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Staff benefits update

22 Apr 2021

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre re-opening offer, family friendly deals and wellbeing options

Baby2Sleep® is offering parents who are employed by the University of Manchester 20% off all sleep packages. If you have a baby or child up to the age of 6 years old who is struggling with sleep, Baby2Sleep® can help you by coaching you to teach your child to sleep well, in a gentle and reassuring manner, that is specific to your child and family circumstances.

Explore Learning offers award-winning tuition that’s trusted by parents, recommended by teachers and loved by kids! Mapped to the school curriculum, their approach supports every child aged 4-14 in achieving their personal learning goals. Combining industry leading technology with expert tutor support helps to strike the perfect balance of interactive and individualised learning. University staff can save on this award winning tuition.

Wider Wallet’s latest offers this week include 10% of promo code for Go Outdoors and deals with Samsung.

Staff who are members or eligible to be members of the Universities Superannuation Scheme have been sent an email inviting them to take part in a survey about the 2020 valuation of the scheme. You may wish to share your thoughts at this time. The cut off date is Wednesday, 5 May.

Days out

The Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre reopens this Saturday and staff can save 25% on admission!  Bookings must be made in advanced online and you will need to select a date and timeslot for your visit. To redeem the offer, simply enter the voucher code UOM25 when booking online at www.jodrellbank.net. Offer expires Friday 28th May 2021. You can also explore the award-winning Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre online gift shop; bursting with exciting toys, gadgets and gifts for all ages, interests and pockets. What’s more, all profits raised from the sale of items from our shop, are reinvested into the Discovery Centre.

Manchester Museum shop has reopened its doors from Monday 12th April. The shop is home to a fascinating range of unique gifts inspired by our collection. With many fair trade and sustainable gifts its ranges appeal to all ages and tastes. They are open Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm and staff showing their staff ID card are entitled to staff discounts. The museum hopes to reopen on Wednesday 19 May.

You can tune in on Periscope @mcrmuseum every Friday at 1pm where they will be live from the Museum’s Vivarium answering all of your frog questions. Watch the first episode of Frog Friday here. Great for all the family!

Wellbeing

The Counselling Service run a range of workshops for both staff and students on subjects including relaxation, mindfulness and managing stress. Upcoming sessions include: mindfulness meditation, managing acute and ongoing stress and reducing the stress of perfectionism. The Counselling Service also has information on relaxation audio downloads, books and help in a crisis.

Join the next meeting of the University book club. This month they are going to tackle two books:

  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Read one or both, the choice is yours! You don't even need to have finished the book. For anyone who is still reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, they will start the hour with a discussion around that book. Contact Fiona.lynch@manchester.ac.uk if you would like the zoom link.

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Keep well and stay up to date with all your benefits and wellbeing options.

This week’s video is 60 second species from the Manchester Museum, this is about the common frog!