Senior researchers leave and pay policy

As an employee of a research institute or university, you will most likely be entitled to a period of paid leave which will be covered by your employer. Here is more information about your entitlement and what additional support the Society can give you.

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Maternity leave and pay

In the UK you are entitled to up to 52 weeks of maternity leave. Statutory maternity pay is paid for 39 weeks. The first six weeks is paid at 90% of your current salary and the next 33 weeks paid at £156.66 or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower).

If you take Shared Parental Leave you’re entitled to Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) at £156.66 a week or 90% of your average weekly earnings, whichever is lower.  

Paternity, adoption or surrogacy leave and pay

You may be entitled to one to two weeks paid paternity leave. Your pay during this time will be either 90% of your current weekly salary or £156.66 (whichever is lower). 

Adoption leave and pay is in line with maternity leave, but only one person in a couple can take adoption leave. The other partner could get paternity leave instead.

Couples using a surrogate may be eligible for adoption leave.

Sick leave and pay

If you are unable to work due to physical or mental health issues you have the option of applying for sick leave and pay. Find out what you are entitled to.

Alzheimer's Society funded researchers have several options available:

  • Abeyance:¬†¬†You may request that your grant be paused for reasons such as maternity leave or staff changes with a¬†request for abeyance form.
  • Cover: Should your research require additional members of staff to keep the momentum of the project going we will determine on a case-by-case basis whether it is appropriate to hire a research assistant for this period.
  • No-cost extension: Get in touch to apply for a no-cost extension appropriate to the period of leave.
Contact our Grants team

If you are planning on taking a period of leave please send an email to our Grants team at [email protected] so that we can help and support you during your leave.

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