Benefits for Retirees

List of Benefits for UCC Retirees

1 The Library

Retired staff retain borrowing privileges including remote access to electronic journals.

2 Mardyke Sports Arena

The Arena offers a special membership rate to all UCC retired staff. The "pensioner" rate in the arena is offered to all retired staff irrespective of the age of retirement. Contact the Mardyke on 021-4904751 for further details.

3 UCC Advantage Scheme

Retired staff can continue to avail of the discounts through the UCC Advantage Scheme upon production of a UCC ID card. Retired staff can make an appointment with Helena Burns in the HR Department for a card on 021-4903073.

4 Staff Sports and Social Club

Retired staff can maintain their membership or join the Club for a nominal fee of €2.50 per month to access the full range of staff events and family activities organised by the Club. E-mail sportsandsocialclub@ucc.ie for further details.

5 Computers & E-mail

Retired staff can purchase computer hardware from the Computer Centre for personal use at the same discounted rate as staff. Payment can be made by cheque or by deductions from pension. Contact hardwarepurchase@ucc.ie for further details.

Retired staff can keep their staff e-mail account and continue to get IT assistance from the Computer Helpdesk on extension 2120 for personal computers purchased directly from the Computer Centre in UCC. Please note: e-mail addresses may be deleted from some distribution lists upon retirement.

6 Employee Assistance Programme

Retired staff and their immediate family members can continue to avail of the services of the Employee Assistance Programme free of charge. Short-term face-to-face counselling, 24-hour telephone counselling and phone based legal and financial advice are available on freephone 1800 201 346. This service has been externally contracted to EAP consultants to maintain the confidentiality of the service.

7 Voluntary Life Assurance

Upon retirement, for staff that are already members of the scheme, it may be possible to avail of a "continuation option" to stay within the UCC group scheme without needing to complete a new medical questionnaire. However, market rates apply to retired staff. Contact Kathy O'Connell in the HR Department for further details on, 021-4902674 (Mon-Fri, 09.15 - 17.00).

8 Group Personal Accident Insurance Scheme for Pensioners

Provides cover 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, worldwide, specifically in relation to accidents. A membership form is sent by the Pensions team to staff when they are retiring from UCC.

9 Retired Staff Association

The Retired Staff Association meets at 14.30 on the second Tuesday of every month in the Staff Common Room. All retired staff are welcome.

10 Staff Common Room

Free membership of the Common Room is available upon retirement for those that have paid a membership subscription for at least a year before retirement. Contact JP Quinn, Membership Secretary for further details.

11 Fee Concessions

Retired staff can apply for a fee concession for a course of study if they have not exhausted their entitlement while in employment in UCC (TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY). Entitlements and procedures for undergraduate and postgraduate courses can be found on the Staff Fee Concession Scheme webpage. The Adult Education Centre also has a fee concession scheme for short courses that are available to retired staff.

12 Health Insurance

If retired staff have been a member of the UCC corporate discount scheme with a voluntary health insurance provider whilst in employment with UCC, they can continue to avail of the corporate discount upon retirement. The deduction is made from pension provided the pension is large enough to cover the premium deductions. The opportunity to move providers or change policies is facilitated in May of each year.

13 Retirement gratuity for trade union members

Some trade unions offer a small gratuity upon retirement for those members that have had consecutive membership of the union for a number of years. For example, SIPTU offer a small gratuity to retired staff who have had 20 years of consecutive membership with the union. This is a once off payment. To apply for this benefit, please contact the local division of your trade union.

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