Human Resources

University Superannuation Scheme

Find out about the University Superannuation Scheme (USS) and who this pension is for.

About the USS

USS is the pension scheme for academic staff and professional services staff on grades 7-10.

Read about the USS and access your My USS member records.


The current member contribution rate is 6.1%.

Benefits of the scheme

If you are a member of USS, you get the following benefits:

  • a guaranteed income for life once you retire
  • build up a one-off cash lump sum, which you can take at retirement
  • valuable life assurance for your beneficiaries if you die.

The USS may also pay you a pension if you can’t work because of ill health.

See the latest on the USS 2023

The University along with other institutions are working with USS and UUK on the future of USS benefits.

See the UUK statement on behalf of USS employers which includes links to joint statements from UUK/UCU relating to the USS dispute:

See the joint letter from UUK/UCU/USS to The Pension Regulator in relation to regulation:


If you have a question about USS, or need support, you can email the University Pensions team:

You can also check the USS website.

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