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Staff benefits and wellbeing update

17 Nov 2021

Christmas is coming to Jodrell Bank, wellbeing news, how to support local fundraising efforts and join the Transgender Day of Remembrance....

Jodrell Bank at Christmas

Christmas shopping fun at Jodrell Bank

Christmas is rapidly approaching and if you haven't already found the perfect presents, The Jodrell Bank Christmas Shop has now launched with some extra-special, out-of-this-world gift ideas, from toddling space explorers to fully-grown astronauts.

And, if you fancy a browse with a difference, save a date for Jodrell Bank’s Christmas Weekends on 27-28 November and 4-5 December. They'll be open later than usual (10am - 6pm). Anyone can pop into the Jodrell Bank Gift Shop and Planet Café free of charge for a spot of Christmas shopping. There’ll be product demos and special offers, including telescope demonstrations 1pm-6pm on each Sunday. Visitors can also pay admission to explore the Jodrell Bank site while they’re here and enjoy special live science shows, storytelling sessions, and star-making craft activities –Great for all the family!

There is 10% discount in the Jodrell Bank gift shop, online or in person, for all UoM staff. The code to use online is SPACE10. When purchasing in person, remember to bring your staff card!


Our Home and Electronics employee benefit gives you access to a wide range of products available from both John Lewis & Partners and Currys, you have access to thousands of home and technology must-haves! Download the latest poster and share to others. Whether you want to upgrade a home appliance, spruce up your space with new DIY tools or start getting organised for the festive season, your Home and Electronics employee benefit makes it more manageable by enabling you to spread the cost of items through monthly salary reductions.

To access this benefit and the full range of lifestyle benefits you’ll need to be registered on our Vivup benefits website, so if you haven’t yet done so register now at . You will need to enter your employee/payroll number when registering for the first time.  You can find this on your payslip online or staff ID card.


The Counselling Service have launched a new series of workshops and new health and wellbeing massages are available. Keep up to date with all the latest wellbeing news.

How to give

Support Invisible Cities

On Tues, 7 December, the Fossils Gallery at Manchester Museum will be open from 10am to 4.30pm so that people can drop off donations for Invisible Cities, a charity supporting homeless people. On the day you have the chance to take a selfie with Stan the T.rex! Check what donations are needed.

Wood Street Mission is appealing for donations of new toys and gifts including toiletries and books, unwrapped for ages 0-14 years old. You can view the Wood Street Mission Christmas wish list for further suggestions. Financial donations are also welcome through the Wood Street Mission website.

Emmeline’s Pantry are welcoming donations for their Christmas Appeal. You can view their Amazon Wishlist. For Co-op shoppers you can select them as your charity through your membership card. This means every time you shop they receive donations. You can also buy a Manchester bee pinbadge where £2 from each purchase goes to their cause.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

You have the opportunity to support the Transgender Day of Remembrance at St Peter’s House. This collaborative event between our University and St Peter’s House takes place on Thursday, 18 November – as Transgender Day of Remembrance falls on a Saturday. Book a free ticket via Eventbrite.

For further information see staff benefits and wellbeing.