If you are pregnant, you are protected under the Equality Act 2010 and are encouraged to contact your department or the accessibility team via the Student Services Hub. They can talk through a variety of issues including; arrangements for maternity-related absence, financial implications, visa implications and emotional support.
The person that you see for advice in either your department or SWIS will become your ‘first point of contact’ within the University and they will stay in touch during pregnancy and maternity. They will need to complete a Pregnancy and maternity support plan with you and arrange for your department to complete a Risk Assessment.
If you feel that you have performed less well in your exams and/or coursework due to your pregnancy then you may be able to submit extenuating circumstances which
will be considered by the Board of Examiners.
Depending on what stage you are at in both your pregnancy and your course, you may want/need to consider taking some time out (known as intermitting) from your
studies and returning once the baby is born. You may also wish to speak to:
your doctor or midwife
your Department to discuss intermitting and any adjustments that can be made to allow you to continue with your studies. Please note that on some courses which are
highly physical or involve hazardous activities it may not be possible (for the health of both mother and baby) to continue with the course past a certain stage of pregnancy.
If you decide to intermit from your studies you should be aware that this will affect your student funding. Intermitting students continue to be treated as full-time
students for Council Tax purposes so you will not have to pay any Council Tax whilst you are intermitting (though if you live with non-students the household may still be
After the baby is born
Mother and baby room 5A.223 is available at Colchester campus where you can feed, change or express in private. You will need to collect a key fob to enter from the information centre. If you require these facilities at the Loughton or Southend campus you should contact the Student Services Hub in the first instance.
Wivenhoe Park Day Nursery - if you are on Colchester Campus you may wish to consider childcare on campus when you return to study.