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Staff on maternity leave have webpages removed by University

July 11, 2017

Several members recently contacted the UCU Ulster branch to say that their webpages had been taken down while on maternity leave. If you have a colleague currently on maternity leave, please check to see that their webpage is still live. We need your help, as it is often difficult to contact people on leave.

While the reasons for the removal of the webpages are unclear, it raises a range of issues about the invisibility of women in the workplace while on leave they are entitled to take. Women already experience disadvantages in the academic workplace as a result of taking maternity leave, and childcare reduces opportunities for professional exposure at conferences and events. Webpages are therefore a crucial way that women in academia maintain their professional visibility.

If you find a page is missing, please let us (and the affected person) know, and we will ask the University to restore it urgently. If you know of a webpage that has been removed while the person affected is on maternity leave, please contact the Equality Officer at l.moore1@ulster.ac.uk

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