working. If you are a working parent, you'll find resources here which will help you to navigate your path across parenthood and work.

 

Virtual information retrieval assistant

We are currently evaluating the use of chatbots for Human Resources queries. Vira can answer basic questions on the family friendly policies and guidance in this section of the web site. If you need individual advice you should still contact HR as usual. To ask a question, type in the box below and press ‘Send’.

Details you provide in questions will be anonymous and will not be disclosed to HR. If you use screenreading software, please note that the 'Send' button is to the immediate right (in tab order) of the chatbot text entry field.

 

Last edited May 04, 2021