Combining parenting with a career (CPC)

The University supports staff with family responsibilities. Assisting staff to care for their children is part of our strategy to attract and retain high-calibre staff.

Combining Parenting and a Career seminars

We have a range of seminars held throughout the year to inform and support University staff to successfully combine parenting and a career. More information is available on Career Tools.

CPC toolkit

If you're a staff member at the University with parenting responsibilities, this toolkit will come in handy. It is also relevant for colleagues of those taking leave and managers. You’ll find helpful information about pregnancy, preparation for parental leave, applying for parental leave, the parental leave period and returning to work.

How we support staff

Our policies, guidelines and resources
Find out more about parenting, work-life balance and recognition, parental leave, childcare, breastfeeding and working and carparking

Martin Shepherd, Director Faculty Operations, Faculty of Education, discusses how our Paid Parental Leave Policy has supported him to combine his family responsibilities with his career.


Seminars are held every year for staff with parenting responsibilities.
If you would like to join our CPC mailing list, email

Tips for new academic/research mothers

Chrissie Painting’s blog A year of being a science mama gives both a personal insight plus some useful tips on how she combined work with being pregnant then a more