Human Resources

Pay, pension & rewards

Rewards at Loughborough


At Loughborough we recognise excellence and achievement in our staff through our performance and reward mechanisms. This document sets out how we reward our staff for the vital role they play in our success.

Each type of reward has its own clear criteria and operating procedures which will be applied consistently and fairly. All criteria have been developed in support of the University strategy and the ambitions contained therein. It is a requirement of all applications for reward to set out how the performance to be rewarded contributes to the University Strategy.

Our ultimate aim is to create a reward structure that both recognises excellence and achievement and also motivates staff to want to continue to achieve and to deliver excellence. We also wish to ensure that we:

  • Offer a variety of rewards to reflect the diversity of our workforce
  • Ensure that we offer a competitive reward package in relation to our competitor institutions
  • Explicitly link performance and reward in an open and fair way

Please note the below is subject to final approval by Human Resources Committee

Total rewards

While this document concentrates mainly on financial rewards, Loughborough University offers a wide variety of other rewards to staff which include:

Generous benefits package 

Staff benefits

Academic and non-academic awards – these are prestigious, competitive awards available to staff to enable them to further develop their excellent work. Awards include an internal fellowship scheme as well as Vice-Chancellor’s awards in research, teaching, enterprise and professional services.

University Fellowships

Comprehensive staff development programme

Staff Development

Achievement rewards

Achievement rewards recognise an individual’s particular achievement in their role. They are generally therefore awarded for one off successes or pieces of work. Examples might include receiving a prestigious award, completing a project with particular success, identifying service improvements and/or efficiencies or ‘going the extra mile’ on a task/provision of a service. Eligibility for achievement rewards should be assessed in accordance with an individual’s grade, i.e. what might be appropriate for a member of staff on grade 4 would not be appropriate for a member of staff on grade 8, for example. The types of rewards available are:

Type of reward

Criteria for reward

Lump Sum of between £200 and £1000


Successful completion of a significant task/project in addition to the objectives identified in PDR that goes beyond normal expectation for the role

Voucher up to a value of £100 or a gift (free meal at Burleigh Court, free treatment at Burleigh Springs or free

membership of University gym)

Evidence of delivering an excellent service or of ‘going the extra mile’ in completing a task/activity over and above normal expectations for the role


Team Award (payment of an activity or event to a value of £200 per person. This can include multi-disciplinary teams)

Significant team success that contributes to the University Strategy over and above normal expectations


Achievement rewards may be awarded at any time of the year by the Dean/Director of Service, although any lump sums in excess of £500 require approval from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for RTE and SSA job families and the Chief Operating Officer for all other job families All lump sums are subject to normal tax and national insurance deductions. 

Deans and Directors of Service are required to have established internal procedures to ensure that all staff are considered for such rewards. Once a decision has been made to award an achievement reward, the amount and a short reason for the award should be sent to the HR Partner and the Senior Finance Business Partner (amount only). HR will then ensure that the reward is recorded on iTrent and where required, that the Payroll team is notified. Finance will ensure that any tax obligations are dealt with.

Deans and Directors of Service are required to prepare a report for the October Human Resources Committee meeting, each year, detailing the following:

  • The School/Professional Service’s reward budget for Achievement Rewards
  • The breakdown of staff within the School/Professional Service awarded an Achievement Reward
  • Analysis of the distribution of Achievement Rewards across the School/Professional Service
  • A summary of the types of Achievement Rewards awarded along with the rationale for each reward
  • Commentary of how these rewards have contributed to the success of the School/Professional Service and the University Strategy

The Human Resources Committee will review the reports each year and where any concerns or issues are identified, will instruct the Deputy Vice-Chancellor or the Chief Operating Officer to liaise with the relevant Dean/Director of Service.

Excellence rewards


The University recognises that it is absolutely vital to recognise and reward excellent performance. Excellence Rewards are designed to do this by using the PDR performance assessment ratings outcomes to identify those who should be considered for a reward, making the process much more transparent. The rewards themselves are designed to be flexible and to provide meaningful recognition that motivates staff to maintain their excellent performance.

Eligibility and application

1. At the conclusion of each PDR round, the Senior Reviewer Group (SRG) for each School/Professional Service will be responsible for agreeing the performance assessment ratings for all staff members.  The Dean/Director has responsibility for ensuring that the SRG takes place and for the decisions reached.

2. The performance assessment ratings will be recorded on the online PDR system for the majority of staff. Where exceptions apply (e.g. staff on grades 1 and 2 in Campus Services), the data will be recorded directly onto iTrent.

3. All staff with a performance assessment rating of ‘excellent’ will be submitted to the appropriate Reward Committee.

4. The PDR SRG will also be required to review all staff members with a performance assessment rating of ‘very good’ and decide whether any should be submitted to the relevant Reward Committee.

5. In order to be eligible for a reward, there must be evidence that a member of staff with a performance assessment rating of ‘very good’ has exceeded expectations in at least one aspect of their role that has particular significance to the aims of the section, School/Service or University strategy.

6. Deans and Directors will be expected to sub-categorise staff in order to assist the Reward Committee. Due consideration should be given to the individual’s grade and salary level during this process. The sub-categories are as follows:


Staff with a performance rating of very good who are being submitted for a reward 


The vast majority of staff with a performance rating of excellent


This category is to be used in rare cases where neither E1 or E3 is deemed appropriate


This category should only be used in the most exceptional circumstances

7. Deans and Directors in larger Schools/Professional Services may convene sub-groups in order to decide rankings for specific groups of staff, particularly more junior staff. The Dean/Director must review all the decisions of any sub-groups before submitting the final list to the Reward Committee.


8. The following rewards are available. 

  • A one-off payment that is equivalent to 3% of the individual’s salary or £750 (pro rata for part time staff), whichever is the greater. It is anticipated that the majority of staff will receive this level of reward. Any one-off payment is subject to the normal tax and national insurance deductions and will not be pensionable.
  • A consolidated reward of 3%. This means that the reward will be added to the individual’s salary on a permanent basis
  • 6, 9 or 12% rewards are also available in exceptional circumstances. 

9. Percentage increases are approximate. The rewards will be aligned to the salary spine for grades 1 - 8.  A maximum of a 12% consolidated reward above the top of the normal range for the grade is available for staff on grades 1 – 8. Once an individual has reached this level of reward there will be no further consolidated excellence rewards available.

10. The Reward Committees will award the appropriate reward, using the information provided by the School or Professional Service.  

11. Staff in receipt of the Living Wage supplement who receive a consolidated reward  will have their spinal point,increased accordingly but unless this takes their pay to above the Living Wage supplement, there will not be an increase to their total pay. Pension contributions will be adjusted to reflect the higher salary. 12. If a School/Service submits an unusually high number of staff with a performance assessment rating of ‘excellent’, the Dean/Director may be required to prioritise them. Equally, the committee may prioritise them itself. This will also be picked up through ALT/PSMT and Human Resources Committee through the moderation process.

Reward Committees

12. The following Reward Committees will consider Excellence Rewards:




Senior Staff Reward Committee

All staff on grade 9

  • Vice-Chancellor (Chair)
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor
  • Pro Vice-Chancellors
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Director of Finance
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Deans will also be present to discuss their staff

Academic Staff Reward Committee

All staff in the RTE and SSA job families (excluding grade 9)

  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor
  • Pro Vice-Chancellors
  • Three Deans (on a rotating basis)

Professional Service Staff Reward Committee

 All staff in the OP, AD, TE and MA job families (excluding grade 9)

  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Director of Finance
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Two Directors of Professional Services (on a rotating basis)
  • One Operations Manager (on a rotating basis)

13. The Reward Committees will receive the following information on each candidate:

a. Grade and job family
b. Performance assessment rating for current year
c. Performance assessment rating for previous three years (if available)
d. Rewards received in current academic year (if any)
e. Excellence rewards awarded in previous years (if any)
f.  Sub-category

14. The Reward Committees will make decisions on the rewards to be applied having due regard for equality and consistency.


15. It is expected that all staff will have a PDR each year and that the outcomes will feed into the Reward Committees.

16. However, it is recognised that there might be occasions where a PDR has not taken place, but a School/Service still wishes to ensure that an individual is appropriately rewarded. An example might be someone who is on maternity leave.

17. Where an absence is planned, arrangements should be made for the individual to have a PDR prior to the commencement of their leave in order that their performance assessment rating can be fed into the PDR outcomes at the appropriate time. They will also need a PDR on their return to ensure that appropriate objectives are set.

18. If this is not possible, a Dean/Director may make a special case to the Reward Committee for a reward for an individual who has not had a PDR. The Dean/Director will be required to submit an explanation as to why the PDR did not take place as well as their reasons for requesting a reward.

19. Where a reward is awarded to an individual who is in receipt of no pay, e.g. on maternity leave, the reward will be applied immediately on the individual’s return to work. 

20. If an employee secures another role towards the end of the calendar year, the outgoing School/Professional Service may conduct a PDR to review the employee’s performance so that this can be fed into their SRG at the appropriate time.

21. If a member of staff with a performance rating of excellent is promoted or secures another position following their PDR, they should receive an appropriate one-off payment. 


22. HR will be responsible for informing individuals of any rewards and for ensuring that pay is recorded correctly.

23. Summary data of the number and level of rewards awarded will be prepared each year for review by Human Resources Committee.

24. Human Resources Committee will be responsible for monitoring rewards and identifying any trends or patterns, as well as taking action should it have any concerns about the practices or outcomes of any Reward Committee.

25. Reward for grade 9 staff is subject to approval by Remuneration Committee.


Anne Lamb, Acting Director of Human Resources

February 2018


As well as offering a suite of rewards linked to remuneration, the University is proud to offer a range of other awards to recognise excellence and achievement and to help staff to further enhance their performance and the work they do.

 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. These will be awarded to individuals in recognition of excellence in supporting the delivery of the University strategy in one or more of the following areas:

a)    Learning and Teaching           

b)    Enterprise           

c)    Research              

d)    Professional Services

Up to 20 will be awarded each year, with the expectation being that the numbers are distributed reasonably across different staff groups.  The University will allocate up to £2,500 to each individual to assist the recipient with furthering their excellent activity.

Distinguished Travel Grant. This reward is available to all staff and gives individuals the opportunity to travel anywhere in the world (up to a value of £10k) to gain experience that will contribute to their excellent performance in their current role. Up to two grants will be awarded each year. The funding may also be used to support individual’s families during their visit and to enable the family to join them for a part of the visit (if desired). Candidates will be expected to identify how a placement in a different organisation can enhance their performance whilst contributing to the University Strategy and developing the University’s reputation and reach either nationally or internationally.

Academic Team Award. This reward will recognise particular success of an academic endeavour to a combined value of £5000. The team may use the reward to invest in new equipment, attend a conference or other academic activity. Up to five Academic Team Rewards across the University may be awarded in any academic year.

Submissions for these awards will be considered each June. Candidate will be invited to submit no more than one page of A4 setting out the award applied for and why they believe they are eligible for the award to their Dean or Director. The Dean or Director should then submit the application to HR by the stipulated date, providing a short commentary on the application.  The Awards Committee will comprise the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Pro Vice-Chancellors and the Chief Operating Officer. The next meeting is on 15th June 2018 and the deadline for submissions is 1st June 2018.  All submissions should be sent to Sophie Hall, HR Officer,

Anne Lamb, Acting Director of Human Resources
February 2018

University Fellowships

Please go to University Fellowships