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About UCAS


What is it like to work for UCAS

Wellbeing
Wellbeing
UCAS has its own strategy dedicated to the wellbeing of its people. They have numerous events and activities to support the wellbeing of staff, some to support local community events and others to raise funds for chosen charities. Similarly UCAS recently hosted a Nutrition Day, where an award-winning nutritionist was on hand to advise colleagues about the food they need for optimum health and wellbeing. UCAS promote events to increase awareness of mental health issues, breast cancer and men's health. Their wellbeing champions promote and coordinate wellbeing events in their departments and across the business and will keep everyone up to date with what’s going on through regular communications. UCAS have several arrangements in place to help ease and reduce workplace stress. These include on-site health and beauty treatments, subsidised gym and fitness suite facilities, on-site fitness classes, free 24/7 access to an employee assistance helpline, personal finance information, a variety of fixed, quiet and breakout work spaces and an abundance of outdoor space for colleagues to enjoy during break times.
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
UCAS support a number of community and charitable initiatives as part of their Wellbeing Strategy. There is a wide range of activities that have been organised or sponsored, as well as hosting awareness days, event sponsorship (e.g. Cheltenham Science Festival, sporting events), sustainable travel activities and events to support the personal health and wellbeing of employees. UCAS employees also participate in a number of charitable events using three paid volunteering days each year, as well as some doing these in their own time. Activities include paired reading at local schools, young persons' mentoring, practice interviews for Year 10 & 11 students and participating in local education provider sporting tournaments. UCAS also opens its grounds to local schools for allotment development and pond-dipping, all to support local educational programmes and curriculums. Furthermore UCAS recently hosted the Cheltenham Qualifying Round of Debating Matters, which is a national debating competition for sixth form students. UCAS is also a proud sponsor of the competition and a number of employees commit their time to serve as judges at various levels of the competition. 
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
As part of their total reward framework, UCAS operate employee-led recognition schemes known as Shining Stars and Shining Teams to both recognise and celebrate the hard work and achievements of their people on a regular basis. Often team members can see the day to day effort and hard work that individuals put in and this is their opportunity to acknowledge it. A large proportion of the success of this scheme can be attributed to what people can be rewarded for because the scheme nomination criteria is directly linked to their core values – Customer, Commitment, Agility, Team, Outcomes and Extraordinary. Colleagues are acknowledged for their outstanding work, achievements, ideas and teamwork on a quarterly basis and are made a fuss of at a celebratory drinks reception and by having their name and nomination displayed in the UCAS restaurant for all to see. Winners also receive retail vouchers for them to select a gift that is personal to them and that they will really value.

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Benefits:

  • Women
    Women

    At least 40% of senior managers are women

  • Gym
    Gym

    Companies offering either free gym/ sports facilities or offering subsidised gym membership for all employees

  • Pensions
    Pensions

    Companies offering a final salary, non-contributory pension scheme or one in which the employer puts in at least three times

  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly

    School hours contracts offered to staff

Company Statistics

  • UK sites:

    2

  • Average Age:

    39

  • Earning £35,000+:

    43%

  • Male : Female:

    45% / 55%

  • Staff:

    509

  • Staff Turnover:

    8%

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