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Oxford University's Shared Parental Leave (SPL) scheme enables parents to share a period of leave and pay following the birth or adoption of their child. Several departmental members who have used the scheme report valuable increased bonding with their children.

Three DPAG staff members share their experiences of SPL and how they have benefitted, alongside a helpful overview of how it works from a departmental HR representative:

The United Nations Universal Children’s Day is celebrated on November 20 each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.

More information on the Day can be found here.


More information on SPL can be found here.

DPAG staff can refer to the following internal departmental materials:

Guide to Family Friendly Policies

Becoming a Parent Whilst at DPAG – FAQs

Staff Experience of Becoming a Parent Whilst at DPAG 


Image credit for Clifford Talbot photograph: Greg Smolonski