Benefits at Bucks
We recognise that to achieve its strategic aims the University must reward and recognise its employees appropriately and fairly.
Salaries at the University are operated using a grading structure and we are a part of the Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education. Employees may benefit from an annual pay review (if agreed). We also provide a range of tools to recognise individuals including incentive schemes to reward exceptional performance.
Incentive schemes include:
- Long service awards
- Voucher scheme
- Senior Management Team (SMT) Recognition Scheme
- Contribution Related Pay Awards
Recognition schemes include:
- Vice-Chancellor's Awards launched last year recognising excellence across the University community, for both Professional Service employees and academic staff
- Bucks Fellowship Award
Bucks provides two main pension schemes; the Local Government Pension scheme for Professional Service employees and the Teachers Pension scheme for academic employees. Both schemes offer life cover, provisions for ill-health retirement and guaranteed retirement and family benefits.
Local Government Pension Scheme
Your rate of contribution will be between 5.5 and 12.5% of pensionable earnings, which is deducted from your salary each month.
The University will contribute 14.5% of your pensionable earnings.
Non-academic professional and support staff under the age of 75 will automatically be members of this scheme. Atypical staff can also elect to join.
Further information can be found at buckscc.gov.uk/pensions.
Teacher's Pension Scheme
Your rate of contribution will be between 7.4% and 11.7% of pensionable earnings, which is deducted from your salary each month.
The University will contribute 16.48% of your pensionable earnings.
Academic staff will automatically be members of this scheme.
Further information can be found at teacherspension.co.uk.
We have three campuses; High Wycombe, Uxbridge and the University Campus Aylesbury Vale. We encourage our employees to travel to and from work in an environmentally friendly way, and provide the following incentives:
- Free inter-campus link bus from High Wycombe to Uxbridge
- 10% discount off a daily, weekly, monthly or annual season ticket with Arriva Buses
- Free travel on the Carousel A40 bus between High Wycombe and Uxbridge or 25% discount across the Carousel network on standard tickets.
- Free bus from our car park at Hughenden Avenue, Wycombe, to the town centre.
- A cycle to work scheme with bike storage areas, lockers and showers
- Employees who live outside the two mile radius of our High Wycombe Campus can use the Park and Ride at Cressex and claim back the bus fare
- Interest free season ticket loan for rail travel
- A pool car for employee use during business hours which can be booked by staff and students for use in the evenings and weekends (fees would apply).
Bucks has limited onsite parking and operates a permit based scheme. Only employees who live outside a two mile radius of the campuses are eligible to apply. Full details will be made available upon joining.
Bucks New University is a Mindful Employer and is proud to hold and display the charter mark.
Creating a healthy workplace is about much more than preventing injuries and minimising risks. It means providing an environment that is conducive to good health, promoting a healthy lifestyle, supporting people in their recovery from periods of ill health and making positive adjustments for those with disabilities and chronic health conditions. We have a wealth of information to help employees take steps to look after themselves.
- Free eye tests and a contribution towards the cost of glasses should you need them for VDU use
- Discounted Gym membership
- Free flu jabs
- Access to free and confidential onsite counselling
- Employee Assistance Helpline
The University also actively encourages staff to participate in volunteering activities and supports individual employees and teams who wish to do voluntary work within the community or for charities.
For volunteering schemes operated by the University, employees are granted up to two days a year of paid time off to participate in projects.
“In order to be successful, we will develop and support our staff to meet the challenges the university faces in the increasingly competitive environment in which we operate.”
The Learning & Development policy is designed to ensure we provide all staff with the support needed to contribute to Buck’s success. This begins on your appointment with your induction and probation period. Throughout your career, you can discuss your learning & development needs at any time with your line manager and a particular focus is provided as part of the Professional Development Review (PDR). A range of development specialists are located throughout the University to support your technical and professional development needs. You can find further details in the Staff Development Handbook.
Staff have access to a wide range of eLearning via our dedicated platform. The University also offers all staff and students free access to Lynda.com via Blackboard, the staff Intranet.
In addition to the core benefits of salary and contributory pension schemes, Bucks provides a range of additional benefits.
Generous Annual leave
A minimum of 25 days ranging up to 35, depending on the terms and conditions of service. Bank holidays are in addition to this, with extra holiday granted over the Christmas period.
Other service related benefits include:
- contractual sick pay
- maternity, paternity and adoption leave
- flexible working options
Relocation assistance may be given by the university, to new employees who live outside of 40 miles from their principal place of work.
Occupational benefits include:
- Discounted travel schemes
- Childcare vouchers
- Eye care
- Staff discounts through Benefits2go
- Subsidised study
- Discounted gym membership
- The opportunity to purchase an NUS card
To view all our policies visit bucks.ac.uk/formal and search for ‘human resources’.