At Imperial we appreciate that there are times when parents need to take additional leave to provide care for their children or to make arrangments for their child's welfare.

Therefore, the college offers individuals who have parental responsibility for a child and have more than one year service at the college the opportunity to take a period of parental leave.

You can take up to 18 weeks unpaid leave for each child under the age of five, or each child who was adopted in the past five years and is under the age of 18. Members of staff with a disabled child may take parental leave up to the child's 18th birthday.

You may take between one and four weeks parental leave in a year for each child which can be extended at the discretion of the Head of Department.

For further information including on how to apply, please see the Special Leave Policy (pdf).