Universities Superannuation Scheme

The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) is a national scheme for academic and academic-related (professional and managerial) staff.

Full details of the scheme and its benefits can be found on the USS website.

About the scheme

Changes to the USS scheme apply from 1 April 2016; for details of the benefits please visit the USS website.

Contribution rates

The contribution rate is paid as a percentage of your pensionable salary. The current employer rate is 18%, and the employee rate is 8%.

Opting out

You can opt out of the scheme once you’ve been enrolled.  The process and forms are available on the USS website.

Review of USS benefits

From 1 April 2016 USS has implemented a new scheme structure for all members. For further information on the new scheme and to keep up to date with the changes please visit USS for the future, a new dedicated source of information for employers and members.