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Staff benefits and wellbeing update

26 Jan 2022

Free complementary therapies course, wellbeing updates, Unidiscounts and free tickets for the baby and toddler show!

Free complementary therapies training course

Our friends in the University Sport Team have shared that another free ITEC Level 2 Diploma in Complementary Therapies will be starting at the White Rose Beauty college in Manchester Piccadilly. The course is 15 weeks long. Classes are Tuesdays, 6pm-9pm (enrolment in-centre on 08.02.2022). Course commences the following Tuesday.

You will learn basic Body Massage routines, Reflexology and Aromatherapy. Including simple meditation techniques, supporting with the demand of day-to-day life. Complementary Therapies is practiced harmoniously alongside conventional methods of treatment for mental and physical health. Please read on if you fancy learning something new!

Be active 

A reminder too that there are free activities during the exam period. All the exercise classes Zoom and Face to face at the Wellbeing Rooms are open to Students and Staff. There is lots on offer like Tai chi ,Yoga, Pilates, Boxercise, Manchester Beauty school, massage, nails , Reflexology plus many more. You must register on Playwaze to book your places – Please click here to view information


Valentine’s Day is only a couple of weeks away. If you are looking for something for a loved one, UniDiscounts has offerings for you from Mimosa Flowers, FriendinaBox and Blackwell's. They are our campus bookshop and have a wide selection of new and bestselling books, as well as all texts used across all university courses. In addition they sell greetings cards, stationery, gifts, technology, and have lots of in-store events. They are located at University Green and you receive 10% discount when showing your Staff ID card at Blackwell's and Caffe Nero on their mezzanine floor.

Other Unidiscounts include

  • Cavalier Garage - 10% discount on parts and labour at their garage in Trafford Park
  • Buddha Beauty - 10% discount on products and service in their two Chorlton salons
  • Coastal Treats - 10% off Cottage Holidays in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

The Baby & Toddler Show returns to the North West!

The Baby & Toddler Show is coming to EventCity, Manchester on 18-20 March, giving new & expectant parents the opportunity to shop amazing deals & get advice from the brand experts.

Save money with unbeatable deals on 150+ of the top baby brands and find hundreds of unique and useful products which aren't available on the high street.

Test, try, compare and buy plus watch demonstrations from knowledgeable experts and get fully informed to find the right products for you and your baby, all under one roof.

To get your hands on a FREE pair of tickets - worth £32, visit the Baby and Toddler Show website and use code MANC250. Feel free to extend the invite to any friends or family that are expecting a baby or have recently become parents.


The regular webinar series on topical wellbeing and health topics returns in February. For World Cancer Day on Friday, 4 February we are hosting a cancer awareness webinar, discussing different forms of cancer, risk factors, screening and positive actions to reduce cancer risk.

February is also Healthy Heart Month so we are hosting a webinar on Wednesday, 16 February all about heart health, including the steps you can take to make a positive difference to your own cardiovascular health.

Payroll Giving

If cancer or heart disease has impacted you or your loved ones, you can also donate to your favourite causes via the University's payroll giving scheme. This helps boost your donation at no added cost to you.

For more information visit staff benefits and wellbeing