Support for Parents and Carers

The University has developed a number of initiatives to better support parents and carers. Information about University policies, support and initiatives are outlined below.

Worklife Balance Information

It can sometimes be a challenge to balance work and family. Not only for those with children, but also for those of us who have other responsibilities, such as looking after elderly parents.

You'll find information and support for the diverse mix of people who work at the University of Glasgow on the Human Resources Work Life Balance webpages.

This information will also be useful to managers of staff who are about to embark on a period of leave (for maternity, shared parental or adoption reasons) or who already have caring responsibilities.

Resources for Parents and those soon to be

The initiatives and schemes and resources below may also offer beneficial support:

Maternity Leave Toolkit

Flexible Working Policy and Toolkit

Family Study Lounge in the Library

Parent Buddy Network

PAM Assist (Employee Assistance Provider) - an extensive range of online resources where you can seek information and advice on a wide range of topics concerning work-life, personal issues, health and well-being

Returning to work after maternity leave

Breastmilk Expressing Room

Returning to work after maternity leave can be a big adjustment, especially if you’re breastfeeding your baby.  The University has an Expressing Room, centrally located on the main campus.  The room has comfy chairs close to electrical outputs, with privacy screening and a fridge to store your milk.  Contact your local HR team for information on how to access this facility. 

There are no baby changing facilities in this room however changing facilities are available in toilets close by and in many of the other public spaces across the University.  

Although this room is primarily designed for those wishing to express breast milk, it can also be used for those wishing to breastfeed. However we want to highlight breastfeeding is welcomed in all public areas across the University.

Family Study Lounge

Check out the Library's Family Study Lounge facilities too. 

Academic Returners and Research Support

As part of the University’s commitment to improving gender equality, and specifically growing the number of women in senior academic roles, the University approved a process of supporting academic returners to maintain a successful research career. Primarily, to support female academics returning from maternity leave funding is available via the individual Colleges. Contact the relevant local HR team for further information.

Support for Carers

The University recognises that employees may need to balance work and caring responsibilities and seeks to provide reasonable support to its carer population. We are committed to raising awareness of the role of carers and the demands faced in the workplace. 

Find out more at the dedicated Carer Support webpage.

Employee Assistance Provider - PAM Assist

PAM Assist is an external and independent service, based in Glasgow, offered to all staff at the University of Glasgow. They have an extensive range of online resources where you can seek information and advice on a wide range of topics concerning work-life, personal issues, health and well-being.

Find out more about PAM Assist