Family friendly working
The School of Chemistry supports a healthy work-life balance, and offers a number of flexible working patterns to accommodate parents and carers. Find out what support is available to cater to your specific needs.
The School endeavours to ensure that hours are family-friendly and talks are recorded, with the speaker’s permission, for the benefit of staff who were unable to attend. This applies to meetings and seminars in the School where possible.
Read firsthand accounts from staff working within the School of Chemistry.
The use of online administrative and assessment systems, including the Dynamic Lab Manual (DLM) in the School of Chemistry allow academics to work remotely and reserve time for both research and family commitments.
Returning Carers' Scheme
The University's Returning Carers' Scheme supports academic staff to re-establish their independent research careers on return from extended leave for reasons connected to caring.
Wider policies to support parents and parents-to-be
Additional University policies which support parents and parents-to-be include:
- The Maternity and Paternity Careers Coaching Service
- Maternity leave policy
- Paternity leave policy
- Parental leave policy
- Adoption leave scheme
Support for those with caring responsibilities
Additional University policies which support those with a variety of caring duties include:
Bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, assault and discrimination are not acceptable. Students and staff can report something anonymously or get advice.
The University has a network of trained volunteers who provide an informal advisory service to staff who feel they may be experiencing unacceptable behaviour, bullying or harassment at work. The Advisors help people accused of unacceptable behaviour as well as those who are unhappy with behaviour.
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