Staff Benefits


Our comprehensive set of benefits encompasses competitive salaries, final salary pension schemes, work-life balance, training & promotion opportunities and staff recognition schemes.

We offer a comprehensive set of benefits encompassing competitive salaries, final salary pension schemes, work-life balance, training & promotion opportunities and staff recognition schemes.

Remuneration | Flexible Benefits | Work-Life Balance | Staff Development | Employee Assistance Programme | Staff Recognition Schemes


We offer a grading structure based on a nationally agreed single salary spine. Salary values within the spine are index-linked. We also operate contribution pay schemes to recognise exceptional performance.

We operate two pension schemes depending on grade - Universities Superannuation Scheme and Local Government Scheme. We also offer continuing NHSPS membership for Clinical Academics.

Flexible Benefits Scheme

Our sector leading flexible benefits scheme provides colleagues with the opportunity to choose from a wide range of benefits and to pay for them through monthly salary deductions. The current benefits include:

  • Childcare
  • Salary Sacrifice Home Technology
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Season Tickets
  • Payroll Giving
  • Shopping Discounts
  • Dental Insurance
  • Low Emission Cars
  • Healthcare Cash Plan
  • Sports Centre Membership
  • Vocational Training Courses
  • Professional Bodies’ Membership Fees
  • Car Parking
  • Local Bus Passes
  • Discounted Staff Dining Card
  • Arts and Culture Membership

Work-Life Balance

For colleagues with family/caring responsibilities, we offer a package of family-friendly policies which provide for flexible working, additional paid maternity and paternity leave and leave for family emergencies.

We also offer generous holiday entitlement in excess of the statutory entitlement including additional university closure days at Christmas and Easter.

Staff Development Opportunities

The core strength of the University is its people. Training, developing and supporting our staff to achieve their career ambitions and the strategic goals of the University is crucial.

We ensure that our staff can access relevant and appropriate development by supporting teaching and learning enhancement, leadership and management training, researcher development, job and personal effectiveness skills development.

We ensure that staff at all levels and in all disciplines across the University are supported and developed through effective development reviews and career planning.

We work closely with our International Partnerships, developing excellent teaching practice and organisational development across the globe.

If you have not yet joined the University and would like further details about development opportunities at Lancaster please see the OED website.

Performance and Development Review (PDR)

All colleagues participate in processes to help them develop and meet their professional objectives – these include objective setting, performance and development review, coaching and feedback and career development discussions.

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

The programme offers access to a free, confidential helpline which provides unlimited access to information to help colleagues deal with a range of problems, no matter how big or small, which may affect their personal lives or performance at work.

Staff Recognition Schemes

Certificates and gifts are presented to colleagues at an annual dinner in recognition of either 25 or 40 years' service.

Our staff awards scheme provides an opportunity to recognise excellence in a variety of categories. The awards are presented in a special ceremony at the end of each academic year.