Staff Benefits



  • Lecturing staff – 40 days plus bank Holidays.
  • Business support staff and managers – 28 days (including Christmas Closure) rising to 33 days after 5 years’ service plus bank holidays
  • Academic management staff – 35 days plus bank holidays.

Pension scheme – membership of a Defined Benefit Pension Scheme, either the Local Government Pension Scheme or the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, both with significant employer contributions and both with life cover and survivor pension.

Salary – will be paid in accordance with the appropriate salary band where annual increments may be payable in addition to an annual pay award until the maximum of the banking is reached.

Travel expenses – reimbursement of the cost of travel expenses in line with expenses policy to the exclusion of travel expenses between home and normal work location.

Learning and development and continuing professional development – an organisational commitment to staff development, with an in-house Training & Development department responsible for arranging on-site training as well as booking external conferences and events.

Travel discounts – discounted travel on local and regional bus and rail networks, with the Colchester campus being close to the mainline Colchester station on the London to Norwich intercity rail service and with access to a number of local rail lines.

Cycle to work scheme – salaried employees can purchase a new bike and accessories and make savings on income tax and National Insurance. These savings can be equivalent of up to 40% of the retail price of the bike and equipment.

Childcare vouchers – these enable employees to make savings on childcare costs by sacrificing part of their salary for childcare vouchers. Within specified limits, these vouchers are non-taxable and exempt from National Insurance contributions and therefore represent a saving.

Technogym and fitness facilities – at our Colchester campus staff can join our state of the art Technogym with good value membership at only £10 per month by salary deduction. There is also the use of a sports hall available with staff using this for basketball and badminton.

Discounted onsite hair and beauty facilities – our onsite salons offer a wide range of hair, beauty and holistic services at very competitive prices. Treatments are carried out by students under the full guidance of experienced lecturers. Employees are entitled to a 15% discount.

On Site Food & Drink facilities – Colchester Campus has a takeaway food service operated by the Centre for Hospitality & Food students. Here you can taste foods prepared freshly by students at low prices. Also on site at Colchester Campus is the Balkerne Restaurant where you can enjoy a full dining experience at incredibly low prices.

MOT and Servicing – all work will be carried out by a fully qualified and experienced mechanic assisted by students. This provides students with a ‘real world’ garage experience to help them flourish upon completion of their qualification. In addition, all this will be conducted in the fully accredited ‘state of the art’ workshops run by the college.

Staff Association – run by staff on a voluntary basis. All employees joining automatically become members of the Staff Association. The aim of the Staff Association is to organise as many varied social events throughout the year to include all staff members and their close families.

Employee Assistance Programme – a 24/7 service available to employees and their immediate families providing free and confidential advice and support for personal issues; the programme also allows access to a Savings Centre where savings of up to 50% can be made with a large number of retailers.

Wellbeing – a range of activities under our wellbeing programme include items already listed here plus choir and initiatives such as Wellbeing Days where a range of sporting, health and socialisation activities take place for staff.

VDU Users – contribution to eye tests and glasses if required for VDU users via our corporate partner, Vision Express; employees receive a free eye test and if glasses are required, a contribution of £45 towards these is covered.

Colchester Institute Course Discounts – 35% discount off a number of courses including Higher Education courses, and a 10% discount off other courses, further details can be provided.

Colchester Campus Nursery and Pre School Discount – there is a privately-run nursery and pre-school located right next to Colchester campus which enables parents to have easy drop off and collection with employees enjoying a 10% discount.

Discounted reprographic printing and PC software – employees have access to reprographic printing and purchase of PC software such as Adobe and Microsoft products at low / discounted prices.

Purchase of NUS card – employees can purchase an NUS card, which then allows for a range of savings including those from a wide range of retailers / services e.g. Amazon online, Topshop/Topman, Pizza Express, Zizzi, Odeon, Cineworld and Vue.

A number of direct retail discounts – for example, discounts on purchases from The Book People, 5% discount and free delivery for purchases from Kent Blaxill, 10% discount on purchases made at the Tiptree Tea Room at the Minories Colchester, 10% discount at Kiddi Karu nurseries, 10% discount at the Lifehouse Spa and Hotel, and discount on membership for Leisure World Colchester with facilities.