Working at the University FAQs

If you are considering working at The University of Law, please take a look at our detailed FAQs, covering facilities, pay, benefits and opportunities and development.

Simply browse the tabs on this page to access the FAQs.

University facilities

Is there anywhere to park at the University?

Our Chester and Guildford campuses are ‘out of town’ sites and have plenty of free parking available. 

Our other campuses are city centre based and do not offer any staff parking.

Does the University have a canteen or restaurant?

Most of our locations have kitchen areas as well as a café, providing a range of hot and cold meals, sandwiches, confectionary, drinks etc.

Pay

What date do employees get paid each month?

Salary payments are made on or before the 25th of each month. A full list of pay dates is held on the University's intranet site.

What happens if I join the University after the payroll cut-off date?

If you join the University on or after the 15th of each month, you will be paid in the following months’ pay run – as long as the HR Sytems & Administration Team in Birmingham has received your signed paperwork.

Would I get a pay rise at some stage?

The annual salary review is usually effective from 1st January each year and we endeavour to keep our staff updated as the process is undertaken.

 

Benefits
What would my holiday entitlement be?

The University’s holiday year runs from 1 January to 31 December. In each holiday year, the basic holiday entitlement is 30 days for business professional staff, 35 days for academic staff, plus Public and Bank holidays. Please note that some campuses close down between Christmas and New Year and in this instance, you are required to book annual leave over this period.

Do you have a pension scheme I could join? 

The University operates a Group Personal Pension Plan with Aviva which is compliant with statutory requirements for automatically enrolling eligible employees. You will be assessed for automatic enrolment after 3 months employment and eligible employees will be contacted by Aviva with details of the automatic enrolment process.

Does the University offer life assurance?

The University currently provides a non-contributory life assurance scheme to all its permanent and fixed term employees. This means that you are entitled to Death in Service benefit which is equal to four times your basic salary (if you contribute 4% or more of your salary into the pension scheme then this increases to eight times your salary).

What about healthcare? Is there a scheme I can join? 

Yes there is. Our private medical insurance scheme is currently provided by AXA PPP Healthcare and you can sign up within one month of joining the University. This is an optional benefit which, if taken up, is treated as a taxable benefit by the HM Revenue & Customs . Enhancement to cover for family members is also possible, but is at your expense.

What if I am off sick? Is there a scheme that covers this? 

Yes – the University has an occupational sick pay scheme, and entitlement increases with your length of service.

What other benefits are available to me? 

We offer a number of benefits which are not contractual and these are designed to ensure that you receive the best possible support. These include:

  • Eyecare costs – The University will pay up to £20 towards the cost of an eye test which should be claimed by the usual expense claim method.

  • Season ticket loans – the University can provide interest free loans specifically for season rail tickets and repayments will be spread out over a period of up to 12 months.

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – provided to all employees as soon as they start at the University, our EAP is always ready to help with practical solutions, information, and support. It is easy to access and is completely confidential. It’s available at no cost to you and your immediate family members, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

  • Cycle to work scheme – provided by Halfords, the Cycle 2 Work scheme enables you to purchase a brand new bike and safety accessories up to the value of £1,000 tax free. The repayments will then be deducted from your salary, via a salary sacrifice arrangement, over a period of 12 months.
Opportunities and development
Does the University pay for professional subscriptions?

Yes, the University may pay for one subscription per staff member, as long as the chosen subscription is related to your role at the University.

What training or development is available to me?

The University is committed to staff development and encourages all employees to discuss any learning requirements with their line manager. We have a dedicated L&D budget, encompassing both mandatory training and self-development, supported as appropriate by the manager.

Where can I find out about job vacancies at the University?

Job vacancies are regularly updated on both the University's main website and its intranet site. See our current job vacancies

Would I receive an annual appraisal?

Yes – everyone has a personal Performance Development Review carried out on an annual basis. We also encourage regular 1:1s and a mid-year review recignising that objectives are not always static in a fast-moving environment like ours.