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Staff benefits

Based in Bloomsbury, central London, the School has a dynamic and collaborative culture. Local attractions include the British Museum, the British Library, the Foundling Museum, the Dickens Museum and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Oxford Street, one of Europe’s busiest shopping streets with over 300 shops, is a short walk away. The area is bustling with restaurants and cafes, and branches of popular high street banks are within easy walking distance.

Annual leave

We offer 30 days holiday to all staff (pro rata for part-time staff). In addition to annual leave and public holidays there are six School closure days, known as ‘Director’s Days’, each year that are mainly spread over the Christmas and New Year break. The School is closed over the Easter and Christmas holidays, and on Bank Holidays. View our term and holiday dates.

Cycle scheme

Our Ride2Work Scheme promotes healthier journeys to work and reducing environmental pollution. Staff can make savings on cycles and associated equipment through a salary sacrifice arrangement.

Family friendly

Carer leave: Staff are entitled to 5 days paid leave and a further 5 days unpaid carer leave per year for looking after a sick child or relative. This can include accompanying them at hospital appointments and to cover the unforeseen breakdown of caring arrangements. Carer Leave Policy and Procedure (pdf).

Compassionate leave: Staff are entitled to up to 5 days paid compassionate leave, regardless of length of service due to the death or serious illness of any of the following: children; close relatives (spouse, parents, brother/s, sister/s, grandparents); next-of-kin or nominated next-of-kin (i.e. not necessarily a blood relative); and partners. Compassionate Leave Policy (pdf).        

Maternity leave and adoption leave: Staff with 12 months’ service at the expected week of confinement are entitled to 18 weeks’ full pay followed by 21 weeks of statutory maternity pay.  Staff will be entitled to return to the same job as prior to their absence. Adoptive parents are entitled to the same provisions. Maternity Leave, Adoption Leave and Pay Procedure (pdf).

Parental leave: Parents who have completed one year’s service with the School at the time they want to take the leave and are entitled up to 18 weeks’ unpaid leave (pro-rata for part time staff).  You can take this up to the 5th birthday (or 18th if the child is disabled). Parental Leave Policy and Procedure (pdf).

Shared parental leave: To help families balance work and childcare commitments, parents can share up to 50 weeks of leave within a baby or child’s first year following birth or adoption. Shared Parental Leave Policy (pdf).

Paternity leave: All male staff of the School, and also any  female staff involved in a co-parenting arrangement (e.g. as one of a lesbian couple) are entitled to 10 days paid leave following the birth of their child, or following adoption if the other adoptive parent has opted to take maternity leave. Paternity Pay and Leave Policy (pdf).

Flexible working arrangements: Staff who have been employed for 26 weeks can apply for flexible working, such a changing the pattern of hours worked as well as working part time. Flexible Working Arrangements Policy and Procedure (pdf).

Childcare vouchers: Staff can sacrifice an agreed amount from their salary in exchange for childcare vouchers, saving them money on tax and national insurance.

Health

A wide range of health services are available to staff including an occupational health service, counselling, discounted physiotherapy sessions and free eye tests.

IT services

We have all the digital tools you will need to work flexibly and collaboratively, whatever your role. Support for research and data management includes our open data kit and high performance computing services, as well as technology enhanced teaching and learning. We are a partner of MRC eMedLab, a collaboration between Europe’s leading biomedical scientists, providing a shared high-performance computer cluster. We provide IT services to enable remote working across the world as well as equipment loans. We use Office 365, which includes the functionality to set up collaborative team sites and allows you to download Microsoft Office software to personal devices. The School is connected to the Eduroam wireless network providing wi-fi access in thousands of locations across 86 territories worldwide. We have video conferencing facilities in meeting rooms and dedicated Skype booths. Telecoms and conferencing services are available globally via both mobiles and fixed lines. The IT Helpdesk is open five days per week with 24/7 access to a wealth of online support materials.

Library membership

The Library & Archives Service provides access to a huge range of books, journals and electronic resources, as well as advice and training for students and staff.

Overseas-based staff

We support our overseas-based staff by providing advice on health and business travel insurance, access to online training, and accommodation allowances.

Pensions

The School administers three pension schemes, USS, SAUL and NHSPS.  All of these pension schemes offer competitive benefits including immediate life cover and early ill-health retirement, subject to eligibility.

Professional Development

We offer a range of face-to-face/online programmes and events to help staff within their professional development, this includes a work-shadowing, an in-house mentoring scheme, management and leadership programme and academic development. In addition, we offer financial support such as a specialist funding, study fee loans and leave.

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Season ticket loans

An interest free season ticket loan is available to all staff joining the School on contracts of 12 months or more.

Sports and social facilities

We have a bar and a refectory at Keppel Street offering a range of hot and cold food through the day, and a café at Tavistock Place. Social events are advertised regularly. Staff are entitled to discounts on joining fees for fitness centres at ULU and the UCLH 52 Club.

Trade Unions

The School recognises the following trade unions: UNISON, UCU and Unite.

Volunteering

Staff are able to volunteer up to 2 days’ paid leave per year (pro-rata for staff who work part time) to participate in voluntary activities. Staff Volunteering Policy (pdf).

Wellbeing and engagement

The School runs an annual wellbeing week, and is working towards the London Healthy Workplace Charter. We also encourage staff engagement through regular all staff meetings, newsletters and an annual staff survey.