London Met now sector leading for parental leave entitlements

Vice-Chancellor Professor Lynn Dobbs champions new initiative which puts University in the top five per cent of higher education employers in the country

Date: 24 September 2019

Staff at London Met are now entitled to six months full pay during maternity and adoption leave (with qualifying service) and four weeks paternity leave at full pay. The improved terms will also have a positive impact on our shared parental leave provisions. No other university in the country offers better terms and only five other institutions can match them.

The change in terms was championed by Vice-Chancellor Professor Lynn Dobbs as part of a series of initiatives to make the University a fairer employer for everyone.

Professor Dobbs said: “I’m delighted to introduce these new terms for parental leave. The value of gender diversity in the workplace has been clearly established and I believe that all employers should do more to create a family-friendly work environment. 

“We are now among a small group of universities with the best provision in the sector. These updated policies are especially important as they will have a significant impact on lower-paid staff who make up the majority of staff accessing these benefits.”

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