Equity Events

Events to promote equity are held throughout the year, across the University. Equity news items are shared to highlight important issues and key successes.

Staff Seminar - Making the Most of Parental Leave

A Seminar exploring how to successfully combine parenting and a career.

Last year, 129 of our staff members (81 women and 48 men), took parental leave. Chrissie Painting, Research Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences, was one of them.

Like most parents, Chrissie believes parental leave is a hugely important time. “Having the opportunity to take an extended period of time away from work to heal, bond with your baby and learn how to be a parent is crucial. Everyone’s experience is different and there are so many things outside of your control when your baby is born, so having a supportive workplace makes a big difference to how you get through those first few months”.

However, while the fundamentals of the University’s parental leave programme are relatively well known, Chrissie says some important details may be less understood. For example, Chrissie was unsure about was the range of leave entitlements available at the University. This is the type of issue this seminar aims to address.

To help ensure staff fully understand and engage with the University’s Parental Leave programme the Equity Office – Te Ara Tautika, in collaboration with Human Resources and The Tertiary Education Union (TEU), will next month host a Combining Parenting and a Career seminar called Making the Most of Parental Leave.

The seminar will include information on:

• Eligibility and the application process
• Combining University and government parental leave, as well as your annual leave
• Staff entitlements and responsibilities regarding parental leave
• Some tips from staff who’ve recently returned from parental leave
• Further support and resources available for staff considering parental leave

WHAT: Combining Parenting and a Career seminar: Making the Most of Parental Leave
WHEN: Tuesday 16 April, 12 noon-1pm
WHERE: The ClockTower, Building 105, Room 012 (lower ground) City Campus

For staff who are pregnant and for those who are considering Parental Leave, go to our Combining Parenting and a Career page.

2019 Equity events for Māori and Pacific students

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