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Welcome! Your new Staff Benefits DigiBook provides details of the extensive range of benefits you can enjoy as a member of staff at Coventry University. Discounts are available on a huge range of products and services, from savings on your everyday supermarket shopping to days out with the family to dinner out for the evening.



This DigiBook is your ‘Shop Window’ to the full range of offers available and provides details of just some of discounts from which you can benefit; for the full range visit our staff portal at I do hope that you enjoy browsing through this booklet, and the website, and making the most of the offers available to you. I am committed to ensuring we have the right mix of benefits in place to appeal to all our staff, and believe the range of savings available offers something to everyone. If you have any feedback, please contact me within the Human Resources team. With best wishes, Jennie Freeman Reward Sepcialist 02476 888104

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4-5 Childcare 6 Bikes for Staff 7 Carshare 8 Bus and Rail Travel 9 Pension and Life Insurance 10-11 Healthcare 12-15 CU Living 16 Learning & Development Opportunities 16 Our Space 17 Lanchester Library 17 Employee Networks 18-27 Employee Savings – fantastic retail and online discounts 29 Local Savings around Coventry

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up to 16 years old you could save up to £933 per parent, per year on your • Childcare vouchers benefit all vouchers tax-payers The registered Government is looking to reduce the level of tax relief on childcare childcare costs! Coventry for higher and additional rate tax-payers , so now is the time to act! University offers a childcare voucher • Vouchers can be used for children up to scheme which enables you to exchange 16 years old The part tax changes mean some working parents could lose around 50% of the tax of your gross salary for childcare and vouchers NI savings that are available to them today and potentially miss on £1196 • C  hildcare vouchers are theout recognised that can be paid directly to payment method for registered childcare in tax and NI relief * As a result of your childcare provider. exchanging part of your gross salary for Noscheme need to before change 6 your registered carer important note: All parents who have joined• a April 2011 are childcare vouchers you make savings on not affected by the changes. income tax and National Insurance which • Simple to set up and use can be up to £933 per parent, per year. • A ccepted by all types of registered how the tax changes will affect higher rate tax-payers registering on a childcarers, including nurseries, nannies, scheme after 6 april 2011: au pairs, crèches, childminders, out of clubs, holiday schemes, activity Annual Tax & NI school Saving^ clubs and qualifying childcare provided Register before Register after Difference by schools. 6 April 2011 6 April 2011 Higher rate tax-payer Up to £1196

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Subsidised University Nursery The University Nursery provides superb quality childcare for up to 30 children between the ages of three months and four years old. The Nursery offers subsidised rates for the children of staff but due to its popularity, operates a waiting list for morning, afternoon and all day sessions. If you would like more information please contact the nursery on ext 7305 or email


Bikes for Staff Scheme e of a brand new bik ce ri p il ta re e th ff o Save up to 40%

Coventry University has teamed up with Cyclescheme to offer you a fantastic saving of up to 40% on the cost of a bike and cycling safety equipment for work. By ordering a bike through this scheme you can: • Save up to 40% (depending on your personal level of taxation) • Spread the cost over 12 months through monthly payments direct from your salary, without having to incur massive high street finance charges. • Choose from any make or model available from a wide range of local bike shops – do you fancy a full suspension mountain bike, a racing road bike or even a folding commuter model? • Save on the cost of safety equipment • Help the environment

This benefit takes advantage of a government tax exemption which allows Coventry University to loan your choice of bike and related safety equipment to you for travel to work, though of course it can be used for leisure purposes too. The cost of the bike will then be deducted from your salary over a period of 12 months through a salary sacrifice scheme, which means that you save on tax and National Insurance contributions. At the end of the 12 months you may have the option to purchase the bike at fair market value. In total, you can save up to 40% off the cost of a brand new bike.

To take part in the scheme or for more information including answers to Frequently Asked Questions, visit

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Cut your fuel costs with CarShare Coventry University works with ‘liftshare’ to provide staff with its very own car-share scheme.

You don’t have to do it every day! You can choose to car share as little or as often as you like.

Car sharing is not only good for the environment, but it is good for your wallet too!

• Find drivers or passengers online instantly for FREE • Cut your fuel costs • Reduce the stress of driving every day • Help reduce congestion and pollution

This car-sharing scheme is free to use and is currently available to staff with a University email address. To use the scheme, just register yourself and your journey details. The system will then match you safely and securely with other registered members who live nearby and with whom you could share the journey to and from the University.

Register today to find a match and enjoy the benefits of car sharing – you really have nothing to lose!

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Spread the cost of your bus or rail travel to work Spread the cost of your bus or rail travel to work with an annual West Midlands TravelCard. The University will initially pay for your TravelCard and you can then meet the cost via monthly deductions from your salary.

This allows you to benefit from the discounted travel rates associated with purchasing an annual travel pass, whilst still allowing you to spread the cost, interest free, over 12 months effectively offering you an interest-free loan over 12 months.

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Pension and Life Insurance Coventry University offers three different pensions schemes for its different groups of employees. All three schemes are final salary, indexlinked schemes. This means that your pension on retirement will be based on your final salary and length of service in the scheme, rather than on the contributions you have paid. Index linking means that your pension increases each year in line with inflation.

To find out more about the benefits offered by the pension schemes, please visit Human Resources pages on Staff Portal. Alternatively, you can visit the website of the scheme for which you are eligible: Local Government Pension Scheme Teachers Pensions Scheme Universities Superannuation Scheme


Cut the As a member of Coventry University staff, you can benefit from specially discounted membership rates on healthcare plans. There are two plans available, a personal healthcare scheme and a cash plan, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs. Personal Healthcare Scheme Private medical insurance from AXA PPP healthcare is available to University employees at discounted rates. AXA PPP healthcare has won the Your Money Direct Award for ‘Best Private Medical Insurance Provider’ for five years running and is committed to providing excellent service. They offer you a choice of medical insurance plans that provide a wide range of benefits, including escaping waiting lists for treatment, comprehensive in-patient and out-patient cover and a free confidential helpline. You can also purchase insurance for your family at discounted rates. For more information, call freephone 0800 0321 950.

cost of Healthcare BUPA Cash Plan BUPA cash plan is a healthcare benefit scheme that helps pay towards everyday healthcare expenses. Staff members are entitled to discounted rates on joining the scheme. The scheme is designed to give you cash back towards everyday healthcare costs, such as routine or emergency dental and optical treatments. However, a wider range of treatments are covered under the plan than you might first expect, including some complementary medicine. BUPA Cash Plan can help towards benefits including: • Refunds towards acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropody, osteopathy, allergy testing • A cash lump sum when you give birth or adopt a child / children • 100% refund (up to benefit limit) towards dental costs from check ups to dental treatment including teeth whitening. • 100% refund (up to benefit limit) towards optical costs from sight tests to glasses and contact lenses.


• BUPA Cash Plan also offers cash towards physiotherapy and chiropractic treatment, cash towards hospital stays either NHS or private, and much more. There are eight levels of cover available starting from £1.90 per week for individuals (including their children) and you can also cover your partner too. To join contact the Payroll team for an application form or for further information please call BUPA free on 0500 000 125.


CU Living Supporting Coventry University staff to achieve a healthy, active lifestyle CU Living is an holistic approach to a person’s wellbeing encompassing the three key areas of spiritual, physical and emotional health. It combines all the support services within the University together with some of the Applied Research departments to deliver a range of programmes and support. Services currently provided include: • Sport and Recreation • Counselling • Mental Health • Disabilities and Welfare • Spirituality and Faith Services • GP practice delivered by our partner practice, Engleton House Surgery.

As an individual member of staff there is a host of opportunities for you to access high quality services and support. We would encourage you to engage fully with what is being offered – please see the range of services available over the next few pages. We would also value any feedback you may have on the services we provide to enable us to meet your needs. We are here to make your life at Coventry University as good as it can be – help us by helping yourself!



Healthy Living Professional staff within the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences and the Sport & Recreation Centre have designed a range of programmes to support you to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Further details of the events on offer are described below. Healthy Living Course This course runs in six weekly slots of 90 minutes. Each week you will learn about healthy living from one of our experts from sport science, dietetics and health psychology. Then you will get help to decide what the most important changes for YOU to make are, and to put this into practice in your own life. Previous course participants have achieved increased levels of exercise, healthier eating and a much more positive outlook. You also have the opportunity to have some basic fitness tests. “Moving On” in Exercise Course Aimed at staff who are already meeting the minimum recommendations for physical activity (3 x 40 minute sessions of exercise per week), this course is intended for people who want to carry on getting fitter without sustaining injuries or suffering from overtraining. We will explain the basics of how to construct an appropriate programme of diet and exercise to make sure that you are achieving your goals safely and effectively, and will offer help to put this into practice in your everyday life. There is also the opportunity to have some laboratory fitness tests to help optimise your training programme.

Nutrition Challenges Workshops Information about eating a healthy diet is readily available, but sometimes confusing. The healthy living course covers the basics, but sometimes people need more specific and detailed advice. Workshops will give participants clear information and then help them to plan how they can implement this in their own lives. Health Week Health Week is run in collaboration between the Sport and Recreation Centre, Dietetics, Sport and Exercise Science, Counselling, Human Resources and the Spirituality and Faith Centre. There will be a whole range of talks and practical activities based around exercise, avoiding and treating injuries, healthy diet and emotional wellbeing. There will also be an ‘information fair’, where you can get information on a variety of topics from how much salt to eat, to what’s on at the Sports Centre, how to treat a bad back and even cycling schemes.


The Sport and Recreation Centre Fitness Suite, Dance Studio, Therapy Clinic, Two and Four Court Activity Halls, Outdoor Facilities... The University prides itself on its excellent provision for sport and recreation with a wide range of facilities for your complete active experience. The team at The Sport and Recreation Centre aim to encourage and support members to take part in physical activity and regular exercise within the CU Active Fitness Suite or through enjoying our range of competitions and tournaments suitable for all levels of fitness, from individual to team participation within BeActive, a variety of leagues, games, tournaments and events. Active: Life We have recently launched some brand new active workouts. Whatever your fitness goal and however you like to exercise, we will have the class for you. Zumba returns to our class timetable with two new classes, and if dancing is your thing we also have a new Street Dance fitness class. If you prefer a more high impact class try out one of our brand NEW Spinning classes, or maybe Body Pump is more your thing. We also have a range of traditional aerobics classes including Legs, Bums and Tums, Step and Fitball. Yoga and Pilates return to the timetable, ideal classes to help relax the mind and body whilst improving strength and flexibility.

Our classes cater for participants of all abilities, fitness levels and ages, whether you prefer to exercise lunch time or evening we will have a class for you. BeActive A great way to meet new people and have fun through organised sports leagues, games and tournaments, at a cost to suit everyone. This is a great way to try something new and exciting. Sports include basketball, badminton, netball and football to name a few. Two and Four Court Activity Halls Available for you to book and enjoy with your friends, activities such as volleyball, basketball, netball, cricket, table-tennis, badminton and football. The Therapy Clinic A variety of treatments are available within the Therapy Clinic, including Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy, with a highly qualified team on hand to support you. For more information please contact the front of house reception team on 024 7679 5993 or email your enquiry to Alternatively visit our website at for the most up to date and exciting opportunities.


Learning and Development Opportunities The University is committed to ensuring that its employees are well trained for their job and also to developing the professional and personal skills individuals require to further their career with us.

co-ordinate the provision of a wide range of activities to help you in areas such as personal skills, management development, health, safety and wellbeing, applied research, academic practice, equality and diversity and all levels of IT.

The Learning and Development team, based within Human Resources,

The Learning and Development Directory provides details of all the courses.

To find out more, or to book a place visit: Contact the Learning and Development Team via email or on extension 8115 to discuss the opportunities available to you.

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Our Space – a place for staff Our Space is an open access lounge available to all staff. It’s located in the Richard Crossman building, right next to the Riley Lounge. The room has six PCs and is ideal for staff who don’t normally have access to computers; you can check emails, the Daily Noticeboard, Staff Portal, and other important online information.

It is also a quiet space where any member of staff can go to work. You can use the facilities in Our Space for personal use as long as it is in your own time and you observe the ITS Code of Conduct for Use of ICT Facilities. For more information please contact ext 5108


Lanchester Library University staff have access to the extensive collection of books, journals and periodicals within the Lanchester Library, and are permitted to borrow up to 20 standard loan items in any one period. Staff can also make use of the PCs and study areas within the building. For further details please click:

Employee Networks We have 3 employee networks to support staff and share ideas; • For staff who have a disability or long term health condition • For staff from an ethnic minority group/BME • For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans staff These networks have been developed, and are supported by, the University for all members of staff. For more information please visit our staff portal pages.


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Savings with Local Companies Coventry University has great links with local businesses and can offer staff a selection of specially negotiated discounts on a host of products and services in and around the Coventry area, from driving lessons to DIY. Just present your Coventry University ID card in store to make your savings.

The Staff Benefits Page on the Staff Portal shows the latest offers and discounts. If you have any feedback on these suppliers or suggestions of ones you would like to see added, please contact Jennie Freman in the Human Resources team.



Benefits Legal Notice Coventry University has used its reasonable endeavours to ensure that the information contained within this booklet is correct at the time of going to print, however it cannot be held liable for any errors or omissions. Where links are provided to external websites, Coventry University cannot be held responsible for the accuracy or otherwise of information contained on these sites. Coventry University does not guarantee or endorse any of the goods and services provided by third parties and accordingly Coventry University does not accept any responsibility and shall be under no liability whatsoever for any loss suffered as a result of a third party’s failure to supply goods and services. Any contracts entered into for goods and services are contracts between the employee and the third party supplier.

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HR Staff Benefits Booklet  

Your new Staff Benefits DigiBook provides details of the extensive range of benefits you can enjoy as a member of staff at Coventry Universi...

HR Staff Benefits Booklet  

Your new Staff Benefits DigiBook provides details of the extensive range of benefits you can enjoy as a member of staff at Coventry Universi...