Ordinary paternity leave is up to two weeks' leave.

Leave and pay

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.


Paternity leave is up to six weeks' leave. If you are part time then the leave will be pro-rated.

Paternity/Partner support leave can only be taken from the date of the child’s birth/placement

  • Two of the six weeks has to be taken in one block as per statutory requirements. These two weeks leave must be completed by day 56 (after the birth or placement of the baby/child).
  • The other four weeks can be taken in the first six months after the child’s birth/placement. This leave can be taken in blocks (a minimum of 1 week). All leave must be completed by six months after the birth/placement.

Please note that an employee cannot take Paternity/Partner Leave once a period of ShPL has commenced. You are therefore advised to take all your paternity leave before a period of ShPL.


If you qualify for University Paternity/Partner leave you will be eligible for up to six weeks paid leave. You will receive your normal weekly pay for all weeks of Paternity/Partner leave, which will include your Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) entitlement (depending on eligibility). 

If your average weekly wage is below the Lower Earnings Limit (LEL) you do not qualify for SPP. You may be able to get Income Support while on Paternity/Partner leave and further information is available from your local Jobcentre Plus office.

Fixed term contracts/Contract end date

If you are employed on a fixed term contract or your employment ends during your paternity/partner leave, your employment and payment of University Paternity/Partner Pay (UPP) will end on the expiry date of the fixed term contract or end date of the contract, although Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) will continue to be paid, if eligible.