7 March 2018

Hertford College has today written to Universities UK to give notice of its decision to withdraw its response to the recent employer survey regarding USS pension changes. Further, the College has declared support for the USS Trustees’ recommendations on the specific question of the appropriate level of risk.

In so doing, it hopes to promote a swift and constructive conclusion to current negotiations.

This action has been taken following a Governing Body review of the USS negotiations process to date, which identified concerns with the manner in which UUK have interpreted survey submissions and the lack of response to requests made for additional data. It considers that these failings undermine the validity and usefulness of the survey’s conclusions.