We offer a package of attractive terms and conditions, optional benefits and special offers, including:

Employee Benefits

Coming soon!

We are delighted to announce that a new benefits package for University of Aberdeen staff package launches on Thursday 30th May. 

UoA Rewards will give you access to a great range of discounts on: travel bookings, high street vouchers, gift cards, days out, leisure activities and your day to day spending. There is something for everyone and thousands of ways to save on your employee benefits platform, whether you like to shop in-store or online.      

You can enjoy countless savings every day including key discounts shown below. 

  • Up to 40% off cinema tickets at chains such as Cineworld, ODEON and Empire.
  • Up to 20% off on the Sky Store to buy or rent the latest movies at the touch of a button, straight to your TV.
  • Up to 8% off grocery shopping at ASDA, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Tesco and M&S.
  • 8% off home technology at Currys PC World.
  • Up to 10% off eating out at popular chains including Café Rouge, Zizzi, PizzaExpress, Nando’s and Pizza Hut.
  • Up to 7.5% off DIY at B&Q, IKEA and Wilko.
  • Up to 18% off shopping at national leading retailers including Argos, Goldsmiths, Debenhams, Gap,John Lewis, and many more household brands.
  • Up to 10% off package holidays through our travel club  

Look out for updates about the new benefits scheme in the coming weeks – we’ll be sending you an email on the 30th May, so you can log in to your new benefits platform and start to make great savings! 

Also: New Counselling Contract with Care First  

The University has partnered with Care First (through our agreement with Sodexo to deliver employee benefits/employee assistance) to bring an enhanced support package to all staff.  From 30 May, Care First will provide a 24 hour telephone counselling service.  Face to face counselling sessions will also be available, as will an online portal and app.  Care First can also provide guidance on a range of issues, such as finance, legal advice and divorce.

Further information will be provided to staff in advance of the launch date. 

*To ensure all active staff have the opportunity to engage with the new platform, and the new employee assistance programme also being launched, we have passed on basic staff details to the provider for verification purposes and to facilitate an initial welcome email with joining instructions. If you would like to opt out of the platform or find out more about the data being used please get in touch using the email below. 

For further information contact Kenny Bruce, HR Systems Manager: k.d.bruce@abdn.ac.uk

BUPA Medical Insurance

The University BUPA scheme allows you to access preferential rates for medical insurance. The scheme operates on a group risk basis and employees can join throughout the year with premiums deducted from your salary each month.


For quotes or specific queries, please email Eva.Borkowska@abdn.ac.uk. Please note, all queries or quote requests will be forwarded to BUPA and cannot be answered/provided by the University staff.


For more information on the scheme please see the membership guide and key policy summary.

First Bus Commuter Travel Club

As an employee of The University of Aberdeen you can sign up to the First Bus Commuter Travel Club which offers 10% off your electronic subscription ticket. This discount cannot be applied to paper tickets.

Please note, this is a voluntary benefit and it is provided by First Bus – registration process and T&C’s are determined by First Bus.


Benefits include:


Unlimited bus travel for work or leisure

Free to join

Cheapest monthly bus tickets

Automatic mobile ticket renewal


Please follow the below steps in order to sign up:

  • Visit firstgroup.com/aberdeenctc
  • Register on the First Bus webpage using the form at the bottom
  • Select Aberdeen University as your employer from the dropdown menu
  • Use your University email address to validate access to the scheme
  • First Bus will then send you a link via email. Just click this to complete the online registration and purchase a subscription ticket
Childcare Salary Sacrifice Schemes

The University offers two salary sacrifice schemes to help eligible employees with the cost of childcare. These are:

  • Childcare Vouchers Salary Sacrifice Scheme (**applicable to existing members of the scheme only, Scheme is now closed to new applicants due to government review)
  • Nursery Fees Salary Sacrifice Scheme

Both schemes are based on salary sacrifice which enables employees to benefit from Tax and National Insurance savings on their childcare costs. Employees sacrifice part of their gross salary - reduced taxable pay lowers the amount they pay in Tax and National Insurance.  Eligibility for salary sacrifice depends on the level of income – salary sacrifice cannot reduce employee’s earnings below the minimum wage.  

With the Childcare Vouchers scheme employees nominate part of their monthly salary payment, in return for Childcare Voucher Credit, allowing you to take up to £55 per week (£243 per month) in Childcare Voucher credit. With Nursery Fees Scheme, the sacrificed salary is paid directly to the Rocking Horse nursery.

CHILDCARE VOUCHERS SCHEME (**applicable to existing members of the scheme only, Scheme is now closed to new applicants due to government review)

If you joined the scheme prior to October 2018, the Childcare Vouchers can be used to pay for any approved or registered childcare, including childminders, nannies, nurseries, breakfast and afterschool clubs, play schemes and summer camps, as well as the care element of boarding schools.  The scheme is provided & administered by Edenred

You can keep getting the vouchers if:

  • You have joined the scheme and your wages have been adjusted before the schemes closes in October 2018
  • You stay with the same employer and they continue to run the scheme
  • You do not take an unpaid career break of longer than a year

Please note, the government reviewed this scheme and subsequently closed it to new members in October 2018. All eligible employees can only register for the Tax Free Childcare scheme.

The Tax Free Childcare scheme is not based on salary sacrifice and there is no employer involvement as parents are responsible for confirming their eligibility and setting up their online account. Further information can be found on the government website.


To register, please contact:

Eva Borkowska - HR Partner (Reward & Policy)

Rocking Horse Nursery

On 31 August 2015, the Rocking Horse Nursery moved in to a new purpose-built energy efficient building.  It is located on the University's Old Aberdeen campus. Nursery fees for the Rocking Horse Nursery can be salary sacrificed. The Rocking Horse Nursery is an independent nursery registered with the Scottish Care Inspectorate. It was setup in 1989 under the terms of a Trust to provide nursery facilities primarily for the students and staff of the University of Aberdeen. The Trust is a non-profit making body and the Nursery is self-supporting. There are places for 78 children at any one time.  For further information, please visit the Nursery website.

Grampian Credit Union


The University is in partnership with Grampian Credit Union, which is an independent savings and loans co-operative.   The Credit Union is available to anyone who lives or works in the Grampian area, i.e. Aberdeen city, Aberdeenshire and Moray.


Our partnership with Grampian Credit Union means that all members of University of Aberdeen staff can join and save from monthly salary deduction..

Services include:

  • Adult, Junior and Christmas savings accounts – saving from £12.00 per month or more
  • Loans for members, with affordable interest rates – first loans £200 to £5,000
  • Payroll partner loans available - £1,000 repayable in 12 months from salary deduction
  • Access Credit Union accounts online or by phone or email request  – withdrawals direct to your bank
  • Join online, or print membership application from website, or request forms from Credit Union
  • Deposits covered fully by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Grampian Credit Union is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm reference number 213701


To find out more about Grampian Credit Union, go to www.grampiancreditunion.co.uk


Information leaflets and membership application are available under Forms list on the Credit Union website, or check Grampian Credit Union Information Leaflet.    


250 Union Street

Aberdeen AB10 1TN

Tel 01224 561506

Email:  admin@grampiancreditunion.co.uk


For more information on Car/van hire, bike to work salary sacrifice scheme and many more visit the Travel page.

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Tuition Fees - for Staff

Staff under contract of employment with the University wishing to undertake studies at the University may be entitled to full or partial payment of their tuition fees from their Department or Section. This is conditional on meeting certain criteria and obtaining permission from the Head of College. The Staff Tuition Fees Policy sets out the full details and conditions of this.

Staff wishing to request assistance with their tuition fees can complete and submit a Staff Tuition Fees application form, once they have consulted the policy and secured the relevant School and College level approvals.