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Staff benefits

At Herts we don’t just provide opportunities for our students to flourish, we are also committed to creating a supportive and inclusive community that offers a wide range of flexible benefits with something to suit everyone.

From family-friendly policies and money-saving perks, to wide-ranging and extensive professional development and support for your physical and mental wellbeing, Herts is the ideal place to transform your career.

Financial benefits

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Pay progression
Move up your pay scale with yearly increases, and nationally negotiated cost of living uplifts

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Competitive pensions
Automatic membership of defined benefit pension scheme, with generous employer contributions of 19-23% of pay

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Access to student discounts
Save money with major retailers through Totum, UniDays and Student Beans

Flexible working and annual leave

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Competitive annual leave
25-30 days for professional staff, 35 days for academic and research staff, exclusive of bank holidays

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Flexible location
Explore opportunities to work both on-site and from your home in the UK

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Extra days off
An extra day off (usually with the August Bank Holiday) and the days between Christmas and New Year

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Work patterns to suit your needs
Flexible working opportunities, including part time and job share

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Flexible Retirement
You can continue working for the University on reduced hours, while accessing your accrued pension benefits

Community, health and wellbeing

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Support when you need it
Free, confidential advice from Occupational Health and our Employee Assistance Programme, including financial, legal and wellbeing services

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Ways to get active
Over 100 free welcoming sports and activity sessions with our Active Staff scheme, and a discount on gym membership

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Active focus on Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion
Events and activities that reflect our diverse community and advance equality of opportunity for all

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Care for your physical health and wellbeing
Free confidential health check-ups, free flu vaccination clinics and free eye tests

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Talk to the on-campus Chaplain
The Chaplaincy offers space and support for spiritual growth, prayer and reflection for those from any faith or none

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A community for everyone
Ten active Staff Networks, a Staff Social Society and lots of staff events, lectures and workshops


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On-site day nursery
Our nursery, on College Lane campus, is open 51 weeks of the year to care for children of our staff and students

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Be with your family 
Take time off with adoption, maternity, paternity, and fertility treatment leave, with enhanced pay for eligible staff

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Staff tuition fee waiver
Remission of fees for staff who study on one of our part-time programmes that's relevant to their role (subject to approval)

Development and recognition

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Extensive training and development opportunities
Hundreds of workshops and courses, and up to five days of study leave to complete them

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Staff tuition fee waiver
Remission of fees for staff who study on one of our part-time programmes that's relevant to their role (subject to approval)

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Staff reward scheme  
Get peer-to-peer recognition in the annual Vice-Chancellor's Awards

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Personal and professional growth
Mentoring and coaching opportunities for personal development, and work shadowing schemes to broaden your skills

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Become an Apprentice
Opportunity to complete an Apprenticeship while you work, across a range of subjects and levels

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Free extracurricular courses
Learn a new language, find out more about climate change and race equality, or take a wellbeing workshop – and more

Location and travel

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Leafy campus with good transport links
Campus-based university with good links to train, bus, motorway, cycle paths and footpaths

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Vibrant working environment
Lively and active campuses: home to shops, gyms, conference venues, woodlands and our very own art gallery and theatre

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Our own bus network
Uno bus provide discounted bus tickets, free bus passes for some staff, and a free shuttle between our campuses

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Fresh, tasty food and drink
Cafés and restaurants across our campuses, offering delicious options with something to suit all tastes and dietary requirements

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On your bike
Access to Halford’s cycle to work scheme

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On-campus parking
Low-cost, convenient parking close to your office door, or for free at our nearby Park and Ride

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Help for those who live further away
Opportunities for sponsorship, and potential re-location allowance