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The University recognises that success is not simply determined by a competitive suite of terms and conditions of service, but by fostering a working environment that enhances the physical and mental well-being of its staff.

The following pages provide information on a comprehensive range of support services available to staff demonstrating the University's commitment to enhancing and promoting employee health and well-being.

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TimesHigherEducatonLogoStaff discount of 50% for the Times Higher Education now available

The Times Higher Education is offering University staff a 50% discount on annual subscription rates.  There are two different subscriptions available:

  • Annual print subscription - £32.50 p.a. (RRP £65.00)
  • Annual digital subscription - £19.50 p.a. (RRP £39.00)

To sign up visit or call 0844 543 0064 quoting code THEDGA07 for digital subscriptions and THEGA02 for printed subscriptions.

Costco Wholesale LogoCostco Wholesale Savings

Costco Wholesale is a membership warehouse club, dedicated to bringing our members quality goods and services at the lowest possible prices. As an employee of Education, you qualify for Individual Membership.

Costco Wholesale Savings - Education

BlackwellLogoStaff and departmental discounts at Blackwell's Campus Bookshop

Remember to make use of your staff and departmental discounts at Blackwell's.

  • 19% discount on all departmental and purchase card orders
  • 10% staff discount to all employees of the University of Reading

Staff and departmental discounts at Blackwell's

Staff discount at Malmaison in Reading

The Malmaison Hotel in Reading is offering the following discounts to staff:

  • Sunday - Friday: 20% off Malmaison Reading Brasserie Dinning (Brasserie discount is off food only and subject to advance booking. Discount is not applicable between 20th November and 2nd January)
  • Monday - Thursday: £160 bed and breakfast (subject to availability on standard room types only, based on two people sharing)
  • Friday - Sunday: £89 bed and breakfast (subject to availability on standard room types only, based on two people sharing)

You will need to book in advance and provide your university ID.  To make a reservation of either a table for food or for a room, please call the hotel on 0118 956 2300 and ask for reservations, or email

RobertsonCooperFree on-line i-resilience report

Complete the Robertson-Cooper validated personality questionnaire and, based on the responses, the i-resilience report reveals which of the four key components users naturally draw on for resilience - confidence, adaptability, purposefulness and the need for social support

i-resilience provides a comprehensive understanding of personal resilience and gives examples of how this could impact on users responses to demanding work situations. The personal i-resilience report allows users to build on existing areas of strength, and also allows them to manage any potential areas of risk. The i-resilience portal then allows users to develop their resilience in line with the results of their report.

If you'd like to take the questionnaire please visit the Robertson Cooper site.

Are you getting enought sleep?

An article  in November's Management Today talks about the importance of sleep for effective performance in all spheres of life.

Employee Assistance Programme - Confidential Care

The University provides an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), called Confidential Care, as part of our health and well-being strategy to provide a supportive and healthy environment for staff.

Confidential Care gives you a place to turn for support any time of day or night, 365 days a year. Support is available for whatever issues you might be facing, including work stress, depression, marriage and relationship issues, legal concerns, coping with change, parenting issues, financial problems, health issues and much more.

Confidential Care is independent, free and completely confidential, providing a comprehensive range of support and advice services to staff including:

  • Health and wellbeing advice and information
  • Telephone counselling;
  • Face to face counselling;
  • Counselling & emotional support;
  • Everyday matters;
  • Debt & financial management;
  • Legal and tax advice;
  • Family care;

Experienced, professional counsellors are available to listen to your concerns, determine appropriate resources, and then help you take the next steps. Confidential Care is provided by CIC and all counsellors are fully accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Please click here for further information regarding how to access the service. 

HARC postcardHealth, Advocacy, Respect and Care Network launched

The University of Reading strives to foster a positive work environment where staff feel supported. The Health, Advocacy, Respect and Care (HARC) Adviser Network of staff volunteers provides informal and confidential peer-to-peer support to staff at the University who feel they need someone to talk to but are unable to approach a colleague or line manager. For example, this could be someone who may feel anxious or stressed, or are new to the University and is unsure where to turn for advice.

Advisers are not offering, and cannot offer counselling. Their role is a supportive one, where they offer to listen to concerns and signpost colleagues to support and resources available in the University.

For more information including the profiles and contact details of the HARC Advisers please see the HARC Adviser Profiles.


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