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Family Friendly Policies and Support

Returning Carers Scheme

In July 2013, the University launched a Scheme to support research and academic staff rebuilding their research activity and profile after a break for caring responsibilities. Examples include ‘buying out’ teaching and administrative duties for a period of time, funding conference attendance, research/technical support or assistance in grant writing.

Supporting Parents and Carers @ Cambridge Network

The SPACE network is for staff who care for dependents and could benefit from support in relation to their personal and career development through: the provision of an informal point of information and points of contact; the opportunity to meet others and share experiences; the opportunity to find out more about different University support services and what they can offer.

My Family Care - Emergency Childcare and Eldercare

The University provides access to emergency childcare and eldercare to support employees with caring responsibilities, which if unsupported can disproportionately impact women.

University Nurseries and Playscheme

The University provides three workplace nurseries (177 places) as well as operating a Holiday Playscheme which operates during the state school holiday periods. The University’s Childcare office also operates an Information Service which provides information on family related issues including childcare, schooling, healthcare, financial support and local community resources.

Flexible Working

We have been able to accommodate various requests for flexible working in the Department, and encourage people to speak to their manager/group head or the CEB HR Advisor if they would like to discuss flexible working possibilities. The University's Flexible Working Policy provides further information.

Family Friendly Leave

Graduate Union 

Information on support for student families through the Graduate Union.