Its purpose is to give parents more flexibility in considering how to best care for, and bond with, their child.

Shared Parental Leave

The new Shared Parental Leave regulations are very complex and in the light of future interpretation and guidance, the University reserves the right to revise these procedures and guidance. Consequently, these arrangements must be kept flexible to adapt and are not contractual.

Shared Parental Leave (SPL) enables eligible parents to choose how to share the care of their child (or in the case of multiple births or adoptions, children) during the first year of birth or adoption. Its purpose is to give parents more flexibility in considering how to best care for, and bond with, their child. All eligible employees have a statutory right to take Shared Parental Leave. There may also be an entitlement to some Shared Parental Pay (ShPP). This procedure sets out the statutory rights and responsibilities of employees who wish to take statutory Shared Parental Leave and the University Shared Parental Pay (UShPP) and/or statutory Shared Parental Pay (SShPP).

These webpages will give you guidance on the eligibility criteria for Shared Parental Leave and information on pay and leave entitlements as well as details on how to apply. If you have any questions, please contact your line manager or your HR Business Partner. 

The University recognises that employees may have questions relating to their shared parental rights. It is the University’s policy to encourage open discussion between employees and their managers/ HR services to ensure that questions can be resolved as quickly as possible.

This procedure applies to employees of the University whether they are the mother/primary adopter or the partner of the mother/primary adopter. If the mother/primary adopter is employed by the University of Exeter, then their partner must submit any relevant notifications to their employer, which may have its own Shared Parental Leave policy, if they wish to take a period of Shared Parental Leave. Similarly, if the partner is employed by the University, then the mother/primary adopter must submit any notifications to her own employer to take Shared Parental Leave. Please see Appendix A of the Shared Parental Leave Procedure and Guidance for definitions of mother/primary adopter and partner.

The Shared Parental Leave Policy and the Shared Parental Leave Procedure and Guidance can be printed as pdf documents.