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Returning from maternity, paternity adoption leave or shared parental leave support group

Returning from Maternity, Paternity or Adoption

Returning from Maternity, Paternity or Adoption Leave

As part of the University commitment to Equality, Diversity and Wellbeing at Work, Staff Learning & Development and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team are offering men and women returners from maternity, paternity, adoption leave and shared parental leave the opportunity to get together. This includes colleagues in same sex relationships and couples who may have used a surrogate.
These informal sessions are un-facilitated and after an introduction by a member of the Staff Learning and Development Team, colleagues are left alone to:
    Share experiences in a safe environment;
    Hear about what has worked for others;
    Offer peer support;
    Discuss issues related to the balancing of work and caring responsibilities.
We provide light refreshments and you are welcome to bring your lunch. To book a place on this session please go to  

All meetings take place 5th Floor Roscoe Building 12.30-2.00pm, unless otherwise stated.  The next sessions available are:

  • Wednesday 24th April 2019
  • Wednesday 12th June 2019
  • Wednesday 24th July 2019

Alternatively, you can contact Denise Fieldhouse in Staff Learning and Development at:

Please feel free to take part in the group, to share experiences and advice with more recent returners even if you feel you might have been back too long. 

HR have recently composed some guidance which may also be of use

You can also find details of places to express milk on campus on our Athena SWAN pages