Maternity provision for fixed-term post-doctoral researchers

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Dear Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge,

I am trying to find out more about maternity provision for post-doctoral researchers in Cambridge and Oxford, and hope you can answer the following questions for me:

1) Does your college employ Junior Research Fellows, or have an equivalent paid fixed-term post-doctoral research position?

2) If so, are such researchers eligible for maternity leave and pay? Please give details of any existing policy, and whether it has been applied in the last five years.

3) If maternity leave is taken by a JRF or post-doctoral researcher on a fixed-term contract, is the duration of the position extended by an amount of time equivalent to the time taken as leave, so that research time and funding is not lost as a result of taking leave? Please provide any details.

Thanks in advance for any information you can give me.

Yours faithfully,

J Iqbal

Andrew Powell, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Thank you for your email.

In response to your request under the Freedom of Information:

1) Does your college employ Junior Research Fellows, or have an
equivalent paid fixed-term post-doctoral research position?

Yes

2) If so, are such researchers eligible for maternity leave and pay?
Please give details of any existing policy, and whether it has been
applied in the last five years.

Yes, the University of Cambridge provisions relating to maternity,
adoption, paternity and parental leave apply. Yes, the provisions
have been applied within the last five years.

3) If maternity leave is taken by a JRF or post-doctoral researcher on
a fixed-term contract, is the duration of the position extended by an
amount of time equivalent to the time taken as leave, so that research
time and funding is not lost as a result of taking leave? Please provide
any details.

Yes, in accordance to the University of Cambridge provisions, that
subject to the limitations of the College Statutes, Research Fellows on
fixed term appointments will normally be granted an extension of their
Fellowship, and contract where applicable, equivalent to the amount of
leave taken.

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I trust that is helpful.

Yours faithfully,

R A Powell

Fellow and Bursar
Fitzwilliam College
Cambridge CB3 0DG

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