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Older people doing tai chiUniversities UK is the employer representative for all employers in the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) and provides them with information and support on pensions policy.

Pensions are an important and valued part of the remuneration package in higher education and the sector has its own complex set of pension arrangements. Each of these arrangements has its own unique governance, costs and challenges. The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) is one of the largest schemes in the UK and Universities UK, as employer representative, leads on issues for that scheme.

As part of the Employers Pensions Forum (EPF), we work to ensure that the sector has a pensions strategy that meets the needs of both employers and employees, while aiming to ensure the sustainability of higher education sector pensions in the long term. 

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Suitability and sustainability: pensions in the higher education sector

3 August 2017
A report to consider a long-term higher education sector position on pension provision, written for the Employers Pensions Forum in collaboration with the Universities and Colleges Employers Association.

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Employers Pensions Forum: Self-Administered Trusts Strategy Project Report

19 September 2013
A report into the current status of Self-Administered Trusts prepared on behalf of the Employers Pensions Forum.

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Pension provision in the higher education sector: initial report

3 June 2008
Written for members of UCEA, Universities UK and GuildHE in the light of increasing concerns about the rising cost of pension provision.

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Strategic enquiry into the pension arrangements for the higher education sector

17 October 2007
The first published output of the strategic enquiry into the pensions arrangements of the higher education sector.


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Statement on USS pension reform proposal following JNC decision

29 December 2015
We are pleased that the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) has put forward a reform proposal to the USS Trustee Board to address the scheme’s substantial deficit.


Pensions – the importance of getting it right

3 October 2017
UUK's Chief Executive, Alistair Jarvis, sets out his analysis of the way in which the Universities Superannuation Scheme needs to react to recent concerns.

Addressing the university pension fund deficit

2 August 2017
Following the news coverage on the USS pensions fund deficit, Professor Koen Lamberts discusses the challenges facing the scheme.

The team

Mary Lambe

Mary Lambe

Senior Policy Lead - Pensions
Universities UK

Rosalind Lowe

Rosalind Lowe

Policy Researcher
Universities UK