We expect to  progress HR work from Monday 28th January as staff are gaining access to previous HR systems this week.
Please be aware there may be a delay when contacting HR whilst access is restored.
Any payroll critical activity will need to have been received by the HR Operations and Recruitment team by 9am Friday 1st February .

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Payroll giving or Give as you Earn (GAYE)

Payroll giving or Give as you Earn (GAYE) is a fantastic way to donate to your favourite charities.

The donation comes from your pay each month before income tax, meaning the charity receives what you would have paid in tax as part of the gift. For example, a gift of £5 will cost a lower rate tax payer only £4 of their take-home salary and a higher rate tax payer just £3 of their take-home salary.

You can support life-saving or life-changing projects right here on campus by making a gift to the University’s fundraising campaign via payroll. Whether you want to fight cancer or encourage the next generation of graduates, every penny of your gift will be used towards your chosen project. You can donate via payroll by completing the University’s GAYE form (using University of Birmingham as the charity name) and returning it to the Payroll Office. Once complete, please inform the Development Office about your gift and which project you would like to support. For more information and for other ways to get involved, please e-mail Alumni Relations or visit their website.

The University has appointed Bell Fundraising to promote its payroll giving scheme. Bell will visit the University periodically to carry out targeted promotions. 

Which charities can I give to?

Who are Bell Fundraising?

Will Bell Fundraising get a percentage of my donation?

Which groups of charities does Bell Fundraising represent?

Where do I look for more information?

Which charities can I give to?

Your choice is not in any way restricted. If you have a favourite charity, you can donate to them through payroll giving. To make a donation, please use the online form at or contact Gill Newis if you would prefer to be sent a paper form to complete.  Bell Fundraising also have groups of charities you can donate to if you can't decide on one charity.

You can also give money to projects at the University.  While it is possible to do this through Bell (if you specifically ask), they will take a percentage cut of the gift.  By giving directly through payroll, 100% of the gift will reach the University's projects.  Donations can be made via the Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO). Contact Payroll or DARO for information on how to do this. 

Who is Bell Fundraising?

Bell Fundraising is a Kent-based fundraising company employed by consortiums of charities working together to help each other, ensuring that some of the smaller charities get their fair share. Bell works to raise awareness of this concept through payroll giving.

Will Bell get a percentage of my donation?

No money is taken direct from donations made either to the consortia or to individual charities. The consortia employ Bell to be their public face, essentially as an out-sourced fundraising department. Salaries are paid monthly and kept entirely separate from donations. Therefore, Bell does not receive any proportion of the donation itself. 

Which groups of charities do Bell Fundraising represent?

 Smile a Minute

 A donation to Smile a Minute is split equally between

  • Action for Children
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Mencap
  • Childlife
  • People for People
  • Sightsavers International
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Carers UK 

Friends at Work

A donation to Friends at Work is split equally between

  • Action for Blind People
  • Childlife
  • Action Medical Research
  • Guideposts Trust
  • Muscular Dystrophy UK
  • RNIB
  • Sign Health
  • Mencap
  • The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
  • Action on Hearing Loss

Make a Difference

A donation to Make a Difference is split equally between

  • Action Medical Research
  • Breast Cancer Care
  • Childlife
  • Ask (Action for Street Kids)
  • Muscular Dystrophy UK
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • The Woodland Trust

Together for Change

A donation to Together for Change is split equally between

  • Action for Street Kids
  • Blindcare
  • Carers UK
  • Child Concern Consortium
  • Childlife
  • Contact a Family
  • Together for Animals

Where do I look for more information?

Related links

Give As You Live - support the University by shopping online

University alumni giving page 


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