IMPORTANT NOTE - ABOUT YOUR MEMBERSHIP OF THE ASTON UNIVERSITY PENSION SCHEME (AUPS)
Your contract of employment will state if your university employment is subject to membership of AUPS. If your contract is pensionable you are automatically a member of the scheme until you opt out (except if you are ineligible for membership – see below). Please also note that the university is operating AUPS as a “salary sacrifice” arrangement, the implications of which are explained in “the university’s flexible benefits salary conversion scheme”.
Opting out of Membership
If you wish to opt out of membership of AUPS you can do so. An opt out form can be obtained by contacting the Pensions & Employee Benefits Administrator. You cannot obtain the form ahead of your date of joining the Scheme.
Ineligible for Membership
If you have a pensionable contract of employment you will not be entered into the scheme if you are ineligible for membership. These are the only reasons for not being eligible for AUPS membership:
You are aged under 18, or 60 and over, at commencement of the relevant Aston University pensionable employment.*
You carry out the majority of your duties for the University in a European Union country other than the United Kingdom.
You are employed on a fixed term contract of 6 months or less.*
*Eligibility for membership criteria are changing with effect from 1 August 2013 – see “auto-enrolment” for further details.