Mathematics Research Student Maternity or Adoptive Leave Policy
Home/EU and Overseas (not on tier 4 visa, without interruption of studies restrictions)
Research students in this category, in receipt of stipend, funding contracts should include provision for up to 16 weeks paid maternity or adoptive leave (unless the funder stipulates a longer period*).
If the costs of maternity/adoptive leave are not met by the funder, the Department of Mathematics will cover the full stipend for the 16 weeks.
*EResearch Council funded students (e.g.: EPSRC) have a provision of up to 26 weeks on full stipend (full terms in the 'Conditions of Research Council Training Grants' document in the RCUK website - paragraph 59).
Research Council funded students are entitled to 52 weeks of maternity or shared parental leave. The first 26 weeks should be paid at full stipend rate. The following 13 weeks should be paid at a level commensurate with employee entitlements to statutory maternity pay. This is c. 41% of the minimum doctoral stipend. The final 13 weeks are not paid. Partners are entitled to up to 10 days paid Ordinary Paternity Leave on full stipend. Partners may be entitled to up to 50 weeks of Shared Parental Leave; this may include paid and unpaid leave, depending on the individual circumstances, any paid leave should be at full stipend. There is no qualifying period for maternity, paternity, adoption or shared parental leave.
Overseas holding tier 4 visa
Research students in this category, in receipt of stipend, funding contracts should include provision for up to the maximum period of interruption permitted by the UKBA paid maternity or adoptive leave (8 weeks as of 2016**).
If the costs of maternity/adoptive leave are not met by the funder, the Department of Mathematics will cover the full stipend for the maximum period of interruption permitted by the UKBA.
**Depending on the circumstances, for instance if your maternity/adoptive leave will go beyond the permitted period of interruption by UKBA, you may be required to leave the UK during this period of absence. If you are in this situation we would urge you to contact the International Student Support Team as soon as possible to discuss your options.