Make the most of your holiday!

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The UCL Portico on a sunny day, with people sitting in groups on the building’s steps and on benches in front.
We’d like to remind you about the opportunity to buy extra days of annual leave for 2024-25 and share some great partnerships we have to save you money over this summer holiday season at fun-filled day camps and activity parks.

Annual Leave Purchase Scheme: Make the Most of Your Time Off! 

The  Annual Leave Purchase Scheme (ALPS)  is an invaluable tool for achieving a better work-life balance. In the 2023-24 holiday year, over 300 UCL staff made use of this tool to enhance their time off.  

This scheme lets you acquire additional annual leave (up to 5 days, pro-rata), allowing you to, for example, allocate more time for special events or spend extra quality time with your family.  

All additional leave purchase requests for 2024-25 annual leave year needs to be submitted and approved before the end of the current annual leave year, which is 30 September. Once approved, the agreed-upon leave will be added to your entitlement for the 2024-25 annual leave year. Learn more about the ALPS and submit your request on MyHR (go to Employee Self Service Purchase annual leave).

Barracudas Activity Day Camps

We understand that balancing work and family life can be particularly challenging during the long summer holidays. Barracudas offers UCL staff a special discount rate during the upcoming school holidays. You can benefit from:
  • £20 off weekly rates 
  • £5 off daily rates 
  • Half price early and late clubs

To book, visit or 467 567 and use the code UCL2024. This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Gripped London 

Gripped London is an action-packed aerial activity park designed for adventure enthusiasts. With six thrilling challenges to experience, including a 1km dual-line zip trek, 50m speed slides, and a daring 24m Power Fan drop, Gripped offers a variety of aerial activities to test your bravery. 

UCL Staff can enjoy a 20% discount on all’inclusive passes when visiting Gripped London. To claim your discount, visit and apply the code GRIPPEDUCL20 at checkout. For more information on the park’s activities and facilities, please visit the website or contact Gripped London directly. Terms and conditions apply. 
  • University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT (0) 20 7679 2000