The University of Sheffield
Human Resources

Women Academic Returners' Programme (WARP)

All women at the University of Sheffield are able to have maternity cover for all or part of their role whilst on maternity leave. The Women Academic Returners’ Programme provides additional support, if needed upon return to work, to minimise the impact of extended leave on research activities. This programme is open to women academics and researchers across all faculties at the University of Sheffield.

This programme can be accessed if women need additional support, over and above their maternity cover, to keep their research on track, thus enabling continued career development.

Women will be able to request up to £10,000 funding to support an additional post, or up to £5000 to support other research related activity (to a maximum total of £10,000).


To be eligible to apply for WARP funding, the returning member of staff must fulfil the following criteria:

If these criteria create particular difficulties for you, please contact us at to discuss your case further.

Further guidance about WARP is available from the Downloads box on the right of this page.

Application Process

Please complete the WARP application form, and forward any supporting documentation e.g. ‘Planning for Maternity’ template and the ‘About the Job’ document (if applicable) to

You also need to ensure that your Head of Department provides HR with a statement of support for your application.

We can only process an application once we have received both applications.

Please contact if you have any queries regarding the WARP application process.