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Paternity leave

If your partner is having a baby or you are adopting a child together you may be eligible to take paid paternity leave to help with caring for the child.

Eligible staff are entitled to take up to two weeks of paid paternity leave.

Our paternity policy (see 'Related documents' below) provides further guidance about your statutory rights, eligibility and how request paternity leave.

You should notify HR of your intention to take paternity leave by completing the HR Request on the Service Portal.

Changes to paternity leave rights

Please note the University’s Paternity Policy is currently under review and the legislative changes below have yet to be incorporated into the existing policy.

If your baby is due to be born or place with you on or after 7 April 2024 you can choose to take your paternity leave in two separate one-week blocks (instead of one continuous block) and this leave can be taken at any time within the 52 weeks after the birth or placement.

To take paternity leave, you will need to:

  1. inform your line manager of your entitlement to paternity leave 15 weeks before the EWC, or no more than seven days after you or your Partner were notified of having been matched with the child.
  2. give your line manager 28 days’ notice prior to commencing each period of paternity leave, or no more than seven days after you or your Partner were notified of having been matched with the child.

Please refer to the ACAS guidance for more information. If you have any questions about paternity leave, please contact Ask HR .

Related documents

Policy - Paternity

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