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We offer a comprehensive set of benefits encompassing competitive salaries, defined benefit pension schemes, work-life balance, training & promotion opportunities and staff recognition schemes.


We offer a grading structure based on a nationally agreed single salary spine.  Salary values within the spine are increased with national Higher Education pay awards.  We also operate contribution pay schemes to recognise exceptional performance. There are separate structures for Professors and Clincal Academics.

We operate two pension schemes depending on grade - Universities Superannuation Scheme and Local Government Scheme.  We also offer continuing NHSPS membership for Clinical Academics.

LU Flexible Benefits Scheme

Our sector leading flexible benefits scheme provides colleagues with the opportunity to choose from a wide range of benefits and to pay for them through monthly salary deductions. The current benefits include:

Childcare Salary Sacrifice
Home Technology
Cycle to Work SchemeTravel Season Tickets Loans
Payroll GivingShopping Discounts
Dental InsuranceLow Emission Cars
Healthcare Cash PlanSports Centre Membership
Vocational Training CoursesProfessional Bodies’ Membership Fees
Car ParkingLocal Bus Passes
Discounted Staff Dining CardPurchase extra holiday
Work-Life Balance

For colleagues with family/caring responsibilities, we offer a package of family friendly policies which provide for flexible working, additional paid maternity and paternity leave, and leave for family emergencies.

We also offer 25 days annual leave for all staff, plus bank holidays and University closure days at Christmas, New Year and Easter. Annual leave is pro-rata for colleagues on part-time contracts.

Staff Development
Continuing Professional Development

We anticipate that all colleagues will engage in continuing professional and occupational development to enable them to meet their own and the University’s objectives. We also partner with internal providers such as the Centre for Education, Training and Development (CETAD) and our Management School and external providers to create high quality development opportunities for all.

Performance and Development Review (PDR)

All colleagues are expected to participate in processes to help them develop and meet their professional objectives – these include objective setting, performance and development review, coaching and feedback and career development discussions.

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

The programme offers access to a free, confidential helpline which provides unlimited access to information to help colleagues deal with a range of problems, no matter how big or small, which may affect their personal lives or performance at work.

Staff Recognition Schemes

Certificates and gifts are presented to colleagues at an annual dinner in recognition of either 25 or 40 years' service.

Our staff awards scheme provides an opportunity to recognise excellence in a variety of categories. The awards are presented in a special ceremony at the end of each academic year.

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