Useful links to information and help for balancing work and family:
General University help
- Advice and support services provided by various agencies within the University
- A-Z of links to University of Cambridge Policies and Procedures
Parenting and work / study
- Graduate Union information for students with children
- Cambridge guide for student parents
- University staff parents guide
- Mothers in Science: A Royal Society publication featuring profiles of, and short interviews with, inspiring women, including some from Cambridge
The University has two workplace nurseries. Some of the Colleges also make provision for the children of staff and students.
- University Childcare Office also advises on benefits, tax credits, childcare vouchers etc
- University nurseries
- University Holiday Playscheme
- Childcare Vouchers Salary Exchange Scheme
- Parking : Some free local car parking is available to University to staff. Spaces at the Downing Site are issued on the basis of need, using a scoring system. A requirement to pick up children from school or nursery scores high
The University has well developed and generous packages available to staff starting a family, including those adopting.
Maternity leave may constitute: 18 weeks' paid leave during which the member of staff will receive their normal rate of pay; 21 weeks' during which they will receive Statutory Maternity Pay (if entitled); 13 weeks unpaid leave.
Paternity leave is also available: two weeks at full pay. Parental leave is also available of up to 13 weeks (unpaid) for each child, subject to a qualifying period.
All employees have a statutory right to short periods of unpaid leave in order to make arrangements to deal with family emergencies. In addition to this statutory provision Heads of Department have discretion to grant compassionate leave where circumstances justify so doing. The Department tries to be as supportive as possible when family crises arise. There are established procedures for applying for compassionate leave or temporary changes in working arrangements.
- University parental leave policy and procedures
- Maternity and other family-related leave for [academic and research] staff
- Maternity/paternity leave for Assistant Staff
- University policy on shared parental leave [introduced July 2015; replaces additional paternity leave policy]
- University policy on maternity leave - detailed information on all aspects of Maternity leave
- University policy on paternity leave - note that some of this is now superceded by shared parental leave [see above]
- Parental leave
- Adoption leave
- Returning Carers Support details/policy - Grants for academic and research staff, rolling programme of application rounds
- Special leave policy - including compassionate leave
- www.womenreturners.co.uk - network; mainly intended for women in business
- Society of Biology Returners to Bioscience Initiative - Help, networking and funding for members. Link goes to a useful page of further links to funding sources, etc
Alternative working patterns
Normal working hours are specified in your contract. Assistant staff have a window - usually between 08:00 and 18:00) during which working hours can be arranged subject to agreement. Some roles do, however, require more specific hours. Research and academic staff have greater flexibility to arrange their hours. In the Department of Genetics staff meetings and seminars have been moved to earlier in the day to make it easier for those with childcare responsibilities to attend.
Staff returning from maternity leave have the right to ask to work flexibly either as part of a phased return to work, or more permanently. The Department tries to be very accommodating in its response. Teaching staff are relieved of their teaching duties for a year, top allow them to get their research programme underway again.
Sickness and stress
- University policy on sick leave
- University Counselling Service - for students and staff
- Stress at work
- University policy on sick leave
- Dignity@Work : the University's policy on equal opportunities, harassment, and related issues, with links to contacts