Queen Mary has launched the Parents and Carers Network, which is an informal setting to meet other parents and carers, share experiences, offer and receive support, and access a wide range of guidance and resources. See here how to join.
Below are links to policies for parents with children under 18. These links are clickable only for Queen Mary university staff.
Parental leave policy for teaching and research (T&R) staff*
*temporarily suspended, currently all requests require approval from the University's Senior Executive Team
An agreed plan of what the postdoctoral research assistant will do is required. In general, this will involve teaching and administration in addition to research support.
The postdoctoral research assistant to be employed in all cases will support the research, teaching and administration activities of the T&R staff on leave.
Support for carers attending work-related events**
Attending events such as conferences, work-related training days, and similar can be an essential part of developing and maintaining one’s career. SBCS recognises that for those with caring responsibilities, attending such events may result in a prohibitive financial burden. SBCS is introducing a pilot scheme (to run for one year) in which all staff can apply for some form of financial support to participate in the events which will contribute to their career advancement in a significant way.
Support for carers policy [PDF 118KB]
Fertility treatment guidelines
QMUL recognises the emotional and physical challenges which may arise from undergoing fertility treatments and supports members of staff who wish to undertake fertility treatment. These guidelines are intended to assist line managers support eligible staff members in the logistical and emotional aspects of undergoing treatment.
Queen Mary Fertility Treatment Guidelines
While you are on parental leave, you can do up to 10 days' salaried work for the College.
Read more about KIT days in the Queen Mary employee guides on maternity, paternity and adoption leave.
Occasionally care arrangements may fall through at the last minute. You may be left with no choice but to bring a child or dependent into work with you or you may find it impossible to come in at all. To help with this we have a loose, mutually-supportive network of people who are willing to help in such emergencies. If you need someone to watch over your dependent while you deliver teaching or attend an important meeting, or someone to engage with the class on your behalf, or anything of this nature, then your colleagues may be able to help.
View a list of staff signed up to our SBCS emergency care network:
SBCS Emergency Care Network [PDF 66KB]
Queen Mary funds a confidential employee assistance service, Workplace Options - WPO (formerly Employee Advisory Resource) to support employees and their families. The service is telephone based and in addition to counselling offers an information and advice service on issues including finance and debt; the law and consumer rights; education, housing, health, childcare and family matters. This is an entirely confidential service and no personal information is released to Queen Mary.
For assistance call:
Free Phone - 0800 243458 (24 hours a day, 365 days a year)
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Web - www.workplaceoptions.co.uk (Username, Queen Mary and password: employee)