See our health and wellbeing pages for information on work/life balance, managing stress, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Health and wellbeing

Your health and wellbeing during your pregnancy is very important. As part of the University’s ongoing commitment to staff health and wellbeing, you are advised to consider what effect your pregnancy might have on your work and discuss this with your line manager at the earliest opportunity.

You should consider:

  • the area/s in which you work
  • the type of work you undertake (whether a work station assessment is necessary - see Occupational Health website)
  • the contact that you have with others and what exposure (if any) you have to chemicals, pathogens, radiation, extremes of temperature etc
  • any exposure to any hazard must be assessed formally, to ensure that the health and safety of you and your unborn child is protected.

Working in high risk areas

Our working in high risk areas page provides specific information for staff in these areas.

If you travel for work

If you travel in your role (within the UK or overseas) it is very important that you advise the Insurance Office that you are pregnant before you travel, to ensure that you have adequate and appropriate cover.

What if I am off sick during my pregnancy?

The normal absence process for your College/Service should be followed. Further information can be found on the absence webpages.

However, if you are off sick with a pregnancy-related illness during the four weeks before your baby is due (approx 36 weeks' pregnant onwards) your maternity leave and pay may start automatically. In this instance, you must contact your Human Resources Business Partner.