USS cuts are not necessary

In February UUK voted through plans to cut 35% from the guaranteed retirement income of members of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). However, the latest USS Financial Monitoring Report (FMP) shows that scheme assets have soared to over £88bn, placing it in a stronger position and evaporating any justification for devastating pension cuts. 

We the undersigned call on the chair of the Joint Negotiating Committee to note the improved financial position of the USS scheme as outlined in the most recent FMP. 

That this must be acknowledged in her role as chair of the JNC and a call must be made to USS to issue a moderately prudent, evidence-based valuation of the scheme as at 31 March 2022. 

The chair must acknowledge that there is no justification for continuing to support UUK’s cuts, which will see USS institutions paying out huge sums of money to redress a deficit that does not exist. Growth in the scheme’s assets of £22bn, soaring from £66.5bn to £88.8bn, has outstripped growth of liabilities, meaning that required deficit recovery contributions now stand at 0%. 

The urgent need for UUK to revoke its cuts must be urgently called for with UCU’s proposals implemented on ahead of a moderately prudent valuation as at 31 March 2022. UCU’s proposals are the best short-term solution ahead of any new valuation. 

It is vital that the chair notes that UUK’s cuts are not necessary and recognises her role in remedying the current situation and ensuring a fair outcome for members of the USS scheme. 

Failure to do so could lead to a staff exodus from higher education, as recently demonstrated by UCU’s groundbreaking survey into staff morale.  

Time is of the essence. Please support university staff. 

Stop the cuts to USS

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9,822 Ao Wang University of Warwick
9,821 Sascha Becker Warwick University
9,820 James Field Cardiff University
9,819 Lewis Mates Durham University
9,818 Rachel Wilde UCL
9,817 Aleksandra Thomson University of Bristol
9,816 Shaw John Durham University
9,815 Anita Lewton-Moukkes CSM UAL
9,814 Hugo Lazaro The University of Edinburgh
9,813 Emilie Wielezynski King's College London
9,812 Maureen Beckenham York
9,811 Sandra Landahl Cranfield University
9,810 Erola Pairo-castineira University of Edinburgh
9,809 Nicholas Chambers City, University of London
9,808 Vivek Trivedi University of Kent
9,807 Anne Redgate Newcastle University
9,806 TG Micklem University of Cambridge
9,805 David Carey Hertfordshire
9,804 Eleanor Egan-Gilbert The University of Edinburgh
9,803 Susan Smith University of London
9,802 Sarah Hill University of Oxford
9,801 Oliver Grant University of Edinburgh
9,800 Lili Scott Lintott University of St Andrews
9,799 Jaya John John University of Oxford
9,798 Jenny Steffensen University of Edinburgh
9,797 Amy Morgan University of Surrey
9,796 Rosiwe Wyles University of Kent
9,795 Jane Warren Deferred member
9,794 Manuela Perrotta Queen Mary University of London
9,793 Michael Crawford University of Bristol
9,792 Beatrice Brierley University of Sheffield
9,791 Emily Doolittle Glasgow
9,790 Laurie Stras University of Huddersfield
9,789 Anwen Hughes University of York
9,788 Nina Morris University of Edinburgh
9,787 Angus Bell Brunel University
9,786 Colin Marx University College London
9,785 Robert Canner University College London
9,784 Jesse O'Hanley University of Kent
9,783 Thomas Teubner University of Liverpool
9,782 Hersh Mann University of Essex
9,781 Beate Muller United Kingdom
9,780 Roisin McGoldrick Strathclyde
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9,778 David Robertson UK
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9,666 Tim Jones University of Bath
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9,664 Luiza Bell University of Bath
9,663 Leanne Ingram University of Sheffield
9,662 Keeley Alcock Keele University
9,661 Ignacio Wilson-Rae University of York
9,660 Catherine Jones Cardiff University
9,659 John Lambert Open University
9,658 Lin Martin-Haugh UCU
9,657 Simon Moxon University of East Anglia
9,656 Fernando Russo Abegao Newcastle University
9,655 Milenko Lasnibat West ENgland
9,654 Charo Hodgkins University of Surrey
9,653 Roy Ashworth University of Bath
9,652 Lada Timotijevic University of Surrey
9,651 Peter Doyle Brunel University Pondon
9,650 Nick Gates University of Southampton
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9,647 Alexandra Collins Imperial College London
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9,645 Grahame Thompson County (optional)
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9,643 Ana Niño Manchester
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9,641 Julian Padget University of Bath
9,640 Chloe Starr Formerly Durham University
9,639 Patty Kostkova Ucl
9,638 Juliet Duncan University of Edinburgh
9,637 Alison Atkinson-Phillips Newcastle University
9,636 Erik Hartin UAL
9,635 Pranjal Mehta University College London
9,634 Nicolas Labrosse University of Glasgow
9,633 David Brown School of Chemistry Edinburgh University
9,632 Silvia Pani University of Surrey
9,631 Robert Heimburger University of Aberdeen
9,630 Susana Lorenzo-Zamorano University of Manchester
9,629 Elke Heins University of Edinburgh
9,628 Csaba Lada University of Kent
9,627 Rachael Gregson University of Edinburgh
9,626 Michael Goodall Queen's University Belfast
9,625 Omar Laghrouche Heriot-Watt University
9,624 Mathew Penrose University of Bath
9,623 Cheng-sheng Lin Fitzwilliam Museum
9,622 Elena Simms The University of Manchester
9,621 Macarena García The University of Manchester
9,620 monica boria University of Manchester
9,619 Josh Moos Leeds Beckett
9,618 Alison Luke University of Manchester
9,617 Mikiko INOUE Cheshire
9,616 Esther Turner University of Nottingham
9,615 Connor Bowen University of Edinburgh
9,614 Alexandra Malbon University of Edinburgh
9,613 Sandra Torres Cheshire
9,612 Ikram Alchane Lancashire
9,611 Teresa Poeta England
9,610 Gemma Lake City College Plymouth
9,609 Jim Wilson University of Nottingham
9,608 Ruth Garland Goldsmith’s
9,607 Scottg Wanless University of Strathclyde
9,606 Caspar Hewett Newcastle University
9,605 Hannah Cooper University of Hull
9,604 Sarah Atkinson King's College London
9,603 Susan Blackwell ex-University of Birmingham (deferred member of USS)
9,602 Paul Salazar University of Oxford
9,601 Jon Hackett St Mary's University
9,600 Dave Stewart University of Oxford
9,599 Ian Ohr University of Oxford
9,598 Alistair Geddes University of Dundee
9,597 David Rippin University of York
9,596 Edith Paxton University of Edinburgh
9,595 Karen Iversen University of Birmingham
9,594 Darren Watts Unversity College London
9,593 Mary Corcoran Keele University
9,592 Simon Gardiner Durham University
9,591 Louise Connell University of Central Lancashire
9,590 Kenneth McFeeters Queens University Belfast
9,589 Helen Jenkins University of Nottingham
9,588 Nick Hubble Brunel University London
9,587 Madison Shankle University of St Andrews
9,586 Narumon Clark Keele University
9,585 Debbie Parker Kinch The Open University
9,584 Paul Hooks Brunel University London
9,583 Tim Wakeley University of Bath
9,582 Mark Dobson University of Reading
9,581 Hal Gladfelder University of Manchester
9,580 Robert Kingham Imperial College London
9,579 Giovanni Facchini University of Nottingham
9,578 Christopher Clarke University of Bath
9,577 Hayley Gewer UCL
9,576 Amanda Phillips New college durham
9,575 Joyce Mamode Queen Mary, University of London
9,574 Audrey Guinchard University of Essex
9,573 Kris Horner University of Sheffield
9,572 Yohai Hakak Brunel University
9,571 Clayton Goodgame LSE
9,570 Nalini Vittal university college london
9,569 Elizabeth McKay Edinburgh napier university
9,568 Roslyn Potter University of Glasgow
9,567 Urmilla Stoughton ex-Associate Tutor, Univresity of Sussex
9,566 Alessio Guglielmi University of Bath
9,565 Amogh Dhar Sharma University of Oxford
9,564 Tina Managhan Oxfordshire
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9,562 Robin Darton Kent
9,561 Rita Balestrini University of Reading
9,560 Maria Xiouri University of Lincoln
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9,558 M Aitken Loughborough University
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9,551 Ravi Das UCL
9,550 Carina Hart University of Nottingham
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9,345 R Evans University of Leeds
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9,338 Helen Wood Staffs
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9,328 Charlotte Bentley Newcastle University
9,327 Anna Laing University of Sussex
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9,324 Percy Allum retired
9,323 Katie Powell South Yorkshire