Why work at UWE Bristol

There are plenty of reasons to choose us as your next employer.

UWE Bristol offers a wide range of excellent staff benefits for your personal and professional development, health and wellbeing, and your finances.

Staff benefits

Financial benefits

Competitive salary

UWE Bristol provides an incremental salary scheme with annual cost of living increases. The University has adopted an equal pay scheme for evaluating roles to ensure equal pay for work of equal value across all staff.

Pension schemes

The University offers contributory final pension schemes and dependent on your role, you may join either the Local Government Pension Scheme or Teachers' Pension Scheme.

Tax-Free Childcare

You may be eligible for Tax-Free Childcare to make savings on your childcare costs.

Cycle to work scheme

Interested in cycling to work? You can buy a bike at a reduced rate through our cycle to work scheme.

Season ticket loan

UWE Bristol staff are eligible to apply for an annual interest free season ticket loan to help pay for travel to work. 

Wider Wallet

Wider Wallet offers access to a range of discounts and benefits, both locally and nationally, for UWE Bristol staff. You can register using an access code available on our intranet pages (login required).

TOTUM card

All staff members can buy a TOTUM card (formerly known as NUS Extra cards) as an affiliate member of the Students' Union at UWE Bristol.


The University works in partnership with Simplyhealth to offer staff a discounted rate on a Simply Cash Plan, which allows you to claim money back towards the cost of a range of health services, from dentistry and optical, to alternative medicines and private healthcare for both you and your family.

Facilities and services

Nursery facilities

Halley Nursery is situated on Frenchay Campus and has places for 62 children. Priority is given to students and staff of UWE Bristol with unfilled places being offered to the wider community.

Sports facilities

UWE Bristol's Centre for Sport on Frenchay Campus provides exceptional fitness facilities including fully equipped fitness suites, an indoor climbing wall and a state-of-the-art sports hall. As well as a wide range of fitness classes, staff also have the opportunity to join activity groups and receive physiotherapy treatment. Discounted membership rates are offered to all staff.

Library facilities

UWE Bristol has one of the largest libraries in the South West. Our Library facilities provide staff with access to a wide range of books, periodicals, audio and visual resources and extensive online learning resources.

Restaurants and cafes

UWE Bristol offers a wide range of catering outlets where staff can enjoy a coffee or a bite to eat whilst relaxing in a friendly and sociable environment.

Work life balance

Annual leave

UWE Bristol offers all staff a minimum of 25 days annual leave each year in addition to 8 days bank holidays and up to 6.5 days paid leave for University closures.

Flexible working

The University is committed to helping staff achieve a healthy balance between work and life. We offer a variety of flexible working patterns, including options to work flexi-time, part-time hours, term time only and other arrangements.

Job share

All of UWE Bristol’s posts are open for consideration for job sharing.

Family related matters

The University offers a range of benefits to support you in balancing work life and family life including enhanced maternity and paternity packages and an on-site day nursery.

Active communities

Staff networks

There are a number of staff networks at UWE Bristol providing opportunities for social interaction, peer support and personal development. These are run by staff for staff and bring together people from all faculties, departments and services who identify with a group relating to one of the University's six equality strands (gender, race, disability, age, faith and sexual orientation).

Staff Social

All members of staff are invited to join the Staff Social. Once a member, you can join a variety of events throughout the year.


UWE Bristol Volunteering supports staff that wish to offer their time to help local charities and organisations that provide vital services and community provisions.

Centre for Music

The Centre for Music is for anyone at UWE Bristol with an interest in music, whether complete beginners or experienced performers. All Centre for Music activities are directed by professionals, so everyone gains by participating. There are opportunities in classical, jazz and musical theatre as well as bands, singers and songwriters and urban, dance and electronic.

More reasons to work at UWE Bristol

""We aim to create an environment that respects the diversity of staff and students, and enables them to derive maximum benefit and enjoyment from their involvement in the life of the University.""

Steve West, Vice-Chancellor, UWE Bristol

Equality and diversity

UWE Bristol recognises the value of a truly diverse workforce and student body and the contribution that every individual can make.

Support during the application process

If you’re a person with a disability, if you’re neurodivergent, or if you have a condition that you believe may affect your performance during our selection process, we’ll be happy to make reasonable adjustments to our processes for you. You’ll have the opportunity to let us know about any adjustments you may need throughout the application and selection process. We’ll continue this conversation if you join us as an employee, and we’ll work with you to make sure you have the adjustments you need to succeed in your role.

Examples of adjustments could include:

  • extra time for online assessments
  • providing alternative accessible formats
  • interview questions in advance of the interview
  • providing some extra information about what to expect
  • office orientation before an in-person assessment.

For any queries relating to the adjustments process at UWE Bristol please contact hrresourcing@uwe.ac.uk.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity team

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity team provides professional support and advice on equality and diversity for both staff and students. They lead on equality projects and policy initiatives, and take a proactive role in ensuring people are treated fairly regardless of age, disability, race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

Find out more about equality and diversity at UWE Bristol.

Our commitment to equality and diversity

  • Athena Swan Bronze Award logo
  • Disability Confident Employer logo
  • Mindful Employer logo
  • Stonewall Diversity Champion logo