Summary of the University’s maternity scheme

Staff must inform the University of when they want to start maternity leave no later than the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth, and must complete the pay and leave form. The date given can be changed by the employee provided she gives 28 days notice of the new date.

Staff are able to speak to an HR representative in confidence without their line manager knowing.

Once the line manager is informed of the pregnancy a pregnancy meeting is held between the member of staff, line manager and an HR representative which the line manager should organise.

All members of staff have a responsibility to complete the risk assessment record for pregnant workers form and must send it to the Occupational Health Nurse.

All pregnant members of staff are entitled not to be unreasonably refused time off to keep appointments made on the advice of a registered practitioner, registered midwife or registered health visitor, for antenatal care.

If ill, a member of staff will normally be able to take sick leave until she starts maternity leave. If the illness is unrelated to her pregnancy, she can remain on sick leave right up to the date of the baby’s birth, or until the date she has notified as the date she intends to begin her maternity leave. If the illness is pregnancy-related, the maternity leave period starts automatically on the first day of absence following the beginning of the fourth week before the expected week of childbirth.

Qualifying staff with 26 weeks or more continuous service at the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth will be entitled to 63 weeks maternity leave, of that 39 weeks will be paid maternity leave with some pay, and the remaining 24 weeks will be unpaid leave. Staff with less than 26 weeks continuous service at the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth will be entitled to 52 weeks unpaid leave.

Staff who qualify will receive 13 weeks full pay, 13 weeks at 50% pay plus statutory maternity pay flat rate or the normal rate of pay which ever is lower, and 13 weeks at statutory maternity pay flat rate.

Two weeks paid paternity leave/maternity support leave is available for qualifying staff.

The University assumes that all staff will take 52 weeks maternity leave. Staff wishing to take more or less than 52 weeks must give 8 weeks (56 days) notice of their return using the confirming return from maternity leave letter.

A return to work interview is held between the member of staff, the line manager and an HR representative during the first week back from maternity leave which should be arranged by the line manager.

Career breaks are available and should be pursued through the career break scheme.

Part-time and job share opportunities may be available and should be pursued through the part-time working and job share policy

Flexi-time is operated in some Faculties and Directorates

The University has a Nursery. An application form can be found on the Nursery website.

Staff may breastfeed/express milk in the work place. More information can be found in the breastfeeding policy.

Parental leave is available for qualifying staff and should be pursued through the parental leave policy.