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Purpose and values

Working with Higher Education employers to build a secure financial future for our members and their families

USS is a unique organisation due to the role it plays in the Higher Education (HE) sector, the relationship it has with its members and beneficiaries and the internal structure which is split between membership-focus and investment (USS & USSIM).

The newly-articulated purpose firmly states the importance of members and puts them ‘front and centre’ of what the organisation is about:

Our purpose

Working with Higher Education employers to build a secure financial future for our members and their families.

Our values

Integrity

  • We always do the right thing
  • We put our members' interests first
  • We take decisions for the long term

Collaboration

  • We work towards a common goal
  • We take responsibility for our own actions
  • We are straight -talking and respectful in our dealings with each other

Excellence

  • We set high standards for ourselves and our colleagues for the benefit of our members
  • We adapt and innovate to achieve the best outcome
  • We bring our best selves to work, every day

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