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Staff benefits update

13 May 2021

Ways to support your health, celebrate those who have made a difference, be inspired to give back, learn and discover.....

Giving back and volunteering

The annual Making a Difference Awards took place online last night (12 May) from Manchester Museum. The awards recognised the outstanding achievements of our staff, students, alumni and external partners and celebrated how they are making a difference. In what has been an unprecedented year there were some truly outstanding winners. Details of all the winners and highly commended can be found on the social responsibility website and short films about each of our winners are available on the social responsibility YouTube channel.

Yesterday was also the annual Volunteer of the Year Awards. Viewers tuned in to watch the event live and online which was hosted on the @UoMVolunteering Facebook page. Learn about all the amazing winners across staff, alumni, student group and student categories. 

If you have been inspired to give time or money to your favourite causes:


Medicash are one of the health benefits you can access via UniDiscounts.  You can take advantage of signing up to Medicash at a corporate discounted rate and claiming back your daily healthcare costs.

If you are interested in learning more about Medicash you can sign up for their virtual session on Wednesday 19th May, 12:30pm-1pm. Book via this secure link to access the Teams code.

Other health benefits on offer include the Simplyhealth cash plan, eye care plans and physiotherapy and chiropractic services. Discover more health discounts that you can access.


On Monday, 17 May we will once again celebrate IDAHOBIT with a number of activities. IDAHOBIT is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Discover the ways you can show your support from attending a talk, changing your Zoom backdrop, tweeting, listening to a podcast and reading a blog. You can also support your LGBT+ colleagues, students and visitors by becoming an ALLOUT ally.

Learn and discover

During Dementia Awareness week, 17 – 21 May, Michelle Kipling, who volunteers for the Alzheimer's Society as a Dementia Friends Champion, based in Alliance Manchester Business School, will be hosting a series of seven 30-minute Zoom ‘Dementia Friends Information Sessions.

As part of their new Learn, Lead, Progress campaign, Staff Learning & Development are sharing resources, ideas, guidance and opportunities to support your development and career progression

This week is a reminder that you can still watch the university's Lockdown Lectures on YouTube. These include talks from Professors Dan George, Gary Younge, Brian Cox, Kostya Novoselov, Perdita Barran and more. This lecture is from Professor David Olusoga Unlocking the Links to our Pasts and Identitiies