The University provides paternity leave entitlements for fathers, and maternity support leave entitlements for the partner of the expectant mother/child's adopter.

Paternity/Partner leave

For staff with babies due or born and babies and children placed on or after 6th April 2018

For staff with babies born and children placed before 6th April 2018 please see the Paternity/maternity support leave pre 6 April 2018.

The University’s Paternity/Partner leave incorporates all relevant legislation and statutory entitlement with regard to paternity leave and pay.

The term ‘partner’ is used by the University in addition to ‘paternity leave’ to recognise that any employee who is the partner of an expectant mother, or a child’s adopter, is entitled to leave under this policy.

If these web pages do not answer all your queries, please seek advice and further details from your Human Resources contact.

Ante-natal appointments

Employees whose partner is having a baby or are the intended parents in a surrogacy will be allowed paid time off to accompany a pregnant woman to up to 2 ante-natal appointments. This is a right from the first day of employment.  Please try, whenever possible, to arrange appointments at times which cause the minimum disruption to work or other work colleagues. If your manager or supervisor requests it, you should provide a certificate confirming your partner’s pregnancy, appointment card, or some other documentary evidence.

Eligibility for Paternity/Partner Leave

To qualify for paternity/partner leave and pay (after birth) you must:

  • be an employee of the University and
  • have, or expect to have, responsibility for the child’s upbringing and
  • be the biological father of the child or the mother’s husband or partner

To qualify for paternity/partner leave and pay (after adoption) you must:

  • be an employee of the University and
  • have, or expect to have, responsibility for the child’s upbringing and
  • be the joint adopter of the child or be the adopter’s husband or partner

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