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Family-Friendly Policies



Family-friendly leave is available to assist employees with their work-life balance. Further information about all the policies is available on the central HR website via the following links:

The Graduated Return Policy allows a member of staff to return to work following maternity or adoption leave initially for a minimum 20% of full-time hours. It is expected that the member of staff will then increase their hours over the following 12 months until they are back up to their contractual hours (either part or full-time).

Returning Carers Scheme

The Returning Carers Scheme offers funds to support those going on, or returning from, a period of long term significant caring responsibility which has affected the applicant's ability to carry out research.

Flexible working

The flexible working policy for University staff has been developed with the intention of helping members of staff to balance their commitments and interests outside work with their contractual duties and responsibilities. Flexible arrangements can include: part-time or term-time working, job share, compressed or annual hours, staggered hours or flexi-time.

Other sources of support


Childcare vouchers, access to two nurseries and a holiday play scheme are available though the Childcare Office to help support University employees with childcare responsibilities.

The Childcare Information Adviser can also help with child-related issues.

My Family Care

The University will launch a new initiative on 1 May to in collaboration with the organisation My Family Care. This initiative, which will run as a pilot for 12 months, will provide employees with access to emergency childcare, and a network of adult and eldercare across the country. The services offered include:

  • Emergency childcare: to find nannies, nurseries and childminders at short notice
  • School holiday cover: to provide access to holiday clubs nationwide
  • Back-up adult and eldercare: to access domiciliary care for elderly relatives, or an adult dependent.

Full terms and conditions, together with the relevant costs to University employees are available online.


The University runs its own Accommodation Service to assist University staff, both current and those arriving to take up posts, in finding suitable accommodation.