Rewards and benefits

Work in beautiful and historically significant surroundings. The University is committed to recruiting and retaining the highest quality staff.

Our staff benefit from

Additional benefits

Employee assistance programme - LifeWorks

Our staff have access to a scheme called Lifeworks, provided by Work Angel. The website and phone line offer advice on matters such as:

  • Health
  • Family
  • Money
  • Work
  • You

Current staff member? You can log in using a password and ID provided by HR on your membership card. Please contact HR for the username and password if you do not have your membership card.

Childcare voucher scheme

Staff can enjoy savings on the cost of childcare by taking part in our childcare voucher scheme.

The scheme works through a salary sacrifice arrangement, which means that you give up part of your salary in exchange for receiving an equal amount in childcare vouchers.

You're allowed to receive childcare vouchers up to £55 per week, or £243 per month. Unlike your salary, you don’t pay any tax or national insurance on childcare vouchers. The saving in tax and national insurance is worth up to £903 a year for basic rate tax-payers, or £1,196 for higher-rate tax payers, which is effectively a net pay rise for parents. If your spouse or partner (this includes same sex partner) is also employed by BSU, then you may both join the scheme, saving families up to £2,392 a year in childcare costs.

Childcare vouchers can be used for a wide range of childcare, including nurseries, playgroups, pre-school, after-school care, play schemes, holiday clubs, nannies and au-pairs. However, the childcare provider must be registered or approved by an appropriate authority, such as Ofsted.

You can register online at www.kiddivouchers.com by selecting the 'Join my employers scheme' option, or alternatively by phoning 0845 094 1412, and providing the following details:

  1. The scheme reference number is available from Human Resources/Payroll
  2. Your BSU User ID
  3. Details of your children and contact details of your childcare provider
  4. The amount of childcare vouchers you wish to receive each month

Although you can join the scheme at any time, due to Inland Revenue rules you can normally only leave the scheme or change your voucher amount at the end of 12 months or as a result of change in circumstances as detailed in the policy.

Payroll giving

Giving to charity

If you're thinking of donating money to charity, or already do so directly, you can take advantage of payroll giving. This method of giving is tax-free as donations are deducted from your pay before tax. Find out how to make your money go further for your chosen charity on the Payroll Giving website, and if you want to sign up, click on 'Donate' and fill in your details.

Carbon offsetting

If you're specifically interested in carbon offsetting, then this can also be done by payroll giving.

Please note that salary sacrifice may affect your pension and other benefits. For more information, contact the Avon Pension Fund or the Teachers Pension.

Cultural activities

You'll be able to attend events throughout the year including exhibitions, music and drama events. You'll be able to buy concession price tickets at Bath Spa Live events and will have free entry to the Holburne museum exhibitions.

Transport schemes

We offer:

  • A car-share parking permit system which allows staff to park at our campuses in exclusive bays before 11am. There are a number of liftshare websites to help find people to share you journey, including Liftshare.
  • A Sustainable Transport Interest Free Loan for Staff wishing to commute to and from the University via bike, bus and train. This is a loan of up to £1000 towards the purchase of bicycles, bus and/or train season tickets.
  • Free use of NextBikes

Currently working at Bath Spa? Visit the intranet for more information.

Flexible working

We have family friendly policies and a number of flexible working options to help you achieve a healthy work-life balance.

At the University, we recognise the impact of balancing the pressures and commitments of work and home, which is why we operate a number of working practices and policies designed to alleviate some of the problems that staff may encounter.

Many of our staff work either part time, term time only and on a job share basis. The majority of staff also have the opportunity to work flexi hours. Although we cannot guarantee to resolve all difficulties that staff may have, we consider ourselves a flexible and responsive employer, who wants to recruit and retain the best staff. We therefore operate a number of policies aimed at helping to achieve work/life balance, which are listed in the panel on the left.

There's always our EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) provider, Lifeworks, for help, advice and support. The username and password are on the membership card you received. Please contact HR for the username and password if you do not have your membership card

If you can't find what you're looking for on our web pages, simply email hrcontact@bathspa.ac.uk or phone 01225 876338.

Staff exchange opportunities

Whether you're a professional services, or academic member of staff, you're welcome to apply to spend some time either training or teaching at a university in Europe as part of the Erasmus+ staff mobility programme. The placement would normally take place at one of our partner universities

Current member of staff? If you are interested in the scheme, email the Erasmus Co-ordinator who will be able to talk you through the process.

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