SOAS University of London

Human Resources

Family Friendly and Work-Life Balance

As the family friendly provisions can be complex, employees who would like additional clarification and/or advice can contact the HR Operations Team (HR-Operations@soas.ac.uk).

Maternity leave and pay

This policy explains the various provisions provided by the school if you are pregnant and the amount of leave and pay you are entitled to once the baby is/babies are born.

Adoption and surrogacy leave and pay

This policy explains how much leave you will be entitled to if you adopt a child or enter into a surrogacy arrangement. It also explains how much you will be paid during this leave period.

Paternity and partner leave and pay

This policy explains how much leave you can take if you are the partner of someone on maternity or adoption leave. It also explains how much you will be paid during this leave period.

Parental leave policy and procedure

This policy explains the additional, unpaid leave you can choose to take up to your child’s 18th birthday.

Shared parental leave and pay

This policy explains the provisions around sharing parental leave with your partner during your child’s first year if the primary carer ends their maternity, adoption or surrogacy leave early. It explains eligibility, entitlement, pay and how to make requests.

Flexible working procedure

This procedure explains the options that are available to employees when they wish to vary the way in which they presently work to better suit their circumstances and how to request a temporary or permanent variation.

Childcare Allowance Scheme

This schemes provides financial assistance to employees who pay fees to a childminder, nursery or crèche for the care of their child/ren during their working hours.

Childcare vouchers

This scheme allows you to purchase childcare vouchers which are exempt from tax and national insurance and can be used towards day nursery, nursery school, childminder, crèche, pre-school, nanny, au pair, out of school clubs and/or holiday play schemes.

Occasional out of hours payments

This scheme allows an employee to claim funding towards the cost of adult and/or childcare in order to attend occasional out of hours activities linked to career enhancement, such as attending evening conferences and seminars, research presentation opportunities, representing SOAS.

Emergency care payments

This scheme allows an employee to claim funding towards the cost of arranging emergency childcare support and care for dependent adults when their existing arrangements have fallen through at short notice.

Health and wellbeing policy

This policy details various provisions the school provide to employees to help support their health and wellbeing while working for SOAS.

Other related policies links

Link to leave policies and procedures page (which includes annual leave, unpaid Leave and others)