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Staff benefits update

06 May 2021

Discounts, wellbeing inspiration, the Making A Difference Awards and a special talk on gardens from the Confucius Institute

If you are planning summer activities for your children, Activate Camps is the leading provider of active and inspiring childcare across the UK. They offer a variety of multi activity as well as specific activity led camps to ensure that your children get the most possible fun and inspiration out of their camps.

Alton Towers Resort is planning a year of celebrations. Guests will get to kick off summer as the Resort hosts its first ever Mardi Gras inspired takeover (22nd May – 20th June)! The brand-new carnival style celebration is set to dazzle, thanks to an explosion of colours, sounds, high energy entertainment and so much more ahead of a fun-packed summer of thrills. You can save at Alton Towers and other Merlin attractions.

Jodrell Bank is a UK UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its scientific, cultural and historical significance, there’s no better time to take a trip to the Discovery Centre for what promises to be a fascinating day out. You can also save 25% on admission - offer expires Friday 28th May 2021.

Discover more staff discounts that you can access.

Daily inspiration

If you are looking for daily inspiration that can support your six ways to wellbeing the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has kindness ideas and downloadable posters. All their resources for schools, home & community & the workplace are free. As well as their daily calendar Action for Happiness has a wide range of resources including Ten Keys to a Happier Life.

New Be Active classes

You’ve still time to book for the for the next 8 week block (17th May until the 9th July 2021) of Be Active classes. There is still a special offer on the zoom classes to get 8 weeks for the cost of 6.

Virtual Purple Wave

Along with the free Purple Wave monthly challenges our sport team are now starting to prepare for our 2.5k, 5k,10k and half marathon virtual runs, the dates are set, and you can also purchase a badge on completion of this event and a chance to raise money for your favourite charity. For more information check out our virtual purple wave web page.

Free wellbeing course

The White Rose College Manchester is offering you the opportunity to undertake their fully funded ITEC Level 2 Diploma in Complementary Therapies programme. The course lasts 15 weeks.

Chinese gardens

Our friends at Manchester Confucius Institute are holding a talk: Chinese Gardens - Design and Symbolism. This will give you the chance giving you the chance to catch a glimpse of the beloved blossoms and flowers of China during this time of year. Firstly, landscape architect Dr. Youcan Ren will hold this online talk on the symbolic meaning of Chinese flowers and garden design. Hopefully she will inspire you to experiment in your own garden or create a special and meaningful gift for someone. 

Making a Difference Awards

Everyone is invited to join live online the University’s Making a Difference Awards for Social Responsibility. The awards, will be held on Wednesday, 12 May, from 6 - 7:30pm live on YouTube and Facebook. See the shortlisted entries!


Would you like to join the network of Staff Wellbeing Champions across the University? They help signpost staff to the University wellbeing services, national health and wellbeing days.

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

Video of the week

The UoM Sport Physiotherapist, Jamie, provides a number of stretches and exercises that can be done at home, to support looking after your back and good posture whilst working at home!