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USS Pension

The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) is currently going through a valuation – a statutory assessment of a pension scheme’s financial health, carried out at least once every three years.  

The scheme faces some significant challenges and we want to talk openly about these as a University community. 

To work for everyone involved, the scheme should be: 

  • Fair: so it works for and is accessible to all potential members, regardless of age, background or career stage. 
  • Valued: so everyone sees and receives the benefit of it.  
  • Sustainable: so it continues to be affordable and secure for individuals and employers. 
  • Stable: so there’s confidence in it. 
  • Portable: so it helps colleagues move freely around the sector to develop their careers. 

Book your place at our Leeds conversations event

Join our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Simone Buitendijk, and our Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Hai-Sui Yu in a live event to hear about the issues faced by the scheme and a summary of negotiations and decisions to date. Simone and Hai-Sui will be joined in these events by Mark Taylor-Batty, University of Leeds UCU Pension officer.

You’ll also have the opportunity to put your questions to our panel.

Book Tuesday 23 February, 12.45 – 1.45pm

Book Wednesday 3 March, 2.15pm – 3.15pm

Book Thursday 4 March, 10.45am – 11.45am

All colleagues are welcome to register for this event.


Find out more

We share public information and links to other sources of information on this page and key information is also highlighted via the all staff eNews.

Member communications and documents are produced and provided by USS itself.

USS (runs the pension scheme)

UCU (represents scheme members)

UUK (represents scheme employers)

Joint Expert Panel (JEP)

The JEP was set up to examine the valuation of USS and was tasked with agreeing key principles to underpin the future approach of UCU and UUK to the USS valuation. 

Your pension

If you have any specific questions relating to your pension scheme please contact the Pensions and Benefits team

USS Latest News

Leeds conversations: USS pension scheme

Book your place at our Leeds conversations event

Employers respond to USS Trustee’s 2020 valuation technical provisions consultation

Universities UK has written to the USS Trustee with a summary of employer responses to the 2020 valuation technical provisions consultation.

USS launches employer consultation about 2020 valuation

USS Trustee has launched its first formal consultation on the 2020 valuation (technical provisions).

USS update to members

USS has published a member update on the steps being taken for the pension scheme during these challenging conditions and how you can stay in touch and up to date.

UUK and UCEA issue joint letter to staff at universities impacted by strike action

The letter from Universities UK (UUK) and the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) outlines the progress made to address concerns on pay, working conditions and pensions.

Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Industrial action related to pensions and pay

Vice-Chancellor, Sir Alan Langlands, has written to all staff about the prospect of another period of industrial action, due to commence on Thursday 20 February:

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