Pregnancy and Maternity
Pregnancy refers to women who are pregnant, whilst maternity covers a period of 26 weeks after birth. In relation to the University, the Equality Act prohibits discrimination because of pregnancy and maternity in employment, education and in the provision of goods and services.
This means, for example, that an applicant who wishes to study at the University should not be excluded from admittance because she is pregnant or has recently given birth. Similarly, a woman who is pregnant should not be demoted or overlooked for training or promotion because of her pregnancy.
Breastfeeding mothers are also protected. So, for example, it would be discriminatory to ask a woman to leave a University restaurant because she is breastfeeding her baby. This protection extends for the period that the mother breastfeeds her baby (even after 26 weeks).
Additional guidance is available from the Human Resources Business Managers and from the E&D Section.
Support for female Staff members of the University, College or associated institution through the Women's Staff Network.
Support for female Students is provided by the CUSU Women's Campaign.
- Guidance on meeting new legal requirements to support students during pregnancy and maternity is an ECU publication providing information on how to support students through pregnancy and maternity in light of the changes provided for in the Equality Act 2010.