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
  • Complimentary shuttle bus from campus to Cirencester town centre
  • 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. A week’s holiday during the Christmas period is given at the Vice-Chancellor’s discretion
  • Learning and development opportunities including RAU management training programme
  • Long service award – at 25 years, we give you a cash sum

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
  • Access to RAU car share scheme
  • Childcare vouchers

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 and Dr Bike free check ups
  • Occupational health service
  • Free annual flu vaccination
  • Eye care vouchers for eye examinations and contribution toward VDU glasses
  • Life cover (provided as part of the Friends Life Y1 Pension Scheme below)

Pension schemes

  • Aviva Category X
    • all eligible RAU employees (except teachers) are automatically enrolled
    • 3% (minimum) contribution by employee and 3% contribution by RAU
  • Aviva Category Y1 - RAU Group Pension Scheme (defined contribution)
    • employees are able to upgrade to this scheme before their 6 month probation.
    • 4% (minimum) contribution by employee and 6.5% contribution by RAU
    • life assurance is an additional benefit (two times annual salary)
  • Teachers’ Pension
    • for academic staff
    • employees contribution according to salary scale – between 7.3% and 11.7% – RAU contributes at 16.48%  
    • life assurance is an additional benefit (three times annual salary)