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Joint Review of USS Pensions - update from UCEA The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) has asked the University to make staff aware of proposals regarding USS pensions. For more information please read a statement from the Joint Review Group at and FAQs at


Employment Security Review Group

The Employment Security Review Group (ESRG) held its first meeting this week. It is likely to meet monthly in future. For further information on the role and remit of the group see the ESRG terms of reference at and the organisational change policy document at


National pay negotiations update from UCEA UCEA and higher education trade unions met recently for the third meeting of national pay negotiations for 2010-11. Read the press release at


Annual Staff Declaration

The Annual Staff Declaration (ASD) is mandatory for all staff at or above grade 8. The ASD enables the University to fulfil its duty to identify and manage any potential conflict of interests and to meet its statutory obligations regarding reporting related party transactions. All eligible staff will receive an email on Thursday 27 May 2010 with a link to the ASD website where they will be able to make their declaration up until Saturday 31 July 2010.

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Wanted: 10 ways University research is making a more sustainable world A new initiative aims to recognise and celebrate research projects carried out in the University that have a lasting positive impact on the world, in particular in the area of sustainability. Find out more at


The Edge

Only £10 joining fee if you buy your Edge membership during May. Prices start from £25 per month for University staff. For more information please visit


World Cup matches in the Old Bar

The Old Bar in the Union building will be showing all the World Cup football matches from 11 June to 11 July.


Banner 8 upgrade

The corporate Student Administration system Banner was upgraded to version 8 over the May Day Bank holiday and went live 4 May, incorporating the latest software releases and ensuring the University remains on full SunGardHE support and supporting technologies.

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