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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, the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team are offering 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 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 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.

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

Breastfeeding at Work Guidance
Flexible Working

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

We are currently updating this information and will soon have a comprehensive list of Welfare Rooms which can be accessed by all staff.


In order to provide valuable support for working parents at the University, the peer support group is currently undergoing some changes.

We hope to re-launch in the Autumn and welcome any feedback from past attendees on what you have enjoyed from your experience of the group.

If you would like to suggest recommendations on how you would like the group to better support you or any changes you would like to see (regardless of whether you have attended in the past or not) please contact Sarah Mohammad-Qureshi (