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Being a member of the Universities Superannuation Scheme

How to join the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), transfer a previous pension to USS Retirement Builder, or opt-out of the pension scheme.

How to join

Eligible staff are automatically enrolled into USS

You will receive an email and membership certificate shortly after you join the scheme

View information for new joiners on the USS website for all information regarding the scheme.

Managing your USS pension

When you have received your membership certificate you will be able to Register with My USS to get access to your person pension information and:

  • View your current valuation
  • Elect to pay Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVC) to increase your pension benefits
  • Manage your investments
  • View your employment details with USS
  • View previous annual benefit statements
  • Nominate beneficiaries in the event of your death
  • Request a transfer from your previous pension into USS

Contact USS if you have any queries accessing the online pension portal

Please ensure you home address is always up to date on the University’s Employee Self Service portal as this is where USS will write to you. You will also receive monthly newsletters from USS.

Salary Sacrifice

The University operates a Salary Exchange scheme to process contributions to USS.

Opting out of the pension scheme

If you want to opt-out of the pension scheme you will need to complete an opt-out of pension saving form and return it to the Pension office, this will prevent future deductions being made.

Please contact the Pensions office.


If you have any questions, please contact us.

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