What’s new – staff benefits and discounts

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Before Bulletin says goodbye for the summer, it seems fitting to remind colleagues about the staff benefits hub, and share a handful of new additions.


The Mylifestyle hub gives staff access to numerous retail discounts, the University’s Childcare Voucher Scheme (existing members only) and the Cycle to Work Scheme: find out more about eligibility requirements.

The discounts available through the Mydiscounts are generally for large national retailers whereas the individual discounts featured on the HR Pay & Reward SharePoint are mainly focussed on local or smaller businesses: HR Pay & Reward SharePoint.

Some of the larger discounts that are currently available include Nuffield Health, Yankee Candle. The White Company and Costa Coffee.

There are also discounts available on the portal for various categories from supermarkets to  travel, leisure and entertainment.

More information about Mylifestyle, including how to register, can be found on the Mylifestyle SharePoint site.

Days and Evenings Out

Go Ape

If you are looking to go on a high ropes course with zip lines or push yourself physically and mentally then Go Ape might be the place for you. Go Ape are now offering University staff a 10 per cent discount at their Dalkeith and Glentress sites. Find out more.

Ninja Warrior

Ninja Warrior UK Edinburgh is inspired by ITV’s hit programme Ninja Warrior UK and here you can climb, balance, jump and swing across different obstacles. Ninja Warrior are offering University staff a 15 per cent discount on any booking Monday to Friday. Find out more.


Kings Camps

Kings Camps, an industry leading children’s sports and activity camp is returning to the Pleasance this summer. These camps are suitable for children aged 5 to 17 years and a 15 per cent discount is currently available for University staff. Find out more.

Food and Drink

The Everest

The Everest restaurant serves traditional Nepali and Indian cuisine in the heart of Edinburgh and are offering a 15 per cent discount on food from their A La Carte menu between Sunday and Thursday. Find out more.

Health and Wellbeing

Keep Active

University Sport & Exercise offer a variety of events and resources to boost both your physical and mental health. There are currently a range of workshops and outdoor activities available to staff. These include Yoga and online Tai Chi workshops as well as outdoor bootcamps and just play sports sessions. Find out more.


Both the Specsavers Straiton and North Bridge stores are now offering University staff a discount of 20% on the total cost of a single pair of glasses (from their £69 or above range). Find out more.

Retail Shopping

Soul Cycles

Soul Cycles sell new and used bikes and are currently offering a 10% discount on all new e-bikes. Find out more.

Transport and Motoring Services

Enterprise Car Club

Enterprise Car Club offers a cost effective, short-term, self-service car hire service for periods from half an hour to several days, 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. If you would like to enjoy a free £20 credit on your Car Club account, you can find out more.

EZ Bike Tours

EZ Bike tours offer eBike tours and rentals in and around Edinburgh. If you are interested in going on one of these tours, as a member of staff you can now receive a 15 per cent discount. Find out more.


The Human Resources Reward Team is always looking for new benefits and discounts to add to the University’s offering so if you know of a local business who would like to feature on our pages as offering a discount to University of Edinburgh staff, please ask them to email reward@ed.ac.uk.

Please also email reward@ed.ac.uk if you have any suggestions of businesses that you would like the reward team to approach about a possible discount.

Photography: Paul Dodds