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Parental Leave and Shared Parental Leave

Unpaid Parental Leave

(Ordinary) Parental Leave is unpaid time off from work to look after a child or to make arrangements for the good of the child.

All members of University staff who have been continuously employed with us for 12 months are entitled to parental leave, subject to certain conditions, which are outlined in our parental leave policies (see 'Related documents', below).

You should notify HR of your intention to take unpaid parental leave via an Online HR Request.

Shared Parental Leave

Shared Parental Leave enables eligible mothers, fathers, partners and adopters to choose how to share time off work after their child is born or placed for adoption. This could involve returning to work for part of the time and then resuming leave at a later date.

Qualifying mothers and adopters continue to be entitled to Maternity and Adoption rights but they may also be able to choose to end this early and exchange it for shared parental leave and pay. They and their named partner will then need to decide how they want to share this new entitlement.

Two weeks of paid paternity leave continues to be available to qualifying fathers and the partner of a mother or adopter. However, Shared Parental Leave has replaced the additional paternity leave entitlement.

The University's policy on Shared Parental Leave is available under 'Related documents', below.

You should notify HR 1) of your entitlement to Shared Parental Leave and 2) of your intention to take Shared Parental Leave using the forms available under 'Related documents', below.

Related documents

Policy - (Ordinary) Parental Leave

Policy - Shared Parental Leave

Guidelines - Shared Parental Leave

Forms 1-4 - Notify HR of entitlement to Shared Parental Leave (adoption)

Forms 1-4 - Notify HR of entitlement to Shared Parental Leave (maternity)

Form 5 - Request a period of Shared Parental Leave

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