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Staff benefits update – 27 June 2018

27 Jun 2018

A cycling event, a wonderful wellbeing offer, pampering options and special occasion gift ideas for you


Cycling event - 5 July

Have you ever thought about cycling to work? Find out more over a free breakfast on Thursday, 5 July. Whatever type of cycle, adaptation or support you need there is likely to be a solution, whether you have a disability, childcare responsibilities or want to improve your confidence. Join our friendly community of cyclists to chat about the practicalities of cycling to work and pick up some advice and information from partner organisations about cycle training and maintenance courses, route guidance, cycling with children and adapted bikes. All attendees will be entered into a draw to win prizes including spa days and gig tickets! Register your place now. The event will be at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) Café  from 7:45am until 10:30am.

Wellbeing offer

White Rose Beauty College in Manchester is a private Beauty Therapy training provider located in the heart of Manchester City Centre. They specialise in a range of level 2, 3 and 4 qualifications in Health & Beauty, for 16-18’s and adults. They’re currently working with local organisations and educational establishments to offer a free wellbeing course to staff and students. The initiative behind this is to promote self-care and positive mental health in the workplace. They are offering you the opportunity to take part in their fully funded ITEC Level 2 Diploma in Complementary Therapies programme. The course lasts for a total of 10-15 weeks, with the following options available to choose from: one evening per week 6.00pm- 9.00pm or one day per week 9.30am-4.00pm. All kit and uniform will be provided complimentary. You are invited to contact Jessica Oates to find out more or book a place. 

Tel: 0161 236 7181 or email


If you are looking for that special gift FriendinaBox has a discount on their beautiful gift boxes that start at £10 up to £38. If you are planning a wedding Kate Scott and Dave and Nines offer great University rates for your special day. Visit the occasions page for more details. Venus Flowers continues to offer 10% discount on their designer flowers.


Save up to 30% on last minute cottages, £50 summer flash sale launching 27 June until 2 July and book 2019 for just £25 – all with the ever popular is an award-winning airline that flies to holiday destinations in the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands and European leisure cities. They are now offering University of Manchester staff discounts on their flights. Find out all the details on the discount page


For those heading to London over the summer, Chicago is officially back home in London’s West End and is about to welcome Martin Kemp, from pop legends Spandau Ballet and BBC’s EastEnders, who will be joining the cast as Billy Flynn from Monday, 2 July for a strictly limited season. Book by 16 July 2018 with and pay no booking fee on Monday to Friday performances until 27 July 2018. Tickets from £20. If you are heading to see Oceans 8 this weekend you can save up to 40% on tickets with the Cinema Society.

Health and beauty

Buddha Beauty is offering University staff 20% off massages and facials and 10% discount on their Buddha Beauty skincare at their Chorlton salon or online. The Harmony and Serenity Spa at the MacDonald Hotel has offers available Monday to Thursday 4pm to 8pm. One of our regular local discount providers has released their Exclusive Skin Care Experience

Wider Wallet

Latest offers include saving 45% on Dream Lodge Holidays. The Dream Lodge Group is one of the UK’s leading luxury park operators with eight parks throughout the UK. Their luxury lodges are the perfect base to explore iconic surrounding areas and escape the stress of everyday life. You can also save 10% on James villas. It’s easy to register for Wider Wallet.

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