We offer a comprehensive set of benefits encompassing competitive salaries, final salary pension schemes, work-life balance and development opportunities.


We offer a grading structure based on a nationally agreed single salary spine with salary values which are index linked. 


We operate two pension schemes depending on grade – Teachers Pension Scheme and a group personal pension operated by Scottish Widows, and you will be automatically enrolled into the scheme appropriate to your role.

Work-Life Balance

We also offer excellent annual leave entitlements based on a full time minimum of 41 days per annum (including bank holidays).

In order to provide further flexibility on top of our already existing generous annual leave entitlement, colleagues also have the opportunity to buy up to an additional 10 days annual leave (pro rata) per holiday year.

Wherever practical, the ability to work a hybrid working pattern involving a proportion of the working week being worked off-campus is available.

Continuing Professional Development

We anticipate that all colleagues will engage in continuing professional and occupational development to enable them to meet their own and the University’s objectives. Our Organisational Development and Academic Quality teams offer a portfolio of support activities including fee waivers for certain UoC courses.

Performance and Professional Development Review (PPDR)

All colleagues are expected to participate in processes to help them develop and meet their professional objectives – these include objective setting, performance and development review, coaching and feedback and career development discussions.

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

The programme offers access to a free, confidential helpline which provides unlimited access to information to help colleagues deal with a range of problems, no matter how big or small, which may affect their personal lives or performance at work.

Wellbeing Discounts

As part of our commitment to UoCActive, we offer:

  1. Excellent rates for our sports centre memberships (which also include access to external partner providers)
  2. A Cycle to Work Scheme through Enjoy Benefits

Health Shield Healthcare Cash Plan

We work in partnership with Health Shield, who offer Healthcare Cash Plans. It is possible to claim back significantly more than you pay for membership, saving you money on everyday healthcare.

Cumbria Card

The Cumbria Card is a multi-functional card which uses smart card technology to access your accounts. It is your ID card, library card, printing and copying card and it can be used for cashless and discount purchasing in the catering outlets at the Lancaster, Ambleside, Brampton Road, and Fusehill Street campuses.

Corporate Discounts

Colleagues are eligible to receive discounts at high street providers Apple and EE, at Marriott and Hilton Hotels, with Microsoft and with Enterprise Car & Van Hire.

Working at our Campuses

Each of our 5 campus locations across the country has their own unique feel. Wherever you're based, there's always something for you to get involved in, and we want you to be a part of it.

The University’s ‘travel to' area offers a range of housing from city centre to rural environments. Housing is varied and in Cumbria and North Lancashire is competitively priced, particularly against similar properties in South East England.

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