Apply for maternity leave

This guidance is for pregnant UCL employees. Please refer to the policy for full details of maternity leave entitlement and eligibility. 

Before you start

There are two things you need to do to apply for maternity leave: 

  1. notify your manager, preferably in writing; and 
  2. complete the online maternity leave application form

Both need to be done by the end of the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth (or as soon as you can). 

Please note: For some departments, a copy of your confirmation of maternity leave letter will need to be forwarded to your local HR contact - your line manager/PI will provide us with a name and email address when they sign off the form.

3. HR Services will write to you within four weeks of receiving your form.  

4. To begin your application for maternity leave you will need to know: 

  • your estimated due-date;
  • the date you would like to begin your maternity leave;
  • Your proposed date of return (If unsure, you can provide us with an estimated return date, and update us via the Online Maternity Application form to notify us of any changes to your end date.)

Please Note: Your line manager should also conduct a Pregnancy Risk assessment and attach evidence that this has been completed, before signing the form

1. Fill out the maternity leave form
2. Form goes to your line manager
3. Form goes to HR Services
4. Amendments to your Application