Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Family Friendly

The University of Edinburgh is committed to supporting its employees through various family friendly initiatives.

As an employer of choice, the University of Edinburgh aims to support staff in achieving a healthy work/life balance, recognising that many staff will have family responsibilities and that all staff will have occasional need to be absent from work to attend to personal or domestic emergencies.

The University is committed to providing support for employees and in most cases provides contractual benefits over and above the statutory provision for its employees with sufficient service.

Regardless of length of service, the University will always take into account the circumstances of the employee when decisions about the employee's role, work, and health and safety are considered.

Family leave related policies aiming to support staff in achieving a healthy work/life balance.

  • Adoption/Surrogacy Leave Policy
  • Flexible Working Policy
  • Flexible Retirement Policy
  • Maternity Policy
  • Parental Leave Policy 
  • Partner Leave Policy
  • Shared Parental Leave Policy
  • Paid Emergency Time-off for Dependants
  • Paid Leave for Fertility Treatments/IVF

All of these Policies can be found at the following link:


Related Links:

Maternity Leave Toolkit

This  toolkit provides information and guidance to staff and managers on the maternity leave process.

Caring for Carers    

Guidance outlining the support available to employees who have a caring responsibility so that they can balance work with caring commitments and continue to be effective in their role.

Family Friendly Initiatives

Information on how the University can provide family friendly support to staff and students during their work or study time with us.

Other Equality Policies:

Equality and Diversity policies