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Joining a pension scheme

Find out which of our three pension schemes you are eligible to join as a member of staff at the University.

Pension information for prospective employees

There are three pension schemes operated by the University of Bath. The Terms and Conditions of your Contract of Employment will determine which scheme you are eligible to join and contain brief details of your pension scheme.

For staff on grades 1 to 5 or grades 6 to 9 and above, your contract will inform you that pension deductions will begin automatically when you start work.

If you want to opt-out of the pension scheme you will need complete the 'opt-out' form used by the scheme and return this to the Pension Office. The forms are available from the Pension scheme websites. Once you have completed the form, pension deductions will stop being made from your salary.

The occupational pension scheme

Staff on grades 1 to 5 are eligible to join the Avon Pension Fund Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).

Staff on grade 6 and above are eligible to join the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).

Casual Workers and External Examiners are eligible to join The People's Pension.

If you have previously opted out of a scheme and wish to rejoin then you will need to inform the Pensions Office in writing.