Help full time students get access to a Maternity Allowance

Many students who fall pregnant or give birth during their studies, are unable to access statutory maternity pay or allowance. Let’s change this!

Idea submitted by Alice-Marie Archer on 25th Nov 2018

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Violet Karapaseva

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Sophie Butler

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I’ve started a petition to the government - that I would like Portsmouth Uni Union to help me to promote:

It essentially says - 

Many full time students who fall pregnant or give birth during their studies, are unable to access statutory maternity pay or allowance. These are one of the few groups of women who are missing out on their maternity rights. Let’s give full time students access to maternity allowance. This also helps their partners (if they have them) - so this isn’t just a women’s issue of course!

The lack of access occurs when a student hasn’t worked in the qualifying period (because they’ve been studying full time) - you can see how that works here (see maternity allowance and statutory maternity pay):

We suggest full time students should automatically have access to maternity allowance or that a special allowance be drawn up to accommodate these cases that provides equivalent support.

At 10,000 signatures, government will respond to this petition

At 100,000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate in Parliament

If UPU supports this - we could ask other University Unions to support it too - and maybe we can get 100,000 signatures!

The petition closes on 19th May.



How would your idea benefit students?

Any full-time student who falls pregnant at univeristy or soon after would be able to access maternity allowance that almost all other women in the UK have access to. This would improve their security at this vulnerable time and would enable these women and their families to have the same access as other women in the UK. 

How could your idea be implemented?

This will require the Union to help promote the cause and get signature on the petition

And to connect with other University Unions


Rep Update
2019-03-07 15:26:44
The sabbatical officers are happy to promote this on their social medias and Violet has spoken to Vice Chancellor regarding this. 

The idea has been marked as Fast Tracked. The reason was: Thank you for submitting this campaign. I can confirm that UAB has discussed the issue and voted unanimously to action the proposal. If you would like to discuss the form these actions will take, please feel free to contact either myself at: or either of the Sabbatical Officers who have volunteered to help with your campaign.

2019-02-07 11:35:55

The idea now has enough backers to be reviewed at the next meeting.

2018-12-14 22:02:37

The idea is now looking for 15 Backers.

2018-11-25 17:14:56