Colleague Benefits for NCL members

At Newcastle University, we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for our colleagues. A selection of these are:

NCL Rewards is the Newcastle University discounts website exclusively for University colleagues.   With access to 6,500 leading discounts at national retailers, discounts on holidays and cash back on purchases, there is something for everyone!


The scheme is administered by Sodexo and subsidised by the University.  Sodexo currently work with 48% of Higher Education Institutions within the UK, guaranteeing a higher level of discounts not available to the public.


You can apply for your NCL Rewards membership on commencement of employment at the University and during your employment.  To do this you’ll need to have your colleague number available.


To find out more and register, please visit People Services – NCL Rewards (


Cyclescheme was introduced by the Government as part of the Green Transport Plan Initiative, the scheme gives colleagues the opportunity to save money on a brand new bike and accessories and spread the cost over 12 months.  Savings of up to 25%-39% on standard cycle prices can be made through salary sacrifice.

Cyclescheme customers are not limited to any particular bike or accessory brand and therefore can choose the best for quality and value-for-money.  The purchase must be made from a “partner shop” ie the cycle shops who are partnering with Cyclescheme and Newcastle University.  A full list of partner shops can be accessed directly by visiting the Cyclescheme website.

Further guidance and application form can be found here:

The employer is listed as “University of Newcastle” and the University’s Employer Code is ‘b4443’.

To find out more, please visit People Services – Cycle Scheme (


With a Simplyhealth Cash Plan you can claim money back towards the cost of check-ups and treatment and you can cover just yourself or a partner too. What’s more up to four children under the age of 18 are covered for free!

Simplyhealth describe their health plan as pots of money you can use to look after your everyday health. Some regularly used health benefits include:

  • Optical – includes prescription glasses, contact lenses and prescription sunglasses up to annual
  • Dental – claim for check-ups, scale, polish and treatment up to annual limits.
  • Complementary therapies – includes physiotherapy, chiropractic, osteopathy, acupuncture and homeopathy up to annual limits.

Here’s how it works:

Use the online claims system to submit a claim in minutes.

  1. Attend your appointment
  2. Submit a photo or scan of your receipt
  3. Simplyhealth process your claim and pays the money directly into your bank account

For further information or to take out a plan, please call Simplyhealth on 0330 102 5325.


In addition to NCL Rewards, University colleagues have access to a wide range of special offers, ​discounts and corporate rates on travel, leisure and retail.

To find out more about on any of the above, please visit People Services – Colleague Benefits Portal ( or contact Tina Colquhoun at