The University has a range of policies for pregnant women and staff with parental caring responsibilities. These include all female members of staff, who are entitled to 26 weeks Ordinary Maternity Leave and a further 26 weeks of Additional Maternity Leave. They may also be entitled to Enhanced or Statutory Maternity Pay during this period.
Ordinary and additional Paternity Leave may be available to new fathers or the partner or spouse of the child’s mother, or adopter who wish to take time off work to care for the child and/or support the mother.
Members of staff may be entitled to take Adoption Leave around the placement of a child for adoption, or when the adoption agency has found a match for a child or children, for the purpose of adoption.
Parental Leave gives parents the right to take an unpaid period of time off work to look after a child, make arrangements for the child’s welfare or enable parents to spend more time with their young children.