The University of York believes that becoming pregnant or having a young child should not, in itself, be a barrier to study and aims to balance flexibility with provision of consistent, non-judgemental, accurate and high quality information, guidance and support.
The University aims to provide an environment where students are supported and treated fairly and with dignity and respect, including during pregnancy, maternity, paternity, the process of adoption and whilst breastfeeding.
The University's Student Pregnancy, Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Policy covers any applicant who is pregnant, registered students who become pregnant during their studies and registered students whose partners are pregnant. Any registered student who becomes a parent, for example, through adoption is also covered by this policy.
The guidance relating to the policy includes sources of support for student parents within the University as well as details of external sources of information and help.
Nicola Browne in Student Support (located in the Student Hub) is the University’s dedicated contact for students who are pregnant and Students with Children. Nicola can offer advice and guidance about any aspect of studying at the University with children, as well as advice relating to the Pregnancy, Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Policy. You can contact Nicola by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.