Our Rewards and Benefits

As a member of staff at Staffordshire University you can enjoy an extensive range of benefits and support:

Incremental Pay Scales

The majority of roles at Staffordshire University are attached to our pay grades and you will enjoy the benefit of annual progression through the scale by receiving an increment on 1 August, together with any agreed cost of living pay increases

Annual leave

Staffordshire University offers a generous annual leave entitlement. Employees working a five-day week are entitled to a minimum of 29 days rising to 37 days dependent on the grade of the post, together with 11 bank holidays and discretionary days.

Pension schemes

We know that one of the most important ways we can help you during your working life is with retirement planning. At Staffordshire we offer either the Local Government Pension Scheme * (www.staffspf.org.uk) or the Teachers’ Pensions Scheme (www.teacherspensions.co.uk)  depending on your role. For each Scheme the University provides a generous rate of contribution in addition to your own.

Each Scheme provides a full range of benefits for its members and their families including the following:

  • A guaranteed, inflation-proofed pension
  • The option to convert part of the pension to a tax free lump sum
  • Early payment of benefits, possibly enhanced, if you have to retire early on grounds of permanent ill health
  • A death grant if you die in service
  • A survivor’s pension

* The University has recently completed a consultation with professional support staff in grades 1 - 6 on proposals to make changes to the pension provision from 01 August 2018

Trade Union Membership

Staffordshire University is proud to work in partnership with two trade unions: The University and College Union (UCU) and UNISON. Both the UCU and UNISON are there to provide advice, guidance and support on a range of employment-related matters. Membership of either union is voluntary – simply contact the relevant Union to find out more:



Family leave Policies

Depending on your circumstances you may be entitled to Maternity, Paternity, Adoption and Surrogacy, Parental and Shared Parental Leave provisions. Staffordshire University offers enhanced benefits over and above the statutory provisions.

Flexible Working opportunities

We offer lots of flexibility in the way we work. This allows us to provide new and improved services to our customers and goes some way to help you achieve the all-important work-life balance. We may be able to accommodate your requirements and at the same time improve our services.

Employee Assistance Programme

As a member of Staffordshire Universityyou will enjoy the benefits of our Employee Assistance provider, Right Management. They provide information, advice and support from qualified experts, via an easily accessible, confidential, independent and free of charge helpline, giving you unlimited access to general information, support and advice on a range of issues - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Discounted travel by rail or bus

The University offers a number of options to assist with the cost of travel to work as part of its Sustainable Travel initiative, including discount tickets and interest-free loans. The local railway station in Stoke on Trent is just on the doorstep of the University so access to the Campus could not be easier.

Health and Fitness facilities

The Stanley Matthews Sports Centre offers a wide range of first class facilities, activities and sports clubs, catering for all tastes and interests at very competitive rates. You’ll also qualify for discounts at some of the local facilities in the Stoke on Trent area.

Occupational Health Services

We work with a local occupational health provider, Hobson Health, to ensure your health and wellbeing is looked after. This begins when you join us, and includes support in managing any illness during your employment – all to get you back to fitness as soon as possible.

Libraries and Learning Resources

Our modern refurbished libraries aren't just about books - they are a massive resource of information tailored to the needs of both staff and students, and a great learning space.

Car Parking

For a small annual fee car parking is provided for staff, students and visitors on our Leek Road Campus at Stoke on Trent. View our location maps at:



The first years of your child’s life are some of their most important. We understand that deciding how to care for your child during that time is a very big decision to make. At Staffordshire University Nursery we are happy to give you plenty of time to visit and talk to the staff. This will enable you to make an informed decision on what options are available for you and your child.

Our full day care OFSTED registered nursery employs a highly qualified team of staff, and offers high level provision and facilities.

Great on-campus facilities

On our recently refurbished campus you’ll find state of the art facilities and workplaces.  You’ll also readily access restaurants, bars, convenience shops, bookshops, coffee bars and lounges, cash machines, and plenty of learning spaces.

Celebrating achievement

We believe in recognising and celebrating success. Every year at out Oscar-style ceremony, we recognise all those colleagues who, throughout that year, have made Staffordshire University a great place to work and study. From a Rising Star award to Inspirational Leader, and lots of other awards alongside, you’ll have the opportunity to celebrate with colleagues at this annual event, and maybe receive a nomination yourself!

Multifaith Chaplaincy

Local Cinema

The Film Theatre is a public cinema. Situated on Staffordshire University’s College Road campus, the Film Theatre is independent of the University and operated almost entirely by volunteers. Full details of the Film Theatre can be found at http://www.stokefilmtheatre.org.uk/aboutus.html







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