Researcher in the lab

Family-friendly support

Family-friendly support


The University has links with two on site nurseries, Dryden Street Nursery  and Echoes Day Nursery which are designated as workplace nurseries under HMRC rules, so that it University staff with children at the nursery can opt into a “salary sacrifice” Workplace Nursery Scheme or Kiddivouchers (the University of Manchester’s childcare voucher provider).

Available rooms for breastfeeding/expressing milk

Michael Smith Building (use for people with Biomedical corridor access): The ground floor first aid room is equipped with a comfy chair, plug socket and fridge in which to store breast milk.  Just let reception know room will be occupied (in case of an emergency). There is also a baby changing facility in one of the disabled bathrooms in Smith reception.

Other (south campus): Jean McFarlane Building Rooms G.315, G.316 and G.317 – all on the ground floor all have frosted glass in the door and can be locked from the inside so that they can be used for breast feeding. Please just call into reception in the Jean McFarlane Building if you wish to use a breastfeeding room, there is a fridge in the room behind Reception that can be used for storing milk.

Links to policies

familyGuidance for new and expectant mothers at work

Maternity leave application form

Maternity support

Maternity leave policy

Adoption leave policy 

Paternity policy 

Parental leave 

Special leave policy

Flexible working policy

Career break policy 

Case Studies

Mothers in Science [PDF 7.9MB] This booklet, sponsored by the Royal Society, outlines the career paths of a number of women who have successfully combined motherhood with a fulfilling career in SET. Each case study briefly describes the science and shows the time course of the scientist’s career alongside developments in her family life, as well as providing a description of how they were combined. Nancy Papalopulu from the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, features on page 67.