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USS

USS stands for Universities Superannuation Scheme. We’re the largest private pension scheme in the country in terms of assets. Established in 1974, we’re the principal pension scheme for universities and higher education institutions in the UK.

USS is the pension scheme itself, and Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited is the trustee that runs and manages USS. USS Investment Management Limited is our subsidiary that looks after the investment management of our assets.

For more information on who’s who, see key names and important information.

What do we do?

We provide retirement and ill health benefits, as well as life cover, for academic staff.

We’re a hybrid pension scheme – all our members are part of the Retirement Income Builder, the defined benefit (DB) part of USS. We also have the Investment Builder, which is the defined contribution (DC) part.

For more information on both parts of USS, visit your pension explained.

Or to find out more about our people and how we’re run, visit how we're governed.

Watch our short video below on how the two parts of USS work side by side.

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