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Additional paternity leave/ sharing leave with partner

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KatTwam Tue 04-Feb-14 13:49:27

Hi All,

Having shared leave with my partner who took additional paternity leave for three months, I got interested in this topic and started doing some research with other couples who have done the same thing.

I am based at the University of London Institute of Education and at the moment I am looking to meet and interview other couples where the mother's partner has taken or is planning to take additional paternity leave between now and the end of June 2014.

So few couples actually use this leave that I am finding it really difficult to get hold of couples! Please get in touch if you are sharing or planning to share your leave in this way!! At the moment, I have a very limited budget so I can only recruit couples who live in or around London - apologies to those from further afield.

The study aims to help us understand why some people have taken this leave, and their experiences of doing so. In this way, we will contribute to recent policy debates on leave entitlements and uptake.

If you are interested please pm me and/check out my university website: Katherine Twamley - Institute of Education, University of London

And you can find an informaiton leaflet about the study here:

Many thanks!!


glorious Tue 04-Feb-14 22:04:42

I know someone who did this but it was last year. Are you definitely only looking from now onwards?

mrsbug Tue 04-Feb-14 22:20:51

We did this, it was last year and we're not in London so I can't be in your study.

Dp only took a month in the end; he was going to do more but dd turned out to be a boob monster so it would have been hard to leave her much sooner.

I also wonder why more couples don't do this; please come back and post your findings!

Hedgehog1977 Wed 05-Feb-14 17:02:53

We are doing this, but not until September, so I don't know if that will be any help. Initial thoughts for us are me: 6 months and him: 3 months, but the whole idea is still quite new to us, so it may change! I will be interested to hear the results of your research too.

KatTwam Mon 17-Mar-14 17:43:22

Hi Guys,

Sorry for not replying sooner! I thought I would get an email when someone replied but obviously not. I will probably be recruiting again in the new academic year, Hedgehog1977, so I will be in touch if I am.

I will post back my findings, thanks for the interest!

K x

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