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Tap into our staff benefits this Christmas

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With Halloween behind us, it’s time to talk about Christmas...

Some of you might have started, or at least considered your Christmas shopping. But before wrapping that last gift, be sure to take advantage of the great discounts and benefits available to you as a University employee.

You can access a huge range of offers and schemes including discounts on travel, shopping, entertainment, accommodation and so much more.

Read on to find out more about the benefits you can make use of this festive season.


Let’s talk about the various discounts on your shopping that you can access.

All staff can apply for a TOTUM student discount card. This card gives you access to a wide range of discounts typically only available to students. You can find instructions on how to get your card on the Reward Hub.

The MyDurham Benefits platform features an extensive array of discounts, offering a selection of savings. You’ll find offers including discounts at supermarkets, for holidays, travel and high street retailers.

On the My Durham Benefits platform you’ll find offers for big names such as Argos, Currys, The Entertainer, H&M, Jack Wills and many more.

If you prefer online shopping, there are discounts from internet retailers like eBay, Etsy, and Not On The High Street.

If you haven’t already, you can find out how to sign up at the MyDurham SharePoint page.


The North East has some great Christmas shopping spots like the Metro Centre, The Bridges, Eldon Square, the Arnison Centre and of course Durham City centre.

And to get you there, Arriva offers travel within two specially created University Zones: the “Durham Uni Zone” and the “Durham Uni Plus Zone”.

An unlimited day ticket in the Durham Uni Zone costs £1.50 and in the Durham Uni Plus Zone, it’s £2.50.

With these tickets you can visit a wide range of destinations, including Newcastle, Sunderland, Hartlepool, or Middlesborough all of which have plenty of shopping opportunities for the Christmas season.

More information

For a full list of all the benefits available to you, check out the Reward Hub on SharePoint.

Happy shopping everyone.



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