Family Friendly Policies

UCL Leave Policies

UCL offers a wide range of leave options from annual leave, carers leave, shared parental leave and sabbatical leave.  Please see the individual policies below:

Pregnancy, Maternity & Paternity: your rights and benefits at work

If you or your partner are pregnant or planning on having a baby, the leaflet below will provide you with lots of useful information about your entitlements and responsibilities at UCL and will hopefully answer most of your initial questions.

Maternity Leave 
Sabbatical Leave upon return from Maternity Leave

In addition to the provisions of this policy, UCL's Equalities and Diversity Strategy provides for one term of sabbatical leave without teaching commitments for research active academics returning from maternity, adoption, extended carer's, or long term sickness leave. This leave will enable staff to more quickly re-establish their research activity. Academics interested in this term should request this in writing to their Head of Department – there is an optional sabbatical form below. Requests should be made as early as possible but no later than four weeks of their return from leave.

Paternity Leave
Child Care
Mothers in Science

64 ways to have it all

The aim of this book is to illustrate, graphically, that it is perfectly possible to combine a successful and fulfilling career in research science with motherhood, and that there are no rules about how to do this. On each page you will find a timeline showing on one side, the career path of a research group leader in academic science, and on the other side, important events in her family life. Each contributor has also provided a brief text about their research and about how they have combined their career and family commitments.

Mothers in Science…


We allow students to take maternity, paternity, shared parental and adoption leave and make provision for additional stipend to be paid where appropriate. Students are also allowed to study on a part-time basis.

  • Research Council funded students are entitled to up to 26 weeks of maternity leave on full stipend and a further 26 weeks of unpaid maternity leave.
  • Partners are entitled to up to 10 days paid Ordinary Paternity Leave on full stipend.
  • Partners may be entitled to up to 50 weeks of Shared Parental Leave; this may include paid and unpaid leave, depending on the individual circumstances, any paid leave should be at full stipend.
  • There is no qualifying period for maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption leave eg a student can take leave regardless of when they commenced their studies.
  • Students may opt to study part-time (at least 50%) following a change in their personal circumstances.
  • The period of support may be extended to cover the period of absence.
  • Submission dates can be amended for periods of maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption leave and if the student changes to part-time study.
  • There is no limit to the number of periods of Maternity, Ordinary Paternity, Shared Parental or Adoption Leave that can be taken during a studentship.
  • Part-time awards should not be less than 50% of full-time.
  • Research Organisations may approve a change in the mode of study from part-time to full-time or vice-versa eg for changes in personal circumstances.

The department will match this for any non RCUK student if the sponsor does not do so.

Group Meeting with new student mum…

Image: Paul McMillan (Supervisor), Filip Meersman, Ana Jorge Sobrido and Rachael Hazael (PDRA) with her new baby attending a group meeting.

First Aid/Family Room…

The Chemistry First Aid/Family Room.