Family Friendly and Carer Initiatives

The University of Edinburgh is committed to supporting its employees through various family friendly and carer initiatives.

As an employer of choice, the University of Edinburgh aims to support staff in achieving a healthy work/life balance, recognising that many staff will have family and caring responsibilities and that all staff will have occasional need to be absent from work to attend to personal or domestic emergencies.

The University is committed to providing support for employees and in most cases provides contractual benefits over and above the statutory provision for its employees with sufficient service.Regardless of an employee's length of service, the University will always take into account the circumstances of the employee when decisions about the employee's role, work, and health and safety are considered.

Family Friendly Initiatives:

Caring for Carers

Maternity Leave Toolkit

Shared Parental Leave (SPL)

Returning Parents Coaching Programme  

Family Leave Related Policies:

  • Adoption/Surrogacy Leave Policy
  • Flexible Working Policy
  • Flexible Retirement Policy
  • Maternity Policy
  • Parental Leave Policy 
  • Partner Leave Policy
  • Shared Parental Leave Policy
  • Paid Emergency Time-off for Dependants
  • Paid Leave for Fertility Treatments/IVF

All of these Policies can be found at the following link:

Other Equality Policies: