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Support for parents and carers

York St John recognises the positive impact the University can have on the lives of its staff who have caring responsibilities (whether as parents, guardians or carers) and seeks to create an environment where a family-friendly approach benefits both the individual and the organisation. The University supports parents by paying occupational maternity pay rather than statutory maternity pay to female staff on maternity leave.

With a range of flexible working options and parental leave the University aims to support staff in achieving the work/life balance that they need.  Further information is contained in the Flexible Working Procedure and Parental Leave Policy.

Fifteen requests for flexible working were made in the academic year 2012/13, eleven of which were agreed.  Of the applications, 12 were from women and 3 were from men.  This was an increase of  6 requests from the previous year.

In 2011 the Flexible Working Policy was enhanced with the addition of job sharing to our range of flexible options and information was provided to support older workers with their career planning post abolition of the default retirement age.