Cost of living support

We’re aware that the rising cost of living is having a serious impact on people’s financial wellbeing with many facing the challenge of navigating cost pressures daily. This page brings you information on the sources of support available to you, along with some details of the discounts/savings you’re able to access as a member of staff at the University.

Quick links

Find ways to help you decrease energy consumption, access the Employee Assistance Programme, discover staff networks and access support with childcare, as well as viewing the range of staff benefits available to you.

Financial Wellbeing

Employee Assistance Programme

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Our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a confidential employee benefit designed to help you deal with problems that could be affecting your general life.

Five Ways to Wellbeing


Our Five Ways to Wellbeing details simple activities that can be carried out in your everyday life to help improve your general wellbeing.

Citysave Credit Union

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City Save is a UK Credit Union, offering financial assistance and support to those who live or work in Birmingham. 

Citizens Advice

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Confidential information and advice to assist with legal, debt, consumer, housing, and other problems in the United Kingdom.

National Debtline

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A charity that offers free and independent debt advice over the phone and online.

Money helper

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Money helper provides free HM Government guidance you can trust.

Money Saving Expert

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Money-saving tips on day-to-day necessities and other amenities to support you.


Travel Season Tickets

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More information on all our Travel offers can be found on our Staff Benefits pages. 

Shopping & Leisure

As a member of staff you can access a range of great discounts on grocery shopping, utility bills, holidays, days out, computer equipment and much more. This could be through our Employee Perks Programme ‘Perks at Work’, by applying for a TOTUM (formerly NUS) Extra card and/or accessing our ‘Discounts for Teachers’ site. For more information on these and other discounts available to you please access the Staff Benefits shopping pages.

For the full range of staff benefits available please visit the Staff Benefits page. If you’re not already a member please also consider joining our Staff Benefits Teams channel, where discounts/ special offers are regularly highlighted.