Rewards and benefits

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As well as competitive salaries, we appreciate the importance of a healthy work/life balance so we offer a benefits package that includes generous holiday entitlements and fantastic retirement provisions. 

Those in academic roles receive 35 days of annual leave per year. Middle and senior management receive 30 days and all other roles including technical, administrative and supervisory receive 26 days. On top of this, all staff also receive bank holidays and four University days around Christmas and Easter.

All eligible staff can join a defined benefit pension (Teacher’s Pension Scheme for academics and Local Government Pension Scheme for all other eligible staff), this provides you with a retirement income based on your salary and the number of years you’ve worked for the University. This pension scheme pays you a secure income for life, which increases each year and provides life cover.

Our middle and senior management can access additional flexible benefits such as holiday trading, dental plans and private medical insurance.

Valuing people is a cornerstone of our values, hence we offer generous paid leave for maternity, paternity, special circumstances such as serious family illness and bereavement.

Training and development

As an educational institution, we offer numerous training and development opportunities available to all staff to support their continuing professional development. We hold regular in-house training sessions to help our staff develop skills in everything from managing their time to brushing up on their Microsoft Office skills.

You can also study whilst you work and gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills you need for your future career through our Staff Apprenticeship Scheme. We also offer discounted tuition fees for our degree and postgraduate programmes of study for employees and their families.

Employee perks

All employees have access to our discount platform, where you can benefit from discounts at hundreds of retailers such as Sainsbury’s, M&S and John Lewis, make huge savings on days out at attractions such as Alton Towers and receive money off Microsoft packages. These discounts could help some employees save over a thousand pounds per year.

Travel on University buses is free, these run frequently between campuses, the city centre and train station. We also run a salary sacrifice Cycle2Work scheme, where staff can get a new bike and safety equipment and save hundreds of pounds.

On campus, staff can make use of our £11 million Sports Centre which is fully equipped with state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor facilities.

All our sites have plenty of places to grab some lunch on the go. As well as our University catering services, our main campus offers a contemporary and relaxing area to grab a hot drink or a bite to eat, as well as a Subway and Starbucks.

Where we work

Our aim is to deliver a vibrant, immersive and high-quality experience for our students by working as efficiently and effectively as possible. Having significantly improved our digital capabilities in recent years, we are currently operating a hybrid working model that allows many staff to flexibly combine on-site and remote working to best meet the needs of colleagues and students.

All of our staff make a difference

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