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Staff Bonus Scheme

The 2022 Staff Bonus Scheme is now open for applications from colleagues with at least 6 months’ service at Queen Mary.  The scheme aims to recognise and reward exceptional contributions made by teams and individual colleagues during the past 12 months, in line with the University’s Values. All applications need to be supported by the Head/Director to be considered by the relevant Bonus Panel.

The aim is to reward exceptional contributions through equal, one-off bonus payments to all those whose application is successful, once all the Bonus Panel processes have been completed.

Pay increments may also be awarded where there is evidence of the longer-term impact of exceptional performance, at a level that is consistently above the usual requirements for the role, for longer than one year and on an ongoing basis. Further details are in the scheme guidelines.

The criteria for a bonus are unchanged from last year’s scheme, as set out below:

Criteria – How? (Values)

Criteria – What?

Impact of what has been delivered (Measures)

  • Inclusive
  • Proud
  • Ambitious
  • Collegial
  • Ethical





  • Development and delivery of innovative or creative new solutions
  • Exceptional personal responsibility either as an individual or by a team as an example of good citizenship
  • Delivery of work activity or initiative that is beyond the usual scope of the role or their area of responsibility
  • Legacy of initiative or contribution or cross-functional collaboration will be greater than one year
  • Demonstrable reduction in wastage or efficiency gains
  • Number of staff or students supported or benefiting from the activity
  • Financial savings or income generation
  • Risk mitigation accomplished
  • Scale and significance of activity is beyond usual area of responsibility
  • Duration of contribution e.g. 3+ months
  • Extent/scale of cross-organisational/team working with other parts of the organisation
  • Long-term upskilling of team that has an impact on future ways of working/projects

Please click on this link for further details on the Values in action.

Applications made by individuals and teams for the 2022 Staff Bonus Scheme will close on Monday 21 February (including the line manager’s review). The guidance notes and application forms are available below, and you are encouraged to get in touch with your HR Partner should you have any questions about the application process. You may also email the Reward and Benefits team at

All bonus applications, whether supported or not, should be sent by Heads/Directors to no later than Monday 7 March 2022.

Staff Bonus Scheme Guidelines 2022 [PDF 278KB]

Staff Bonus Scheme 2022 Application Form-Individual [DOC 93KB]

Staff Bonus Scheme 2022 application form-Team [DOC 95KB]

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