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

Employee Benefits

UoA Rewards

Our employee rewards site, provided by Sodexo, is live and available to all University of Aberdeen staff.

UoA Rewards offers a great range of discounts on travel bookings, high street vouchers, gift cards, days out, leisure activities and much more! 

To start enjoying the benefits on offer register or log in to the site at the link below. (The site can be accessed from your desktop, laptop or the browser in your smart device.)


Also accessible via UoA Rewards is our counselling service provided by Care First, offering an enhanced support package to staff with a 24-hour telephone counselling service, as well as face-to-face counselling sessions and an online portal and app.

For more details log into the UoA Rewards site and select ‘Employee Assistance’ from the Benefits menu, or visit the dedicated CareFirst pages.


To ensure staff have the opportunity to engage with the new platforms, we’ve passed on basic staff details to the providers to facilitate welcome emails. If you would like your details to be removed from the platforms or find out more about the data being used please email Kenny Bruce, HR Systems Manager: k.d.bruce@abdn.ac.uk.

When registering on the site the ‘Address Line 2’ of your home address is set as mandatory. We are aware not everyone will have something to populate this section.

To complete registration any character can be entered into this box and amended in the My Account area when registration is complete.

DO NOT USE YOUR UNIVERSITY PASSWORD FOR THIS SITE. Staff should choose a different password not related to their University password and never enter their University Password into anything other than University hosted services ( abdn.ac.uk ) or ( microsoft.com, live.com, and outlook.com ) for Office 365.

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.