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Human Resources

Career breaks

A career break is a period of time away from your existing employment, after which you can return to work.

You may wish to take time away from your role for a number of reasons, including personal and professional development, to travel, or to care for someone. Study and research leave for academic staff (sabbatical leave) is covered by a separate policy (see link below).

Subject to certain conditions being satisfied, the University considers applications for career breaks from all eligible staff regardless of the number of hours you work. If you have worked for us for at least five years, you may be granted a career break of one to three years.

For further guidance and how to apply please see the links below.

Related Documents

Career break declaration for HR Request 

Policy - Career breaks

Online HR Request - Application for a career break

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