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Why work at Worcester?

When you join us you’ll have access to a fantastic range of facilities, benefits and development opportunities.

 

Staff benefits

Working at the University of Worcester you automatically receive these benefits:

  • generous paid holidays, increasing with the length of your employment and approximately 3 days additional statutory holiday (pro-rata for part-time staff)
  • generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • sickness benefits, increasing with your length of employment

Pensions

Every employee of the University has access to a occupational pension scheme. All schemes provide valuable benefits on retirement, as well as life assurance and protection for your family.

Work-life balance

We understand that our employment policies need to be flexible and responsive in order to promote diversity and equality and to attract and retain the highest quality work force. We help staff balance the demands of work and personal life in many different ways, including flexible working hours, job sharing and many other schemes to help you achieve a healthy balance.

 

Career development

Having great people is central to our success and an integral part of our strategy. This is why we encourage everyone to develop their skills, not only to help us, but also so you can get the most out of working here.

Staff review and development scheme

All staff take part in the staff development scheme. It's an annual review which gives you an opportunity to look back over the past year and to plan your objectives for the future.

Training and development

From courses and networks to workshops and mentoring we have a range of development opportunities, including:

  • induction
  • core skills development (e.g. time management, communication skills)
  • coaching and mentoring skills
  • learning and teaching related topics
  • research supervision training
  • staff can enrol on degree programmes and study part-time – at any level including undergraduate right through to PhD

 

Childcare

We have an excellent, Ofsted approved nursery on campus.  The nursery cares for children, aged from 3 months to 5 years, of staff and students.

We offer a salary sacrifice scheme for any childcare costs, providing you valuable savings on tax and National Insurance.

 

Access to facilities

Sport and leisure

On campus, take advantage of our fitness centre, sports hall and sports pitches –all offered at very affordable rates for staff. There are plenty of classes available through our Sports Centre, including dance, yoga and pilates.

The Hive

The Hive, Europe’s first joint university and public library, offers state of the art facilities. Opened by Her Majesty The Queen in July 2012, The Hive includes collections of international significance. The Hive's website also links you to a range of online journals and other resources. Your staff ID card acts as your library ticket.

IT

You can use computers, with internet-access, in the library and in cafés around campus. You can also access specialist research services.

Shops and cafés

There are a number of cafes and a canteen conveniently located on campus. The Students’ Union isn't just for students-- staff are also welcome to enjoy the bar and cafe, as well as use the convenience store.

 

Travel and transport

Worcester has excellent local transport and extensive coach and rail services that connect the city with the surrounding areas.

The 31 bus, which runs throughout the city, stops right on campus.

On campus car parking is available (for a relatively small charge) but we are also committed to reducing our carbon emissions, so we encourage staff to walk or cycle where possible.

We offer a valuable salary sacrifice scheme to purchase a bike for travelling to work.

We provide spaces to disabled staff who need vehicle access to campus.

 

Staff wellbeing

We're keen to support all our staff to help them stay healthy and happy and fulfill their potential.

The University‘s wellbeing plan is already changing working life at Worcester - from creating allotments to improving sporting facilities. We're also using the results of the wellbeing survey to make the University a better, healthier place for you to work.

The McClelland Centre

The on campus McClelland Centre offers you an exciting new approach to personal health and fitness, with first-class exercise facilities, nutritional advice, massage and counselling all in one dedicated centre.

Talk with someone who can help

If you've got a problem or need some advice, have a chat with one of our specialists. Our counsellor and chaplaincy are completely confidential and they'll be happy to help.

 

Support for new staff

As a new member of staff at the University you're bound to have lots of questions - everything from start times and where to go on your first day through to benefits and career development.

However big or small your queries, we're here to help so you can feel settled in as soon as possible. You can find answers to many of your questions on our Human Resources pages and through our staff induction programme. We can also help international staff with queries about life in the UK, visas and other special requirements.

If you have a specific question, get in touch with us on hr@worc.ac.uk.