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University of Sheffields Women Academic Returner Programme

University of Sheffield's Women Academic Returner Programme

All women at the University of Sheffield are able to have maternity cover for all or part of their role whilst on maternity leave. The Women Academic Returners’ Programme provides additional support, if needed upon return to work, to minimise the impact of extended leave on research activities. This programme is open to women academics and researchers across all faculties at the University of Sheffield.

This programme can be accessed if women need additional support, over and above their maternity cover, to keep their research on track, thus enabling continued career development.

Through maternity cover and WARP the University aims to create a working environment which encourages all women academics and researchers to flourish professionally, thus benefitting the performance of the individual, the department and the University. This contributes to the University’s target of improving the representation of women at professorial level. Women are able to request up to £10,000 funding to support an additional post, or up to £5000 to support other research related activity (to a maximum total of £10,000).

University of Sheffield women returners


To be eligible to apply for WARP funding, the returning member of staff must fulfil the following criteria:
- be an existing member of academic or research staff
- completed a maternity plan which has been agreed between you and your line manager (a template is available to download on the right of this page)
- be taking maternity leave for a minimum of six months
- if on a fixed term contract, have 6 months remaining on their contract following their return from maternity leave.


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