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Support for Academic, Research and Teaching (ERE) Staff During Family and Caring Leave

Parents at the University of Southampton are entitled to take maternity, paternity, adoption or parental leave, but extended periods of leave can disrupt careers and on-going research and pedagogical projects. 

ERE staff who take extended periods of leave can find that their contribution to research or pedagogical development projects stalls or stops and this can be damaging to their careers.  It can also be difficult to kick-start their research when they return from extended leave. Academic staff who employ staff on fixed-term contracts or grants who then take extended leave can experience considerable disruption to their projects. This can sometimes deter fixed-term staff from taking their full entitlement to leave. It can also lead to subconscious gender bias when recruiting staff for research projects.

Some funding bodies (such as RCUK) do provide funds to cover costs associated with family leave.  However, when such funding is not available, the Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences will provide funding of up £3000 per application to ensure support for ERE staff throughout periods of extended leave and to minimise the impact on academic, research or pedagogical activities.

Funding is available for the following purposes:

Applications to cover undergraduate and postgraduate taught student project supervision or lectures do not fall within the remit of this scheme.


To be eligible to apply for funding under this scheme, staff must fulfil the following criteria:

Application Process


Applications should contain the following:

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