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Family leave

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Maternity leave

Having a baby is a huge life event, and whether it’s your first second or third, it’s good to know you have support whilst you’re away from work.

When having a baby female employees are entitled to a total of 52 weeks’ maternity leave.

You will receive Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) for a total of 39 weeks of the maternity leave period*. For the first 18 weeks’ however, you will receive full pay. This ‘top up’ of SMP is called Occupational Maternity Pay (OMP).

For the next 21 weeks’ of maternity leave you are entitled to the current rate for statutory maternity pay or 90% of average weekly earnings (whichever is less). Details on the current maternity rates can be found on the Department of Work and Pensions website.

Adoption leave

Employees are entitled to a total of 52 weeks’ adoption leave. The package is set up the same as our maternity package, offering both Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP)* and Occupational Adoption Pay (OAP). See the breakdown below.

Maternity/adoption leave breakdown

Rate of pay Duration
OMP / OAP (Full pay) 18 weeks
Statutory Maternity / Adoption Pay 21 weeks
Unpaid leave 13 weeks
Total period of leave
52 weeks

Important information on Occupational Maternity and Adoption Pay

If you do not intend to return to work at the University, for a minimum of 3 months, after maternity/adoption leave, please note that you will normally be required to repay your OMP/OAP. 

Paternity leave

Because it’s not just about mum when baby is due!

New dads are entitled to two consecutive weeks of paternity leave on or from the date of birth of their child. Although you cannot take odd days off to equal two weeks leave, the weeks can start on any day (eg Tuesday - Monday).

Paternity leave must also be taken within 8 weeks of your child’s birth date. You will receive full pay for the first week of your paternity leave and will then receive Statutory Paternity Pay for the second week or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is less)*. 

*Tax and National Insurance contributions will still apply during this period. 

Parental leave

Parental leave offers employees the right to take unpaid time off work to look after their child or make arrangements for their welfare. It can help employees spend more time with their child and strike a better balance between their work and family commitments.

Shared parental leave  

Shared parental leave (SPL) is designed to give parents more flexibility in how to share the care of their child in the first year following birth or adoption. Parents will be able to share a pot of leave, and can decide to be off work at the same time and/or take it in turns to have periods of leave to look after the child.

Find out more about family leave

You can view the full family leave policy and associated information on the HR website.


Contact HR

Tel: 01509 222169

Fax: 01509 223903

Contact Recruitment

Tel: 01509 228384


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