Returning to work

You will return to work on the date previously agreed with HR services and your manager. If you need to vary this date, it can only be done before the period of leave begins. Further information can be found on the applying for leave section.

If you have had 26 weeks or less of Shared Parental Leave plus any maternity/adoption or paternity leave you have the right to return to the same job. If:

  • you have been on leave for more than 26 weeks when added to any other period of relevant statutory leave taken in relation to the child; or
  • the Shared Parental Leave was the last of two or more consecutive periods of relevant statutory leave which included a period of parental leave of more than four weeks, a period of additional maternity leave, or a period of additional adoption leave, (regardless of whether the total amount of relevant statutory leave taken is 26 weeks or less)

you are entitled to return from leave to the job in which you were employed before the absence, or, if it is not reasonably practicable for the University to permit you to return to that job, to another job which is both suitable and appropriate for you in the circumstances.

University Shared Parental Pay

If you receive University Shared Parental Pay, the University may reclaim from you all or part of the non-statutory element of this parental pay if you fail to return to work for at least 3 months following your Shared Parental Leave (or an equivalent period of time if you reduce your hours). This excludes any non-working periods (e.g. SPLIT days, parental leave, vacation time for term time only workers).

Please see the University policy on overpayments for details on how the money would be repaid by you to the University.

University Flexible Working

If you wish to apply for flexible working please see the University flexible working toolkit.

Breastfeeding and expressing milk

We provide a room for nursing mothers on each of our three campuses - find out about nursing mothers' rooms.
Under the Equality Act 2010 the University has a legal duty to provide suitable rest facilities for breastfeeding mothers.

Further benefits

  • If you have taken any SPLIT days whilst on shared parental leave, please complete PD53 and return it to Human Resources at least 2 weeks before the date you are due to return to work.
  • You may also be eligible for parental leave during your child's first eighteen years.
  • Childcare vouchers are available for employees to purchase via a salary exchange arrangement of up to £55 per week (£243 per calendar month) without paying tax or NI Contributions on this sum.