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Durham University

Human Resources & Organisational Development


Aviva provide our automatic enrolment, workplace pension scheme to eligible members of staff.

Aviva is an independent, multi employer trust and they will be working with HR and the University's Pensions Team to provide a supportive, low-cost pension plan that's simple and easy to understand.

For more details, go to or or

You can contact Aviva at:

Aviva, PO Box 2282, Salisbury, SP2 2HY or by calling – 0345 6006303 (Mercer)

What is Automatic Enrolment?

Automatic Enrolment is a government initiative to encourage more people to have an income when they retire. All employers must assess staff each month and enrol those who are eligible into a workplace pension. Eligible staff are:

  • Not already in a qualifying pension scheme (for Durham University staff these are USS or DUPS)
  • Aged 22 or over
  • Under the state pension age
  • Earn more than £10,000 per year (current limit, this figure may change)
  • Work or usually work in the UK

Sources of further information

For frequently asked questions, click here.

If you have any further questions or wish to discuss your personal circumstances, please contact the University’s Pensions Team:

Richard Walters – Assistant Pensions Manager: 46951 or

Dean Lloyd – Pensions Administrator:46888 or

For more details on Automatic Enrolment, go to ( or BBC News