Under the Equality Act 2010 women (including students) are protected against discrimination on the grounds of pregnancy and maternity. This is during the period of pregnancy and during any statutory maternity leave to which she is entitled. 


It is unlawful to consider an employee's period of absence due to a pregnancy-related illness when making a decision about her employment. We will never refuse an applicant entry to a course because they are pregnant, or ask that they leave a course because they become pregnant.

Absence related to pregnancy and maternity must be taken into account and higher education institutions should not penalise students who miss examinations or course work deadlines because of pregnancy.

When pregnant or on maternity leave, we recognise women's rights to:

  • appropriate time off for antenatal care
  • return to work on no less favourable terms
  • retain all employment benefits (except pay) while on maternity leave
  • not be treated less favourably because of pregnancy or having recently given birth
  • a health and safety workplace assessment while pregnant or breastfeeding
  • 'keeping in touch' days
  • request flexible working on return from maternity leave

Read our Student Pregnancy, Maternity and Paternity Policy and Guidance (PDF)



There is a welfare and breast feeding room at St George's that staff and students can use.

Student parents

We have a Student Parents Association which providee practical advice and support on combining studying and parenting.



Contains government advice and resources regarding pregnancy (eg information on maternity and paternity leave). Search for 'pregnancy'.

Last Updated: Friday, 12 February 2016 17:00