The power of Staff Networks. Join and work with us to shape university policy

Our staff networks have been integral in progressing certain policies for LJMU staff, including on maternity leave and menopause.

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LJMU’s HR team works closely with our EDI networks to gain valuable feedback and input to develop our policies. The Staff Networks have played an integral role in this and this had led the university to progressing further work with all of EDI Staff Networks on maternity and adoption leave, sabbatical leave, menopause and domestic abuse.

The Women Academics’ Network has invited Amanda Mannion, HR Business Partner, Policy Development, to its meetings on multiple occasions to connect members and the HR Team directly and to shape university policy. Staff have then fed back on maternity leave and menopause policies.

 HR’s Amanda Mannion, HR Business Partner, Policy Development, explains:

“To enable our staff to spend quality time with their new family and ensure that they feel supported by the University during their leave, we carried out a review of our maternity and adoption policies. We now enable our staff up to 6 months fully paid maternity leave. As part of this review we have also introduced a new support role in Human Resources called a Parent and Carer Advocate. These two members of the team provide support and guidance for both our line managers and staff on all our family friendly policies. This could include discussing flexible working options, how we can support staff when they return from leave in terms of continuing with their career progression, explaining and supporting staff to take their 10 paid keeping in touch days or even ensuring they know that we now also provide the partners of our staff who work for us up to 2 days paid leave to attend antenatal appointments."

If you have any questions on our family friendly policies please do not hesitate to contact our advocates

LJMU’s HR team are also currently working on new policies relating to sabbatical leave, menopause and domestic abuse.

If you would like to get involved in the networks or attend the next Women’s Academic Network meeting on the 6 April at 12PM,  please contact Julia Daer

Or if you have any questions regarding any LJMU Staff Policies please contact Amanda Mannion

You can find out more about all of LJMU’s Staff Networks and how to join them here.




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