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UCL acknowledges that its staff are most productive when they have achieved a work-life balance that enables them to meet their responsibilities outside work. We have policies in place to enable flexible working when possible, and to consider requests for flexible working for any reason. We also facilitate flexible working such as flexitime, annualised hours, term-time working, shift working, staggered hours, job share/job splitting, part-time working, compressed hours, career breaks and planned remote working. Find out more about UCL-wide benefits and opportunities here: 

At the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, we are dedicated to supporting our staff and students in many ways, and providing a supportive work environment for all new parents is important in promoting equality.


Parental leave

UCL provides generous maternity leave and sector-leading paternity leave, support for adoptive parents and carers, workplace nursery and parents and carers network. Find out more about child- and family care here.

Two of our staff members share how they've navigated having a family while continuing to develop their careers:

Professor Clare Elwell

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Clare joined UCL as a Research Assistant in 1991. She gained an MRC Fellowship in the same year that she became pregnant with my first child. With the support of her Head of Department she negotiated a return to work part-time (0.6FTE). She was able to balance my part-time working hours with continuing to build her research profile. One important aspect of this was departmental support of flexible working hours to accommodate travel to national and international conferences. 

Whilst on extended maternity leave with her second child in 1999, she applied for a lectureship with full transparency of my intention to continue to work part-time. She was the only female candidate, and the only applicant wishing to work part-time. She was awarded the lectureship, taking up the post on continued part-time (0.6FTE) status. Course organisers and the Head of Department facilitated the necessary adjustments to the teaching timetable to accommodate a staggered return to work. 

Clare was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2005 and after discussion with the Head of Department and head of her research group she increased my hours to 0.8FTE. She continued to build a successful multidisciplinary research team investigating acute brain injury in adults, neurodevelopment in young infants and neurological consequences of cardiothoracic procedures. With departmental support, the help of a timely Female Promotion workshop, and the encouragement of senior female academics across the faculty, Clare was promoted to Professor in 2008. Clare continues to work part-time (0.8FTE), adopting a flexible working pattern as required.

Dr Adam Gibson

Adam joined the department in 2001 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, working on a project to develop a novel technique for imaging the brain, breast, and other organs using laser light. Three years later, he obtained an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship which involved extending his previous research work into tools for imaging the brains of newborn infants in intensive care.

Adam’s son was born in January 2006, and soon after returning to UCL after a period of paternity leave, Adam arranged with his Head of Department to switch to part-time status (0.8FTE) with an agreement that he would be able to spend one day per week working from home. This arrangement has existed ever since. Staff and students are made aware that Adam is typically at UCL from Wednesday to Friday, but is usually available via email and phone during certain periods on Mondays and/or Tuesdays.

Meanwhile, in 2008 Adam was awarded a highly prestigious grant under the EPSRC Challenging Engineering Scheme, and the part-time arrangement was fully approved by the funding body. This award coincided with his very well-deserved promotion to Reader. 


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