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Staff benefits

Benefits of working for St Mary's University

St Mary's University has a long and distinguished history combined with a very modern outlook. We are a friendly and welcoming organisation situated in the green borough of Richmond upon Thames with great transport links and a beautiful campus. All of which are just some of the many benefits of working here.

We strongly believe that real diversity delivers greater impact in all we do and enhances the experience of everyone. People are proud of St Mary’s as both a place to study and a place to work. We want to embrace the unique talents our staff bring and help them to grow in confidence and capability. This will enable them to contribute to the ongoing development of the University and our strong staff and student communities. Learn more about our 6 Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Staff Networks, our work as an employer who is Disability Confident Committed, and our ongoing Gender Equality and Race Equality initiatives.  

Our generous benefits package

We offer an excellent benefits package which contains many features that are hard to find within the private sector:

  • Voluntary participation within our generous pensions of Group Life Assurance Scheme (for Professional staff) or Teachers’ Pension Scheme (for Academic Staff)
  • Generous Annual Leave allowance
  • Bank Holidays and additional University closure days off
  • Multiple staff recognition schemes and service awards
  • Staff discounts on a range of products

An inclusive local and wider induction

A structured and inclusive Employee Induction programme, to help you feel welcomed and valued as an important member of our team. This will include:

  • A “buddy” within your team
  • A team lunch
  • Discovering St Mary’s induction event which provides the opportunity to network with other members of staff and hear from the senior leadership team
  • Introduction to our 6 Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Staff Networks

Employee wellbeing

  • A free and impartial Employee Assistance Programme, available 24 hours a day for staff who are experiencing problems
  • Discounted onsite gym membership fee
  • Access to a wide range of sport programmes and classes
  • Occupational Health assessment when you first join, to ensure any workplace adjustments that are needed can be made
  • Mental Health First Aiders to support your wellbeing and guide you to further support providers that you may need
  • Discounted food from the Refectory
  • Multiple staff recognition schemes
  • An inclusive Chaplaincy offering pastoral care for many faith traditions and none, as well as a dedicated onsite prayer room
  • Reimbursement for eye tests and contributions towards lenses and glasses frames for VDU users
  • Discounted physiotherapy and sports massage at St Mary’s Clinic

Career development

  • The University Mentoring Scheme to provide advice and support for career progression
  • We offer funding to help support those who wish to further their professional development via external courses/qualifications
  • 24/7 Free access to LinkedIn Learning
  • Access to internal training and development programmes

Work/life balance

  • Generous allowance for annual leave including Bank Holidays and additional University closure days off
  • Ability to purchase up to five more days of annual leave through our “Annual Leave Buy Scheme”
  • An extensive family friendly package of enhanced policies such as: flexible Working, additional maternity/paternity leave and emergency dependants leave
  • Eligibility to apply for the additional role of Resident Mentor (subject to a position being available) after one year, receiving free accommodation in a hall of residence as well as remuneration for duties performed in the role
  • Discounted theatre tickets

Culture and learning for everyone

  • Onsite library membership, providing free access to a wide range of printed and online information resources
  • Online and in-person internal programmes (such as cultural training) which are free to staff
  • Staff networks that focus on equality, diversity and inclusion for all staff
  • Special community events to celebrate our diversity are held during awareness days/months such as Black History Month/International Stress Awareness Week and more
  • Discounted access to events held at The Exchange
  • Opportunities to participate in the Sunflower Scheme, which raises awareness and support for staff and students with hidden disabilities


We want to help employee’s lower their carbon foot-print by offering:

  • Season ticket loans for those taking public transport
  • Cycle2Work scheme
  • A local car share scheme