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University of Cambridge Returning Carers Scheme

After succesful pilots last year, the Returning Carers Scheme has now been launched as a Cambridge University-wide scheme. The scheme is open to women and men, although it is part of a wider programme to encourage Heads of Schools and Departments to support women in their career development. It aims to support the career development of research and academic staff who are going on, or have returned from, caring responsibilities and offers funding to assist qualifying staff who have had a period of absence, or reduced their working hours.

The scheme offers small grants up to a maximum of £10,000. The beauty of the scheme is that it is very flexible and creativity about how the funds could best be used to support your career is encouraged. Examples include: buying out teaching and administrative duties for a period of time; covering the cost of attendance at conferences (for the individual or for related childcare); covering the cost of a collaborator to come to Cambridge; or equipment. Please join our discussion on LinkedIn and share your ideas!

If you are interested in applying you should contact your School HR Business Manager. This year’s scheme will run from 1 August 2013 to 31 July 2014. There are two deadline dates: 31 October 2013 for the first round of applications, and 28 February 2014 for the second round.

Good luck with your applications!

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