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Staff benefits update

21 Jan 2015

Benefits and discounts that won’t give you the chills!

skiing lessons

Outdoors

The cold weather has hit our area in the past week and if you’re looking for new outdoor clothing for day to day use or technical equipment for more adventurous outings like climbing or skiing then you can get 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor and Nevisport on recognised brands such as Rab, Berghaus, Salomon and North Face.

If you want to experience a snowier environment you can receive 25% discount at Chill Factore whether you are experienced at skiing or snowboarding, you’re taking to the slopes for the first time, or simply want to enjoy the snow fun activities with your family there really is something for everyone!

Time for a break

With Superbreak you can save 10% on bookings. Why not book an event break at a music concert, a relaxing cultural break to London or an exciting sporting event break. They also have offers for a number of hotels for St Valentine's Day:

  • Visit Superbreak
    or
  • Telephone 0871 221 3700 and quote “University of Manchester”

February half-term at Alton Towers Resort

Visit Alton Towers Resort this February Half Term and enjoy a selection of rides and attractions including Ice Age the 4D Experience, Sharkbait Reef by SEA LIFE and CBeebies Land.  Plus Tiddlers can join Mr. Bloom and The Veggies in a special brand new exclusive live show with lots of hands on fun in the allotment! The Resort will be celebrating the school holidays between 14th and 22nd February so why not join us for an action-packed day – it’s the perfect winter escape for the whole family! Plus you can save 40% with your University staff discount. Prices are just £13.80 per adult (12+ years old) and £10.80 per child (4 – 11 years old) when booked in advance! And don’t forget – children under 4 years old enter the Theme Park for free! Simply call 0871 222 4001 and quote 2015 Nemesis.

Tax Free Childcare Scheme

As you may be aware the Government is launching their new Tax-Free Childcare Scheme in the autumn of 2015 – although a precise date is still not available at this time. The Tax Free Childcare Scheme will enable parents to receive Government funding for up to 20% of their childcare costs up to £10,000, providing savings of up to a maximum of £2,000 per child per year. At this time there will be also be eligibility changes for parents currently registered (or considering joining) a childcare voucher scheme. More information on the impact of these changes for UoM staff is available online at:

Saving money day to day with Perkz

Visit Perkz or download the latest newsletter with details of how to enter January’s competitions (no purchase required) and the unique Perkz registration code. Perkz provide reloadable gift cards that give you discounts on your day to day shopping at Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury and Asda. Marks & Spencer digital codes and shopping cards for example can be used just like cash at any M&S store and online. So, the 6% you save is on top of instore and online offers, which makes them perfect for saving on your own shopping and as a present for others!

Further information

For more information on all staff benefits and discounts, visit:

Have a good weekend and keep wrapped up!