In order to qualify for the contractual adoption pay scheme, at the week in which the employee is notified that they have been matched with a child the employee must:
i) hold a current CMS contract of employment with the University; and
ii) have at least 26 weeks' continuous service with the University, as an employee*; and
iii) have been matched with a child to be placed with them by a UK adoption agency, and be the designated primary adopter**; and
iv) have notified the agency that they agree that the child should be placed with them and agree the date of placement; and
v) provide their department with the correct notification of their intention to take adoption leave; and
vi) intend to return to work following the adoption and return for at least three months***.
*Please note – with effect from 1 January 2020 the University will introduce a new scheme and all employees who have started employment before the expected week of placement will be eligible for the contractual scheme as long as they meet the other requirements of the scheme.
**adoptive parents who are not the primary adopter may be eligible for paternity leave and/or shared parental leave.
***If an employee is on a fixed-term contract, please see the relevant section below.