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About the University of Brighton

Working here

Benefits and facilities for staff

Financial

The university offers competitive salaries (see our salary scales) and contributory pension schemes which provide a comprehensive range of retirement benefits plus provision for dependents. Arrangements exist for transfer in from other pension schemes.

Find out more about our two main schemes: Local Government Pension Scheme and Teachers Pensions.

A relocation scheme is available for staff who are required to move a significant distance in order to live within 30 miles of their workplace.

Holidays and other leave

The university offers a generous annual leave entitlement, dependent on grade and length of service, of between 23 and 35 days a year (pro-rata for part time staff). Please see the table below for full list of holiday entitlements.

The annual leave entitlement is in addition to public holidays and any concessionary days when the university is closed over the Christmas period. There are also generous maternity, adoption and paternity leave packages.

Grade Basic entitlement per year After 5 years’ service
1-3 23 28
4-7 25 30
8-9 27 30
Lecturers/Senior
Lecturers/Principal
Lecturers and Research
staff (Ac 1 – Ac 4)
35
Staff on senior managers’ terms and conditions of employment 30

Leisure and 'work-life balance'

The university offers many ways to achieve a balance between work and life outside work. Options include flexible working, job sharing, family friendly schemes, health and welfare support, training and development, sport and leisure and special leave for situations such as family emergencies and exams.

Transportation, car parking and how to find us

In the interest of the environment, staff and students are encouraged to use alternatives to cars whenever possible. The sites are easily reached by frequent bus services and the university offers travel loans and an opportunity to hire bikes tax-free. Car parking on all sites is very limited; if you are invited for interview you will receive further information about travelling to your interview. If you need to book a parking space to attend an interview please contact humanresources@brighton.ac.uk. Find out more about how to reach our campus locations with the maps and directions available on the website.

Childcare

The university has two nurseries, which have received consistently excellent Ofsted reports. One World and Phoenix nurseries are available to children (of staff and students) aged 2-5 and are open for 45 weeks per year, Monday to Friday. Part-time and full-time places are available, and children can start at the nurseries throughout the year, subject to availability.

Staff can save money on their childcare costs by using the childcare voucher scheme.

Development and training

The university offers a wide range of personal and professional development activities. Options range through workshops, conferences, part-time certificate and diploma courses, professional qualifications and higher degrees. Some part-time courses are free of charge for staff at the University of Brighton and its partner organisations.

Excellent learning resources are available on each site and staff members are encouraged to undertake a mixture of formal training and self-development on a continuous basis. See the following sites: Staff Development and the Centre for Learning and Teaching.

Equality and diversity

The university aims to provide an experience of higher education that is challenging and enjoyable for our students and staff, embodies equality of treatment and equips our students to be socially purposeful professionals and citizens. More information can be found on our equality and diversity webpages.

Eating, shopping and banking

A range of food (from snacks to full meals) is available from outlets across all five campuses. There are also shops on each site that sell confectionery and stationery during term-time. Details of opening times and locations of these outlets, plus information on shopping and banking available, can be found under the eating, shopping and banking section of the university website.

Santander Universities offer exclusive products to University of Brighton staff. Take a look at what is currently available to you by visiting www.santander-products.co.uk/universities/. We benefit from a campus branch of Santander located on the mezzanine floor in the Cockcroft building, Moulsecoomb Campus. If you would like to know more about any offers, please email the branch manager at (holly.price@santander.co.uk) or feel free to pop into the branch.

Cultural events

The Faculty of Arts provides a regular programme of lunchtime and evening concerts, open lectures and exhibitions in the Sallis Benney theatre and university gallery. Open lectures and other cultural events are held on all sites throughout the year. Find out more: news and events.

Health and welfare

The university’s Occupational Health Service engages proactively in providing advice on staff health and welfare. The service holds a number of events to promote health and well-being.

Libraries

Each site has a library with books and publications on all subjects taught at the university as well as a selection of recreation and background material. There are also reciprocal arrangements with the libraries at the University of Sussex and City College Brighton and Hove. Find out more: libraries.

Trade unions

The university recognises the following trades unions: University and College Union (UCU); and UNISON.

 

The university offers a wide range of personal and professional development activities