Pensions with the University of Plymouth

Overview

Pensions are an important part of the University of Plymouth’s reward, providing our employees with a generous pay and benefits package.

The aim of this webpage is to summarise the various pension schemes, highlight the role of the University and provide useful links for further information.

University pension schemes 

There are two main pension schemes at the University, in which new staff are automatically enrolled:

  • the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) for academic staff and 
  • the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) for professional and research services staff.
However, we also have two other pension schemes that are available, if requested and in line with the criteria outlined below:

  • the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) is available for new staff joining the University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry Faculty (PUPSMD). However, the USS is also available for those staff who wish to remain in the scheme when joining the University from another employer – if you are already a USS member just make sure you raise it as part of the employment offer before your new contract is signed
  • the NHS Pension Scheme (NHSPS) is available if you are a member of PUPSMD and already in the NHSPS - you may request to remain in this scheme subject to eligibility requirements. Again, please contact the HR team before your new employment contract is signed.

Role of the University

It is important to note that whilst the University encourages all our staff to consider the pension provision available, it cannot give pensions advice. We advise all staff to seek independent financial and pensions advice.