Parents & Carers
Parents and carers are valuable members of our University community. We aim to ensure that all staff are able to have a positive work-life balance and are supported to thrive in their careers and personal lives.
Parents and Carers Initiatives
Returning Carers' Scheme
We have a Returning Carers’ Scheme to support academic staff across all faculties in re-establishing their independent research careers on return from extended leave for reasons connected to caring.
Maternity and Paternity Careers Coaching Service
We offer a free Maternity and Paternity Careers Coaching Service to support staff in the time before, during, and after their period of leave.
Carers at Work Guidance
Read the PDF guidance for staff and Managers on creating and sustaining an environment that ‘normalises’ caring within the workplace and facilitates its acceptance. Carers at work (PDF, 185kB)
Return to Work Induction
A guide for managers and staff returning from leave Induction Checklist for Returning Parents (PDF, 200kB)
The Network is for staff who are parents (in any context) to children of any age and for those who are balancing work with caring for an ill, elderly, or disabled family member, friend or partner.