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We provide a range of core and additional voluntary benefits, discounts, and savings for all colleagues. They're flexible and adaptable to your lifestyle.

Core benefits


We recognise and reward an individual’s contribution through:

  • commercially competitive salaries, and
  • the opportunity to receive a bonus for exceptional performance and contribution.


Our colleagues enjoy a generous holiday entitlement of between 25 and 35 days per year. This depends on their grade. You'll also receive 5 University closure days and statutory bank holidays.


The University offers excellent pension schemes to all colleagues:

  • The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), available to researchers, professional services, and support staff.
  • The Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS), available to academics.
  • The Salary Sacrifice Retirement Savings Plan, available to colleagues who choose to opt out of either the LGPS or TPS, with flexible colleague contribution rates from 0% to 4%.

The University makes a significant contribution to your pension on your behalf.

If you are a contributing member of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) immediately before joining NTU, you may be able to remain in it.

Flexible working

The University commits to supporting the work-life balance of its employees. We offer a range of employment practices to provide part time and flexible working. We consider options that include:

  • part-time working
  • job sharing
  • working from home
  • staggered hours
  • flexible retirement.

This enables colleagues to combine their work responsibilities with caring responsibilities.

Health and wellbeing

The health and wellbeing of our colleagues is a high priority. We offer a range of confidential services, including:

  • an employee assistance programme (EAP)
  • face-to-face training
  • online tools.

We have Occupational Health Advisors (OHAs) who work with our colleagues. They:

  • promote health and wellbeing at work, and
  • offer a selection of free services, including
    • health surveillance programmes
    • counselling
    • physiotherapy.

We also run regular events to:

  • deliver advice, and
  • provide a variety of health screening activities.

Voluntary benefits

Voluntary benefits and discounts

We provide a wide range of benefits, savings and discounts for our colleagues and their families. These recognise their differing needs and circumstances and provide savings on day-to-day expenditure. These include:

  • a cycle-to-work scheme
  • travel season tickets
  • health and wellbeing offers
  • insurance benefits.

Sports facilities

Our gym membership is available to colleagues and their family members. It offers activities at both our City and Clifton Campuses, including:

  • unlimited use of gyms and sports halls
  • free group exercise and fitness classes included Zumba, Pilates and yoga
  • access to NTU sports clubs
  • swimming at the University of Nottingham pool
  • 10m climbing wall at our City Campus
  • sports therapy suite, also at our City Campus.

Colleagues at our Brackenhurst Campus benefit from discounted membership at a local leisure centre. It provides similar facilities.

Visa reimbursement

We recognise the importance of attracting talented individuals from the global labour market. Visa charges can be prohibitive when overseas workers want to work and settle in the UK. We commit to reimbursing the cost of visa* fees to anyone who starts with NTU on a Tier 2 Visa after 1 April 2019.

See our policy and procedure for the reimbursement of visa fees for details of:

  • eligibility
  • responsibilities
  • the claims process
  • recovery of reimbursement.

You can also contact NTU Human Resources to find out more.

*Subject to eligibility criteria. Visa reimbursements are subject to tax and National Insurance contributions. The Immigration Health Surcharge is not covered under the reimbursement policy.

Staff development

Learning and development

We provide development opportunities for those who teach and support learning. We ensure that all eligible staff receive an appropriate level of:

  • teaching qualifications, and
  • professional recognition.

Professional services staff can apply to study professional courses at Nottingham Business School (NBS). This is part of their professional development.


We offer volunteering opportunities for both individual colleagues and departmental teams. These opportunities can be as diverse as helping in a school breakfast club, to being a trustee of a charity. This gives colleagues an opportunity to:

  • develop new skills, and
  • support our local community.

Staff equality networks

Our staff equality networks allow colleagues to meet, support and inspire each other. They're run by staff, for staff. They ensure equality, diversity and inclusion remain at the heart of our strategy. They achieve this through consultation and collaboration.

Our networks currently include:

  • Disabled Employees Network (DEN)
  • LGBT+ Staff Network
  • Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage (REACH) staff network
  • Women's Staff Network.

View our employee stories

Find out more about the benefits of working at NTU through our Employee Stories.

Still need help?

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