Pension Schemes

Staff Grade 6 and Above

Staff at Grade 6 and above are eligible, immediately on starting their employment, to join the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), the occupational pension scheme provided by the University.

Employees at Grade 6 and above will be contractually enrolled into USS if: 

  • They have a contract of employment for 3 months or more
  • They are aged between 18 and 65 
  • Their annual earnings are more than £5,876

 If the employee meets the above criteria, they will be automatically deemed a member of USS from their contractual start date and contributions will be deducted accordingly.

The employee is able to Opt Out of USS by requesting an Opt Out Form from the Payroll and Pensions Section of HR.


Members of staff requiring further information are asked to contact the Payroll and Pensions Section on extensions 2033 / 8706 or via email:

Information can also be obtained from the USS website: