The University of Essex is one of the UK's leading academic institutions. Founded in 1964 when it opened its doors to a cohort of just 122 students at Wivenhoe Park in Colchester, the University has grown in both reputation and size, developing a worldwide reputation for top quality teaching and research.There are now more than 9,000 students, studying at three campuses across Essex. Academic departments span the humanities, social sciences, science and engineering, and law and management.Essex is the UK's most internationally diverse campus university, with students drawn from 130 countries.
The University of Essex is committed to providing an excellent working environment for all employees. There are a number of policies, services and terms and conditions of employment for employees which are designed to help maintain and support their general well-being and assist work life balance.Work life balance:The University has policies covering the following areas: Adoption leave Maternity leave Paternity leave Parental leave Time off for dependantsWell-Being: A generous holiday entitlement of 23 days (for Grades 1-6) or 28 days (for Grades 7-11), pro rata for part-time staff. (Plus a further 8 bank holidays and an extra 3 days when the University is closed during the Christmas vacation for all employees). Please refer to the terms of appointment for the post. The Occupational Health Service provides confidential and impartial advice and support relating to any issue affecting the health and well-being of an individual. It is based at the Colchester campus, but provides a service to all University employees. Free and confidential staff counselling arrangements are available in Colchester, Loughton and Southend. The University offers a comprehensive sickness scheme. The University offers free eye tests to VDU users combined with an allowance towards the cost of glasses.Financial Benefits:Salary:The University offers competitive salaries which take into account market rates, individual experience, qualifications and contribution. The majority of posts within the University have a structured salary progression.Pension Scheme:The University Superannuation Scheme (USS) is available to all new employees.Relocation scheme:Under certain circumstances, the University offers a generous relocation scheme for people who have to move to the area in order to take up employment. This includes claims towards the costs of removal, relocation and storage expenses.Cycle to Work Scheme:University staff can now take advantage of the Government’s tax initiative 'Cycle to Work' scheme aimed at encouraging more people to cycle to work.Employee Development:The University is committed to ensuring that all individuals are encouraged to maximise their potential and are provided with many opportunities for training and development. Employees based at any of the University locations can participate in the courses. For more information on the training and development services please use the following LinkChildcare: University Day Nursery The University of Essex Day Nursery, located at the Colchester campus, caters for children of employees, students and general public aged between 3 months and 5 years on a full or part-time basis throughout the year. It offers a child-centred approach where children are encouraged to develop their creativity, individuality and self-confidence. Childcare Vouchers As an alternative to the Day Nursery, the University is able to offer Childcare Vouchers which can be used as payment with any registered or approved childcare provider. Children’s activities The University Sports Centre (located at the Colchester campus) hosts a variety of children's activities. CHUMS, the popular activity club for children aged between 8 and 14 years old, provides a variety of activities including Trampolining, Basketball, Kwik Cricket, Football, Dodge Ball, Frisbee Golf and Badminton.Sporting Facilities:The The University Sports Centre at the Colchester campus provides sporting opportunities for employees, students and visitors. The excellent range of facilities include squash courts, activity studio, fitness suite, sports hall, cricket facilities, netball courts, tennis courts and a watersports centre. The Southend and Loughton areas offer a range of sports facilities near to the campus locations. Corporate rates are available with a local gym in Southend.Other:Library facilities:The Albert Sloman Library at the Colchester campus has a variety of books and other materials for both students and employees. The Library currently has approximately 940,000 volumes in its collections, and some 1,150 places for users to sit and study. It is one of the highest spenders on books and periodicals per student among UK universities. Employees based at other University locations can access the Library catalogue on-line.Trade Unions:The University works closely with its recognised trade unions (UCU, UNITE and Amicus) to maintain good communication links with employees.
The University is proud to have received the 'Two Ticks - positive about disbled people' accreditation and have agreed to take action to meet five commitments regarding the employment, retention, training and career development of disabled employees. Our first commitment is to guarantee an interview to all applicants who have a disability who meet the essential requirements as outlined in the Person Specification for the job.