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What policy is for me?

A link to all family-related policies at Northumbria,
and example case studies of people’s various journeys


Maternity leave

All pregnant colleagues are eligible to take Maternity Leave regardless of length of service or contracted hours. The actual amount of Maternity Leave entitlement and Maternity Pay is based on statutory regulations and contractual conditions of service.

Shared parental leave

SPL enables parents to share the caring responsibilities evenly or have one parent taking the main caring role, depending on their preferences and circumstances. For example, a mother can end their Maternity Leave and Pay early, and share the untaken balance of Leave and Pay as Shared Parental Leave and Pay with their partner.

Paternity leave

Paternity leave is available to those who: have responsibility for a child; are the biological father, the mother’s spouse or partner or the adopting parent’s partner and have at least 26 weeks continuous service at Northumbria by the 15th week prior to the child’s due date.

Adoption leave

Staff newly matched with a child, or having a child through a surrogacy, are eligible to take Adoption Leave.​ This applies to all individual members of staff or to one member of a couple where a couple jointly adopt (which of the couple is to take the adoption leave will be decided by the couple). The other partner may be eligible for paternity or shared Parental Leave.


Parental leave

This policy enables parents (including people with parental responsibility) to take time off work to look after a child or make arrangements for the child’s welfare. Parents can use it to spend more time with children and strike a better balance between their work and family commitments.

Flexitime scheme

Flexitime arrangements are intended, where this fits with operational needs, to provide some individual flexibility in the pattern of working hours. Flexible start and finish times around ‘core time’ means that, to an extent, staff can vary their working hours to balance their work and personal commitments.

Case Study Journeys

Read about how different people made use of their leave to look after their new child.

Maria’s experience

Maria, while on a permanent contract and having worked at Northumbria for 3 years already, took 8 months maternity leave.

Read about Maria’s journey

Simon’s experience
(Professional Support staff)

Simon, who joined Northumbria only 6 months prior, took 2 weeks of paternity leave and later 4 months of shared parental leave to look after his twins.

Read about Simon’s journey

Alexis’ experience
(PhD student)

Alexis, a second year PhD student funded by Northumbria through and RDF scholarship, took 6 months maternity leave.

Read about Alexis’ journey [COMING SOON]

Donna’s experience
(from post-doc to faculty)

Donna was 6 months pregnant when she started at Northumbria. She took 12 months of maternity leave.

Read about Donna’s journey [COMING SOON]

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