Changes to parking across all campuses

April 8th, 2021

To meet our obligations under the city’s Workplace Parking Levy (WPL), car parking enforcement will recommence from Monday 12 April. Importantly however, car parking will continue to remain free of charge for university staff during this period.

At present the university is not enforcing our parking regulations, however, this is leading to increased numbers of visitors and non-permit holders parking on campus which could make us liable for increased costs under the WPL, which would lead to increased charges for staff in the medium term.

Therefore, we are recommencing enforcement to ensure that only authorised parking permit holders can use these facilities free of charge in line with the University Traffic Regulations.

To park without charge on campus, all staff or students need to do is display a valid car parking permit, voucher or pay and display ticket between the hours of 9:15am to 4:00pm on weekdays.

  • Staff or students can display their current parking permit or a voucher permit, but please do not scratch off the voucher until the reintroduction of charging.
  • Staff who wish to park on campus and do not currently have a permit can contact the parking team on and will be issued a temporary event parking voucher. Gatehouse staff will also be able to provide advice and parking vouchers.
  • Students who wish to park on campus and do not and do not currently have a permit may apply for one via the parking team on
  • Pay and display machines will be in use for visitors and a 30-minute free ticket is available for those who need to pay a short visit to campus for example to collect equipment or take a Covid-19 test.

Security staff will be enforcing the traffic regulations from 12 April and anyone parking without a valid permit or pay and display ticket may be subject to a Parking Charge Notice

This will be kept under review by the transport planning group in line with operational needs and government guidance.

Renewing your permit – a reminder

Recognising that colleagues will have differing campus return dates and to reflect more flexible patterns of working on-campus and home-working, the university has introduced much greater flexibility in how you can pay to park on campus for the 2020/21 permit year.

  • Full Permits: staff or students are now able to apply for a parking permit at any point in the year and only pay for the months remaining in that permit year. For example, if you apply in December, you only pay nine months of charges (December 2020 – August 2021).
  • Occasional Use Vouchers: should you wish to use occasional use vouchers to park on campus for a few days each week, for example to accommodate flexible working or until public transport is fully restored, the cost of any unused vouchers will be refunded once you revert to your usual mode of transport. If you wish to upgrade to a full parking permit, the cost of it will be reduced to account for the amount you have already spent on vouchers.

Students are entitled to full permits only. Staff are entitled to full permits or occasional use vouchers.

For any members of staff typically needing to park on campus for fewer than four days each week, the occasional use voucher scheme offers the more cost-effective solution.

These can be ordered through the online permit system, by selecting ‘Occasional Driver’ under the Driver Scheme.

PGR students teaching on campus are eligible for the same parking vouchers currently on offer to staff. PGR students can obtain the vouchers by visiting the Gatehouses on campus between 8am-4pm OR by emailing to arrange collection.

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