During your pregnancy

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

Your benefits, rights and responsibilities

The University provides a variety of benefits for mothers-to-be and new mothers, including University Maternity Pay for eligible members of staff.

For information on benefits for partners and fathers working at the university please see the paternity/maternity support pages.

When you know you are pregnant

Deciding when to tell your Head of Discipline/line manager that you are pregnant is a personal decision, but you must inform your employer (and your Human Resources Business Partner) by the 15th week before your baby is due (eg by approx 25 weeks' pregnant) in order to qualify for maternity leave and pay. However, the laws which protect you at work whilst pregnant only apply once your employer knows that you are pregnant.

Once your Head of Discipline/line manager knows that you are pregnant:

  • you are entitled to have paid time off to keep appointments for antenatal care, including reasonable time for relaxation or parentcraft classes. 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 pregnancy, your appointment card, or some other documentary evidence, other than for your first appointment.
  • you are protected from unfair treatment connected with your pregnancy.

When you know an employee is expecting

Congratulate her (if appropriate) on her pregnancy. 

Employees must inform you (and their Human Resources contact) by the 15th week before the baby is due (e.g. by approximately 25 weeks' pregnant) in order to qualify for maternity leave and pay. However, the laws which protect the employee at work whilst pregnant only apply once the University knows that they are pregnant.

Please ensure you read the Managers guide to maternity and use the checklist to help support the employee.