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.