If you are new to Imperial College, this page brings together some of the benefits that you may be interested in as you join us.
We offer you a competitive salary, package of attractive terms and conditions of service and access to excellent occupational pension benefits, which after salary is arguably the most valuable benefit for us all. We also offer you a great range of optional benefits which we hope you will take advantage of.
Although this page will give you a flavour of your benefits as a new member of staff, along with some suggestions for ways you can engage socially with other staff to help integrate yourself into our community, we encourage you to view the other benefits available.
Financial benefits and discounts
As you embark on your career with us your future retirement might be the last thing on your mind, but giving consideration to your pension provision now will benefit you greatly when you do retire. The College offers three contributory pension schemes to its eligible staff:
- Superannuation Arrangements for the University of London – SAUL
- University Superannuation Scheme – USS
- National Health Service – NHSPS
For each of these schemes the College also contributes a percentage of your pensionable pay in order to guarantee your benefits. In addition to this benefit, joining one of the pension schemes will give you immediate life cover, an inflation-proofed pension and long-term illness cover.
The cost to you is not as much as you might think and with the option, for those joining USS or SAUL, to contribute via PensionSMART, our salary sacrifice scheme, both you and the College make savings in the amount of National Insurance contributions paid. As your salary will be reduced by the amount of your pension contribution, you will pay lower National Insurance contributions than you would otherwise and your take home pay will be slightly higher as a result.
Whether you are considering joining a scheme or are already a member, our pension webpages will provide you with scheme information, answers to your queries and direct you to further sources of information.
Season ticket loan
If you are a member of staff whose appointment has at least six months to run, you are eligible to apply for an interest free season ticket loan for
travel from your home (normal residential address) to your workplace by rail, underground, bus, or other approved public carrier. Read the full eligibility criteria and how to apply.
"I find the season ticket loan really helpful. It saves me money over the year and means I can also get an annual gold railcard for free, which saves me more on my train journeys even when I’m not commuting." Anthony Wilkinson, Office of the Provost.
General salary advance
We will consider a salary advance to you in the following circumstances:
a) at the beginning of employment, pending your first month’s pay;
b) to cover initial accommodation expenses if you are a new starter with us e.g. a deposit on rented accommodation;
c) on compassionate grounds e.g. to pay funeral expenses.
In other exceptional circumstances, an advance may be approved by an HR Adviser/Manager.
Salary advance for UK immigration application fees
We are able to provide an interest free loan facility to assist you if you are:
a) a current or prospective (must have been issued with an offer of employment or conditional offer) non EEA staff member and your dependants with payment of UK visa fees and/or Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) costs or
b) a current non EEA, EEA or Swiss national staff member and your dependants with payment of UK residency application fees or Citizenship costs.
Private medical insurance
The Bupa Eduhealth Essentials cover is the specially rated private medical insurance scheme for the education sector. The special rates offered by Eduhealth equate to approximately 55% of the equivalent price for non education staff.
One of the perks you (and up to ten of your family and friends) can enjoy are our 'Imperial Perks', a one-stop-shop giving you access to a widerange of savings which are preferential to anything available on the open market, from the likes of Sainsburys, M&S, Debenhams, Expedia, Argos, Aviva and the major cinema chains (Cineworld, Odeon and VUE). As an additional incentive, for every purchase you make through 'Imperial Perks', you will receive WOWPoints that can either be spent through Imperial Perks or withdrawn as cash.
I ordered tickets to Thorpe Park via Imperial Perks and got 50% off the price. It was extremely easy and quick to use, and I received the tickets almost instantly by email. 10/10!"
Department of Chemistry
Why not have a look at our Perks of the Job webpage to see what other discounts you can enjoy as a member of College staff?
Equipping you for your role
Imperial Insights is a half day introduction to the College where you will be welcomed by senior staff and have the opportunity to meet new staff from across the College. There will be a presentation providing an overview of the organisation and highlighting important issues currently facing the College. The event closes with an exhibition-style section, giving you the opportunity to meet existing staff and approach various departments with your own questions.
Learning and Development
The College is committed to developing you by offering a wide range of programmes and support to suit your individual career aspirations. Learn more about the courses and training programmes available through our Learning and Development Centre.
Imperial Expectations guides the behaviour of all our staff. The seven Imperial Expectations' statements shape the working lives of all of us. They show how we respect and support each other in achieving personal goals and the College’s strategic objectives. They directly impact on what it feels like to work at Imperial and they are a public statement for attracting new staff.
Personal Review and Development Plan (PRDP)
The College is committed to creating a supportive, inclusive and highly motivated staff community across all disciplines, functions and activities. One of the ways we do this is through the annual PRDP process.
Please view our Mind, body and soul webpage for further information on the professional development opportunities available.
As a new member of staff it may take you a while to find your way around our campuses, why not speed up the process by attending one of our campus tours?
Food and drink
With around 20 outlets, including cafés, restaurants and even a convenience store, you are never too far away from a hot meal, refreshments or a quick snack. You will find something to suit everyone from restaurants offering three course à la carte menus to cosy cafés serving barista style coffee. Have a look at our Food and Drink pages to see what's on offer.
Early years education centre (EYEC)
The Early Years education centre provides outstanding childcare and education services to children of Imperial's staff and students, aged between 6 months and 5 years, in Prince's Gardens, South Kensington. We believe that the right balance of nurture and inspiration will enable all those within their care to get the best start possible.
Have a look at our Mind, body and soul webpage for details of the sports' facilities on offer to our staff, including Ethos our state of the art sports centre at the South Kensington campus. Go along to one of their group exercise classes, with plenty to choose from, you'll be sure to find a class that works for you!
" I really enjoy the lunchtime Pilates class as it gets me out of the office for an hour and consists of lots of stretching exercises which are perfect for anyone who sits at a desk for the majority of the day!" Amy Austin, Human Resources.
As a member of staff you are automatically registered with the Library. Your College ID card is your library card - use it to swipe into the library, borrow books and operate our printer-copiers.
If you have not received a College ID card bring your staff contract, letter of appointment or letter from Imperial College London department to the Welcome Desk in the Central Library or to your home campus library. For further information visit the Library Services' website.
Imperial offers accommodation available to Imperial Staff at the White City Campus. These purpose built three bedroom apartments on the Imperial White City campus are available for rent by Imperial and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust staff . Eligibility criteria applies in realtion to salary. Find out more.
Bank at the South Kensington campus
Santander provides a full range of retail banking services from their branch on the Level 2 Walkway, Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus. In addition, there are cash machines located in the ground floor lobby of the Sherfield Building.
For staff based on other campuses, your colleagues, or your local HR representative will be able to advise you on the location of the nearest bank or building society.
Taking part in College's social activities will enable you to meet new people and forge new friendships. The groups mentioned below are just a selection of what's on offer, take a look at our Social Activities' webpage and the College's Making connections' webpage for a larger list of social opportunities.
Support Services' Social CommitteeKeep up to date with events organised for staff.
The Womens' Club
Inspiring and connecting women of the College. The Womens' Club provide opportunities for women to network at College meeting people from other Faculties and Support Services' areas working across our campuses. Working lunches take place in February, May and November. During the year, the Book Group and Day Events Group meet too.
Enjoy cyling? Why not join the staff cycle club? The Imperial Wheelers' Cycle Club organises regular Club rides for members, sometimes after work and also at weekends.
Orchestras, choirs, bands, art workshops, exhibitions and lunchtime concerts are offered as extra-curricular music and art programmes at the College. Take a look at what's on offer.