The University operates its own pension scheme for staff who are not eligible for membership of USS.

In practice, staff in the scheme are usually in Grade 5 or below or are employed by a participating subsidiary company.


Your first opportunity to join the Fund will be from the date that you have completed three years continuous employment. You must also:

  • be aged at least 18 and not more than 60
  • not be eligible to join the Universities Superannuation Scheme
  • not be a member of The People's Pension, unless your membership is in respect to your own contributions only

Contribution rates

Scheme Employee contribution rate* Employer contribution rate*
University of York (Tier 3) 7% 16%
University of York (Lower Tier Option) 5.25% 16%
University of York (Higher Tier Option) 8.75% 16%

*Percentage of pensionable salary