Further information you might find useful when you start

Staff benefits

To see what’s available, visit the benefits and discounts page. As well as holidays, maternity and paternity and sickness leave, there are a wide range of benefits available through the Benefits+ scheme. These include Pensions +, childcare, travel and lifestyle benefits, and even help if you have a short-term financial crisis. You can find out more information here

Trade unions

There are three official campus trade unions: UCU, UNISON and Unite. You can join any trade union although membership isn’t compulsory.

Staff accommodation

If you're moving to Leeds to work at the University, we can help you with staff accommodation.

International staff

If you're coming to work at the University from another country, we have help and advice for international staff on the HR website and Relocate@Leeds

Research staff

If you're starting a research job with us, you might find the information on support for researchers useful.

Equality and inclusion

We are a multi-cultural community, valuing diversity, and determined to make sure:

  • that we treat everyone fairly, with dignity and respect;
  • that the opportunities we provide are open to everyone;
  • that we provide a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for staff, students and visitors.

We promote diversity and inclusiveness through a range of activities and initiatives, for example, we have childcare, prayer and contemplation facilities, a range of flexible working initiatives and a range of staff networks. Further information can be obtained from the Equality and Inclusion Unit.


As a new member of staff, you can request a mentor to support you here

Car parking

The University of Leeds is committed to reducing emissions and congestion and as such encourages staff, students and visitors to find sustainable travel options to get to the University. Parking at the University is limited, but staff can find out more about parking on campus, including for Blue Badge holders, on the Estates and Facilities website or by calling Car Parking on extension 35491 or by email at carparking@leeds.ac.uk.


Sustainable transport

Leeds has a compact city centre and good public transport services, making it easy to get around whether you're on foot, bike or using the bus, and encouraging these sustainable transport options is at the heart of our travel plans. Our aim is to become a University with a reputation for outstanding performance on sustainability and we're a strong supporter of alternative travel options for staff. You can find information on local transport, travel pass discounts, campus bike hire and walking routes, as well as other information about our Travel Plan here.

Catering on campus

The main dining area in the University is the Refectory, next to the Student Union building. The Refectory sells a range of hot and cold food and is open seven days a week, and there are also a number of cafés on campus.


You can borrow books and other materials from any of the University libraries using your staff ID card, for up to three months if you’re support staff, and up to six months if you’re academic or academic related (professional and managerial) staff.

Sports facilities

There are various sports facilities at the University, including The Edge which has a swimming pool, a state of the art gym, and fitness classes. There are different levels of membership, all at excellent rates.

Security of personal belongings

You need to take personal responsibility for all of your personal possessions or other property, including vehicles, which you bring onto the University premises. We don’t take responsibility for any personal items which are lost, stolen or damaged whilst on University premises.

Data protection

Our code of practice on data protection is available here.