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Staff benefits update

14 Apr 2021

Latest discounts and wellbeing support during stress awareness month

Merlin attractions - Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Warwick Castle and Chessington plus LEGOLAND Windsor and SEA LIFE Weymouth Adventure Park reopened on the 12th April 2021. You can access again great savings with Merlin and their Manchester based attractions - Legoland Discovery Centre and Sea Life Centre.

For savings on appliances around the house, from now until the end of May, the Hotpoint Privilege Purchase Club will be running an increased discount code which is now 25% off all appliances. The secure discount code is available on the Privilege Purchase Club page.

If you are planning a staycation this year, then you can enjoy savings on a wide range of UK breaks and if you are heading to London this summer, the feel-good musical Mamma Mia returns to  London's West End in August and you can make incredible savings via the

Save on your favourite food, drink and DIY with our third party provider, Wider Wallet this month. You can also enter their Halfords' give away for a £50 gift card.


A new schedule of counselling workshops is now available to book and you can get involved with the Purple Wave this year. Entry is free to all our Purple Wave events this year. 

April is Stress Awareness Month – a time to reflect on your own mental health and spotting the signs of poor mental health in others. The University provides you with a 24/7 free to call service via an independent external provider, Health Assured. It offers confidential access to support from trained counsellors and advisors who are ready to listen and provide practical advice and emotional support.

You can contact the helpline for a range of issues including:

  • Mental health information and support
  • Stress
  • Personal legal information and signposting
  • Personal financial information and signposting
  • Family issues including childcare and elder care
  • Housing and tenancy concerns
  • Relationship and marital changes
  • Medical information
  • Bereavement

Importantly, this service can also be accessed by your partner, dependents (18-24) and anyone who has recently left the University (up to three months) - ensuring that your loved ones can access care for their mental health too. 

The charity Mind have a video on stress that was created for students but is applicable to all.

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