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Staff benefits and wellbeing update

20 Jul 2022

Something special for chocolate lovers, how to use the cycle to work scheme and accessing wellbeing classes over summer


We have a great new addition to UniDiscounts for all you chocolate lovers out there! The fantastic Cocoa Tree chocolates in Chorlton are now offering staff 15% discount in their shop and coffee shop to staff who show their staff ID card. Plus, you can also save 15% online via their shop. Visit the secure staff discount page for the promo code. Cocoa Tree make beautiful chocolates by hand in small batches and from fresh ingredients

The recent heatwave has highlighted the importance of having a car breakdown service provider. Vehicle Benefits have shared their latest RAC breakdown deals from £44.80 annually. All their plans cover electric cars too.

Whether you’re chilling indoors or you’re out enjoying the hot summer sun, don’t miss a huge selection of entertainment savings through your Lifestyle Savings employee benefit via Vivup! you can enjoy incredible discounts from the UK’s leading retailers, restaurants and attractions to help you make the most of the long days and warm weather.


With cycling season well and truly upon us, we wanted to remind you all about the incredible savings and unmissable products ready to help you whizz through your summer commute! With your Cycle to Work employee benefit you can:

  • Enjoy savings of up to 43% on big brand bikes, safety equipment and clothing for your commute to and from work
  • Spread the cost of your order through 12 manageable monthly salary reductions
  • Check out a bike in person from a network of over 1000 local bike shops – including Halfords
  • Whatever your style, don’t miss the huge range of bike models from the leading cycle brands waiting to be discovered
  • Purchase safety equipment and a range of high-vis clothing, to stay safe, seen and secure as you breeze by the rush hour traffic!

For further information visit staff benefits.

Be Active survey

Tell the Sport Team what you think about our sport and fitness activities in their survey. Anyone who completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win Nike Vouchers (for our Nike Store). There will be three winners: 1st place £50, 2nd place £30 and 3rd place £20. Deadline for completing the survey is 22 July. Take the survey.

Summer classes reminder

During the summer vacation from now until 2 September the University will be running group exercise classes in the Wellbeing Rooms, Simon building and on Zoom. More information on the classes and schedules are available here.

Wellbeing resources

The wellbeing resources page tries to signpost as many conditions as possible that may help colleagues or line managers get more informed so they can better support team members. Subjects include asthma, endometriosis, anxiety and postural issues.