Ok so this may be a long one so apologies from the beginning! I work in a university in research, so I have always been employed on fixed term contracts that are associated with the project Im currently employed on. You still accrue benefits (i.e. maternity pay) in the same way as a permanent post so long as you have continuous employment and go from one contract to another. I currently work for one of the heads of department, but my contract is ending at the end of the year. One of the other heads of dept. has a new project starting which I am interested in (and just about qualified to lead in) and Ive expressed my interest and theyve been encouraging. Theyre a really lovely group and I feel like I get on great with them all. So, all good so far right? But, if I get pregnant soon, I will leave this project for 9-12 months, and its only a 24 month project. My question is, basically, if I get pregnant and they offer me the new role, do I tell them before I accept it? Or before I interview? I dont want to jeopardise my chances of getting it but I also dont want to leave them in a situation where theyre going to be pissed off because they think Ive been underhand. Ive had some time off for ovarian drilling (2 weeks in June) but I didnt say what was wrong, just that I needed a small op. I also really want the bloody job so as much as I feel like if they offer it me I could tell them before I accept and offer to take up another role within the dept that is going to be available soon, Im not sure I want to do that :/ In amongst all this there is also the concern that if they *dont* offer it to me then I am royally screwed because Ill lose my rights to maternity pay if there is a break in my contract Any advice or experiences would be much appreciated!!