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Guidance webinars

You have access to a series of interactive presentations about the benefits and options provided by USS

As a USS member, you have access to free webinars provided by Mercer that will help you make the decisions that are right for you now and in the future.

These live online webinars usually last for around an hour and they’ll be fully interactive, so you’ll have the chance to ask questions. You can however, catch up at any time by viewing previous recorded webinars, at the bottom of this page. You can also view webinars addressing the issues that impact USS and your pension in our member webinars.

Click on the links below to register for each webinar or visit Mercer's website to view all upcoming webinars.

Upcoming events

Each webinar will last about one hour, with about 15 minutes for a Q&A at the end, and will be recorded. If the host does not have time during the Q&A for all the questions asked by attendees, you may be able to find the answer to your question in our FAQs which are found in our help and support section. Mercer will not be able to answer any questions that are specific to your personal circumstances nor provide financial advice.

Please note that the information provided in the webinars is based on the current benefits and contributions in USS. The webinars do not cover any proposed changes to the scheme as a result of the 2020 valuation.

You will find more information on our 2020 valuation page.

26 October 2021

    9.30am

  • Leaving USS – this session covers topics that anyone who has left or is thinking about leaving USS before retirement may find useful.

  • 12.00pm

  • Focus on Pensions Tax – this session includes: an overview of benefits - a summary of the key features and benefits of being a member in USS, how USS works – a brief look at how your benefits build up in USS, pension tax – including Annual Allowance, Tapered Annual Allowance, MPAA and Lifetime Allowance, managing tax – including USS specific tax mitigation options like Enhanced Opt Out and Voluntary Salary Cap.

  • 2.30pm

  • Planning for Retirement – this session looks at the benefits and options available to you as a member of USS on retirement, including: an overview of your benefits in USS, how USS works and how your benefits build up, what your options on retirement are, explanation of normal, early, late, flexible and ill health retirement types, the retirement process and what you can do to help plan. It will be useful for those planning for, or thinking about retirement, or those just wanting to know what your options will be on retirement.

Important information

Previous webinars

As well as watching webinars live, you can also watch recordings of webinars that have already taken place. Just choose the webinar you want to watch below.

  • Planning for retirement

    This session looks at the benefits and options available to you as a member of USS on retirement, including: an overview of your benefits in USS, how USS works and how your benefits build up, what your options on retirement are, explanation of Normal, early, late, flexible and ill health retirement types, the retirement process and what you can do to help plan. It will be useful for those planning for, or thinking about retirement, or those just wanting to know what your options will be on retirement.

  • About USS

    This session covers topics that anyone in USS or looking to join USS may find useful, including: an overview of your benefits in USS, how USS works and how your benefits build up, what your options on retirement are, Life events that can affect your pension, what benefits are payable to your loved ones when you die, and what all that means for you.

  • New to USS

    This session covers topics that anyone new to USS or looking to join USS may find useful, including: an overview of what you pay and what you get for your membership, how USS works, and you’re your benefits build up, the benefits available to your loved ones when you die, what options you have at retirement, and what happens if you leave USS.

  • Focus on Pensions Tax

    This session includes: an overview of benefits - a summary of the key features and benefits of being a member in USS, how USS works – a brief look at how your benefits build up in USS, pension tax – including Annual Allowance, Tapered Annual Allowance, MPAA and Lifetime Allowance, managing tax – including USS specific tax mitigation options like Enhanced Opt Out and Voluntary Salary Cap.

The webinars are provided by Mercer Limited and USS is not in any way responsible for the content of the webinars and/or any loss or damage arising out of or in connection with these webinars or any services provided by Mercer Limited. The content of these webinars is information only. The webinars do not explain all situations or eventualities. It is not, and should not be taken as, advice. You should not rely on, or take or fail to take any decision or action based upon these webinars. We recommend that members, employers, or any other person that views, or otherwise comes into possession of the content of this webinar, take their own advice on which they can rely.

If there is any difference between this webinar and the USS trust deed and rules the latter shall prevail. Please check the USS website for the latest information regarding the scheme and any changes that may have occurred to its rules and benefits .

Important terms

This publication is for general guidance only. For a glossary of our terms please see more information on our key names and important information page.