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Staff Benefits and Rewards

Our reward and benefits offering supports the delivery of the University's People Strategy to attract, retain and reward the very best. This package is driven and developed in line with the University values, particularly the value of 'enabling' through the creation of opportunities, support and freedom for everyone at Durham to become the best they can be now, and for the future.

Please explore the links below to find out more about the rewards and benefits offered to you.

You can contact the HR Reward Team with any questions, comments or suggestions for future rewards and benefits by emailing:

Financial RewardsFinancial Rewards

  • Salary
  • Total Reward Statements
  • Pensions
  • Exceptional Contribution Point & Discretionary Award Schemes
  • Merit Reward Scheme
  • Out of Round Discretionary Awards
  • Supplements
  • Academic Allowances Associated with a Leadership Role

Financial BenefitsFinancial Benefits

  • Corporate Discounts
  • Cycle to Work Scheme & Cycling Offers
  • Totum (Student Discount) Card
  • Transport & Travel Discounts
  • IT Discounts & Home Use
  • Local Discounts


  • Leave & Holidays
  • Recognition
  • University Day Nursery
  • Volunteering Time
  • Relocation Support
  • Staff Networks
  • Events & Collegiate Involvement
  • University Library, Museums & Attractions
  • Foreign Language Courses
  • Event Facilities & Management

Health BenefitsHealth Benefits

  • Health & Wellbeing Hub
  • Occupational Health
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • Health Cash Plans
  • Discounted Private Medical Cover
  • University Fitness Facilities & Discounts
  • Eyesight Cost Reimbursement

Financial WellbeingFinancial Wellbeing

  • Pensions
  • Financial Education & Wellbeing Resources
  • Salary Sacrifice Schemes
  • Credit Union


  • Development Reviews (ADR/APDR)
  • Progression (Academic)
  • Career Pathways (Professional Services)
  • Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
  • Training Courses
  • Coaching & Mentoring

Total Reward Statements

Total Reward Statements (TRS) have been introduced to provide you with a better understanding of the benefits you have or may have access to as an employee of Durham University.

Your TRS provides information about the value of your reward package and includes detail about your remuneration and benefits provided by the University.

What are total reward statements?

A total reward statement details the benefits available via a person’s employment. It can be helpful to act as a reminder or prompt of the range of benefits available.

What information is included?

These statements are not individual, but relevant to the grade. Therefore, individual allowances such as shift payment will not be included, nor will allowances which are pro-rata where colleagues work reduced hours, for example. The annual leave monetary amount on each total reward statement is part of your base salary, this figure has been provided to show the value of this leave for each grade.

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