Family-friendly Culture

The Department of Electronic Engineering won an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in 2013 (renewed in 2017) which recognises our work to advance gender equality.

The Department works hard to foster a family-friendly culture, underpinned by several policies which aim to support staff and students with family or other caring responsibilities, which include:  

  • arrangements for part-time working
  • job sharing
  • annualised hours
  • flexi-time

There are several examples of successful part time working across all grades of support and academic staff.  We have recently updated our Departmental guidelines on supporting those taking maternity, paternity, adoption or shared parental leave. Since 2010 all those who have taken maternity leave have returned to work in the Department. A number of our undergraduate and postgraduate students have children or other caring responsibilities. There is a very strong commitment by the Department’s management to ensuring equality of opportunity for all staff and students.

Information for Staff

Flexible Working

The Department supports a healthy work-life balance and encourages  the use of flexible working arrangements, through either one of the flexible working schemes or the use of flexi-time.

‘Flexible working’ describes any working arrangement where the number of hours worked or the time or place that work is undertaken vary from standard practice (eg an application to work compressed hours). All staff have the right to request flexible working provided that they have worked at the University for 26 weeks and once approved this will involve a change in their contract.

‘Flexi-time’ can be formal or informal and there is no need for a contractual change. It allows staff to have a variable work schedule based around core working hours.

Both the University and the Department are committed to equality and diversity and, where operationally and financially viable, will support staff in their wish to work on a flexible basis.

Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Leave

Staff maternity, paternity and adoption leave guidelines can be found on the Central HR pages.

Please see the Equality and Diversity Office information on Maternity and Pregnancy.

Childcare voucher scheme

The University runs salary exchange schemes which offer employees a more flexible way to meet costs of childcare, Nursery Extra and the Childcare Voucher Scheme.

Full details of the schemes are available on the Human Resources' Rewards Extra website.

Guidance is also available for staff with caring responsibilities. Please see the caring responsibilities webpages.

Information for Students

For guidance on Childcare support for Students please see the student support webpages and also the Student Pregnancy, Maternity, Paternity and Adoption policy.

The Equality and Diversity Office also has information on Maternity and Pregnancy.

The Graduate Students Association organises a family network open to all students and staff with children.

InformatiofoCarers

The Department is mindful and sympathetic to the needs of its staff who act as carers.

Useful information for carers can be found on the University’s HR website.

Childcare Contacts

Activities for Children

There are so many activities in and around York for all the family. You may be interested to look at the websites below for a few ideas: