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Staff benefits and wellbeing update

28 May 2020

Highlighting the online services that can help support your wellbeing to help you keep active, keep healthy and learn and discover. Plus in discounts there are plenty of great deals including one for all our cyclists!

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You can follow UOMSport on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube for their fantastic range of videos of exercises to follow.

As we come to the end of Action on Stroke Month, here is a link to the FAST test. Stroke strikes every five minutes in the UK. It can happen to anyone, of any age, at any time. Using the FAST test is the best way to do this. The test helps to spot the three most common symptoms of stroke. But there are other signs that you should always take seriously. The Stroke Association advise if you spot any of these signs to call 999 immediately. Did you know that the University leads major inter-disciplinary research into strokes and has a number of featured projects, which aim to make a positive impact both nationally and globally.

To support your mental wellbeing the staff wellbeing pages has a range of links and signposts support for you during the Covid crisis. Keeping active is so vital for mental health and there are  videos of exercises you can follow at home including Pilates and Tai Chi; a back care video with the University’s sport physiotherapist; guidance for managers and links to key internal and external resources.

Learn and Discover is one of our Six Ways to Wellbeing and our cultural institutions are still providing incredible online services. Explore The Whitworth at Home, Manchester Museum in quarantine and Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre for their incredible programmes of activities. If you love frogs (who doesn't!) you can meet them and more on tomorrow's Frog Friday, which Andrew Gray will be hosting live on Manchester Museum's Twitter and on Periscope at 1pm!

The Social Responsibility Team send out a monthly newsletter that you can sign up for. This month’s newsletter included features on suicide prevention and risk during Covid19, the Making a Difference Awards and the Lockdown Lectures that will be running until the 17th June. The next lecture will be by Danielle George MBE, Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering.


You can still make savings via our UniDiscounts. On the Home Services discounts there are a wide range of options including car repairs, leading insurance providers Emerald Life, and the Serious Cycle Scheme.

You can also access the Serious Cycle Scheme that provides cyclists, their family and friends with free Legal Protection up to £150,000 for their members. Membership of the scheme is automatic for University of Manchester employees, their family and friends. Follow the link for more details and to access the membership certificate link. There is also a testimonial from a current member of staff who was supported by them after an accident.

You also have free access to Wider Wallet. If you aren’t already registered follow this link then register using the code provided. Featured offers include: save up to 20% with Fitbit's exclusive online discount code; get Sky Ultimate TV for £25 p/m for 18 months (ending soon); 25% off Gillette beard kits plus free delivery, a number of Samsung offers plus digital codes for leading supermarkets Asda (3%), Sainsbury (4.5%), Marks and Spencer (5%) and B&Q (2.5%).

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