Pensions and benefits

Updated 24 June 2020 4.51pm

Staff benefits

Childcare vouchers

Childcare vouchers will continue to be deducted from salary in the normal way.  If you wish to reduce or cease vouchers, please contact Kiddivouchers: or make amendments via your on-line account.  However please be aware that if you stop your vouchers in full and have a break of more than 52 weeks, it will not be possible to re-start them.  This is because the childcare voucher scheme has now closed and we are not able to admit new or previous scheme members.

Ticket extensions for unused Mcards during Covid-19 lockdown

For details of the new Mcard extension/cancellation scheme for your corporate card, please visit the ticket extensions page on the MCard website.

Cycle to Work – current  orders and potential changes to scheme

The Cycle To Work scheme is currently seeing a significant increase in demand, availability is limited and lead times are extended. Current orders are expected to be delivered in July/August at the earliest. Wherever possible, we will prioritise requests from staff who are returning to work on campus.

It is likely that a revised scheme will be in place by September 2020 and this will include an increase of the hire value of up to £3,000. Therefore you may prefer to delay your participation until a new scheme is launched to take advantage of any new terms and arrangements that are introduced.

Details of the current scheme are available in the Benefits section of the HR website.


Unfortunately, it is not possible to freeze or extend the term of the ticket.  If you wish to surrender your season ticket (Smart Cards and paper tickets) you should return the ticket by post (if possible) to the following address.

Specialised Sales
Northern Trains Ltd
The Travel Centre
Leeds Station
New Station Street
Leeds LS1 4DY

If you are surrendering your season ticket, please e-mail the staff benefits team, to let them know that the ticket has been returned.  The staff benefits team will make the necessary adjustment to the deduction from your salary but please be aware that we cannot make retrospective adjustments.  Therefore, depending on when you notify us, we may not be able to stop your deductions until the following month.

We have been advised that unfortunately, there will be no refund value left on any ticket that expires within 12 weeks of surrender.

Staff Assistance Fund

The Staff Assistance Fund is available to support employees facing financial difficulties.  We have made some changes to the fund to reflect the unprecedented circumstances caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic:


We will use this site to alert you to any updates from USS.

On 29 April 2020 USS published a members update:

Please check back for future updates.