IMPORTANT NOTE – ABOUT YOUR MEMBERSHIP OF THE UNIVERSITIES SUPERANNUATION SCHEME (USS)
Your contract of employment will state if your university employment is subject to membership of USS. 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 USS as a “salary sacrifice” arrangement, the implications of which are explained in USS’S Salary SacrificeFactsheet.
Opting out of Membership
If you wish to opt out of membership of USS you can do so. The appropriate form can be obtained from the USS website at: www.uss.co.uk. You cannot complete or submit 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 USS membership:
You are aged 75 or over at the commencement of your 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 already in receipt of a pension from USS. (See “auto-enrolment” for a change effective from 1 August 2013.)