Staff news

Pensions scheme: update

Staff are advised that the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) is considering pensions reforms.

Draft proposals to reduce the scheme's substantial deficit are being reviewed.

Edinburgh employees on grades UE06 to UE10 are eligible to be members of this scheme.


University and College Union (UCU) has notified the University that it is balloting its members for industrial action in response to any proposed changes.

USS members and potential members are encouraged to refer to two briefing documents that have been prepared by the Employers Pensions Forum (EPF), which provides information on pension schemes offered by higher education institutions.

EPF briefing documents

The documents have been designed to provide an overview of the proposed changes and their potential impact on USS members' pension benefits.

Further information

The University will continue to keep employees updated as information becomes available.

Staff with any questions about this communication should contact University HR Services.

University HR Services

Contact details

Queries about the USS or UCU should be directed to those bodies.