Information about Staff benefits
As a university, we offer a range of benefits for our staff. We also offer schemes which relate to further staff benefits. Detailed information about staff benefits is listed below.
Competitive Rates of Pay
We operate a single pay spine for most members of staff with competitive rates of pay. This structure is adjusted annually in line with the national pay award. Grades for individual jobs are determined through the application of the Higher Education Role Analysis Scheme (HERA).
UEA employees are eligible for either the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) or the UEA Group Personal Pension operated by Scottish Widows (GPP).
Employees in Academic or Academic-related roles are auto-enrolled into USS, a defined benefit scheme. The University pays a monthly contribution of 21.1% of your salary into your pension. Employees receive tax relief on their 9.6% contribution with a lower rate of NI payable, and have the opportunity to make voluntary contributions.
Employees in Support Staff categories are auto-enrolled into the GPP, a defined contribution scheme. The scheme offers an affordable way for employees to build up a sum of money in a tax-efficient means to help support their retirement. The minimum monthly employee contribution is equivalent to 5% of qualifying earnings (inclusive of tax relief). The minimum employer contribution is set by the government as 3% but the University has elected to provide a minimum employer contribution of 1.5 times employee contribution (a minimum of 7.5%), up to a maximum employer contribution of 9%.
Both schemes provide immediate life cover for your dependents, plus incapacity cover.
We offer generous holiday entitlement in excess of statutory leave, including an additional six ‘customary' days leave in every year (taken as 4 days at Christmas, 2 at Easter).
There are excellent opportunities for career progression and enhancement via the Centre for Staff Education and Development. CSED offers a really varied menu of courses; from Leadership Coaching to the Alexander Technique, Appraisal Training to Business Skills. The vast majority of courses are free and open to all of our staff.
Family Friendly Policies
As well as having a culture where people work hard but are able to leave at sensible times, we recognise the importance of supporting staff during periods of maternity, paternity and adoption leave, offering occupational maternity pay in addition to statutory pay, and giving additional paternity leave of up to 4 weeks. Read about our family friendly leave policies.
We have a highly recommended Ofsted registered nursery for children aged from 6 weeks to 4 years. You can benefit from tax advantages by paying for the nursery via UEA's Salary Sacrifice Scheme.
Health and Wellbeing
A purpose-built campus Medical Centre provides a full range of medical services for staff, students and the local community, including dental care.
Health Assured, in partnership with UEA, provide an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), to help you deal with personal and professional issues that could be affecting your home life or work life, health and general wellbeing.
Although the centre of Norwich is only a short bus ride away, we have a range of shops and cafes conveniently located in the campus, including:
Boots: the Chemist
Supermarket run by the Student Union
Post Office (with Bureau de Change)
Numerous cafes and bars
Our employees can access exhibitions at a discounted price at the on-site Sainsbury Centre, one of the UK's most inspirational public art museums.
Norwich was awarded UNESCO City of Literature status in 2012 and has many museums and galleries in the city centre. In addition it hosts one of the UK's largest annual Arts festivals, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
Our Sportspark is the UK's biggest indoor sports centre, Employees are able to access the Sportspark for free, receiving discounted membership enabling you to take advantage of the Olympic sized swimming pool, fitness and aerobic centres, athletic track, climbing wall, gymnastics centre and various courts and pitches.
We provide outstanding cultural, academic and financial support for research; interdisciplinary collaboration is actively encouraged. Research is an important foundation for our teaching and many new ideas and developments are integrated into the 300 or so courses that we offer.
We are part of the Norwich Research Park, a community of research organisations with world-leading science credentials which include The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, The John Innes Centre, The Sainsbury Laboratory and The Genome Analysis Centre.
Female employees involved in research or who work in supporting research across the Norwich Research Park have access to ResNet, a contact, support and information network for women, which promotes career development, provides inspiration and raises awareness of employment opportunities for women in research.
Our Staff Association is open to all staff. Nights out, quizzes and events such as outings to European cities and to stately homes are organised throughout the year by the Social Committee.
The campus library is open to staff and students 24 hours a day and contains over 800,000 books, journals and specialist materials. This is where the Learning and Resource Centre (LaRC) is located – a valuable space for staff and research postgraduates to think, meet, learn and access resources that enhance and support the University's staff development activities.
The campus buildings are set in over 300 acres of green parkland, home to a number of protected species and five areas recognised as County Wildlife Sites. We are also home to one of the largest collections of low-energy buildings in Britain and by using the latest biomass heating technologies has installed one of the most energy efficient power stations in the country, helping the university to meet its challenging carbon reduction targets. You can view more information about Going Green on our sustainability pages.
We have successfully introduced a Car Share scheme with benefits including priority parking and a guaranteed get-you-home service. In addition, there are discounted annual bus passes and season tickets available to all staff who prefer not to use their car. A local bus company provides a free park and ride facility just 15 minutes away which services the campus every 20 minutes.
On Your Bike
We have introduced a number of initiatives to encourage staff and students to use bicycles, including a Cycle to Work scheme which allows employees to select a bicycle and associated safety equipment (up to £1,000 in value) from a number of local suppliers. An amount will then be deducted from your monthly salary for a period of 12 months, allowing you to benefit from tax advantages. For those employees who have their own bikes, there is a free on-campus bike servicing initiative.