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Staff benefits and wellbeing update

06 Jul 2022

How to get support from our 24/7 confidential employee helpline and savings at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre and bluedot


Wellbeing is not just your physical health it is also your mental wellbeing. The current cost of living crisis is a worry for many of us and may be causing severe stress for many of you. If you concerned about managing your finances or have existing problems our 24/7 confidential employee assistance helpline provided by Validium may be able to help. They can offer confidential money and debt support. Lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – you’ll always be able to speak to someone who can help. Calls are confidential and what you say will never be shared with anyone at the University.

The Validium service is also there for any work or personal related issues that may be causing you stress from relationship difficulties, work related stress or harassment. To access vClub go to Validium's login page. You will be prompted to enter the University’s generic username and generic password (UOMStaff / Wellbeing) before you are asked to create your account. You will be redirected to ‘Account Creation’ to do this. Once you have submitted your details, an email will be sent to your chosen email address with a registration number. You will need this to access vClub. You will then be asked to key in your password. You are now in vClub.

For more information visit the Validium page on StaffNet.

Discounts - Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre and bluedot

University staff can access 15% off Annual Tickets for Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. Discount does not apply to Dome Show bookings or car parking charges. You can also save a further 10% in the Jodrell Bank Gift Shop (and online shop) and their cafes. Full details of how to access these discounts.

Bluedot, Jodrell Bank’s annual celebration of music, science and cosmic culture returns from 21-24 July. The phenomenal Bjork will be performing in an exclusive show with The Halle Orchestra, while other music highlights include Groove Armada, Metronomy, Mogwai and Spiritualized.

Festival favourites Jim Al-Khalili, Monica Grady and Chris Lintott are all set to return with illuminating new talks on space science. Plus, look out for incredible new guests including the brilliant David Olusoga, astronaut Tim Peake, and The Sky at Night’s Maggie Aderin-Pocock, plus a host of comedy greats from Stewart Lee to Lolly Adefope. The Met Office, Tyndall Centre, and Creative Manchester are all on the bill too.

University staff can access 10% off tickets for bluedot. Simply visit this staff only page to access the secure code to use when booking online.

For more information visit staff benefits and wellbeing