Durham University Staff Benefits
Pay and Reward
The University offers generous pension benefits to staff:
- Durham University Pension Scheme (DUPS) - for staff in Grades 1-5.
- Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) - for staff in Grades 6 and above.
You may be able to reduce your National Insurance and income tax contributions through our pensions+ scheme.
Pay & Performance
Exceptional Contribution Pay
Within the graded pay structure we are able to recognise and reward sustained outstanding performance by means of Exceptional Contribution Pay. This is awarded to staff demonstrating an outstanding and sustained contribution to University and departmental objectives, far beyond that normally expected.
We also reward individual staff or teams for one-off exceptional contribution or achievements, by means of a one-off bonus or a non-cash benefit called Discretionary Awards.
Progression & Promotion
We aim to provide the best possible working experience for our staff and therefore take an active interest in helping them to develop and progress their careers while with us. We have clear helpful criteria and well-established structures for assessing probation, progression and promotion.
Relocating to Durham
A contribution may be available towards the cost of relocating to Durham. This contribution may take the form of assistance with removal expenses and/or a relocation allowance. Full details are available from the Treasurer's Office.
Terms and Conditions of Employment
Your entitlement to annual leave is set out in your contract of employment (based on full-time entitlement).
- Staff in Grade 7 and above - 30 days annual leave
- Staff in Grade 6 or below - 27 days annual leave
All staff are entitled to eight public holidays each holiday year (January to December inclusive). The University also closes for four 'customary' days, usually at the Christmas holiday period.
Sick Pay Scheme
The University's Sick Pay Scheme applies to members of staff who are absent from work as a result of certified illness.
Staff are entitled to paternity leave in accordance with the regulations on paternity leave and pay.
Staff are entitled to adoption leave in accordance with the regulations on adoption leave and pay.
It is not a condition of employment that any member of staff should join a Trade Union. The University recognises the following trade unions:
- University and College Union (UCU) (formerly AUT)
- Unite (formerly Amicus)
Trade Union subscriptions may be deducted directly from salaries.
Benefits+ is an opportunity for Durham University staff to save money in a number of ways. Many of the schemes will give staff discounted tax and NI contributions, which means you save money.
Members of both pension schemes can join pension+ which means you benefit from reduced NI contributions. For further information, please contact the Payroll/Superannuation Office.
Our subsidised day nursery provides care for children (aged from 3 months to 5 years) of staff or students. It combines nursery education with full-time day care. Through nursery+ employees have the opportunity to save on the cost of nursery care for their children, through tax and National Insurance exemptions.
Parents or legal guardians can take advantage of Fideliti childcare vouchers; this scheme gives staff the opportunity to save on the cost of childcare through reduced tax and NI contributions.
We operate cycle+, in association with Cyclescheme Limited, to help you save money when buying a bike to cycle to work.
We have arranged a number of special offers and staff discounts available through local suppliers on production of your Staff ID card, including gym memberships, gifts and clothing.
Your Personal Development
We are a collegiate University and our 16 colleges play a major role in enhancing the academic and personal development of our students. We encourage you to become involved in college life as a college tutor or by becoming a member of a Senior Common Room. Further information can be found on the individual web pages for colleges.
Durham University recognises that consultancy/outside work is an important part of outreach activity and the University is committed to helping staff make the most of consultancy opportunities.
Development and training
We provide a wide range of courses for our staff. Access to booking courses requires your ITS user name and password.
The University also offers support for staff who wish to study for qualifications up to degree level; as long as they have their manager's approval, and the qualification is appropriately linked to their job - support for undergraduate courses.
Dialogue is the Durham University Newsletter, published five times per Academic Year and regularly updated on the web. Staff are encouraged to submit their feedback and contributions.
Dialogue Signposts - is circulated weekly (Friday) by email with news items for all staff.
Diversity and Equality
Durham University is committed to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for people of all creeds, cultures and nationalities, recognising the importance of diversity in ideas and education while respecting our traditional strengths. For more on the University's approach to diversity and equality.
'Languages for All' courses are open to staff, students (from Durham or Queens Campus) and members of the public (over 18 years old). For full details of the courses available, visit the Centre for Foreign Language Study web page.
Job share opportunities
Staff with children, or staff caring for an adult, have a right to submit a request to alter their normal hours of work to a flexible working pattern.
Health and Wellbeing
You may be entitled to eyesight tests and a contribution towards prescription lenses if glasses are needed solely for display screen work.
Occupational Health Unit
To reduce ill health arising from, or made worse, by work, the University provides an Occupational Health Service. This service can give advice on maintaining or improving your health.
Sport @ Maiden Castle
The University offers several exercise classes including aerobics and 'bums n tums'. Staff can also take advantage of organised walks in Durham City and at Queen's Campus, Stockton.
Accommodation and Catering
Event Durham has an excellent range of meeting rooms and facilities available all year round, as well as an extensive range of venues offering dining and overnight accommodation.
Car Share Scheme
The University is keen to promote car sharing between staff and students. A Car Share website has been developed to enable staff and students to register sharing opportunities as both drivers or passengers.
Durham University offers a host of unique Attractions appealing to thousands of visitors every year, from museums to the Botanic Garden and an extensive programme of public lectures. Events are regularly updated on the web.
Durham University Library houses over 1.6 million printed items, major collections of manuscripts and archives. It also houses a wide and rapidly-increasing range of online and electronic resources, including over 17,500 e-journals and more than 290,000 e-books.
Your staff id card is your library card, giving you access to the library and also to borrow resources.
Outlook Web Access (OWA) is a web based version of Microsoft Outlook and offers many of the features of Outlook to online users.
Yum is the University's on site catering company, based in the Calman and Chemistry cafés. Their food and ingredients are locally sourced, organic and Fairtrade wherever possible.
Museums and Gardens
Durham University's 25 acre Botanic Garden is set amongst beautiful mature woodlands on the southern outskirts of Durham City. Staff are entitled to free entry with a Staff ID card.
The Oriental Museum has a busy programme of events for adults and families. Staff are entitled to free entry with a Staff ID card.
The Museum of Archaeology: Old Fulling Mill
The Old Fulling Mill Museum offers visitors the opportunity to come along and try activities linked to our archaeology collections and traveling exhibitions. Staff are entitled to free entry with a Staff ID card.