Scheme options

Which pension scheme you're eligible to join will depend on your type of contract of employment.

There are three main pension schemes offered to staff:

  • The Universities Superannuation Scheme;
  • The University of Leeds Defined Contribution Plan;
  • The University of Leeds Pension & Assurance Scheme. 

Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

This is a national scheme for academic and academic related (professional and managerial) staff. If you’re eligible, you’ll automatically join the scheme from your first day of employment.

University of Leeds Defined Contribution Plan (DC Plan)

If you’re a member of support staff and you meet the eligibility criteria, you’ll automatically be put into this scheme. You can find more information on our DC plan page.  

University of Leeds Pension & Assurance Scheme Career Average Section (PAS CARE)

This is an alternative pension scheme for support staff at the University. You won’t automatically join this scheme, but you can opt to do so if you meet certain criteria.

You can find more detailed information about the scheme benefits on our PAS CARE page.  

University of Leeds Pension & Assurance Scheme Final Salary Section (PAS FS)

This section of PAS has now closed to new members. Existing members can find further details on our PAS final salary page.

For details on how your data is used, you can download the PAS Fair Processing Notice and Mercer and Scheme Actuary processing activities as data controller below.


If you’re employed in a clinical role at the University and have been a previous member of the NHS scheme in the last 12 months, you may be able to join the NHS pension scheme. You’ll find more information about the NHS pension scheme on their website.

Please contact the Pensions department for further details on 0113 343 4146.