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Staff benefits update

19 May 2021

Getting out and about and ways to give back!

Our cultural institutions

Manchester Museum and the Whitworth are now open again and staff can receive 10% discount in the shops when showing your staff ID card. 

You can now book FREE tickets to film screenings of The Whitworth’s new exhibition, Imran Perretta: the destructors. The Whitworth Café, Collections Care Centre, Art Garden, and the Alex Bernstein Garden are also open for you to enjoy from 19 May to 1 July. The rest of the gallery will remain closed while they install their next exhibitions, following safety guidelines. The gallery reopens fully on 2 July with new exhibitions, and extended opening times, as part of the Manchester International Festival, #MIF21. On their closure days, Whitworth Park and the Art Garden remain open to enjoy, and our FREE digital programme of activities for all ages

At Manchester Museum you can explore 3 floors of displays and exhibitions, including objects from all over the world. There are so many fascinating things to discover - from Stan the T.rex to the Vivarium, and newly bred Harlequin frogs.

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre has now partially re-opened and welcoming visitors. Staff can save 25% on admission to the Discovery Centre. Offer expires Friday 28th May 2021.

The Tabley House Collection and tea room open for the summer season on Thursday 20th May. Staff can enjoy half price entry when showing your staff ID card.


Following months of having to watch movies on a small screen with poor sound and constant interruptions from our phones (and families!) cinemas finally begin to reopen today so that we can get back to watching movies the way they are supposed to be seen. Brilliant new movies for all the family are showing now including Peter Rabbit 2, Godzilla v Kong, Mortal Kombat, Those Who Wish Me Dead and many more! Reopening dates differ by cinema chain and region so it's worth checking to see if your favourite cinema is open, if so log in to The Cinema Society to save up to 40% off your cinema tickets.  Prices start at just £2.99!

Discover more benefits and UniDiscounts.

Giving back

Wednesday, 19 May was World IBD Day. Crohns and Colitis UK are the UK’s leading charity for Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis and they have information to help inform anyone affected, including friends, colleagues and family. If this is a cause of interest to you, you can donate via the University’s payroll giving scheme. A monthly gift of £10 from your take-home pay to your chosen charity will be automatically boosted to £12.50 for a 20% rate tax payer and £16.66 for a 40% rate tax payer – at no cost to you.

There's still time to register for the 10km and the half marathon events on 22 and 23 May. Register for the Purple Wave here!

Wood Street Mission

Our friends at Wood Street Mission really need help with donations of brand new socks in infant sizes 5-9 and 5+ in older children/young adult sizes.  They still can't take donations at the door but would appreciate any donations direct from retailers. Their address is 26 Wood Street, Manchester M3 3EF.

NSPCC Midsummer Drive in Movie Event

The event is organised by NSPCC East Cheshire Special events and is taking place on NSPCC Childhood day Friday 11 June to Sunday 13 June in the stunning grounds of Capesthorne Estate in Cheshire. Every ticket sold could help NSPCC provide an hours counselling to a child or pay for Childline to answer more than 7 calls. Tickets are on sale now: Tickets are £30 standard ticket for up to 5 in one car and £50 VIP ticket which includes guaranteed parking in first three rows and 2 x free deluxe hotdogs and a goody bag.

Video of the week

July 2019 marked fifty years since humans first set foot on another celestial body. In the run up to the anniversary, Professor Tim O’Brien told the story of Jodrell Bank’s role in the race to the Moon. This entertaining presentation included audio-visual material from Jodrell Bank’s archive and featured aspects of both the American and Russian space programmes.