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This policy applies to all employees of the University of Cambridge. However, specific eligibility criteria may apply in relation to particular types of special leave as set out under the relevant policy section.

There may be occasions when Heads of Institutions are unable to agree to time off or need to postpone it until a later date, for example, because of critical operational reasons. Every effort will be made to accommodate legitimate special leave requests or to reschedule a convenient alternative date, as appropriate. Further advice can be obtained from the HR School Teams.

Where unpaid leave is granted, during the period of leave the employee will not receive salary, allowances, or any other payments which form part of their terms of employment (please see Other considerations).