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Having a career and a family can be extremely rewarding but often turns into a juggling act - we are here to help you balance your responsibilities


aKIDemic Life is a free resource hub for academics with caring responsibilities. Our mission is to provide you with solutions: to help you plan a successful academic career, reduce stress at work, and enjoy your family more. Whether you have children, are planning for the future, or are caring for family members, we curate relevant research, resources and mentoring to help you make informed decisions as you navigate academic life. If you have suggestions or requests for content please get in touch, we would love to hear from you. Join the mailing list to be the first to hear updates and access new resources.

Resource of the month

Parent & graduate student

Parenting and graduate school

We have been working with a great team of graduate students and academics, who have been through the challenges of balancing parenthood and study, to produce a resource pack with tips and tricks on juggling family and graduate school. Check out the article and download the infographic.

If you have ideas for other resource packs like this one, then let us know!

Resources to help you integrate your caring journey into your academic life

You can either slowly browse through all our curated resources or, if time is short, head straight to the page relevant to your current career and parenting stage by clicking on the associated link below.


Career Planning

Parental Leave



Work-Life Balance

Return to Work






Featured resources for different types of carer

Are you overwhelmed by information and not sure where to begin? Why don’t you start by checking out our featured resources - whether you are a dad, a mum or have an ill family member - we have identified a few resources that are particularly pertinent to your situation. We change these resources regularly, so check back in for updates or explore the rest of the site for many more great sources of help and information.







Research and data on parenting and academia

Do you want to know the hard data on parenting in academia? To ensure you will always have this information at your fingertips, we provide a library of research exploring the intersection between academia and caring responsibilities.


Dive into the data →


Country-specific policies for working parents

Do you want to know your rights regarding parental leave or flexible working? To save you trawling through government websites, we provide links to laws and policies that affect working parents around the world.


Read about your rights →


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