Staff benefits

Staff benefits

Our staff tell us that they love working at the University of Leicester, with the recent staff survey rating us as an ‘employer of choice’ due to the positive responses we received.


Working at the University of Leicester gives you access to a range of excellent benefits, some of the most popular are listed below.

Benefits portal

At this time Sodexo, our external partner, have suspended the use to their Lifestyle Portal, more information will be available soon.

Annual Leave Purchase Scheme

The University offers staff the opportunity to 'buy' annual leave. This will be subject to the provisions of the  Annual Leave Purchase Scheme (ALPS) Policy (PDF).

Members of staff wishing to purchase annual leave will need to get approval in principle from the head of their department for the specified period and to complete an application form. Before completing this form, read the policy, which explains the financial implications of purchasing additional annual leave through salary sacrifice.

More information can be found here.

Pension scheme

Membership of the USS and Friends Life pension schemes means that you not only get a generous contribution-based pension, but you also are eligible for life assurance and health insurance. Find out more.

Childcare Support

Nationally salary sacrifice childcare voucher schemes are closed to new entrants.  If you are already in a scheme then you will still be able to use childcare vouchers to pay for your childcare.

Parents can now take advantage of other Government’s schemes to find out more click here


The University of Leicester Nursery caters for children aged from six weeks to five years and is open to all University of Leicester staff and students.


Gym pass

Our sports centre offers cheaper membership for staff on the main campus and in Oadby. New members of staff can take advantage of a seven-day free pass (PDF).

NUS extra card

You can take advantage of student discounts by buying an NUS Extra card for only £12 a year. Just use your University email address and you can benefit from great student discounts on food, travel and all kinds of other things. You’ll have made your money back in no time.

UPay card

Get great deals on food and drink on campus thanks to the cashless campus payment system.

A range of travel discounts

Our membership of SmartGo Leicester allows you to save lots of money and help the environment while you're doing it.

Other benefits

Staff groups and societies

Whether you're interested in sporting or social activities, there is a range of staff groups, clubs and teams you can get involved with.

Staff awards

Our Discovering Excellence Awards, voted for by staff, celebrate the great work of our colleagues in a special event.

Free and confidential family advice

Important Notice

We are now live with our new Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) and staff counselling provider, Validium. To access their wellbeing portal, vClub, please go to and login to vClub using the user name: UoLeicester with the password: wellbeing. Once you have logged in you can change the password, but please do not use your university password for this purpose. You can also download the app to your phone or tablet. To access the 24/7/365 telephone counselling please call 0800 358 45 68.

Benefits for you

We are introducing a new staff benefits portal which offers exclusive discounts for University of Leicester staff.

We are always looking for new ways to enhance the range of benefits and rewards we can offer you and to make these more attractive and accessible; that’s the thinking behind the new staff benefits portal.

This new online service offers exclusive discounts, offers and tax-free schemes for University of Leicester staff.

The portal, which is managed by external providers Sodexo, offers discounts on a whole range of high street stores, supermarkets, cinemas, holidays and days out. If you take advantage of the full range of benefits you could save up to £1,000 a year.

It also allows you to take advantage of the tax-free Sodexo Childcare Voucher scheme which could save you up to £933 per year and the Cycleplus tax-free scheme which allows you to save up to £320 on a new bike and equipment.

Registering only take a minute, just visit the portal and click join now to start the process. If you sign up before 27 March, you have a chance to win an Amazon tablet or one of four £20 Love to Shop vouchers.

In order to register you will need to:

  • Enter your personnel number (you can find this through the Employee Self Service portal, do not include any 0s at the start, so if your personnel number is 00012345, simply enter 12345) and preferred surname
  • When you register for the Sodexo Lifestyle Hub and associated services, you must use a secure and complex password which is different to your University IT account password

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