Booking your leave
Contact your line manager or head of admin in your school/department to find out how to book your leave.
There are no prescribed hours for academic staff
Professional services and support staff
Use our holiday calculators to work out your leave entitlement if you are Grade 1-7+ or a Research Assistant, working full-time, part-time or set hours.
We recognise that staff may need a period of time away from work, for a variety of reasons.
Our Career Break Policy supports our commitment to work-life balance and also enhances our capability to recruit and retain staff.
Study leave and academic absence
Find out whether you qualify for study leave or academic absence and how to apply.
Academic staff can apply for leave for a temporary appointment elsewhere, approved work outside the University or study leave funded by an external body.
We have developed a policy and procedure to set out the provisions and rights for expectant and new mothers. We have also produced guidance for staff and managers to step you both through the process.
We have developed a policy and procedure to set out the provisions and rights for members of staff whose partner is pregnant, or has been notified of a match for adoption and is the secondary adopter.
We have developed a policy and procedure to set out the provisions and rights for staff who are newly adopting a child, including the relevant guidance and forms to inform the University of intent to take adoption leave.
18 weeks' unpaid leave is available for staff who have a child aged under 18.
Shared parental leave
Shared Parental Leave allows a mother/primary adopter to share part of their maternity/adoption leave and pay with their partner/secondary adopter/child's father.
This allows you both more flexibility in deciding who will care for your child in the first year following the birth/adoption.
We have developed a policy and procedure to explain this type of leave and guidance for you and your manager.
Leave for public service
We offer special leave for public service, including volunteering, Jury Service and appearing as a witness, and for members of the Territorial Army and Reserve Forces.
Managing sickness absence
Kent is a caring employer and provides considerable support to all staff in times of sickness and personal difficulties.
Support is provided for heads of schools/departments, and those responsible for staff, on managing colleagues who are absent due to illness.
Support for terminal illness
Kent has a long-standing practice of doing its utmost to support staff who are terminally ill.
We all recognise the vital role that work can play in establishing some normality, security and social support when colleagues and their families have to face challenges and difficult decisions during this time.
Kent is able to offer special leave covering, for example, compassionate reasons, emergency/domestic situations, caring for dependants, medical purposes and observing religious holidays.