University of Sheffields Women Academic Returner Programme

University of Sheffield's Women Academic Returner Programme

All women at the University of Sheffield can have maternity cover for all or part of their role whilst on maternity leave.

The Women Academic Returners’ Programme (WARP) 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.

The Women Academic Returners' Programme

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).


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.

Family and Parental Leave

The University of Sheffield is also fully committed to helping working parents to balance work and family life. The University´s Family and Parental Leave Policies allows staff to take up unpaid leave to look after a child or make arrangements for a child's welfare.

Find out more about the University's Family Leave and Parental Leave policies.

Choose the University of Sheffield, a supportive employer

The University of Sheffield knows that personal life is just as important as your career, which is why it provides a supportive workplace environment for women wanting to raise a family.

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