Family Leave

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

Maternity Leave

Pay, Leave and other arrangements applicable for an employee during pregnancy and after baby is born.

Shared Parental Leave

Flexible provisions for parents/partners to share and take leave during the first year of their child's life/placement for adoption.

Paternity/ Partner Leave

Eligible staff can take up to two weeks' paid leave with their partner in the early weeks after the birth/adoption of a child.

Adoption/Surrogacy Leave

Pay, leave and other arrangements which may apply for an employee who is newly matched with a child for adoption or following a surrogacy arrangement.

Parental Leave

Eligible employees can take unpaid parental leave of up to 4 weeks per year (per child) to look after their child's welfare

Time Off For Emergency Caring Responsibilities

Entitlement to paid and unpaid time off to make arrangements to cover emergency caring responsibilities for all staff with dependants.


The Parents@TUoS Network was launched in 2012 and aims to be a conduit for information about parental leave, offering a range of support to all staff and students through career breaks and share best practice and "how to" tips.

Further information can be found at the link below:

Women Academic Returners' Programme (WARP)

The Women Academic Returners┬┤ Programme (WARP) provides additional support, if needed upon return to work, to minimise the impact of extended leave on research activities.

Further information can be found at the link below:

Fixed Term and/or External Funded Contracts

Guidance on planning for either maternity, adoption or paternity leave for staff who are funded externally or on fixed term contracts.

Childcare Provisions

Information on childcare provisions available to staff at the University of Sheffield.

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Information, guidance and support relating to the University's commitment to providing, wherever possible, flexible working arrangements.

Staff Wellbeing

The Staff Wellbeing programme helps you take care of your everyday health and wellbeing at work, bringing together a range of services, guidance and activities, creating a remarkable place to work.

Equality & Diversity

Information and guidance relating to the University's commitment to creating an inclusive University community which encourages everyone to flourish and reach their potential within a positive and supportive culture.

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There is a wealth of information, guidance and support available from Human Resources relating to all aspects of employment and supporting policies and procedures. An index of information can be found at:

Alternatively, if you are unable to find the information you require, please contact your HR Team contact