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Welcome to the Parents@TUOS network

The Parents@TUOS network was set up following the enthusiastic response to the Children in Academia event which was held in May 2012. In combination with Women@TUOSNET (The University of Sheffield Womens Network) and encompassing the former Parent Researcher coffee mornings hosted by Think ahead in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health, this network aims to:

  • Be a conduit for information
  • Support all staff and students through career breaks
  • Share best practice and "how to" tips

One of the activities as part of this scheme is to host quarterly coffee mornings for men and women at the university who have families, are about to start a family, or are thinking have children in the future. Each coffee morning will have a specific theme and will include opportunities for discussion and networking.

In March 2013, we launched an informal mentoring scheme Parent to Parent (P2P) to help support parents going on, or returning from, parental leave.

In November 2014 we  launched the Adopters Network to support adoptive parents and people thinking about adopting.

If you would like to join the mailing list for the Parents@TUOS network, please email

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Research Finance

Research Finance provides support and guidance on financial aspects of externally funded research grants and contracts, including parental leave, based on the sponsor type. For more information, please speak to the team member responsible for your grant.

Family Friendly Initiatives

Family Leave
The University has in place various policies to support parents in the workplace, including maternity, paternity, partner and adoption leave.

Flexible Working
The University is fully committed to helping working parents balance work and family life, whilst this is compatible with the interests of the University.

Student Parents
Details of the support network and information available to student parents is collected together for an easy reference page for students and those who support students.

Childcare Information

Reduce your childcare costs through The Deal.

Sheffield City Council 'Sheffield Parenting Strategy
Working alongside partner organisations, Sheffield City Council intend to increase parenting skills and capacity, helping parents and carers to be better informed about the services that are on offer to support them.

Active Kids Camp
Sport Sheffield’s Active Kids is a multi-sport and activity camp for children aged 5-14 years, run from the University's sports facilities at Goodwin Sports Centre over the Easter and Summer holidays. Active Kids Camps offer a range of sports and activities including swimming lessons, bouldering, trampolining, football, team sports, arts and crafts and much more. Active Kids is registered with Ofsted and recently passed an inspection as 'excellent in all areas'. Parents can save money by using childcare vouchers for their bookings. For further details please contact Jade Smith-Sykes on, 0114 222 6956.

For further information regarding school holiday activities in Sheffield, please refer to netmums.