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Staff benefits and wellbeing update

25 May 2022

This week is a focus on events you can take part in from our friends on campus at St Peter’s and Blackwell’s.

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St Peter’s House have a fantastic programme of wellbeing activities available.

Menopause yoga sessions with Esmeralda - Thursdays 12pm - 1:15pm, £5, Wholeness Studio

Join this weekly session for yoga postures to support with muscle and joint pain, improved sleep, managing ‘hot flushes’, and bringing a sense of peace when overwhelm and anxiety flare. Information around nutrition, lifestyle and HRT options will also be available.

Pregnancy yoga sessions with Abbie - Wednesdays 2pm - 2:45pm, £5, Wholeness Studio

Pregnancy yoga class for mindful movement, relaxation and community connection. This class offers a chance to soothe common pregnancy aches and pains, strengthen, as well as learn relaxation and breathing techniques to support you in your pregnancy, birth and beyond. 

Suitable for pregnant people in their second and third trimesters – following their 12-week scan. Beginners welcome.

Find out how to register and book for all the classes.

Caring for the Carers Day - 10 June, 10am - 2:30pm, drop in, various locations

A day of special care for those who care for others – including head massage, reiki, yoga, shiatsu massage… and of course lots of cakes and treats in the Milk & Honey café. No need to book.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a registered carer or not (some people don’t take this status if they care for a family member).

Picture House community cinema - next event 26 May, 7pm, £6, St Peter's House Auditorium

Fancy watching independent, art-house, new releases or other great films that you may not get to see elsewhere? Every month you can select a new film from a shortlist. All you need to do is get a ticket, load up with drinks and snacks, settle down, and enjoy the show!

Blackwell's bookshop

Our friends at our on campus bookshop, Blackwell’s, have a number of events coming up and staff can use the code XUOMSTAFF to receive a 50% discount on any ticket purchases.

Tuesday 31st May - Angry Robot Showcase

ANGRY ROBOT are an independent publisher dedicated to the very best of modern adult science fiction and fantasy and Blackwell’s are holding a special evening showcasing some of their brilliant authors - Stephen Aryan, Dan Hanks, Guy Haley, Chris Panatier and Micah Yongo. 

Wednesday 1st June - An Evening of Gothic Horror

An evening celebrating two terrifying debut horror novels: William Friend's BLACK MAMBA and Mathew West's THE HOUSE OF FOOTSTEPS. William and Mathew will be in conversation with Amy Bride.


The University offers you two ways to access a wide range of discounts. We have UniDiscounts and Vivup.

UniDiscounts reflect direct offers to the University. If you know of any local providers who may wish to share offers please email

One of our popular local offers is Florence the Fiat 500. The classic Fiat is available for hire for weddings or events. If you’re looking for something a bit different, Florence is the ideal wedding car and will turn heads for all the right reasons, making your day extra special. It could be your something blue! Covering the Manchester area, they are able to offer an exclusive 10% discount for University staff, within a 20mile radius. Fitted with a picnic basket on the rear luggage rack, you could even enjoy a glass of champagne with the roof open! (Manchester weather permitting…) A Bose speaker can play your favourite songs. The Fiat 500 will chauffeur the bride or groom to the wedding ceremony and then onto the reception.

Since 2021 you have also been able to access lifestyle savings from the provider Vivup. If you haven’t already registered, simply visit and sign up with your university or personal email address. You will need to enter your employee/payroll number when registering - you can find this on your payslip online or front of your staff ID card. You can also access locally negotiated offers via UniDiscounts. One of the most popular offers with Vivup is their discounts on supermarkets. You can currently save between 4-7% with eVouchers at Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury, Waitrose, Marks and Spencer and Morrisons. This can be a help to us all with the ever increasing costs on day to day essentials.

For more information visit staff benefits and wellbeing