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Staff benefits update – 14 March 2018

14 Mar 2018

A fantastic new discount, plus a chance to win a family ticket, with Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, and special offers for home services, fitness, outdoors, on-campus massages - and a reminder about our weekly street market!

Jodrell Bank

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

The Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre is delighted to extend a 15% discount on admissions to all University of Manchester staff. Now, as the UK’s nominee for UNESCO World Heritage Site status due to its scientific, cultural and historical significance, there’s no better time to take a trip to the Discovery Centre for what promises to be a fascinating day out.

Prize draw

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre is offering a family ticket (for 2 adults and 2 children) in a prize draw.

To be in with a chance of winning this great prize, just answer this question:

Q. One of the famous telescopes at Jodrell Bank is the…?

  • a) Lovell Telescope
  • b) Hubble Telescope

Email your answer to by midnight on 20 March marking the subject “Jodrell” and providing your contact details. The winner will be notified the same day and announced on the Staff Benefits Update on 21 March.

Good luck!

Home services

The Hotpoint Privilege Purchase Club will be launching their highest ever voucher code to date on Monday, 19 March until 3 April 2018. You can save an extra 20% off for a limited time only. Visit the Hotpoint page for the full details and code so you can save on over 850 different appliances including three great brands to choose from, Whirlpool, Hotpoint & Indesit. You can save up to 55% with a new discount on an RAC Breakdown Package with a scheme from Vehicle Benefits.

Fitness and outdoors

For fitness fans, you have privileged access to My Active Discounts. By using the secure code you can register for all their savings. Once on the site, all the offers have their own unique discount code. The Gym is located on Portland Street and membership for University staff is £16.99 a month & £0 Joining Fee. Visit The Gym page for the online promo code.  If you join now at Nuffield (Printworks) you get the rest of March for free. They have 80+ classes a week, free health MOT, personalised programme, 20m pool, gym, spa pool, sauna, steam, cafe. This offer is on for a limited time only! Call Jamie on 0161 831 9922 quoting University of Manchester. T&Cs apply. £20 joining fee applies & please show staff card on registration. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is offering reduced price tickets for their Chatsworth (6-10 June) and Tatton Park (18-22 July) Flower Shows if you book before the 15th April. 


Stephanie Marsh is a fully qualified and insured Massage Therapist offering quick and convenient massage treatments to staff on campus with savings from over 15% off the regular cost. You can access the Eyecareplan Everyone Voucher for only £49. This entitles you to a sight test and glasses – this includes a choice of over 4000 personalised frames, or a choice from the Boots £50 to £75 frame range.  

Entertainment and Leisure 

The Oscar season has brought us some amazing performances this year, many of which are still in cinemas.  If you would like to save up to 40% on cinema tickets you can log in to The Cinema Society now and take advantage of their great savings for you and your family and friends. 

University Street market

Our friendly Levenshulme Market traders are back on campus on Tuesdays again with their wide range of fantastic street food. You can find them on Bridgford Street, 11.30am – 2.30pm every Tuesday. 

Special occasions

With Easter on the way you can save 20% on bouquets with Appleyard London and Blossoming Gifts (expires 31 March) and 10% with Venus Flowers in Manchester. Visit our occasions page for more details.

Keep up to date with all your benefits and discounts via Staff benefits.