Students Staff

18 May 2018

Donating your Pennies is now even easier

Filed under: Latest news — Heather Leathley @ 12:37 pm
Staff at the Celebrating Excellence fair

Staff at the Celebrating Excellence Fair

The Donate your Pennies Team enjoyed unprecedented interest during last week’s Celebrating Excellence Fair, boasting 25 new staff signing up to help student scholarships. This represents more signups than any previous month, and brings the total staff donating pennies to nearly 700 – over 20% of the total.

The idea for the stall came about after looking at the type of staff signing up and the reasons why, explained James Martin, who runs the Donate your Pennies scheme. “We’ve been crunching numbers and doing some research recently, and have discovered that of new starters to the University, over 90% signup to Donate your Pennies – via the new starter form. But of existing staff, only three per cent have signed up to the scheme.”

‘”When asked why this was, the recurring theme from staff was of ease and efficiency.  By holding a signup stall, it made the signup process instantaneous, and we had a great couple of days as a result.”

Sign up

To carry on making the process easier, signup sheets will soon by appearing around the University, but staff can also sign up through this article. Simply send the following to to sign up:

I wish to participate in the Donate your Pennies scheme and hereby authorise the University of Essex as my agent to collect each pay period from my salary such odd penny balances (to a maximum of 99p per pay period) and to distribute such amounts to the University of Essex Philanthropy Office. Funds will be then be given to support University of Essex scholarship initiatives on my behalf; however this is subject to change at any time.

This authorisation is effective from the date I submit this form and shall remain in force until cancelled in writing, or by emailing Payroll at

Thank you.


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