Expression of wish form

Use this form to nominate who will receive any lump sum payment in the event of your death. Every member should complete this form and remember to update it.

Please note: The witness should be a third party who is neither the member nor the beneficiary.

Life assurance cover is provided of 3 times your salary at date of death, whilst you pay into the scheme. Cover is 3 times the value of your pension if you have left the scheme but not yet retired.

If you are retired you are not covered for life assurance but a lump sum may be payable on death within the first 5 years of retirement.

Registration of potential dependant form

You only need to complete this form if you are not married, nor part of a registered civil partnership.

Use this form to nominate a financial dependant to receive the equivalent of the husband / wife / civil partner / dependent partner's pension if you die.

Transfer-in request form

To determine whether you should complete this form, please read the important information here.

This only applies if you are currently paying in to the scheme and you want to transfer in to USS pension benefits you have in another pension arrangement.

Fill in the form and send it to USS at the below address:

Joiner Team
Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited
Royal Liver Building
L3 1PY

USS will request the transfer value from your other scheme/s and be in contact in due course.

Transfer-out request form

Please read the important information in the Key Facts about Transferring Out factsheet prior to completing this form.

Use this form to request a transfer quotation if you wish to explore the possibility of transferring benefits to another registered pension scheme. You can request a quote for a transfer from either the USS Investment Builder, the USS Retirement Income Builder, or both sections as per the following table:

USS Retirement Income Builder USS Investment Builder Both
Active Members (currently contributing) No Yes No
Deferred Members (not contributing but not receiving benefits) Yes Yes Yes
Retired Members (receiving benefits) No Yes* No

*Only funds that are invested.

If you are considering transferring any funds from Prudential MPAVC contributions, you must contact Prudential separately from USS.

Investment selection form

As a retired member, If you want to change where your Investment Builder savings are invested, please complete the Investment selection form. If you are still paying into the scheme or a deferred member, you can make these choices in My USS.

Cash payment (UFPLS) application form - under age 75

Use this form to confirm you would like to take a cash payment from your USS Investment Builder pot. You’ll be in this part of the scheme if you’ve ever earned over the salary threshold, have transferred other pension savings into USS since October 2016, or made additional contributions.

Further information about taking cash payments can be found in the Taking cash from your USS Investment Builder pot (UFPLS) factsheet.

Cash payment (UFPLS) application form - age 75 or over

Use this form if you are 75 and over, to confirm you would like to take a cash payment from your USS Investment Builder pot; further information about which can be found in the Taking cash from your USS Investment Builder pot (UFPLS) factsheet.

Request for personal data form

You can use this form to request a copy of your personal and scheme data held by USS.

Please note: if you have a query regarding your USS pension, please see the contact us page to contact the relevant department. There is no charge for this service and will often result in you receiving the information faster.

Notification of change of details form

If you have retired you should use this form to let us know about changes to your address and/or banking details. If you have left the scheme you should also use this form to update your address and other personal details.

Update form

Active members (those currently paying in to the scheme) can use this form to report any discrepancies in the details listed in their service / benefit or closure statement to their employers. If you complete this form please submit this directly to the pensions contact at your employer and not to USS.

Notice to opt out of pension saving form

If you wish to opt out of the scheme within 3 months of joining, you will need to complete and return the form below to your employer as soon as possible after joining the scheme. For further details on the deadline for submitting this form and for information on withdrawing from the scheme after 3 months, please contact your employer.

Normal Withdrawal form

This form should be used if you wish to withdraw from the scheme after a period of 3 months or more since joining. You will need to complete the form and return it to your employer giving at least 28 days’ notice prior to the date of withdrawal.

Election to remain in an authorised scheme upon commencing a USS eligible post

It may be that you are already a member of a pension scheme and, upon commencing a USS eligible post with your existing employer, you wish to remain in that scheme instead of joining USS.

If this situation applies to you then you may elect to remain in that scheme by completing this form and returning it to your employer. This form can only be used where you become a USS eligible employee for the first time after 1 April 2016 and where the scheme in which you would like to remain is a defined benefit scheme and has been approved by the trustee company for this purpose. Your employer will be able to confirm whether this is the case.

Tax Options forms

If you want to elect for one of the options to help reduce or eliminate a potential tax charge as a result of the Annual or Lifetime Allowances.

Election for enhanced opt-out with continued death and incapacity benefits.

USS Scheme Pays Election.

Request to voluntarily switch MPAVC funds into the USS Investment Builder

If you have funds invested into a money purchase AVC arrangement with Prudential, you can complete this form to transfer your funds on a voluntary basis.

Please ensure you read the ‘voluntary switch’ section in the Switching Money purchase AVC funds to the USS Investment Builder factsheet which contains important information about the risks of doing this.

Service comment and complaints forms

If you have a service comment or an initial complaint about the administration of the scheme you could use the 'service comment' option on our online contact form.

Alternatively, you can complete and send the Service Comments form to:
Service Comments,
Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited,
Royal Liver Building,
L3 1PY.

If you are unhappy with the response to your initial complaint and wish to pursue a complaint further you may do so under USS’s Internal Dispute Resolution (IDR) procedure. Please refer to our Service comments and complaints page for more information.

Please note: Elections for 'Employee Specific Voluntary Salary Cap' must be made via your employer. Please contact them directly for a form.