Information for parents and carers

The University recognises that caring is an important role, and seeks to support staff with caring responsibilities wherever possible. Caring responsibilities can affect us all, may arise without warning, and may be temporary, long-term or permanent.  You may have caring responsibilities for relatives, or friends, or family overseas. 

You may have children, be seeking to adopt or undergoing fertility treatment, or may be, or anticipate being, a foster carer, or be trying to juggle multiple caring responsibilities. 

The University offers a range of support initiatives which seek to enable you to maintain a positive work-life balance at all stages of your life.


Making it work: maintaining balance upon returning to work

Monday 3 December 2018 -  10:00 – 14:00

This workshop is offered to parents/carers from across the University who have recently returned to work after a career break. It aims to provide the information, tools, support, and networks to ensure a successful and smooth return to work.  There is a particular focus on those returning after a period of family leave.

Over the half-day workshop, you will:

  • Learn about relevant HR policies and practices, and have a chance to put your questions to an HR officer and the Head of Childcare Services
  • Get an overview of the core skills needed to communicate with confidence and practice some of those skills in a supportive environment
  • Hear from a panel of returning parents (academics, researchers, and professional and support staff) who will share their tips on time management and balancing home and work demands
  • Network and meet other recent returners from around the University over lunch.

Venue: Mathematical Institute, Andrew Wiles Building, Woodstock Road

To sign up, please email by 16 November 2018, providing any special dietary requirements.

Networking teas

We held two networking events on 9th July: one for carers and one for new parents.

These were an informal opportunity to meet colleagues from across the University and to find out more about the support available for you.

If you would be interested in hearing about future events please email:

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