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Pregnancy Support

Pregnancy Support

Pregnancy & MaternityLink opens in a new window

In line with UK legislation, employees are eligible for 52 weeks of maternity leave from the first day of their employment.

Maternity Leave & Pay.Link opens in a new window

Additional Guidance for High-Risk Activities

Individuals who are working in high-risk areas and wish to conceive, are pregnant, or want to breastfeed their baby, are strongly encouraged to talk in complete confidence to the Departmental Health and Safety Officer.

You should also notify the Chemistry Administrative Officer, Jane Shepherd, and/or your line manager if you feel able to do so.

If your work involves high-hazard activitiesLink opens in a new window you must complete a Risk Assessment. A template can be accessed here.

All healthy and active expectant mothers should follow the general guidance hereLink opens in a new window.

Department Support

Flexible WorkingLink opens in a new window

The Department of Chemistry is committed to facilitating flexible working arrangements, where possible.

Employees can make an application to work flexibly in line with the University’s guidelines.

For more information contact:

Shared Parental LeaveLink opens in a new window

Shared parental leave enables parents to have increased flexibility in how they share childcare during the first year of their child’s life.

Pregnancy Mentors

Our mentors are available should you wish to informally discuss pregnant working; maternity leave planning; or find out what to expect on your return to the workplace. Our mentors have had recent experience of the process.

Contact for Researchers/PhDs: TBC

Professional Services: Elena Bryson

Family Room

The department has a designated room that is available for milk expression/breastfeeding in G block (G1.10). Please contact if you require access.