Paternity Leave

From 1 October 2014, a new right for expectant fathers and partners to take time off to accompany a pregnant woman at antenatal appointments has been introduced. Learn more

PaternityThe University is committed to promoting equality and diversity by providing a supportive environment for staff who wish to integrate their working life, including the development of a career, with family responsibilities.

The non-contractual Paternity Leave Policy and Procedure apply to eligible Unversity staff, including those in same sex relationships, who have a statutory right to Paternity Leave and Pay.

New right for expectant fathers and partners to take time off to accompany a pregnant woman at antenatal appointments.

On 1 October 2014, changes to the law on time off for antenatal appointments came into force. The changes mean that, from this date, all employees (from day one of their employment) have the right to take time off to accompany a pregnant woman with whom they are having a child at up to two antenatal appointments. This time off will be unpaid.

To be eligible to take this form of time off, you could be the husband or civil partner of the pregnant woman, or you could be living with the pregnant woman in an enduring family relationship. In addition, you will be eligible for the time off if you are the biological father of the expected child. We expect that normally no more than half a day is needed for an antenatal appointment, but your leave includes the time you need to travel to the appointment and any waiting time needed at the appointment, and can be for a maximum of six-and-a-half hours on each occasion.

If you would like to make a request for time off to accompany someone at an antenatal appointment, you should contact your line manager in the first instance.

The University’s Paternity Leave Policy and Procedure provide details of the rights and entitlements for staff wishing to take Paternity Leave.  Please use the links below for further information.

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Paternity Leave Policy and Procedure (PDF, 578KB)
Word Ordinary Paternity Leave Notification Form (DOCX, 14KB)

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