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Maternity, Paternity or Adoption Leave for Studentship Recipients


How do I request maternity, paternity or adoption leave?

 Maternity, paternity or adoption request process

If you are in receipt of a studentship and wish to take a period of leave for maternity, paternity or adoption reasons, please refer to the information below before completing the maternity, paternity or adoption request process.  

Maternity leave

  • Research students are entitled to up to 12 months' maternity leave for each child.  If you are in receipt of stipend payments, you are entitled to the following maternity pay while you are on maternity leave:
    • College funded students: entitled to 6 months paid maternity leave and 6 months unpaid maternity leave. Your stipend payments will continue for the first 6 months and stop for any subsequent months taken as maternity leave.
    • UKRI funded students: entitled to 39 weeks paid maternity (26 weeks on full stipend + 13 weeks on statutory maternity rate (currently approx. 41% of full maintenance)) and 13 weeks unpaid maternity.
  • Once your maternity leave request has been processed, the Doctoral School will inform you of your new funding end date and new submission date.
  • Please note that during your period of maternity leave, you are entitled to continue to have access to College facilities.

Paternity leave

  • Full-time and part-time research students who are new fathers have the right to apply for an interruption of studies for up to 13 weeks, within the first 12 months after the birth of the child.
  • College-funded students: partners are entitled to up to 2 weeks paid paternity leave on full stipend.
  • UKRI-funded students: partners are entitled to up to 2 weeks paid paternity leave on full stipend.
  • partners are also entitled to an extended period of unpaid parental leave, up to a maximum of 50 weeks. Unpaid parental leave must be completed within 12 months of the birth of the child and may be taken in up to 3 blocks of leave or all at once.
  • Once your paternity leave has been processed, the Doctoral School will inform you of your new funding end date and new submission deadline (if applicable).
  • Please note that during your period of paternity leave, you are entitled to continue to have access to College facilities.

Adoption leave

  • Research students are entitled to up to 12 months' adoption leave for each child.  If you are in receipt of stipend, you are entitled to the following adoption pay while you are on adoption leave:
    • College-funded students: entitled to 6 months paid adoption leave and 6 months unpaid adoption leave. Your stipend payments will continue for the first 6 months and stop for any subsequent months taken as adoption leave.
    • UKRI-funded students: entitled to 39 weeks paid adoption leave (26 weeks on full stipend + 13 weeks on statutory maternity rate (currently approx. 41% of full stipend)) and 13 weeks unpaid adoption leave. 
  • Once your adoption leave request has been processed, the Doctoral School will inform you of your new funding end date and new submission date (if applicable).
  • Please note that during your period of adoption leave, you are entitled to continue to have access to College facilities.

 Please see the Code of Practice for Research Degree Students for further details.

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