Payroll Giving Scheme receives recognition at national awards ceremony

The University was highly commended in the Most Sustained Scheme category at the National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards in London on 18 November.

The submission highlighted how our scheme recently exceeded £1 million in donations and linked giving with wellbeing through highlighting how we know that seeing yourself and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding. The judges gave particular mention to the wellbeing aspect on the awards night.

Karen Heaton, Director of Human Resources described this as a “fantastic achievement.”

The award acknowledges all the generous donations by staff at the University who give to a wide array of charities so generously every month via our Payroll Giving Scheme. In the past 12 months staff have donated to charities including Shelter, Oxfam, United Kingdom Committee for UNICEF, Cancer Research UK, Mind and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

The Payroll Giving Scheme enables staff to donate to their favourite charity on a regular or one-off basis by automatic deductions from your monthly pay.

By using the Payroll Giving scheme a monthly gift of £10, for example, from take-home pay to a chosen charity will be automatically boosted to £12.50 for a 20% rate tax payer and £16.66 for a 40% rate tax payer. This means that the charity receives a donation, but also the amount normally paid in tax is at no extra cost. Giving this way helps charities receive regular financial support and helps smaller charities in particular, as many do not have the resource to claim back Gift Aid.

Learn more about payroll giving (video) or donate now via the Payroll Giving link.