Work and family

Work and Family

Here in the department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, we promote the family-friendly initiatives set forward by the University of Sheffield Equality and Diversity Committee, which are implemented by Human Resources. These policies are intended to help create a healthy work-life balance and provide information and support for parents and carers.

Support available

Parent-to-Parent Network

  • Are you planning your maternity leave?
  • Are you returning from parental leave?
  • Do you just need advice about parenting?
  • Do you need additional support?

Parent to Parent (P2P) is an initiative of the Parents@TUOS group. It aims to support staff and students preparing for, taking, or returning from parental leave by providing an informal mentor or supporter, known as a buddy. Buddies are staff or post graduate students with personal experience of taking and returning from parental leave.

If you are interested in having some informal mentoring, then feel free to browse the list of buddy profiles on the P2P website, select one that seems to meet your needs and contact them directly (any mentoring taking place will be in strict confidence). More guidance can be found on the website.

P2P network website

Parental leave

The department is committed to providing every opportunity for our female staff to integrate the development of a career with family responsibilities.

All employees have the right not to be subjected to a detriment on the grounds of pregnancy, childbirth or maternity, irrespective of hours of work or length of service.

Our University website has more information on eligibility, entitlements and the University paternity policy and maternity policy.

Paternity policy

Maternity policy

Flexible working

A number of our staff currently take advantage of flexible working arrangements. Requests for flexible working are always considered and could include job shares, part time working, term time or seasonal working, career breaks, training breaks. MBB recognises the positive impact of flexible working arrangements to:

  • create a happy and healthy workforce
  • improve business efficiency and productivity
  • improve the balance between life and work
  • create a positive and inclusive environment

More information


The Union Nursery offers full day care for the children of students of the University of Sheffield, aged 6 months to 5 years. Places are offered on a sessional basis, which can be any combination of mornings, afternoons or full days. Students' fees are subsidised according to family income. The University Play Scheme also provide childcare for children aged 4 -13 years during the school holidays. There is also an international creche that supports partners' of International Students who wish to attend English Language classes.

The following camps offer childcare close to the department during the school holidays including half-term holidays:

University of Sheffield hosts ActiveKids, a holiday camp based in SportsSheffield. This camp is only available during the Easter and Summer school holidays.

Visit this external website for a full list of childcare providers in Sheffield.

Childcare providers