Human Resources

Staff benefits

Health and well-being

Support when you really need it

Sick leave entitlement

Loughborough University is committed to promoting and maintaining the health, safety and welfare of all employees. As an employer we work to provide a clear procedure for dealing with sickness absences to ensure fair treatment and consistency across the organisation.

  • Sick pay is available to the majority of employees from their first year of employment.
  • When and to how much you are eligible, is dependent on the conditions of your employment (full details of the entitlement for your position can be requested from the HR team).
  • Specific terms and conditions, and reporting procedures apply to all employees, the details of which will be outlined in your contract of employment.

Time to look after those around you

We also understand that time off isn’t just required to look after your own health, but sometimes the health of family members. Special leave, with pay, can be granted to employees to attend urgent family affairs or because of the prolonged illness of a family member.


The University will respect the confidentiality of all information relating to an employee’s sickness

And don’t forget your access to occupational health

Where necessary, you may be referred to our Occupational Health Team, to support you in regaining full health. The team are also there to support employees with any issues that may prevent them from doing their job.

The Occupational Health Team provide a range of services to employees of the University, some of which include:

  • Health surveillance and assessments
  • Advising on safe use of computers and workstations (including free eye test vouchers)
  • Stress management advice
  • Advising on risks to pregnant workers.

Got a query?

Get in touch with the team

Staff Counselling Service

Helping you to deal with life’s challenges

People use counselling for all kinds of different reasons. You don’t need to be in a crisis or have a work related issue to use the service. We have a team of experienced counsellors who can work with you to find ways forward, make decisions, gain new perspectives, discover solutions and come to terms with and manage challenging life events.

As an in-house service the counselling team have in-depth knowledge and understanding of the particular pressures and difficulties associated with working in a university environment. They also understand the kind of challenges that everyone can face in their day to day lives.

The counselling service is available to all University employees and gives you the opportunity to talk confidentially to a professionally trained person who is outside your immediate situation.

The counselling service offers:

  • • an in-house team of counsellors
  • • an initial appointment to assess your needs
  • • up to six sessions of one to one counselling per year

Staff counselling contact details:

Build your support network through our staff groups

We also encourage employees to seek support from those who may know how they’re feeling, through our Staff Support Groups. This is also a great opportunity to be involved in changing the organisational culture of university life. The groups currently include:

• Age Group
• Black or Minority Ethnic Group (BME)
• Disability Group
• Religion or Belief Group
• Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (gender) Group (LGBT)
• Women’s Group
• Senior Women’s Network
• Part-time/Flexible Working Group
• International Group
• Working Parents Group

Bupa Cash Plan

Loughborough University offers all employees the opportunity to join the Bupa Cash Plan Scheme.

Health cash plans are designed to help you cover the costs of some routine healthcare expenses and offer cash back towards a variety of health and well-being benefits, including dental and optical fees.

What’s the difference between a cash plan and health insurance?

Health insurance covers the cost of surgical and non-surgical procedures when you need them, whereas a health cash plan offers cash back towards a range of health costs that you may pay for as a part of maintaining the health of you or your family.

With a lower level of cover than health insurance, a health cash plan could be a more affordable option for you to claim back some money against routine healthcare costs.

What cashback can you expect?

The benefits of a health cash plan are dependent on your weekly contribution level and are also set by BUPA themselves. The below examples give you an idea of what you could be entitled to via the plan:

  • Up to 100% cashback on dental and optical costs.
  • Up to 50% cashback for therapies (such as physiotherapy, acupuncture and homeopathy).
  • Up to 50% cashback on chiropody, allergy testing and health screening.
  • Personal accident pay out.

And all from as little as £2 a week! For further information and to download an application form, visit the Bupa website.

Advice on your health and wellbeing 

Healthy living is about making sure your physical, mental and social needs are met so you can achieve your full potential, and a busy lifestyle can make it difficult to prioritise caring for your health. In a bid to help you be strong in your working, family and social life, we offer an advisory service for employees to seek advice and guidance on topics such as dealing with pressure, eating well, family health, and sleep.

Discretionary death in service payment 

Although we hope to never have to make these payments, as an employee at Loughborough you are also entitled to a discretionary death in service payment. This means that should anything happen to you, a one-off payment will be made to your family to aid and support them.

In addition to this, both pension schemes available at the University also offer generous payments for death in service.


Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is free to members of staff across the University, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and can be accessed online or through a dedicated phone helpline (0800 111 6387).

Support is available on any matter that might be of concern to you – from mental health and stress, to financial concerns and legal matters. Help is provided by accredited counsellors or information specialists, depending on whether the need is for emotional or practical support.

The University has partnered with an external organisation to introduce the service and it is independent from the University and completely confidential.