RVC employees receive a number of benefits, including the opportunity to work in a creative, dynamic and exciting environment. Some of the benefits we offer are detailed below:
Annual leave entitlement is dependent on the grade of the job. We offer 25 days annual leave as a minimum, up to a maximum of 30 days (pro-rata for part-time staff). In addition, we offer up to four College 'closure' days, normally taken at Christmas, as well as recognising the eight UK public holidays. Some flexibility may be required when taking leave according to departmental needs. Please visit the the annual leave section for further information.
Central London Location
Set in the heart of London, our Camden Campus is the principle location for first and second year veterinary undergraduates, The Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital and parts of the College’s central administration. It boasts a state of the art Learning Social Space (the Lightwell), refurbished research laboratories, an extensive library and an anatomy museum, and is within easy access of the bars, restaurants and theatres of London’s West End as well as London St Pancras International Station. For directions to the Camden Campus, please visit the Our campuses and contacts page on the RVC website.
Childcare Vouchers (Childcare Plus)
The RVC Childcare Voucher Scheme, administered by Edenred, has now closed and we are unable to accept any new entrants to the scheme. You may still be entitled to tax free childcare which is now administered directly through the Government website. On this website, you will be able to check your eligibility, make an application and find out more information on help available to pay for childcare. If you are currently in the Edenred scheme, you can stay in it so long as you remain employed by the RVC and do not take an unpaid career break of longer than a year.
Updated October 2018
Development and Training
The College is committed to providing learning and development opportunities for every employee. We will offer you:
- mentoring and coaching
- in-house training programmes covering topics such as IT, management development, presentation and communication skills
- a supportive environment in which to expand your skills on the job
College employees can visit the Training & Development page for further information.
Discounted Gym Rates
At Hawkshead, there is a variety of equipment ready for use similar to that which you would find in any commercial gym, as well as dedicated shower and changing facilities integral to the gym, and a drinking fountain. Available for use from 7am to 10pm 7 days a week, access to the gym will be via your existing College access card and, in order to have your access card activated, you will have to attend an induction session. Please contact the SU President for induction arrangements.
There is also a similar on-site gym at the Camden Campus.
In addition, the College has secured a reduced membership rate with the University of Hertfordshire Sports Village with no joining fee or contract. For more information on this deal or to take advantage of a reduced membership rate, please contact the University of Hertfordshire Sports Village direct on 01707 284466.
The College also provides a further reduced gym membership rate at the Furzefield Centre located in Potters Bar. For more information on this deal or to take advantage of the reduced rate, please contact the gym on 01707 850500.
Eligibility for COSTCO Membership
College staff have the ability to apply for COSTCO membership at discounted rates. COSTCO is a retail wholesaler (food/clothes/electrical goods) where membership allows the customer to save a significant amount of money when purchasing items in bulk. Please visit the the COSTCO website for further information.
Financial Advice Service
The Royal Veterinary College has a long established partnership with DGS Chartered Financial Planners Ltd. The advisers from DGS offer a completely independent advisory service and arrangements can be made for a representative to visit you either on site or, in some cases, at home.
DGS can assist in the following areas:
- Analysing your pension benefits - whether you are a member of USS or SAUL;
- Decisions relating to existing pensions from previous employers;
- Understanding your employee benefits, such as the protection you receive as an employee;
- Investigating if your savings could work harder;
- Inheritance tax planning;
- Providing for your family in the event of death or serious illness;
- Financial planning for your future.
The RVC have arranged for a free 45 minute review for any employee who feels they would benefit from seeing an adviser. If you would like to know more or to book a meeting, please click here: Contact DGS
Family Friendly Policies
We offer a range of family friendly policies, including adoption, maternity and paternity pay and leave, carer leave, flexible working arrangements and compassionate leave. Please visit the the Family Friendly page for further information.
Free Access to our Counselling Service and Free Information & Advice Service
College staff have access to a free and confidential 24 hour counselling service. In addition, staff also have access to the CareFirst free Information and Advice Service. Please visit the CareFirst page for further information (available to College employees only).
Free Mini-bus Service
College staff travelling between Campuses have access to our minibus service between Potters Bar station and the Hawkshead Campus. The minibus runs regularly throughout the working day. For details on minibus times, please visit the Minibus Timetable Intranet page for further information.
NUS extra card
All College staff can purchase an NUS card for £12 for 12 months (£22 for 2 years, £32 for 3 years) which gives access to numerous exclusive offers and discounts from many popular retailers including Co-op supermarkets, Amazon and Pizza Express. For full details of all the available savings and to purchase your card visit the NUS website at www.nus.org.uk. [When completing your application choose ‘Royal Veterinary College’ as your ‘Place of study’ and ‘Other’ for both ‘Course Level’ and ‘Course Discipline’. You can enter any course dates.]
O2 Employee and Membership perks scheme
O2 Open gives employees 25% off airtime plans with 3GB or above date and 15% off airtime plans below 3GB. This is across all Refresh 24 month Pay Monthly voice and Mobile Broadband tariffs, and does not apply to SIM only deals. For further information, visit your local O2 shop and they will help you choose the right deal. Please take ID/proof that you work for the RVC, two proofs of identity – e.g. driving licence, recent utility bill, valid passport or council tax bill if you wish to buy a contract phone. If you wish to keep your current number, take your PAC code with you, which you should receive from your current provider, and bank or credit card details will be required to complete the direct debit mandate. If you require further information please contact HR.
On-site Car Parking at our Hawkshead Campus
College staff employed at our Hawkshead Campus can make use of on-site car parking. See Staff and Student Parking on the RVC Intranet (Login required).
On-site Sports Facilities at our Hawkshead Campus
College staff can make use of our on-site gyms at both campuses. At our Hawkshead Campus there are also tennis courts and football/rugby/cricket fields.
We offer competitive and attractive pensions packages in the form of two excellent occupational pension schemes. We also offer PensionPlus - a Salary Sacrifice method of paying for your pension that means you are likely to see an increase in your take-home pay.
The pension schemes are the Superannuation Arrangements for the University of London (SAUL) and Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). Participation in which scheme depends on the grade of the job. Both pension schemes offer competitive benefits including immediate life cover. Please visit the SAUL or USS websites for further information.
Pleasant Working Environment
Both our campuses have pleasant working environments, with our Hawkshead Campus, set in rural Hertfordshire and our Camden Campus, in central London. For directions to either site, please visit the Our campuses and contacts page on the RVC website.
We are an open employer and recognise as well as embrace many different faiths and cultures. Our quiet rooms are open to use for any member of staff of whichever faith group they belong to. See Religion and Belief Policy for further information.
Ride2Work Scheme (CyclePlus)
The College is working in partnership with Evans Cycles to offer the Government approved ‘Ride2Work Scheme’. The scheme recognises that commuting to work by bicycle will save you money in addition to making you healthier and happier. Please visit the Ride2Work Scheme Intranet Page (available to College employees only) for further information.
Season Ticket Loan for Rail Tickets
College staff can make use of the staff refectory at each of our campuses, which offer a range of hot and cold food throughout the day. Both campuses also have a cafe, where staff can purchase hot and cold drinks as well as small snacks.
Our corporate travel provider Selective Travel offer a 5% discount to all employees of the RVC under the leisure arm of the Travel Group. Personal travel bookings booked by staff are required to be paid directly to Selective Travel at the time of booking. If you require further information please contact Finance.
Universities & Colleges Personal Healthcare Scheme
The universities and colleges personal healthcare scheme has been running for over 30 years and offers university and college employees access to the eligible treatment they need – when it’s needed. The scheme is underwritten by AXA PPP healthcare and offers full immediate cover – with the possibility to be covered for previous and existing medical conditions, provided no claims are ongoing and no treatment is planned. It also gives access to a health information helpline - 24/7 Health at Hand. No medical examination is required prior to joining. For further information and to receive a quote call 0800 0321 950 or visit www.axappphealthcare.co.uk/british-universities.