Pay and Reward

Pay in LUU

LUU operates two payroll systems, a monthly payroll and a weekly payroll. Monthly payments are made on the last working day of the month, Weekly payments are made every Friday. The current pay scales can be viewed by clicking the links below. LUU consult with the local trade unions (Unison and Unite) on the annual cost of living increase.

Monthly Pay Scale -effective from 01 April 22

Weekly Pay Rates - effective from 01 April 22


Pensions are something we can all benefit from later in life, but how much do you know about pensions? Don't worry we have got you covered, take a look at our Understanding Pensions page to understand:

  • Why pensions are important

  • Information on LUU's Pension schemes

  • How you can make the most of your pension

  • What you should be thinking about when nearing retirement

Hero of the Week

We love to celebrate how great our people are, so each week we gather up your nominations for all those colleagues who have gone above and beyond, who have helped us out or who have achieved something amazing. You can nominate anyone in the organisation here, by contacting, or by sharing in the Virtual Huddle chat on Wednesday mornings. Each week the winner is announced in the LUU Weekly News and all the nominations are shared. All nominations also get shortlisted as nominees in our Shining Stars scheme.

View your current nominees here; Heroes of the Week

Shining Stars

The Shining Stars scheme is LUU’s way of ensuring that we recognise staff who have positively impacted their team and others in the organisation . The winner in each category receives £100 to spend on anything they choose.

Shining Stars is open to any member of LUU staff, to nominate a teammate, colleague or department who you feel deserves to be recognised. You can make a nomination at any point in the year in the following categories:


We want you to involve others in your work. We believe that your work will be improved by gaining wider perspectives and hearing from others. This will help us to create a place where everyone is valued and can play a part. In LUU being inclusive is about reaching out to everybody.


We want everyone in LUU to care for themselves and to care for others whether that’s colleagues or our students. We know that we deliver the best service when we feel good about ourselves so we want you to look after yourself so that you are fit to look after others.


We want to make things better than before by constantly reviewing what we do and seeing if we can improve. Being enterprising is not about making money, it’s about being resourceful, and coming up with new ways of doing things.


We encourage people to join in with what’s going on. That isn’t about going to all the social activities it’s about taking an interest in other parts of the organisation, in LUU wide initiatives and sharing your skills and knowledge to help others to make decisions and lead change.


It’s really important to us that you love what you do, enjoy your work and help others to enjoy it too. Loving what you do will really influence how students experience us because remember our ultimate goal is for them to love their time at Leeds.

How do I nominate someone?

You can nominate someone by filling out a shining stars nomination form here. Your nomination will automatically be sent to The People Team. The awards are held twice a year in June and December, the finalists are selected by last years winners and the SLT team pick the winners. There’s also a People’s Choice winner, which is the person or team who received the highest number of nominations in total.

The deadline for nominations is the 10th June and 30th November each year.


There are loads of benefits of working in LUU and we have outlined some of them below:

The Holidays

Weekly Paid Staff

Most of our weekly paid roles are contracted to work term time only, which allows staff to be away from Leeds in the University holiday periods. We have four vacation weeks across the year where staff receive holiday leave and where we pay holiday pay.

Monthly Paid Staff

Full time monthly staff are allocated 26 holiday days in a year to take in agreement with their line manager. Staff also receive 8 bank holidays and 6.5 closed days when the University is closed.

Flexible and Home Working

All LUU staff have the right to request flexible working providing they have served continuously for 26 weeks at the point of making the request. LUU sees flexible working as an advantage for our employee's as it allows them to work within their energy cycles, as well as giving flexibility for employees who may have family or personal commitments.

We recognise that there may be times where staff will be more productive whilst working from work whilst eliminating distractions and commuting times. Working from home allows people greater flexibility and control over their lives.

LUU staff can request flexible and home working through their managers.

Learning and Development

We believe that it is our responsibility to help staff continue to learn and develop throughout their career. LUU will support this development through the provision of appropriate resources including time off to attend training and development events, support from line managers and access to information and advice about training and development activities.

We also recognise that there is more to learning than training courses and believe that a whole range of other activities can be a useful source of learning. These include attendance at conferences, reading books and other publications, meeting with people from other organisations, on the job training and e-learning.

NUS Totum Card

Want student discounts even when your not a student? As a member of staff you can buy an annual NUS Totum Card and get discounts in loads of online and high street retailers.

If you are signing up for a Totum card, you need to use your University of Leeds email address, example:

Your place of study is Leeds University Union and your subject is other.

Discounted Internal Purchases

As a member of LUU staff you are eligible for 10% discount in some LUU outlets. You will only be eligible for discounts if you are wearing your LUU badge, please bring this to the attention of the relevant assistant when you make your purchase.

LUU Outlets where staff discount can be obtained are; Balcony, Common Ground and Gear. Old Bar and Terrace offer staff discount on staff food, coffee and soft drinks but not on other drinks.

Discount in the LUU Co-op can be obtained by presenting a Totum Card. The discount with this card will be to the value of 10%. If you sign up to a Co-op Membership Card, when you buy selected products and service from the Co-ops, they put 5% of what you spend into your Co-op Membership account. You can then spend this on most items in store. This discount may be subject to change. For details on how to obtain a Totum card refer to For details on how to obtain a Co-op Card refer to

Discounted Travel Cards

As an employee of LUU you are able to apply for an MCard. This is a discounted travel pass that you are able to purchase on a yearly basis and then have salary deductions taken from your payroll each month. Contact for more details.

Staff Groups and Networks

LUU has a lot to offer its staff, with a variety of networks and group that staff can attend throughout their working week. Staff can enjoy a meditation or a yoga session, or if you love to sing our staff choir will definitely be for you. If you want your time at Leeds to be about making change, we also offer our staff the opportunity to be in our Staff Networks. We currently have three staff networks which are the; REACH (Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage) Network, LGBTQ+ Staff Network and the Women's Collective.

Health and Wellbeing

Smoking Cessation Services:

LUU Staff are eligible for free access to smoking cessation services. The sessions will be running continuously throughout the year and you can drop in-and-out at any time.

Sign up now to join the face-to-face support sessions with a Health Adviser who can help you with behavioural change advice and guidance and Nicotine Replacement Therapy.

Contact to start your journey.

Bayfields Opticians:

LUU staff are entitled to a free eye examination. To receive this employees need to provide their Payroll number, LUU Lanyard and advise which department they work in.

If you are in need of a pair of glasses, LUU staff will be given a £25 discount to spend at Bayfields on a new pair of spectacles.

Any spectacles required solely for Display Screen Equipment, staff will receive £50 towards DSE specific spectacles from a limited range.

You can apply here

Mental Health Support

LUU offer counselling services for staff who may need access to support. LUU work alongside Togetherall who provide 24/7 online peer and professional support. Togetherall provides a safe space online to get things off your chest, explore your feelings and learn how to improve and self-manage your mental health and well-being.

You can read more about the support available on our Mental Heath Support page here.

Simply Health

Offering a range of healthcare solutions for you and your family, simplyhealth allows you to make contributions from your salary on a monthly basis and then claim back the cost of healthcare such as dentists, opticians and loads of other health services.

Edge Gym Membership

LUU staff are eligible for discounted membership. For more details, contact or call 0113 3437406.

Bright Beginnings ChildCare Centre

Bright Beginnings is an award-winning centre providing high quality childcare to students and staff members at the University of Leeds and Leeds University Union. Rated as outstanding by Ofsted, the location is convenient for parents as it is situated on campus.

Do you cycle to work?

It may be useful to know that there are cycle shelters dotted around campus which are available to University staff, including LUU staff. If you would like access to a cage, please email, so they can arrange a time for you to collect an access card to whichever shelter works for you. Please note that there is a £10 deposit on access cards and fobs.