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Durham University

Human Resources & Organisational Development

Financial Education & Wellbeing Resources

We are pleased to be able to provide all staff with information regarding education resources to support your financial wellbeing.

We plan to add to this information in the coming weeks - if you have a topic which you would like us to consider including, please e-mail reward.team@durham.ac.uk.

Please note, the University is happy to signpost this information/the availability of free access to these resources to you, in the hope they might prove useful to staff during this difficult time. However, please be aware that the University does not have any relationship or affiliation with the providers detailed below, nor does it support, or endorse in any way the external information, advice, other services and/or resources that can be accessed via the links below.

Should you choose to use/access these services/resources, you do so entirely at your own risk, and under no circumstances shall the University be in any way responsible or liable to you for any loss or damage arising from such use or access. The University recommends that staff exercise caution in respect of decisions made on the basis of any information/advice received via the information below, and in the event that they choose to make any financial decisions, on the basis of any information provided, they consider first taking independent professional advice before doing so.

Financial Support Brochure

A financial support brochure has been produced by the HR Reward Team to highlight various benefits which are available for Durham University members of staff and to provide some points of reference for advice in areas such as budgeting and financial planning.

Please click on the image of the brochure on the left to read it.

Financial Planning Courses

We have partnered with Planned Future, specialist providers of workplace financial education, to provide financial planning courses for Durham University staff. Courses currently on offer include Pre-Retirement Planning and Mid-Career Financial Planning. Details of any courses currently scheduled can be found on the training course booking system. If no current courses are listed or you are unavailable on the current planned dates, please email reward.team@durham.ac.uk to request that your name be added to the waiting list for future courses.

Employee Assistance Programme

Durham University has recently launched an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). An EAP is a confidential employee benefit designed to help you deal with personal and professional problems that could be affecting your home life or work life, health and general wellbeing. The EAP service provides a complete support network that offers expert advice and compassionate guidance 24/7, covering a wide range of issues.

Services include legal information which can include debt management. The Wellbeing Portal also includes articles on financial wellbeing.

Financial Education & Wellbeing Hubs

We are pleased to provide staff with free access to a range of external financial education and/or wellbeing hubs. These hubs contain articles and information to support you with various aspects relating to finance. The majority of information can be accessed without an account being created or any personal data being given to the external websites. Some content, however, may prompt you to create an account in order to access it. Please review each sites privacy policy before sharing your data and be aware that this is done at your own risk.

Further information on each hub available to staff is detailed below.

Neyber & Salary Finance Hub

Financial education and wellbeing experts Neyber and Salary Finance have recently made all of their content on these subjects free to help individuals during the Covid-19 pandemic. The hub contains articles on managing the financial impact of coronavirus and financial steps during times of uncertainty, as well as general financial education regarding budgeting, borrowing and saving.

Neyber and Salary Finance have provided free access to the hub since April, please note that this will be regularly reviewed and there may be a point at which staff are no longer able to access the hub.

Choices Hub

Choices is a free repository of financial insights, designed to simplify the complex world of money and help you better understand the options available to you. No matter where you are in life or what your goals are, it will help you to make more informed and confident decisions that improve your financial wellbeing. Articles include 'Get to know your payslip' and 'An age-by-age guide to planning for retirement'.

Mercer Employee Toolkit

Mercer, a firm that specialises in helping organisation support their employees' wellbeing, has provided Durham University staff with access to free guides and other financial materials to help you, your families and your friends manage your finances during this period. These resources are designed to help you through these difficult times by giving you access to material, links and content that are regularly updated, including money saving hints and tips and videos and podcasts on financial matters.

Free Will Writing Service

In partnership with The Will Guys, all Durham University employees are able to create a free single basic will and access a discount for partners. In order to access this benefit, you should contact The Will Guys directly quoting the reference DUR100 or visit their website to complete the online form.