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Staff benefits and wellbeing update

14 May 2020

This week the focus is on our Cycle to Work Scheme, latest offers from Wider Wallet and the amazing resources you can access from our cultural institutions

Woman on electric bike


Many of you may be looking in the future to change the way you travel to work from public transport to walking or cycling. The University has a Cycle to Work Scheme that enables you to simply choose a bike from over 2,000 retailers, hire it for 12 months from Cyclescheme via salary exchange payments that help you save 25-39% on a new bike for work, then when your Hire Agreement and salary exchange ends, you can keep your Cyclescheme package by making a small additional payment back to Cyclescheme.

Our scheme limit is £2,820 (in line with Season Ticket Loans) that supports staff being able to access electric bikes mobility bikes, higher quality bikes and safety equipment.  Under the rules of the scheme, you should use the cycle to get to work for at least 50% of the cycle’s usage. This can be for part of the journey, eg. to a train station. In the interim you can use if for leisure and exercise to look after your physical wellbeing. The full eligibility criteria and how to apply can all be found on our Cycle to Work pages.


You can still make savings via UniDiscounts and still have free access Wider Wallet via our secure portal. Featured offers of the week include being able to claim a Galaxy Watch Active when you buy a Galaxy S20 Ultra, save up to 43% off movie streaming and rental vouchers with the Cinema Society and digital codes for leading supermarkets Asda (3%), Sainsbury (4.5%), Marks and Spencer (5%) and helpful for the reopened B&Q (2.5%).


Learn and Discover is one of our Six Ways to Wellbeing and to support that our cultural institutions Manchester Museum, The Whitworth, Jodrell Bank and the John Rylands Library have moved to the digital arena during lockdown. There are some incredible resources for you to explore including online exhibitions, blogs, stargazing tips and explore manuscripts. Full details can be found here.

The University’s coronavirus wellbeing web pages are continually being updated with content to support you at this time. There are some great exercise videos to follow for pilates and cardio work, breathing and Tai Chi exercises.

Keep safe. Keep well and keep up to date with all your benefits and wellbeing options.