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Staff benefits update - 22 August

22 Aug 2018

How we are continually trying to enhance your benefits and reward package

Staff benefits

Staff wellbeing 

We now have a dedicated staff wellbeing website that brings together on-campus health and wellbeing support for you and access to a wellbeing blog - where we are always on the lookout for contributions from all staff.  There is  massive range of activities for you to try on campus to see what suits you! You can learn about Manchester’s Six ways to Wellbeing and discover national and international health awareness days. If you’re interested in becoming a Wellbeing Champion email

Supporting families

We have a range of family-friendly policies and to help with childcare costs we have a have a great workplace nursery scheme (with two on campus nurseries) and childcare vouchers schemes with KiddiVouchers (Don’t forget that the KiddiVouchers scheme closes from 4 October to new entrants. To ensure membership of the scheme please read the latest update). For those who are keen cyclists, or are considering giving it a go, you can purchase a bike via Cyclescheme that enables you to save money on the purchase of bikes and accessories or just safety equipment only.  

Payroll Giving Scheme 

Our Payroll Giving Scheme enables you to donate to your favourite charity on a regular or one-off basis by automatic deductions from your monthly pay. A monthly gift of £10 from your take-home pay to your chosen charity will be automatically boosted to £12.50 for a 20% rate tax payer and £16.66 for a 40% rate tax payer.  This means your charity receives your donation, but also the amount that you’d normally pay in tax at no extra cost to you.  Giving this way helps your charity receive regular financial support and helps smaller charities in particular, as many do not have the resource to claim back Gift Aid.  

Staff discounts

UniDiscounts is a range of discounts negotiated by the University.  You also have free access to Wider Wallet, a third party discounts provider that has a huge range of discounts. UniDiscounts include: 

Entertainment and leisure discounts: Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Cinema Society, Activate Camps for kids, Chill Factore, Drayton Manor and Merlin discounts. 

Family-friendly discounts: The Gro Company and discounted classes for the Daisy Foundation. 

Fitness and outdoor discounts: Snow+Rock, Cycle Surgery, Runners Need, Cotswold Outdoor, Nevisport and popular gyms.

Food and drink options: Adam Reid at The French, Leon at Piccadilly train station, Frankie & Benny’s and organic veg boxes/

Hair and beauty offers: On campus beauty and massage therapists, local beauty salons, a range of award winning hair salons and mobile hairdresser. 

Health discounts: Nutrition advice, Chiropractic and massage therapists, yoga, Eyecare services, Simplyhealth cash plan and Nuffield Health assessments.

Home Services: Award winning insurance with Emerald Life, will service, Hotpoint Privilege Club, Pickfords, RAC,  Halfords and Cavalier Garages. 

On campus: The ever popular NUS Extra Card is one of our leading on-campus discounts. The card entitles you to 12 months of fabulous savings from major retailers such as Amazon, Co-operative Food Stores, Accessorize, Superdrug, Apple, ASOS, Easyjet and many more!

Travel: Save with,, Hoseasons, IHG, Hilton Hotels, Central Edinburgh Hotels, unique hotels in the Lakes, car parking at Manchester airport and ever popular campervan hire.

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