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Durham University

Human Resources & Organisational Development


The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) is the main superannuation scheme in the HE sector. It is open to all staff in Grade 6 or above and members of staff are automatically entered into the scheme unless they opt out.

From the 1st October 2016 the scheme became a hybrid arrangement, with both of the following elements:

  • The Income Builder – a defined benefit scheme in which your benefits are based on each year’s salary throughout the period of membership.
  • The Investment Builder – a defined contribution scheme in which contributions reference to salary over £59,585.72 are invested. This took effect from 1 April 2020, following employer consultation that ran from 24 January to 23 March 2020.

For further details please visit the USS website.

Lost or forgotten your USS member number?

For USS members who have lost or forgotten their USS member number, call the USS Helpline on 0333 300 1043, or contact a member of the Pension Team:

Richard Walters - Assistant Pensions Manager ext 46951 or

Dean Lloyd - Pensions Administrator ext 46888 or

Barbara Todd - Pensions Administrator ext 46902 or