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Pregnant students, prospective and current parents

Ensure that your students are not discriminated against on the grounds of pregnancy or maternity.

The Equality Act 2010 introduced new protection from discrimination for students during pregnancy and maternity, by extending the protection that exists for women in employment to education. This includes students who:

  • are existing or prospective parents (through pregnancy, paternity, adoption or surrogacy)
  • decide not to proceed with a pregnancy
  • have a miscarriage or still birth

It is important that you do not assume that all students will proceed with their pregnancy. Students need to be able to make choices and be provided with information without judgement or assumptions being made.

Support for individual students

Unfortunately Advance HE is unable to provide direct advice and support to individual students, although they may find our guidance for institutions useful in discussing support. External sources of support include:

Related Publications

Student pregnancy and maternity: implications for higher education
Guidance on meeting new legal requirements to support students during pregnancy and maternity.