Parental leave

Information for those who wish to take parental leave during their studies.

The University is committed to providing adjustments to students to ensure that they are not disadvantaged in their studies due to pregnancy or adoption of a child. Full guidance is set out in the Student Maternity and Family Leave Policy:

Student Maternity and Family Leave Policy

If you think you might require parental leave during your postgraduate research studies, the planning sheet below provides a useful starting point for things you will want to consider. You can discuss this either with your supervisor or with the Graduate School team at any stage – in confidence - just email


We recommend you get in touch with us as soon as possible so we can ensure a good plan is in place for your pregnancy, parental/adoption leave and return to study. We’ll meet with you to talk through this planning sheet, and support you in researching any questions you have.


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