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Preparing For Parental Leave

Wednesday 10 February 2021, 11:00-14:00

Thursday 13 May 2021, 11:00-14:00

Wednesday 6 October 2021, 11:00-14:00


Working Parents Workshop

Thursday 11 February 2021, 11:00-14:00

Thursday 20 May 2021, 11:00-14:00

Thursday 7 October 2021, 11:00-14:00


(New) Expecting Partners Workshop

Thursday 25 February 2021, 12:00-14:00

Thursday 6 May 2021, 12:00-14:00

Thursday 14 October 2021, 12:00-14:00


The College recognises that the transition into the life changing event of parenthood can be both difficult and stressful for some. These three workshops look at both the practical and emotional aspects to enable staff to develop in their careers post maternity, adoption, paternity/maternity support, or shared parental leave, through effective planning and communication.

The workshops are held in small groups to encourage personal reflection and discussion with others.  They are facilitated by a qualified coach who will help individuals navigate their personal change journeys during the transition to and from parental leave.  Although a member of HR will be present for a short time to answer any policy-related questions, the majority of the session will not cover internal policies so do please familiarise yourself with these if needed before the session. 

They are all free to College staff.

Preparing For Parental Leave

  • Managing change of image at work
  • Maintaining confidence during pregnancy
  • Maintaining professional relationships
  • Planning parental leave and a successful handover
  • Preparing for the parental leave shock
  • Thinking ahead to a successful return

Working Parents Workshop

  • Identifying a better work/life balance
  • Managing your childcare
  • Separation anxiety
  • Managing your career/remaining influential even if working part-time/flexible
  • Networking tips
  • Image at work
  • Managing time and stress levels
  • Building support networks

(New) Expecting Partners Workshop

  • Managing the change
  • Managing expectations- pressures to perform both at work and family life
  • Strengthen relationships
  • Understanding the challenges faced by parents and identify solutions
  • Practicalities - childcare
  • Sleep deprivation

Further information

If you have any queries on the content of these workshops please contact Emily Michael. You may also be interested in Imperial's Parents' Network or Carers' Network.

The HR website has full information about the College's family leave provision.