Ordinary Paternity Leave

Paternity leave is applicable to University of Nottingham UK employees from the first day of employment. It does not apply to workers, contractors, consultants or any self-employed individuals working for the organisation.


Employees are eligible to take up to two weeks’ unpaid paternity leave regardless of their length of service if they:

  • are the biological father of a child, or the spouse, civil partner or partner of the child's mother; and
  • have, or expect to have, the main responsibility (apart from any responsibility of the mother) for the child's upbringing.

If employees have more than 26 weeks' service at the 15th week before the baby is due, then they may, subject to various criteria, be eligible for two weeks' Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) during their Paternity Leave. To check eligibility, please click here.

If an employee has more than 12 months' service when the baby is born/adopted, then they will qualify for two week's normal pay inclusive of any SPP.

Notification of ordinary paternity leave (OPL)

  • Employees can opt to take their paternity leave as either:
    • a single period of leave of either one week or two weeks, or
    • two non-consecutive blocks of one week each
  • The leave can be taken at any time within the first 52 weeks following the child’s birth or placement. Paternity leave cannot start before the birth or estimated week of arrival, and it must end within the first 52 weeks of the birth
  • If employees intend to take OPL, they should provide at least 28 days’ notice for each leave period, or 14 days before the expected date of placement, of their intended leave dates, by completing the online OPL notification form
  • Employees can change their mind about when they want to start their OPL providing they give their line manager and the HR Employment Services Team as much notice as possible


Last edited Apr 15, 2024