Work–life balance

Work–life balance

Coventry University is fully committed to the promotion of equality and recognises that employees have to balance the demands of their home and working life. Therefore, we have adopted a range of ‘family-friendly’ policies to cover areas including flexible working, home working, job sharing and flexible retirement. The following is a selection of just some of the family-friendly policies Coventry University offers.

Flexible working scheme

Coventry University understands that there may be times when variations to contractual hours of work would be helpful to employees. As part of our ongoing commitment towards being able to recruit and retain a flexible and diverse workforce, the Flexible Working Scheme document (pdf, 320kb) has been developed in line with legislation and forms part of a wider range of ‘family-friendly’ policies/procedures.

Job share scheme

Our job share scheme allows employees to share the duties and responsibilities of one full time post and is aimed to accommodate those with child/dependent care responsibilities or those enrolled on a part time course. The policy for the Job Share Scheme (pdf, 300kb) is available to download.

Location Independent Working (LIW)

Our LIW scheme allows you to work at an alternative place (or places) rather than within the University offices. Your line manager will be able to confirm if you are eligible for independent working. The policy for LIW is available to download (pdf, 300kb).

Maternity leave

The Maternity Leave and Pay policy (pdf, 302kb) provides information on entitlements for staff wishing to take maternity leave. Coventry University offers an enhanced maternity pay scheme which is over and above the statutory amount. The option to extend the leave period is also available.

Paternity leave

Following the birth of a child, eligible employees can take paid paternity leave. The option to extend the leave period is also available. The Paternity Leave and Pay policy (pdf, 207kb) is available to download.

Adoption leave

Following the adoption of a child, eligible employees can take paid adoption leave. The option to extend the leave period is also available. The Adoption Leave and Pay policy (pdf, 140kb) is available to download.

Parental leave scheme

The Parental Leave Scheme provides unpaid leave for childcare purposes in certain circumstances. The Shared Parental Leave policy (pdf, 140kb) is available to download.

Career Break

The Career Break scheme is intended to provide a facility for employees to request an unpaid extended period away from employment to meet their personal needs. The Career Break policy (pdf, 110kb) is available to download.

Childcare vouchers

Working parents can save up to £933 on childcare costs per year.

Coventry University offers a childcare voucher scheme enabling you to exchange part of your gross salary for vouchers that can be paid directly to your childcare provider. As a result of exchanging part of your gross salary for childcare vouchers you can make savings on income tax and National Insurance which can be up to £933 per parent, per year.

Subsidised University Nursery

The University Nursery provides superb quality childcare for up to 30 children between the ages of three months and fours year old. Subsidised rates are available for the children of staff.

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