We have high expectations of our staff and will work closely with you to help you achieve both your own goals and those of the institution. We measure performance on outputs and quality of work - trusting our staff to manage their own time, deliverables and attendance.
Whatever your role, we have a number of policies and services in place which offer a wide range of benefits and opportunities to enhance your life inside and outside of work. These can be found below:
We pride ourselves on being forward thinking responsive and open to change. As a University, we know that adaptability in the way we operate is crucial to success – both for the University and the individuals that work with us.
We are proud to empower 97% of our workforce to work in an agile way. Each role at the University is categorised as either an agile working or campus working post, depending on the detail of the work. Agile working enables our staff to work in the best location for the task in hand. This might be on campus, at home, with stakeholders or partners or even on the train, when travelling between venues. We trust our staff to work in the best location for the work, whilst also actively encouraging and ensuring a connection to colleague and campus is maintained. We absolutely believe that this is the best approach for our people and our performance in the widest sense.
We offer a generous entitlement of 25 days (plus 8 Bank Holidays) pro rata for staff Grade 2 to Grade 6 inclusive and 30 days (plus 8 Bank Holidays) pro rata for staff on Grade 7 and above. In addition to this we also have a close-down period over Christmas.
Personal Study/ Professional Development
We offer a 100% fee waiver for staff wishing to study a University of Suffolk undergraduate or postgraduate course, irrespective of the relevance to their job role. The offer is subject to conditions and these can be found in our Support for Staff Academic Study and Continuing Professional Development Policy, once you are appointed.
To support your personal growth and fulfil your potential we provide several opportunities to further your career and skill development. For example, various training and development workshops/courses, lectures and career progression opportunities. As a staff member, you will be able to access all of the development sessions that we offer. We ensure that training needs are identified, and provision is in place to meet institutional, as well as individual, needs.
We work closely with specialist internal and external providers to design programmes which meet these specific requirements.
- Academic Leadership
- Management Development, e.g ILM Level 3
- Research and Scholarly Activity
- Teaching and Learning
- Health and Safety
- Equality and Diversity
We offer competitive salaries based on market rate as well as individual ability and contribution. We have a structured salary and grading scheme in common with many other Universities, which meets equality requirements. It allows for some progression via annual increments.
We offer financial assistance to new staff moving to the area who meet a range of prescribed criteria under our Relocation Policy.
The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) is our contributory pension scheme. Open to all staff, it provides excellent guaranteed benefits on retirement as well as benefits to your family should you die or become incapacitated whilst still in service.
The employee and the University make percentage contributions to the schemes and rates may vary from time to time. The employee contribution rate, as at October 2019, is 9.8% and the employer contribution rate is 21.4%.
For USS members, we operate a salary sacrifice scheme, which is a simple and risk free way to deliver savings to the majority of staff and the University by reducing the amount of National Insurance (NI) Contributions paid from salary.
We value our hard-working staff and recognise the importance of balancing both work and personal life. Our approach in respect of Flexible and Agile working supports staff to maintain a good work/life balance and confirms our commitment to ensuring the wellbeing of our people.
Our policies can be found in more detail here:
Car parking is available to all staff at a number of car parks located around the waterfront campus for just £2 on weekdays and free on weekends.
You can receive generous discounts at a number of amenities around the University, including 10% at the Cult Café Bar and 10% off at Coffee Link which are both located on the waterfront.
You will also have access to sign up to a Totum card where you’ll enjoy discounts on numerous brands at a small cost.
Staff Cycle Scheme
All staff with long term contracts are eligible for the University's cycle scheme. This allows you to pay for a bike plus accessories from your pay before tax and NI, which avoids the need for an up-front payment and significantly reduces the amount you need to pay overall.
All staff who use Display Screen Equipment (DSE) are entitled to a free eyesight test, and a contribution towards spectacles if they are needed for DSE work.
Providing opportunities to support your physical, mental, social and spiritual health
Here are some opportunities we provide: -
- Access to a Sports for Everyone Programme. Staff can access everything for just £40 a year, or just £1 per session
- Staff Pool Bicycle Initiative - opportunities for staff to have free use of bicycles for travelling in and around Ipswich whilst on University business. This initiative supports our bid to reduce carbon, cost, calories and to encourage physical activity whilst at work
- Informal Networks: We currently have LGBTQ+ Network, Staff Disability Network, Menopause Group, Global Majorities Group.
- Annual Team Step Challenge - a three-week step challenge to encourage movement whilst at work and study.
We have a group consisting of academic and professional service staff who contributes to our health and wellbeing strategy. There are several wellbeing initiatives which derive from this group including a yearly health promotion programme and key objectives each year to enhance how we support and nurture our health and wellbeing within our community and beyond.
This group feeds into the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee who support the group with raising the profile of wellbeing across the University.
A trainer-friendly employer
Employee and student wellbeing is paramount to us and as we transition to agile working, we recognise the importance and link of wellbeing and comfort to productivity. As we all adapt to our ‘new normal’, one of the questions that many of us have been asking is “how will I get out of my slippers and back into my work shoes?!”… the answer at University of Suffolk is that you should get into your trainers!
We want to empower our People to build in exercise to daily life – for example walking to work, nipping out for a lunchtime walk or getting to different parts of campus to collaborate with colleagues/peers. It is time to think of different ways of doing things, from going for a walking team meeting to connecting with your team outdoors for ‘creative thinking’ time. We believe building physical activity into the working day will improve physical and mental health/wellbeing. And so to make that easier, we encourage all of our People to wear their most comfortable trainers to make this a reality! University of Suffolk is trainer-friendly!
The above gives an overview of some steps we take to support our staff at the University, but we stay open to new suggestions and welcome ideas from our colleagues of how we can continue to enhance our employment and wellbeing offer.
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