Unfortunately, for many years Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Infertility and the Menopause have all been topics that have been surrounded in societal stigma. This has often resulted in misinformation and a lack of awareness and support for people.

The following policies and guidance documents have recently been developed:

The aim of these policies and guidance is to provide information and support to help you at work if you are affected by miscarriage, stillbirth, infertility or the menopause, or if you are supporting someone else.

Below is a summary of the key points from these documents:

  • A people-centred approach to supporting an individual’s health and wellbeing as part of a holistic wellbeing offering and wider preventative approach.
  • Workplace factors that may negatively impact on individuals and examples of workplace adjustments.
  • Roles and responsibilities for individuals, line managers, colleagues and the University.
  • Weblinks to both internal and external support services.

The following policies have been updated:

  • Family Leave policy. The policy now includes information for parents who are having a child through surrogacy and those who are surrogates.
  • Responsibility Allowance policy. Changes to the policy ensure that there is clarity about the maximum duration that a responsibility allowance can remain in place, requirements for regular review and the revised route for approval.
  • Fee Waiver policy. The policy now allows an individual to apply for a fee waiver if their contract is shorter than the duration of the course and includes an atypical study route for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate to study full-time.

Please contact People & Culture if you have further questions about the support available.

The policies and guidance mentioned above each help to deliver our objectives in the People Supporting Strategy.