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The University of Sunderland recognises the challenging demands on the time and financial resources faced by new parents, and the Paternity Policy is intended to reflect the needs of employees for choice and flexibility in arranging time-off to care for children, and to retain their skills and commitment which are invaluable to the University’s continued success as a leading centre for Higher Education.

The policy sets out the provisions and conditions of the University’s Paternity Policy. It aims to inform you of your appropriate entitlement to both statutory and, where applicable, enhanced paternity rights.

If you have any further queries regarding your paternity leave and pay entitlements, please contact a member of Human Resources who will be happy to provide further assistance and advice (

This policy applies to all University of Sunderland employees, regardless of hours of work, who are the father of the child, the spouse or partner of the mother, or the spouse or partner of the adoptive parent.  Partners may be of a different sex or the same sex.  It applies to babies due and adoptions placed on or after 5th April 2015.


April 2019

April 2019

From: Human Resources

As part of: Working Here