Benefits A-Z

   
   

 

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Adoption Leave & Pay

Dependent on length of service, we offer enhanced adoption leave and pay above what we are required to by law. See our Maternity pages for more information.

Annual Leave

You are entitled to a generous annual leave entitlement which is summarised on the Annual Leave webpage.
You are also entitled to 8 statutory public holidays and 5 discretionary days, customarily taken between Christmas and New Year. This is pro-rated if you work part-time, or full-time for only part of the year. 

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Banking Facilities

All campuses provide retail outlets, with most having banks and a range of shops. A recent extension to the Portland Building on University Park campus has ensured that the building is a hub of activity, housing shops, banks, bars and restaurants.

Bike Discounts

We have arrangements with cycle retailers which enable staff to benefit from discounts on bicycles and cycling equipment. See the Staff Cycle Schemes webpage for more information.

Doctor Bike

Your bike can receive routine maintenance checks completely free of charge via our 'Doctor Bike' sessions, held throughout the year. Look out for more information on the UCycle newsletter and on the Ucycle webpage.

Book Shop

There are Blackwell's bookshops located on most campuses, offering a 10% discount on all purchases for staff. Just show your staff card at the till. 

Bus Ticket Subsidy

We offer staff the opportunity to purchase reduced price bus tickets for daily, weekly and monthly travel. For more information, see the Discounted Staff Travel webpage.

Bupa

The University also offers voluntary healthcare schemes with the assistance of an external healthcare consultant who can provide details of our scheme with BUPA which offers discounts. Call the helpline on 0207 469 1953 for more information.

If it is a cash plan you would prefer, then the University offer Westfield Health. For more information or to apply online, visit Westfield Health and enter the code DPXJ when prompted, or call 0845 602 1629. 

If these are not suitable and you would prefer free advice, contact Xafinity Consulting, who are able to provide advice on the most suitable product for you. Contact them on 0113 284 8013 or email healthcare@xafinityconsulting.com

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Bus - Hopper Bus service

The University provides a regular hopper bus service for staff and student travel between campuses.

Car Share Scheme

Our Car Share Scheme is linked into a city-wide scheme that matches together drivers and passengers for daily and one-off trips. By taking part, you can make significant savings on the cost of travel and help to reduce congestion and pollution. You may also qualify for a staff care share parking permit. 

Career Breaks

Career breaks are typically used to pursue personal interests, such as travelling, volunteering or personal development. They can also be used to provide a period of care for a dependant. See the Career Breaks webpage for more information.

Carers Leave

This policy enables staff to provide substantial full-time care for a dependant relative. See the Long-term Carers Leave webpage for more information.

Catering Facilities

A range of onsite catering and bar facilities serving hot and cold dishes, sandwiches, snacks and drinks are available. There are also vending machines at many locations across campus.

Chaplaincy

Although we are a secular organisation, we respect the right to freedom of religious belief. Our Chaplaincy offers spiritual and religious advice and information for people from all world faiths.

Childcare

We offer staff access to quality child care services, provided by the University's child care services located on campus.

To support staff with child care costs, we offer Child care Extra (a childcare voucher scheme) in conjunction with Edenred (UK group) Limited - this provides parents with a tax-efficient way of paying for child care.  

Children's Activities

See children's courses, organised by the Sports Centre.

Christmas Shutdown

The University closes in the week between Christmas and New Year. See the Bank Holidays webpage for details.

Computing Facilities

Find out more about the wide range of IT and Library services available to students and staff at The University of Nottingham. From setting and changing your password and setting up wireless on your smart phone, to finding electronic resources and library opening times, you can find out more on the Information Services webpage.

Computer Discounts

The University has negotiated various hardware, software and maintenance deals, which staff can benefit from for personal use.

Concerts

The University boasts a vibrant musical life, with many opportunities for performances. See the Department of Music webpage for more information.

Contribution Pay

We operate two schemes rewarding exceptional performance, SCRB and ECB, as part of our fair and transparent Reward Strategy

Counselling Service

The Counselling Service is a free service for staff and students of The University of Nottingham. The service can provide support through offering confidential, professional help with personal, emotional or mental health problems. 

Cripps Health Service

The University's Health Service is based in Cripps Health Centre, which also contains a dental practice, occupational health and a Boots pharmacy.

Culture and the Arts

The University hosts a wide range of Public Lectures, Exhibitions, Music, Theatre and Dance. All details can be found in Exchange Magazine and in the Events section on the University homepage.

Cycle to Work

Our Staff Cycle Scheme, Cycletowork Extra, allows you to make big savings on the cost of new bikes and cycling equipment. See also 'Bike Doctor', 'Bike Hire' and 'Unibike'.

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Dental practice

The University's Health Service is based in Cripps Health Centre, which also contains a dental practice, occupational health and a Boots pharmacy. 

Dignity

We are committed to creating a positive workplace and learning environment and have a range of practices and policies to support this aim. See the Dignity within the University Policy for more information.

Discounts - shopping and services

We've teamed up with Edenred, one of the UK's leading voluntary benefits providers, who have negotiated with leading high street retailers to give staff access to exclusively discounted products and services. 

Staff can take advantage of a range of special offers and discounts available on an extensive range of products and services including clothing, home entertainment, holidays and travel. See the discounts and shopping vouchers webpage for details.

Employee Hub

In November 2018, the University launched its Employee Hub through which you can access an imporved range of discounts and benefits.

Environmental Awareness

We are committed to becoming a leading green university. We are building on our teaching, research and operational excellence to achieve this. See the Sustainability webpage for more.

Equality and Diversity

We value diversity and are committed to maximising disabled access and maintaining an environment which is free from bullying and harassment. We actively promote equality and diversity via face-to-face training, an e-learning programme and regular events. See the Equality and Diversity webpage for more information.

Eyesight Tests

We have teamed up with Boots opticians to offer free eyesight tests for users of display screen equipment.

Events

We host a range of events from academic seminars, to campus walks.

Exchange - The University of Nottingham Magazine

From the latest research and industry collaborations to staff and student achievements, Exchange features news and views from across the University. 

Fees

Staff can pay University of Nottingham course fees in instalments. See the tuition fees webpage for more information.

Flexible Working

We are committed to the promotion of a healthy worklife balance for all staff and recognise that flexible working arrangements can help to provide a positive working environment and more flexible workforce.

Free Events and Activities

There are many varied free events and activities throughout the year - from guided campus walks to lectures and speakers. Find out what's going on through notice boards and Exchange magazine.

Functions

We offer a reduced tariff for staff organising University events on campus and on venue hire for organising private events, which are due to take place within the next 6 months. Contact Gayle Timmins, Events Manager, for more information.

Gardens and Grounds

We are proud of our award-winning campuses and continual investment in our surroundings ensures that the working experience is the best it can be. Find out more at the Grounds and Gardens webpage.

Green Initiatives

We are committed to sustainable development and are actively reducing our carbon-footprint, promote recycling and encourage walking, cycling and use of public transport. 

We run a Cycletowork scheme and a Ucycle scheme, as well as offering several other resources for cyclists. Other initiatives include interest-free loans on annual rail passes, and a number of discounts on bus travel. 

Health Centre

The University's Health Service is based in Cripps Health Centre, which also contains a dental practice, occupational health and a Boots pharmacy.

Health Plans

The University offers voluntary healthcare schemes with the assistance of an external healthcare consultant and have negotiated a 37% discount with Bupa.

If it is a cash plan you would prefer, the University offer Westfield Health. For more information, or to apply online, visit Westfield Health and enter the code DPXJ when prompted, or call 0845 602 1629.

If you would prefer free advice, contact Xafinity Consulting, who are able to advise on the most suitable product for you. Contact them on 0113 284 8013 or email healthcare@xafinityconsulting.com

Holiday

See 'Annual Leave'

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign

At Nottingham we are proud that the philanthropic gifts we receive are used to benefit the lives of so many people, from our students on campus to poor communities in the developing world. This is due to the crucial support we receive every day from our alumni, friends and staff.

Staff giving is an important part of any university fundraising campaign and Impact: The Nottingham Campaign is no different. Apart from the obvious ways of donating, staff have a number of additional methods. Find out more on the Impact website.

Individual Development Fund

This fund is designed to financially assist all members of staff undertaking vocationally relevant courses/qualifications, where no equivalent internal provision is available.

Insurance

Various forms of insurance are available for when on University business. These include travel insurance, computer insurance and car insurance. Private medical insurance and private dental insurance can also be taken out as a voluntary benefit at a discounted rate.

IT 

Find out more about the wide range of IT and library services available. From setting and changing your password and setting up wireless on your smart phone, to finding electronic resources and library opening times, you can find out more at the Information Services webpage.

IT Training

The University provides a wide variety of courses from beginner to advanced level. These are open to all staff and research postgraduates and are free to attend.

Job Share Opportunities

We support job sharing and have a job share policy in place.

Job Opportunities

Our dedicated jobs site updated daily. 

Kings Camps

During the summer and Easter vacations, our Sports Centre runs week-long activity camps with organised sports tuition for children aged 8-16 years. 

Learning and Development

We are committed to providing all our staff with appropriate development opportunities to help staff develop the skills, knowledge and competencies you need to contribute fully to the continued success of the University. For more information, visit our Professional Development pages.

Language Classes

Our Languages for All (LFA) programme offers a range of reasonably priced foreign language courses. These range from beginners to degree standard and are held at a variety of times to suit you.

Library Services

There are 8 libraries across the University's UK campus, plus those in Malaysia and China. Staff need a University or Library Card to use the collections and facilities at all libraries. 

Long Service Awards

A long service award scheme exists for staff members who have completed 25 and 40 years' service with the University. For more information, contact Human Resources.

Magazine

From the latest research and industry collaborations, to staff and student achievements, Exchange features news and views from across the University. Extra stories and videos are available online, so make sure you bookmark the magazine to keep up to date!

Maternity Scheme

Dependent on length of service, we offer enhanced maternity, adoption and maternity support pay above what we are required to by law. For more information, see the Maternity web pages.

Mediation

Find out more about our in-house Mediation Scheme - an informal and confidential service for handling and resolving any workplace disputes or conflicts.

Medical Services

We offer discounted rates on private medical insurance, private dental insurance and health screening. From time to time, we also offer medical services such as flu jabs, osteoporosis testing, etc. at highly competitive rates.

Staff Networks

Staff Networks are open to all staff and form an important part of the consultative process across a wide range of workplace issues. Networks are independent of HR, led by members of staff, and seek to provide information and support to colleagues who might appreciate an informal, confidential, peer-run environment.

We currently have five Staff Equality and Diversity Networks: 

  • Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Staff Network
  • Carers' Staff Network
  • Disability Staff Network
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Network
  • Women's Staff Network

Nursery

Our on-site nursery, run by professionally qualified staff, caters for children aged 3 months to 5 years and combines nursery education with full-time day care.

NUS Extra (TOTUM) Card for Staff

All University staff can purchase a card for £12 for 12 months (£22 for 2 years, £32 for 3 years), which gives access to numerous exclusive offers and discounts from many popular retailers. Click here for details.

Occupational Health Service

Occupational Health provide independent specialist medical advice to staff and their managers on the relationship between work and health, e.g. managing medical conditions to remain at work, return to work, or managing a disability.

Parking Permits

Our campuses have car parking facilities.

Paternity (Maternity Support) Leave

Dependent on length of service, we offer enhanced maternity support pay above what we are required to by law. See the Maternity webpage for more information.

Pay and Reward

We aim to develop and implement a transparent reward strategy to ensure that all staff are paid a fair and competitive salary as well as non-pay benefits. We operate two schemes to reward exceptional performance, SCRB and ECB as part of our reward strategy.

Pay Awards

Pay awards to recognise cost of living increases are negotiated nationally, through the Employers' Association UCEA and national trade unions. 

Pension Scheme

Depending on your grade, you can join one of two final salary pension schemes: 

  • CRSP (for employees in levels 1-3)
  • Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) (for employees in levels 4 and above)
For further information, please contact the Pensions Office or see the 'Planning ahead' webpage.
 

Postroom Services - Receiving Personal Items at the University

A new centralised service for the delivery and collection of personal items will be introduced from 1 February 2014, operated by the Estates Office central mailroom facility at King's Meadow Campus.  Further information is available on the Estate Office web pages.

Prayer Room

There are prayer facilities across our campuses.

Promotion and Re-grading

We recognise the importance of career progression and giving you opportunities to excel in your chosen career. We believe that employees who are given the opportunity to excel have higher levels of job satisfaction and contribute to a positive working environment. Our re-grading and promotions procedures demonstrate our commitment to support you in your career aspirations.

Public Lecture Series

We offer a varied programme of free public lectures on a diverse range of subjects and presented by distinguished experts in their field. Find out what's going on through notice boards and Exchange magazine.

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Rail Pass

As part of its commitment to sustainable travel, the University will fund an interest free season ticket loan (up to £5,000) on Annual Rail Passes for those employees who travel to work by train.

Regrading and Promotion

We recognise the importance of career progression and giving you opportunities to excel in your chosen career. We believe that employees who are given the opportunity to excel in their careers, in turn have higher levels of job satisfaction and contribute to a positive working environment.

Our re-grading and promotions procedures demonstrate our commitment to support you in your career aspirations.

Religious and Spiritual Facilities

Although we are a secular organisation, we respect the right to freedom of religious belief. Our Chaplaincy offers spiritual and religious advice and information for people from all world faiths.

Relocation Allowance

In certain circumstances, staff are given financial assistance towards the cost of moving house to come to work at the University. If you qualify for this, it will be detailed in your contract of employment

Restaurants and Bars

A range of onsite catering and bar facilities serving hot and cold dishes, sandwiches, snacks and drinks are available. There are also vending machines at many locations across campus. 

Safety Office

The Safety Office is responsible for providing advice and support to all Schools/Departments, to ensure a safe working environment for all staff, students and visitors.

Shops and Facilities

All campuses provide retail outlets, with most having banks and a range of shops. A recent extension to the Portland Building on University Park campus has ensured that the building is a hub of activity, housing shops, banks, bars and restaurants. 

Sick Pay Scheme

We provide considerable support to all staff in times of sickness and personal difficulties and offer competitive sick pay above the statutory minimum, which increases with your length of service.

Sports Facilities

We have an extensive range of sports facilities which are open to staff and their families. Our sports centre (which includes a fitness suite) has competitive membership rates and caters for a wide variety of track, field and team sports.

Trade Union Membership

We are committed to working in partnership with recognised trade unions and you have a right to belong to a trade union of your choice.

Training and Development

We are committed to providing all our staff with appropriate development opportunities to help staff develop the skills, knowledge and competencies needed to fully contribute to the continued success of the University. For more information, visit our Staff Development pages.

Transport Links

The University has excellent transport links by road, rail and air.

Ucycle

The University is a major partner in Ucycle Nottingham - a £3m project with Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity, to encourage cycling among staff and students.

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Widening Participation

We are committed to widening participation in higher education. To help achieve this, we offer a wide range of activities for schools, parents and teachers.

Wireless Access

The wireless network allows anyone with a University of Nottingham username and password to get wireless internet access from any of the Wireless Hotspots across campus.

Worklife Balance

We acknowledge that flexibility to balance both work and home life are seen as a vital aid to the recruitment and retention of skilled and competent employees, as well as promoting job satisfaction and staff commitment. Worklife balance empowers employees to fulfil their career aspirations at the University as well as meet their responsibilities outside of work.

What's On?

The University hosts a wide range of Public Lectures, Exhibitions, Music, Theatre and Dance. All details can be found in Exchange Magazine

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