Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Family Friendly

The University of Edinburgh aims to provide support with its 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.

As separate employment legislation exists for many 'family' situations, the University has developed a number of  policies as necessary.

The University is committed to providing support for employees and in most cases provides contractual benefits over and above the statutory provision for 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 (with effect from 1 June 2019)
  • Flexible Working Policy
  • Flexible Retirement Policy
  • Maternity Policy (with effect from 1 June 2019)
  • Parental Leave Policy 
  • Partner Leave Policy
  • Shared Parental Leave Policy
  • Emergency Time-off for Dependants

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