Benefits of working with us

We have over 200 dedicated employees who are proud to work for us – we genuinely take their health, wellbeing, and development seriously.

Supporting our people

We believe in investing in development and happiness at work and have a good range of benefits for our people which include:

General working benefits

  • Magnificent historic offices and grounds in the 'Capital of the Cotswolds'
  • Free and guaranteed parking on campus
  • Complimentary hot drinks throughout your working day
  • Free library membership with access to thousands of print books and journals
  • 35 hour working week

Reward and recognition

  • A generous 25 days annual leave entitlement for non-academic staff and 30 days for senior and academic staff (Grade 8 upwards) pro rata per annum in addition to 8 statutory bank holidays for all staff
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • Long service award scheme in operation

Financial benefits

  • We offer a competitive salary to attract and retain great people. We reward performance enabling you to progress through your pay band
  • If you become ill, you are entitled to our sickness pay benefit scheme after a qualifying period of six months

Health and family benefits

  • We’ll do everything we can to help you find a healthy work-life balance. Our people can sometimes work flexible work patterns i.e. in job shares and part-time
  • Our Employee Assistance programme ensures you have unlimited access to a 24-hour free, confidential telephone helpline. The service gives you free advice on a wide variety of issues such as legal and financial information and counselling services
  • Free membership to gym on campus
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Occupational health service
  • Free annual flu vaccination
  • Eye care vouchers for eye examinations and contribution toward VDU glasses
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay scheme

Pension schemes

The pension schemes supported by the RAU are:

Aviva Category X - all eligible RAU employees (except teachers) are automatically enrolled

  • 5% (minimum) contribution by employee and
  • 3% contribution by RAU

Aviva Category Y1 - RAU Group Pension Scheme (defined contribution)- employees can upgrade to this scheme before their 6-month probation.

  • 6.5% (minimum) contribution by employee and
  • 6.5% contribution by RAU
  • Life assurance is an additional benefit (two times annual salary)

Teachers’ Pension (for teaching staff)

  • Employee contribution according to salary scale – between 7.4% and 11.7%
  • 23.68% contribution by RAU