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We are committed to providing an excellent working environment for all members of the University. 

There are a number of policies, services and terms and conditions of employment which are designed to help maintain and support your general well-being and assist work life balance. These include:

  • competitive salaries which take into account market rates, individual experience, qualifications and contribution
  • a generous holiday entitlement of 28 days, pro rata for part time staff (plus a further 8 bank holidays and an extra 3 days when closed during the Christmas vacation)
  • membership to an occupational pension scheme, either USS (Grades 7-11) or SAUL (Grades 1-6)
  • a generous removal and relocation scheme for eligible staff
  • a purpose-built nursery set in the peaceful surroundings of Wivenhoe Park at Colchester offering outstanding day care to children from three months to five years
  • concessionary course fees
  • University staff can take advantage of the Government's tax initiative 'Cycle to Work' scheme aimed at encouraging more people to cycle to work; and
  • interest-free season ticket loans and a range of other optional salary exchange tax benefits
  • A range of different career-focused training and learning activities.


Explore the full range of benefits we have on offer on our Staff Information Directory.

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Commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

Our commitment to providing an excellent working environment extends beyond our policies, services and terms and conditions of employment. One of the many benefits of working at Essex is that you will be part of a diverse community, whose members support each other in contributing individually and collectively to the best of their ability.

Our Strategy sets out the expectation we have of our staff to live the values we have embraced and how we want to attract people who will be good citizens, who will contribute to the life of the University and whose behaviour will not impact adversely on colleagues.

Our Equality and Diversity Policy Statement (.pdf) affirms this commitment.

Professional development

We are committed to ensuring that everyone is encouraged to maximise their potential and provided with many opportunities for training and development. Employees based at any of our locations can participate in the courses.