Staff Hub

Find out how we can support you through the cost of living crisis – from financial advice, services and support.

How we can support you

We’re aware that staff may be worried about money issues now and in the months to come.

The University has taken a number of steps to support you and we will offer a wide range of financial advice, services and support to help staff who may be experiencing money issues. A cost of living steering group involving staff and students is exploring and developing a range of initiatives to further support the Sussex community who are dealing with the impact of the rising cost of living.

Financial support

The University Executive Group has agreed to provide further support to both staff and students, which taking account all of the measures we have introduced so far, will total around £6.6m.

In July we paid a non-consolidated payment to our staff community and will make a further non-consolidated progressive payment to our staff community weighted towards those on the lowest salaries and who are most affected in the cost-of-living crisis. Following feedback from staff, these payments will be staggered to cover the winter months and will be paid from November to March.

As such:

Non-consolidated payments to staff
GradePayment amountNovDecJanFebMarch
Grades 1-3 £900 £180 £180 £180 £180 £180
Grade 4 £800 £160 £160 £160 £160 £160
Grade 5 £700 £140 £140 £140 £140 £140
Grade 6 £600 £120 £120 £120 £120 £120
Grade 7 £500 £100 £100 £100 £100 £100
Grade 8 Lump sum payment of £400
Grade 9 Lump sum payment of £300

At the start of October, we became a Real Living Wage employer. We introduced the new rate of £10.94/hour (equivalent to spinal point 10 of the national pay spine) six months earlier than required – in support of our lowest paid colleagues during current challenging economic conditions. Find out more about the changes to spinal pay points.

Financial Detox Webinar

You can now replay a one-hour Financial Detox Webinar on Panopto. The webinar, which provides useful guidance to help manage your finances, also highlights tips and suggestions for making your money go further. You can also view the presentation [PDF 1.1MB] and transcript [PDF 217KB].

Rewards and benefits

Our staff discounts provider has recently changed from Xexec to Reward Gateway, a user-friendly platform that makes it easy to find savings on a large range of goods and services.

You can reduce their supermarket food bill at places like Sainsburys, Tesco and Asda. You could save £260 a year based on a typical supermarket food shop of £100 per week, with the maximum 5% discount saving through the platform.

Low-cost food options on campus

We are working with our caterers to ensure there are subsidised low-cost food options on campus, and will be providing a range of vegan and vegetarian hot meals for £2 across the winter period in Eat Central.

You can also download the Too Good to Go App, which saves you money and minimises food waste. You can pick up a magic bag daily from Tortilla, ACCA, Dhaba, Sussex Innovation Centre and Eat Central. Ordered through the Too good to go app you can pay and reserve a magic bag from as little as £2. The contents are made up from the food cooked that day and can have a retail value up to £10.

Transport costs

There are a range of ways which University of Sussex staff can benefit from discounted travel. You can obtain discounts on bus and train tickets through the easit scheme, in addition to interest-free season ticket loans and set-price 'Fare Deals' with the Streamline Taxis firm.

Car parking charges have been frozen at pre-pandemic levels. You can find out more about car parking charges on campus.

Season ticket loans

An interest-free loan is available for University staff who wish to purchase a season ticket. Follow the link Staff Travel Loan where you can download an application form, or contact Payroll on ext 3757 or email your usual payroll contact

Cycle to work scheme

Your Cycle to Work lease limit has been increased to a maximum £3,000 to provide greater choice in general and of E-Bikes in particular. You can also extend your payment term beyond the current 12 month period enabling a more expensive bike to be leased more affordably, should you wish.

Staff support

Our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) partners Health Assured are a specialist highly professional organisation that can provide a range of help at difficult times. There is a 24 hour / 365 days-a-year telephone help line that can provide counselling and specialist advice on a range of matters. The EAP helpline on 0800 316 9337.