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working at the University

Working at the University

Our staff enjoy a safe and pleasant working environment, with a variety of benefits encompassing pay, pension and work-life balance, along with excellent facilities on campus.


Pay awards to recognise cost of living increases are negotiated nationally through the Universities & Colleges Employers’ Association (UCEA) with recognised trade unions. The University has a defined pay and grading structure which is adjusted in line with the national pay award. Grades for individual jobs are determined through the application of the Higher Education Role Analysis scheme (HERA).


We operate two generous pension schemes – Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) and the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). These schemes include an ill-health provision, lump sum payment and an annual pension. All staff will be informed of their particular pension entitlement through their contract of employment. 

Work-Life Balance

We offer generous holiday entitlements which include the 8 statutory bank holidays as well as 5 further discretionary days.  For staff with family/caring responsibilities, we offer a whole package of family friendly policies which provide for flexible working, additional paid maternity and paternity leave, parental leave and leave for family emergencies.

World class sporting facilities are available on-site with subsidised access for staff. Our £30 million sports complex has a dedicated team of specialists and has become a renowned centre for sporting excellence used by some of the finest elite athletes in the country.

Contribution Pay

We operate a Contribution Pay scheme for recognising and rewarding staff for exceptional performance within their current grade. The arrangements aim to recognise and encourage sustained excellence, commitment and professionalism. A similar scheme also exists for professorial and senior professional staff at the University.


The University runs its own on-site nursery called Westwood Nursery.  To support staff with childcare costs we offer a salary exchange childcare voucher scheme.


Only 2km from the centre of the City of Bath, there is subsidised parking available on site, but we are also served by good public transport and promote green transport issues including a cycle to work scheme.