Human Resources

Family leave policies

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

Family Leave Related Policies

Statement of Principles

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 separate 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.

This statement of overarching principles applies to the following family leave related policies:

Adoption and Surrogacy Leave Policy 

Flexible Working Policy

Flexible Retirement Policy 

Maternity Policy

Parental Leave Policy

Partner Leave Policy  

Shared Parental Leave Policy

Emergency Time Off for Dependents Policy

Related Links

Family friendly initiatives

Maternity leave toolkit

Emergency Childcare - External Links

Contact details for emergency and last minute  childcare/nanny/babysitting providers. (Please note that these companies have been added for information only and are operated by indepenedent parties not under the control of, or endorsed by, the University).

Emergency Childcare

My Family Care