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Human Resources


At Queen Mary, we provide a comprehensive range of staff benefits to support wellbeing, personal and professional development and more. Explore our benefits listed below. 

Our Agency Workers page outlines our offer for those on assignment at Queen Mary. 

Annual Leave

The full time annual leave entitlement is 30 working days* (plus bank holidays). Additionally staff are entitled to paid holidays on four other days when the university closes. See the Universty Closure Dates. 

* This may vary for some employment contracts.

Family Friendly Policies

Queen Mary provides a range of family friendly policies for maternity, paternity, adoption, fertility and shared parental leave above the statutory minimum arrangements. See our Childcare and Parenting page for further information.

Flexible Working

There are a range of options at Queen Mary to offer you work-life balance and flexible working opportunities.


There is a nursery on site at the Mile End Campus called Westfield Nursery. Staff can enrol their children here at a discount of approx. 10%. We share this nursery with students and the local community which means there is a waiting list so enquire as soon as possible. See our Childcare and Parenting page for further information.

Cycle to Work

This is provided by Cyclescheme.

It enables you to pay monthly towards a bike and bike equipment for your journey to work. We make deductions from your salary before tax and Natinal Insurance.

Occupational Health

The Occupational Health Service provides a range of health services for staff and students and they organise health promotion initiatives to maintain the health and wellbeing of staff.

Qmotion gym/health club

Staff have access to Qmotion, which is a health club located at the Mile End campus. The health club offers excellent discounted membership deals to staff and features a cardio vascular zone, a resistance zone and a free weights area. Additionally, there are dedicated stretching areas, two fitness studios that host classes ranging from yoga to circuits and a treatment room.

Visit QMotion's website for further information or take a walk round and have a chat with them.

Running Group

The Running Group meets every Wednesday at 12.30pm at the East Corridor, Ground Floor, Queens' Building, Mile End campus. It is free and consists of staff and student runners. All are welcome, from absolute beginners to experienced runners. For more information, contact Paul Kent.

Workplace Options

Queen Mary offers you and your family a free and confidential counselling and support service called Workplace Options. See our Employee Assistance Programme for further details.

Green Mary Garden

The Green Mary Garden at the Mile End campus gives staff and students the chance to grow vegetables, fruit and herbs. Please contact the Sustainability team for more details.


Union Membership

There are five recognised trade unions at Queen Mary: these are Unite, UCU, Unison, BDA, and BMA.

Give as You Earn scheme

If you would like to make donations to any charity, we can arrange to make the donation for you through payroll before tax and NI are deducted. Please complete the Give as you Earn form which is available through the HR website.

Free parking

Free parking is offered for staff at the Mile End Campus though demand is high and you will need to apply for a permit. For further information and information about parking at other campuses contact the Security team.

Independent financial advice

We offer you access to one session of free independent financial advice through Austin Chapel, who offer advice on mortgages, life assurance, investments, ISA’s and retirement planning. This service is independent of Queen Mary. To arrange your free appointment please contact Gary O’Neill.

Legal Advice

Our legal students, supervised by qualified barristers/solicitors can provide you with free preliminary legal advice on matters such as family law, immigration law, law for forces etc. Visit the LAC website to book an appointment.

Santander banking

Santander Bank have a branch available to all staff at the Mile End Campus site. They offer staff (from all sites) all available Santander bank accounts and preferential mortgage rates. They will require proof of your employment. Terms and conditions may apply.

For further information or to book an appointment please contact the branch managerr via email.

Season Ticket Loan

After 6 months service, you can arrange a loan to pay for the full cost of your season ticket and pay this back monthly interest free through your salary. The application form is available under the Pay and Benefits form page.

Pension Scheme

Queen Mary offers you membership of one of 3 defined benefit pension schemes, depending on your role and terms and conditions – USS, SAUL or NHS. They all offer excellent benefits including life assurance. We provide these via salary sacrifice which means you save on tax and NI.

For more details visit our Pensions page or contact the Pension team.

We have various mechanisms for rewarding staff’s contribution and development. Please refer to the pages linked to see eligibility requirements.

Staff Development

Organisational and Professional Development (for all staff) and the Queen Mary Academy (for academic staff) both provide excellent development opportunities across all areas of the University’s work. This includes e-learning, professional development, coaching, mentoring.

Academic Promotion

Queen Mary’s academic promotion process is designed to recognise and enable the development of our Lecturers, Senior Lecturers and Readers. The scheme is launched in November each year. 

GEM Awards

The Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Awards is an informal recognition scheme for Professional Services colleagues.

Staff and students are encouraged to nominate any member of Professional Services they believe does an excellent job and has exceeded expectations in helping to support, enable and contribute to the delivery of our strategic aims and values, in whatever their role at Queen Mary.

There is no formalised criteria. It is non-competitive and is totally separate to and quite different from the annual bonus scheme.

Staff Bonus Scheme

The annual staff bonus scheme rewards exceptional performance that supports the Queen Mary Values, with either a one off payment or an extra salary increment.

Staff Networks

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team support staff networks. There is currently a LGBTQ+ Staff Network (QMOut), Parents & Carers Network and a Staff Disability Network. 

We are keen to start networks for black and minority ethnic staff and disabled staff. We would love to hear from you if you are interested in developing one.

To find out more about their role and current initiatives contact the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Team.


There are a variety of Faith societies at Queen Mary, including Christian, Bahai, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, Krishna and Sikh. To contact or join these societies, go to the St Benet’s Chaplaincy’s Faith Society page.

Free Lectures and events

There are a variety of free lectures and events that you can attend. Just keep an eye on Connected and the e-bulletin for details of these events.


Queen Mary is highly committed to addressing its environmental, social and economic impacts and creating opportunities to build a sustainable future.

Our Sustainability team work with all things green and organise work with the local community including charity work. If you would like to volunteer or get involved, please contact the Sustainability team for more details.

Places to Eat

Whether you are based at Mile End, Charterhouse Square or Whitechapel, there are a variety of great places to eat both on and off campus.

Former Staff Assocation of Queen Mary

The Former Staff Association of Queen Mary (QMFSA) is a congenial social group of staff who previously worked at Queen Mary University of London or one of our constituent colleges: Queen Mary College, Westfield College, St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College and The London Hospital Medical and Dental Colleges. All are eligible for membership.

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