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

The University's policy on maternity leave applies to pregnant staff members and new mothers, and reflects the provisions of the Work and Families Act 2006 and the Paternity and Adoption Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2008.

Shared Parental Leave

The University's policy on shared parental leave applies to pregnant staff members and their partners of babies due/or children matched/placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015.

Paternity/ Partner Leave

The University's policy on paternity/partner leave reflects the provisions of the Work and Families Act 2006 and the Maternity and Parental Leave etc. and the Paternity and Adoption Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2008.

Adoption/Surrogacy Leave

The University's policy on adoption/surrogacy leave has been revised to incorporate provisions for intended parents under a surrogacy arrangement and reflects the provisions of the Work and Families Act 2006 and the Maternity and Parental Leave etc. and the Paternity and Adoption Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2008.

Time Off For Dependants 

The policy provides details of the entitlement to a short amount of unpaid time off, for staff to make arrangements to deal with specific circumstances involving a dependant.

Parents@TUoS

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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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: www.sheffield.ac.uk/hr/guidance

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