Employee benefits

People are at the heart of the University of Dundee, that's why we offer a first class package of benefits.

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People are at the heart of our success. We deeply care about our staff and students, striving to offer the best possible environment to all. A wide range of employee benefits make the University of Dundee a great place to work. 

“Finding a new job was much more than the job description. I wanted to make sure I was going to an employer who offered a good working environment, the chance to learn and develop, with opportunities to further my career – the University of Dundee ticked every box.”

Robyn Duffy, Marketing and Communications Officer, External Relations


Our competitive pay structure is defined through the national pay spine and provides for annual increments within the grades. Pay scales for academic and support staff are graded from 1 to 10. Pay awards to recognise cost of living increases are negotiated nationally through the Universities & Colleges Employers’ Association and recognised trade unions.

Pay scales for academic and HE support staff

Annual leave

We provide a generous annual leave allowance which includes:

  • 34 days annually (including public holidays)for staff on grades 1 to 6
  • 39 days annually (including public holidays)for staff on grades 7 and above

Terms and conditions

Work/life balance policies

There is a range of policies designed to support staff to balance work and home life and deal with personal responsibilities, as well as some of life's major events. These include:

  • Family Leave - Children and Dependants
  • Compassionate Leave - Bereavement
  • Fertility Treatment Leave
  • Shared Parental Leave
  • Carer's Leave
  • Flexible Working

View all work/life balance policies

Professional and personal development

As a member of staff, you will have access to a whole range of professional and personal development opportunities. Our Talent and Development team offer a comprehensive workshop programme delivered by both internal and external experts. Mentoring and leadership development schemes are also available. Every staff member should discuss with their line manager or supervisor(s) their learning and support needs.


The University of Dundee has three pensions schemes which you may join, determined by your job category:

Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

  • for academic and academic-related staff

NHS Superannuation Scheme

  • for academic staff previously in the NHS Scheme

University of Dundee Superannuation Scheme (UoDSS)

  • for clerical, technical, and manual staff

If you satisfy certain criteria, you may be able to re-join/remain in the NHS Superannuation Scheme instead of joining USS.

The University also offers a salary sacrifice scheme, Pensions Plus, for pension contributions made into the Universities Superannuation Scheme or the University of Dundee Superannuation Scheme.

Additional benefits

All staff can take advantage of a range of other benefits such as membership of our Institute of Sport & Exercise, make use of our extensive library facilities, cycle to work schemes and government’s tax-free childcare. Or perhaps take a visit to our Botanic Gardens near Dundee airport or the Ninewells Community Garden which lies in the beautiful arboretum of Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. Both are free to visit, open 7 days a week – just remember your staff card for entry into the Botanic Gardens.

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