The University of Plymouth is committed to supporting expectant parents and parents with children of any age in obtaining a good work-life balance and excelling at work while enjoying being a parent at home.

This page aims to provide all relevant policies and information related to being a parent in one place and enable you to build networks with your colleagues to provide mutual support.

Finding the ideal balance between work and home can make a significant difference to your family relationships and your success at work, and we hope that this website helps you in achieving this.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact

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Help and support

Parents' policies, procedures, guidance and support

The University has a range of policies and procedures in place to support and guide University staff who are expectant parents or parents of children of any age, including those relating to family leave, the new or expectant mothers policy, the risk assessment template and guidance, HR maternity leave information and guidance, a guide for new and expectant mothers who work, HSE: New and Expectant Mothers​, and the nursing mothers policy
In addition to this, the University has a flexible working policy and guidance to ensure that employees have a healthy work-life balance.
Childcare is available on campus at Freshlings Nursery as well as a range of alternative options across the city, details of which can be found via Plymouth City Council's early years and childcare pages.
General staff support is also available as well as occupational health and the Employee Assistance Programme.

Rooms for nursing mothers

Main campus
2 Kirkby Terrace – this room is available from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. 
In order to access this facility, please contact​ or call +44 1752 587412.
John Bull Building
Family rooms are available next to the Learning Resource Skills Centre (LSRC) in the café area on level one of the John Bull Building, Research Way, Plymouth Science Park, PL6 8BU. Please call +44 1752 437444 for assistance.
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Sources of information and support