0.2 Introduction

This policy provides both students and staff – particularly personal tutors, academic tutors, programme managers, postgraduate research tutors and all other staff who have a role in advising or supporting students – with information about the University’s approach to supporting a student, or prospective student, who is pregnant or has decided to terminate a pregnancy or is a primary adopter. It also provides some information relating to supporting a student who has recently become a parent (including through adoption) or is the partner of someone who has a very young [1] child. The University has a separate policy on support for students who are parents or carers covering the support available to students with dependants.

[1] Reference to very young children relates to children under the age of 6 months and, with particular regard to health and safety considerations, those beyond 6 month who are still being breastfed.