Women's Community

Pregnancy and Caring Responsibilities 


We want to ensure support is offered to all students: becoming pregnant, becoming a parent or having caring responsibilities should not be a barrier to any student successfully completing their studies.  

The University has a pregnancy and maternity policy which outlines the support it will take for students and the role staff have in providing the support and guidance. 

The University can put in place a tailored support plan to coordinate and support students during the pregnancy. You can reach out to your personal tutor who will be able to support with this. 




If you find out you are pregnant, you may decide not to continue with the pregnancy. This choice is yours alone, no one can force you to either keep or terminate a pregnancy. In the UK it is possible to get an abortion up to the 24th week of pregnancy. Deciding to end a pregnancy may be a straightforward decision for some, but for others it can be a more challenging or upsetting consideration. While some may want to talk to people in their community about whether to terminate a pregnancy or not, not everyone is safe or able to do so. Under the NHS, all people seeking an abortion can receive advice from a trained pregnancy counsellor. It is also possible to get impartial advice from organisations such as Brook (for under-25s), BPAS, MSI Reproductive Choices UK and NUPAS. 


There are three ways to access an abortion  


  1. Requesting a referral for an abortion from your GP. Note that a GP may refer you to a different doctor in the practice as a doctor holds the right to conscientious objection. They cannot however negatively influence you or share their beliefs as a means of causing you distress.  

  1. You can also request an abortion directly from an abortion care provider such as:  

British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) +44 (0) 3457 30 40 30 

MSI Reproductive Choices +44 (0) 345 300 8090 

National Unplanned Pregnancy Advisory Service (NUPAS) +44 (0) 333 004 6666 

  1. You can contact your local sexual health clinic and ask for a referral to an abortion service. 


After an abortion you may feel relieved and ready to return to your everyday life, however you might also have more complicated feelings like loss or grief. You may want to reach out to the University Wellbeing Service for ongoing support.  


Extenuating Circumstances (EC) 


Under the EC policy, pregnancy and pregnancy loss are accepted circumstances to submit an EC. Evidence will be required, and you will need to provide an appointment letter or medical letter.   

It is very important that Tier 4 students seek advice from an International Student Adviser so they are aware of any visa implications any absence from the programme, or any extension to the time they need to complete the programme, will have on their status in the UK.  


Caring Responsibilities 


You can also submit an EC for exams due to childcare difficulties, which is considered an acceptable circumstance. 

A letter from a registered childcare provider detailing the circumstances, including reason for the late cancellations will need to be provided. 

Pregnancy and Maternity Links 





For students going through the menopause, we want to ensure support is in place for your wellbeing and academic needs while at university.  

This is an acceptable circumstance for submitting an EC, but you will need to be registered and have the GIP in place. 

You can register with the student wellbeing services at the University and have a Greenwich Inclusion Plan (GIP) confirming that you have a fluctuating long term medical condition.  

For more information see Accessing Greenwich Inclusion Plans by clicking here.  


Report and Support 


We want Greenwich to be inclusive and supportive for all students. However, if you or someone you know have experienced bullying and harassment, gender-based violence, including sexual assault, or hate incidents, you can report it to the University through the Report and Support tool.  

Reporting can be done anonymously or speaking to an Advisor who can help guide you through what support and next steps. 


Student Networks 


Women’s Liberation network 

The Women’s Liberation Network is a space for self-identified women students studying at the university to raise any concerns they are experiencing or get involved in campaigns ideas with the GSU officers. You can find out more and join here




Women in Stem


Explore more societies here. 




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