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.

We don’t believe that we should sit on our laurels however, and want to continue to offer you the best place to work and the best reasons to continue working here, so in this section we are setting out a whole range of support and benefits which you can take advantage of as an employee.

Benefits for you! New staff benefits portal launched

We are introducing a new staff benefits portal which offers exclusive discounts for University of Leicester staff. You can get money off at high street stores, sign up for a range of other discounts and access the new childcare voucher scheme. Take a look and find out how to sign up.

A generous pension package

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.

Reduced membership for our gym

Our sports centre offers cheaper membership for staff on the main campus and in Oadby.

Access to a workplace nursery

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.

Childcare Vouchers

You could save up to £933 a year on childcare costs thanks to the new Sodexo Childcare voucher scheme. Sign up through the Benefits for You portal.

An NUS extra card for you

Did you know that 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 at all!

Deals on food and drink with our UPay card

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

Staff groups and societies

Whether you're interested in sporting or social activities, there are a range of staff groups and societies that you can get involved with.

An annual staff awards scheme

We have just introduced the Discovering Excellence Awards. Voted for by staff, they celebrate the great work of our colleagues in a special event.

The Living Wage

We have committed to paying a Living Wage of at least £7.85 per hour to all our staff on the single pay spine. This is part of our ongoing commitment to fair and equal treatment.

Free and confidential advice for your whole family (log-in only)

Thanks to the CiC Confidential Care line you can get round the clock information support and advice on anything from legal matters, financial management and debt, to counselling and emotional support. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

A range of travel discounts

From huge savings on a 'green' car to public transport discounts, our membership of SmartGo Leicester allows you to save lots of money and help the environment while you're doing it.

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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