We have received a document related to the proposed development by University of Liverpool of an Egypt Branch Campus. This is particularly controversial due to the possible involvement of the Egyptian state in the murder of Italian Cambridge PhD student Giulio Regeni. A risk noted in the document, however the project appears to be going ahead.
New document release. This is Universities UK’s response to the USS Technical Provisions Consultation (USS 2017 Actuarial Valuation: A consultation with Universities UK on the proposed assumptions for the scheme’s technical provisions and Statement of Funding Principles, Technical Provisions consultation document). The response was shared with employers by email by UUK on 13 October 2017.
New Release - These slides describe, from the perspective of Brendan Mulkern for Universities UK (UUK), the situation relating to USS just prior to the release of the Joint Expert Panel (JEP) first report. (Even though the date of the slides – 14 September 2018 – is subsequent to the publication of the JEP (13 September 2018).) The slides cover the 'overall position' from the perspective of the employers; the challenges for the coming period; and how the employers establish a collective position (both through formal consultation and informal engagement).
We have received a copy of the template/guidelines used for complaint letters sent by member complainants to USS Ltd regarding underpayments. These letters were largely sent to USS in the first quarter of 2017, and some complainants cced their local MP. What is unusual is that USS CEO Bill Galvin himself responded to this letter, a link to which is here.
Another USS document, Oxford is running a consultation on the changes to the UK academic pensions. It seems that the outcome of the consultation about the contributions paid to the USS pension scheme will be sent to the USS trustees.
We have a release of documents related to the strike by UK academics over pensions, and the on going negotiations between the UCU, UUK, and USS. There are three documents in the release:
- An email from one Alistair Jarvis breifing members (we believe in this case UUK members) on the 2017 valuation of the USS pension.
- A document detailing 'key messages' for UUK members.
- Briefing paper for USS Employers.
We have an interesting combination of release and freedom of information request. We were directed to a recent FOI request that was made to the University of York (in the UK) asking for details of any policies that they might have regards the registering of academic visitors to the University. For the purpose of visa monitoring. The result of the FOI request can be viewed here, marked by those making the request as "partially successful".
In addition to the USS accounts we now also have Actuarial Valuations from 1999 to 2008. There are later years of these on the USS website, but not easily found.
USS has started removing old accounts reports from their site so we were asked to post the old ones up.
Attached are majority of the accounts from 2010.