Athena SWAN
Athena SWAN

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.

Family Leave related policies

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.

The Equality and Diversity Strategy,  and it's associated Action Plan ensures that we can monitor their progress in achieving their initiatives, including their Family Friendly Policies.

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 suite of Family Leave Related Policies, including:

All of these Policies can be found on the HR Family Leave Policy page or within the University's Equality and Diversity page.

In addition, we have also listed below, direct links to the specific HR sections:

Parent and baby

Parental leave

Maternity leave

Partner leave

Shared parental leave

Adoption/surrogacy leave


Childcare vouchers

Athena - Caring for the elderly

Day nurseries

Emergency childcare (see bottom of page)

Flexible working and other leave

Flexible working

Full list of leave and absence options

Carers and dependants

Emergency time off for dependants

Caring for carers



If you are unable to find the information you are looking for, please contact Human Resources.