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Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) is the principal pension scheme provided by Universities, Higher Education and other associated institutions for their employees.

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Joining USS?


If you join a university, college or other USS employer (to see full list click here) in a role that qualifies for USS membership, you will automatically enter the scheme.

There are currently two sections of USS, the Final Salary section and the Career Revalued Benefits section.

Watch this video to learn more:

Please click here for more information on which section of the scheme you are eligible for.

Please note: this explains the situation up to 31 March 2016. All members join the new USS arrangements from 1 April 2016.

Don't miss out!

USS is a very valuable benefit, to which your employer will make substantial contributions. Make sure you benefit, take a look at our publication ‘5 good reasons to be a member of USS’.

Pensions scams – don’t get stung

Have you been contacted with a tempting offer? ‘One-off pension investments’, ‘pension loans’ or upfront cash are being used to entice savers to transfer pension benefits out of their existing arrangement. For most people the offers will be bogus and you will probably lose most, if not all, of your savings. As well as losing most of your savings, you may also receive tax charges of over half the value of your pension for taking an ‘unauthorised payment’.

A lifetime’s savings can be lost in a moment.

Check the facts before you make an irreversible decision.

Visit this website, run by the Pensions Regulator, to find out more

Member resources

Scheme Funding

You can find information about the planned changes to USS benefits and the trustee’s integrated approach to scheme funding here.


  • Member guide

    View or download a copy of the USS Guide for Members and associated factsheets here

  • Member presentations

    Learn more about USS directly at your place of work by attending a USS seminar

  • Financial Advice

    Click here for information about financial advice and a suggested source for an advisor.

If you have any questions or comments; contact USS


Modellers & forms

Click on the appropriate link below, depending on which section of the scheme you are a member of.

Final Salary section benefit modeller

More Final Salary section tools are available here.

Career Revalued Benefits section benefit modeller*

More Career Revauled Benefits section tools are available here.

* If you weren’t sent a 2014 CRB benefit statement, you will not be able to login to this modeller. In which case, use this version of the modeller instead.

Expression of wish form

Use this form to nominate who will receive any lump sum payment in the event of your death.

Service/Benefit Statement Update form

Details on your statement incorrect? Complete this form and send it to your employer’s pensions team.

More forms are available here.

Institutions' Area

If you are a university administrator please log in here to gain access to secure administration areas of the site.