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Parental Leave policies

Maternity and Other Family Leave Guidelines

Information about pregnancy during coronavirus can be found in our Pregnancy and Coronavirus FAQs [DOC 49KB] document. 

The University has a Code of Practice [PDF 155KB] which includes information for managers about a range of provisions:

  • Ante-natal leave
  • Adoption leave and pay
  • Maternity and other leave
  • Paternity leave
  • Annual leave
  • Unpaid parental leave

Please note that compassionate leave and other leave for family reasons (including time off for dependants) is covered under our Special Leave Policy and Procedure Special Leave Policy and Procedure

In addition the University has produced guides for staff on the following topics:

Shared Parental Leave Guidelines

Please read the documents below for advice and guidance on the new Shared Parental Leave scheme which was introduced in April 2015.  Shared Parental Leave is quite a complex process which involves a number of different elements that interact including maternity leave and pay and leave and pay taken by your partner.  Therefore please speak to a member of the HR team before making any plans or commitments in relation to Shared Parental Leave to ensure you fully understand your entitlement.  

Please see below all of the relevant forms should you wish to submit a request for Shared Parental Leave:

Risk Assessment

If you are pregnant, you and your manager will need, early in the pregnancy, to review together:

  • the health and safety risk assessment for your work and workplace; and
  • how you may be affected while you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Use the Queen Mary Pregnancy Risk Assessment Form and Guidance V4 - April 2022 [DOC 100KB] to do this. 

Pregnancy hazard guidance V1 - April 2022 [PDF 516KB]

Fertility Treatment Guidelines

The University recognises the physical and emotional stresses of undergoing fertility testing and treatment and wishes to support those staff who are going through the process. Our Fertility Treatment Policy is intended to assist eligible staff members in the logistical and emotional aspects of undergoing treatment.

Further details can be found in the guidelines Queen Mary Fertility Guidance [PDF 205KB]

If you have any questions about these policies and guidelines, you are advised to contact the HR Adviser for your Faculty.

Parental Leave at Queen Mary

Shared Parental Leave

Angus Cameron is a Senior Lecturer in Tumour Biology in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Angus took Shared Parental Leave with his third child, Edie, in 2018, while his wife Amy returned to work as a science teacher.

Read more about Angus' experience of Shared Parental Leave in 'My Experience of Shared Parental Leave [PDF 410KB].'

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