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University pension ‘crisis’ triggered by HE market madness

Published in the Guardian as University staff are right to be striking (30 January 2018) 

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The university employers have provoked the largest vote for industrial action ever seen in the Higher Education sector. They have done this by overseeing what they present as a financial crisis for the University Superannuation Scheme (USS), and by threatening enormous cuts to the pensions of hundreds of thousands of university staff.

Yet none of this is necessary. It is the result of the misrepresentation of the finances of the USS, and the desire of a new breed of university managements to cut their pension liabilities and thereby ease the financing of new buildings and campuses.

Successive Pension Acts have encouraged managers of private sector schemes to exaggerate the risks of default. Combined with Quantitative Easing, this has led to a headlong abandonment of Final Salary Defined Benefit to “Defined Contribution” schemes, where employees rather than employers bear investment risk.

Higher Education today is shaped by frantic competition for students and huge building projects. Universities can recruit unlimited UK undergraduates paying an annual £9,000 plus, backed by taxpayer loans. The Higher Education and Research Act 2017 even allows universities to go bankrupt.

It is not just students, parents and the taxpayers of the future who are paying for this ultra-competition. Pension cuts are estimated of the order of £200,000, with the worst hit being the youngest. The next generation of university academics, already bearing huge student debts, now face the deepest cut in pensions.

There is no justification for this pension attack. By any normal commercial measure, USS’s finances are strong. Assets have grown by an average of 12% a year for the last five years, and it has a record number of staff paying into the scheme. Actuaries report that USS could pay pensioners directly from its income for forty years without even touching its assets.

Staff are right to strike to defend their pensions. It is the Government that has caused this confected ‘crisis’, and it is the university employers who are seeking to take advantage of it to get staff pensions off their books.

Sean Wallis, University College London (UCU NEC, branch VP, co-editor of The Alternative White Paper for Higher Education)
Prof John Holmwood, University of Nottingham (Campaign for the Public University (CPU), AWP co-editor)
Rachel Cohen, City University of London (UCU NEC; AWP co-editor)
Tom Hickey, University of Brighton (Brighton UCU and Council for the Defence of British Universities (CDBU), AWP co-editor)
Lee Jones, Queen Mary University of London (CPU)
Prof David Midgley, University of Cambridge (CDBU)
Nicholas Cimini, Edinburgh Napier University (EIS-ULA President)
Douglas Chalmers (UCU Vice President)
Carlo Morelli, University of Dundee (UCU NEC, UCU USS negotiator)
Marion Hersh, Glasgow University (UCU USS negotiator)
Julie Hearn, Lancaster University (UCU NEC, branch president)
Sue Abbott, Newcastle University (UCU NEC)
Lesley Kane, Open University (UCU NEC, branch president)
Lesley McGorrigan, University of Leeds (UCU NEC)
Christina Paine, London Metropolitan University (UCU NEC, branch secretary)
Emma-Jane Phillips, Northumbria University (UCU NEC; branch secretary)
Paul Errington, Teesside University (UCU NEC)
Sandy Nicoll, SOAS, University of London (UNISON branch secretary)
Christopher Roche, University of Bath (UNISON branch secretary)
Nita Sanghera, Bourneville College (UCU NEC; UCU branch secretary)
Margot Hill, Croydon College (UCU NEC)
Mandy Brown, Lambeth College (UCU NEC; UCU London Regional Secretary)
Elane Heffernan, New City College (Hackney) (UCU NEC)
Jo McNeill, University of Liverpool (UCU branch president)
Prof Dennis Leech, University of Warwick (retd.; UCU branch pensions officer)
Sam Marsh, University of Sheffield (UCU branch secretary)
Adrian Budd, London Southbank University
Saladin Meckled-Garcia, University College London (UCU branch president)
Prof Alison Sealey, Lancaster University
Majella Lane, School of Pharmacy, University College London (UCU branch committee member)
Nadia Edmond, University of Brighton (UCU branch president)
James Richards, Heriot-Watt University (UCU branch president)
Feyzi Ismail, SOAS, University of London (UCU branch committee member)
Prof Judi Loach, Cardiff University (retd.)
Joao Florencio, University of Exeter (UCU South West Equality Officer)
David Campbell, Heriot Watt University
Shereen Benjamin, University of Edinburgh (UCU branch committee member)
Nils Markusson, Lancster University (UCU branch secretary)
Prof Desmulliez, Heriot Watt University
Prof Graham Turner, Heriot-Watt University
Ruth Humphreys, Heriot Watt University
Prof Nicholas Ridout, Queen Mary University of London
Liz Morrish (independent researcher)
Olwyn Alexander, Heriot-Watt University
Ann McFall, Heriot Watt University
Prof Mike Danson, Heriot-Watt University
Jonathan Fanning, University of York
Shona Morse, University of Edinburgh (retd.)
Maria Garraffa, Heriot-Watt University
Prof Luke Martell, University of Sussex
Alvaro Martinez-Perez, University of Sheffield
Prof Craig Brandist, University of Sheffield (UCU branch president)
Bruce Baker, Newcastle University (UCU branch president)
Prof Wilson McLeod, University of Edinburgh
Kathleen Jenkins, Universities of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Heriot Watt (retd).
Rick Saull, Queen Mary, University of London
James Cruise, Heriot-Watt University
Stuart Oliver, St Mary’s University, Twickenham (UCU London Regional Chair; UCU branch secretary)
Prof Bryan Rynne, Heriot-Watt University
Roddy Slorach, Imperial College London
Josh Hollands, University College London
Dr, Christy Kelly, Heriot-Watt University
Keith Simpson, City, University of London (UCU branch vice president)
Gale Macleod, University of Edinburgh
Stuart Moir, University of Edinburgh (Bicentennial Education Fellow; UCU Activist)
Delia Lomax, Heriot Watt University (retd.)
Alan Forster, Heriot Watt University
Alan Harrison, Brunel University (retd.; ex-AUT branch president)
Stan Zachary, University of Edinburgh
Prof Malcolm Povey, University of Leeds
Christine Sinclair, University of Edinburgh
Ken McCulloch, University of Edinburgh
Prof Matthew Beaumont, University College London
Jim Wolfreys, King’s College London (UCU branch president)
Prof Ray Bush, University of Leeds
Jim Tyson, University College London
John Haight, University College London (retd.)
Prof Roger Ingham, University of Southampton (former branch president)
John Parrington, University of Oxford
Harry Stopes, Queen Mary University of London,
Martin King, Royal Holloway, University of London
Prof Christine Cooper, University of Strathclyde
Prof Scott Thinks, Heriot-Watt University
James Cranch, University of Sheffield (UCU branch committee)
Charlotte Faucher, University of Manchester
Greg Michaelson, Heriot-Watt University (UCU branch committee)
Cori Ruktanonchai, University of Southampton (UCU post graduate rep)
Grant Wright, Heriot-Watt University
Prof James Dickins, University of Leeds
Prof Nicky Priaulx, Cardiff University
Martin Weinel, Cardiff University
Mehdi Husaini, Teesside University
Mike Finn, University of Exeter
Johnny Darlington, SOAS, University of London (UCU branch secretary)
Prof Matthew Williams, Cardiff University
Nick Parsons, Cardiff University
Rachel Swann, Cardiff University
Prof Pete Dorey, Cardiff University
Rachel Hurdley, Cardiff University
Guy Major, Cardiff University
Jonathan Marsh, Cardiff University
Prof Trevor Dale, Cardiff University
Prof Marysia Zalewski, Cardiff University
Bernadette Rainey, Cardiff University
Iain Brassington, University of Manchester
Prof Sin Yi Cheung, Cardiff University
Monika Hennemann, Cardiff University
Eric R Lybeck, University of Exeter
Prof Victoria Wass, Cardiff University
Prof Craig Richardson, Loughborough University
Prof Christopher MacLeod, Cardiff University
Tom Bartlett, Cardiff University
Algy Kazlauciunas, Leeds University
Prof Jonathan T. Erichsen, Cardiff University
Richard McEwan, Tower Hamlets College (UCU FE national negotiator)
Umit Yildiz, Edge Hill University
Jonathan Ben-Artzi, Cardiff University
Katherine Shelton, Cardiff University
Jonathan Benson, University of Sheffield (UCU branch vice president)
Mira Vogel, University College London (UCU departmental rep)
Wilma Alexander, University of Edinburgh
Joe Smith, Stirling University (UCU branch secretary)
Nalini Vittal, University College London (UCU branch committee)
Alexia Yates, University of Manchester
Paul Cockshott, University of Glasgow
Sarah Wilson, University of Stirling
Rita Hordósy, University of Sheffield (UCU branch committee)
Stewart Smyth, University of Sheffield
Mark Abel, University of Brighton (UCU branch president)
Prof Muireann Quigley, University of Birmingham
Prof Jon Crowcroft, University of Cambridge
Mike Sheaff, University of Plymouth (UCU branch committee)
Benjamin Farrand, University of Warwick
Prof Fergus Nicol, London Metropolitan University (UCU branch committee)
Sonja Curtis, University College London (UCU branch committee)
Helen Crosby, Heriot-Watt University
Prof Debbie Foster, Cardiff University
Alasdair Gray, Heriot-Watt University
Prof Rebecca Ruth Gould, University of Birmingham
Frederic Bosche, Heriot-Watt University
Savi Maharaj, University of Stirling
Sara Bragadina, University College London
Peter Dwyer, Ruskin College, Oxford
Prof Catriona Mckinnon, University of Reading
Sherrill Stroschein, University College London
Prof David Cobham, Heriot-Watt University
Prof Patrick Haggard, University College London
Renata Medeiros Mirra, Cardiff University
Karen Dwyer, University College London
Prof Ruth Aylett, Heriot-Watt University (UCU branch committee)
Nigel Caldwell, Heriot Watt University
Prof Manuel Souto-Otero, Cardiff University
Nicola Barker, University of Kent
Prof Alan Felstead, Cardiff University
Andrea Frank, Cardiff University
Prof Philip Taylor, Univerity of Strathclyde
Prof Adam Hedgecoe, Cardiff University
Marc Schweissinger, Cardiff University
Prof Phillip Brown, Cardiff University
Rachel Hurdley, Cardiff University
Prof Nicholas Taylor, Heriot-Watt University
Andrew MacLaren, Heriot-Watt University
Prof Miguel Martinez Lucio, The University of Manchester
Stephen Mustchin, University of Manchester
Prof Jonathan Morris, Cardiff University
Andrea Teti, University of Aberdeen
Penny Stone (Music Teacher)
Julie Price, Cardiff University
Ulrich von Hecker, Cardiff University
Prof Alun Davies, Cardiff University
Colin Miller, Heriot-Watt University
Keith Brown, Heriot-Watt University
Thomas Allmer, University of Stirling
Emily Cox, Cardiff University
Derek Penman, Heriot-Watt University
Vanna Mota, Cardiff University
Prof Jill Rubery, University of Manchester
Shelley Cobb, University of Southampton (UCU department rep)
Pierre Fuller, University of Manchester
Moshe Behar, University of Manchester
David Brown, University of Manchester
Anke Bernau, University of Manchester
Prof David Matthews, University of Manchester
Peter Colebrook, University College London
Emma Wadsworth, Cardiff University
Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero, University of Manchester
Branko Latinkic, Cardiff University
Ben Mechen, University College London
James Cussens, University of York (UCU branch secretary)
Jonathan Kemp, Birkbeck College, University of London
Craig Griffiths, Manchester Metropolitan University
Ignacio Aguiló, The University of Manchester
Janeane Owens, University College London
Prof Leo McCann, University of Manchester
Prof Keith Whitfield, Cardiff University
Vitaly Moroz, Swansea University
Elaine Lynch, Heriot Watt University of London
Sadhvi Dar, Queen Mary University of London
Tom Tunstall Allcock, University of Manchester
Maxine Beahan, Edinburgh College
Prof Stuart Campbell, University of Manchester
Nathalie Mitev, King’s College London
Prof Robyn Thomas, Cardiff University
Darryn Mitussis, Queen Mary University of London (UCU London Region HE chair, UCU branch president)
Jean Jenkins, Cardiff University
Prof Alison Bullock, Cardiff University
Sarah Jenkins, Cardiff University
Diego Millan Berdasco, Queen Mary, University of London (UCU branch committee)
Prof Tony Dundon, University of Manchester
Steven Emery, Heriot-Watt University
Prof Larry Ray, University of Kent
Prof Mike Wallace, Cardiff University
Anne McBride, University of Manchester
Prof Malcolm Beynon, Cardiff University
Prof Hulya Dagdeviren, University of Hertfordshire
Laura Roach, Cardiff University
Prof Gregory Claeys, Royal Holloway
Prof Martin Parker, University of Leicester
Eleanor Davey, University of Manchester
Paula Hyde, University of Manchester
Prof Kevin Holland, Cardiff University
David Harvie, University of Leicester
James Eastwood, Queen Mary, University of London
Ralf Schmid, University of Leicester
Prof Gibson Burrell, University of Manchester
Aidan Naughton, University of St Andrews
Prof Michael Reed, Cardiff University
Marcus Lynch, University of the West of England
Rena Sherman, University College London
Matthew Malek, University of Sheffield
Luke Seaber, University College London
Prof Alex Samely, University of Manchester
Prof Chris Perriam, University of Manchester
Kerrie Thomas, Cardiff University
Anne-Marie McGorrian, Cardiff University
Marc Quinn, Heriot-Watt University
Dawn Skidmore, Heriot-Watt University
Gerry Reilly, Heriot-Watt University
Neil Cowan, Heriot-Watt University
Juergen Munz, Heriot-Watt University
Helen Taylor, Heriot-Watt University
Christopher Bear, Cardiff University
Jess Meacham, University of Sheffield (UCU branch committee member)
Dennis R W Simmonds, Cardiff University
I A Reid, University of Stirling (UCU branch vice president)
Sarah Joss, Heriot Watt University
Jennifer Walker, Heriot-Watt University
Cara Reed, Swansea University
Simon Jones, University of Stirling (UCU branch committee member)
Paul Cebula, Heriot-Watt University (UCU branch treasurer)
Aoife McDermott, Cardiff University
Nasos Roussias, University of Sheffield
Ruth Fullam, Cardiff University
Prof Paul Kinnersley, Cardiff University
Lindsay Adams, Heriot-Watt University
Simon Wood, Cardiff University (UCU branch committee member)
Prof Steven McDougall, Heriot-Watt University
Mary Stewart, Heriot-Watt University
Prof John Hassard, University of Manchester
Alessandro Domenico Calvi, Heriot-Watt University
Justin Spinney, Cardiff University
Samantha Jones, Cardiff University
Keith Kilgore, Heriot Watt University
Terry Lansdown, Heriot-Watt University
Karen Evans, University of Liverpool
Paul Hogan, University College London
Patricia McManus, University of Brighton (UCU branch secretary)
Peter Fletcher, Keele University
Richard Stanton, Cardiff University
Prof Bernhard Moser, Cardiff University
Christine Vié, University of Leicester (UCU branch president)
Lynne Baillie, Heriot-Watt University
Gareth Brown, University of Leicester (UCU branch secretary)
Adam Dennett, University College London
George S Bruce, Heriot Watt University (UCU branch secretary)
Mikhail Cherdantsev, Cardiff University
Daniel Pacey, Heriot-Watt University (UCU branch committee member)
Keir Milburn, University of Leiceter
Katharine Steentjes, Cardiff University
David Wilson, Loughborough University (UCU branch negotiating secretary)
Georgios Kokkinidis, University of Leicester
Christiana Tsaousi, University of Leicester
Eugene Nivorozhkin, University College London
Mike Orr, University of Edinburgh
Bastiaan Hoogendoorn, Cardiff University
Duncan Hay, University College London
Bruce Roberts, Heriot-Watt University
Paul Rock, Cardiff University
Prof Marc Buehner, Cardiff University
Prof Simon Lilley, University of Leicester
Francesca Sartorio, Cardiff University
Claudia Rosenhan, University of Edinburgh
Lisa Fernand, University College London
Bethan Harries, University of Manchester
Ruby Rennie, University of Edinburgh
Prof John Tomaney, University College London
Wiebke Brockhaus-Grand, University of Manchester
Prof Mark Good, Cardiff University
Phillip Morgan, Cardiff University
Seralynne Vann, Cardiff University
Gareth Thomas, Cardiff University
James Perry, Cardiff University
Prof John Culling, Cardiff University
Jenny Post, University College London
Prof Isabelle Perez, Heriot-Watt University
Prof Bob Carter, University of Leicester
Prof Mona Baker, University of Manchester (retd.)
Job van der Schalk, Cardiff University
Prof Steven Brown, University of Leicester
Prof Ralph Fevre, Cardiff University
Edward Granter, University of Manchester
Tom Slater, Cardiff University
Sofia Gameiro, Cardiff University
David McGonigle, Cardiff University
Prof Damian Clancy, Heriot-Watt University
Claire Colomb, University College London
Anthony Ince, Cardiff University
Esther De Dauw, University of Leicester
Rachel Crellin, University of Leicester
Tracy Harris, University of Leicester
Nicholas J. Cooper, University of Leicester
Sarah Mason, University of Leicester
Swidbert Ott, University of Leicester
Prof Raymond Dalgleish, University of Leicester
Prof Michael Handford, Cardiff University
Evelyn Karlsberg, Heriot-Watt University
Lee Fairclough, University of Leicester
Patrick White, University of Leicester
Catherine Walker, University of Leicester
Nir Piterman, University of Leicester
Mark Gillings, University of Leicester
Stephanie Hubbard, University of Leicester
Charlotte Kemp, University of Edinburgh
Kate Langley, Cardiff University
Prof Paul Stewart, University of Strathclyde
Prof Simon James, University of Leicester
Prof Paul Stewart, University of Strathclyde
Prof Andrew Colman, University of Leicester
Cristina Fona, University of Leicester
Gregory Schwartz, University of Bristol
Xanthe Whittaker, University of Leeds
David Edwards, University of Leicester
Prof Peter Lawrence, Keele University
Camille Barbagallo, Keele University, Women’s Strike Assembly
Prof Essi Viding, University College London
Mark Pendleton, University Of Sheffield
Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, University of Leicester
Helen Hester, University of West London
Dana Mills, Oxford Brookes University
Michael Mohebbi, The University of Liverpool
Alan Southern, University of Liverpool
Saira Weiner, Liverpool John Moores University
Prof Rosie Cox, Birkbeck, University of London
D Xenias, Cardiff University
Prof Joanna Brewis, University of Leicester
Dimitrios Xenias, Cardiff University
Marion Winters, Heriot-Watt University (UCU branch committee member)
Carol Cody, City of Liverpool College (UCU North-West women’s equality officer)
Bill Schwarz, Queen Mary, University of London
Lydia Hayes, Cardiff University
Matthew Higgins, University of Leicester
Prof Ralph Darlington, University of Salford
Prof Ellie Lee, University of Kent
Emily Luise Hart, University of Liverpool
Prof Caroline Knowles, Goldsmiths University of London
Eda Ulus, University of Leicester
Julia Downes, Open University
Will Jackson, Liverpool John Moores University
Prof Jo Drugan, University of East Anglia
Prof Barbara Taylor, Queen Mary University of London
Bethan Davies, University of Leeds
Martin Welton, Queen Mary University of London
Prof Ruth Parry, Loughborough University
Prof Sally Alexander, Golsmiths University of London (retd.)
Wallace McDowell, University of Warwick
Prof Jane Caplan, University of Oxford (retd.)
Eyal Poleg, Queen Mary University of London
Ande Piza, Queen Mary University of London
Joanna Gilmore, University of York
Janna Graham, Goldsmith’s University of London, Women’s Strike Assembly
Marian Mayer, Bournemouth University (UCU South Region committee chair)
Anna Davin, History Workshop Journal (retd.)
Benjamin Poore, Queen Mary University of London
Isobel Roele, Queen Mary University of London
Joseph Choonara, King’s College London
Vicky Blake, University of Leeds (UCU NEC; UCU branch president)
Ala Sirriyeh, University of Liverpool
Prof Jane Holgate, University of Leeds
Mojisola Adebayo, Queen Mary, University of London
Annie Jones, University of Manchester
Eirini Kartsaki, Queen Mary University of London
Sophia Lycouris, University of Edinburgh
Camilla Royle, King’s College London
Sandra Beleza, University of Leicester
Claire J Hanley, Swansea University
kitt price, Queen Mary, University of London
Anne Summers, Birkbeck College, University of London
Ruth Ahnert, Queen Mary University of London
Fanny Chouc, Heriot-Watt University
Prof John Barrell, Queen Mary University of London (retd.)
Erin Roberts, Cardiff University
Jason Davies, University College London
Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, Queen Mary University of London
Stefania Marino, University of Manchester
Valeria Graziano, Middlesex University
Kester Richardson-Dawes, Queen Mary University of London (UCU anti-casualisation rep)
Rachel O’Neill, University of York
Benjamin Dawson, Queen Mary University of London
Prof Marc Goergen, Cardiff University
Jack Saunders, Warwick University
Martha Prevezer, Queen Mary University of London
Heather Heiner, Queen Mary, University of London
Prof Andrea Brady, Queen Mary University of London
Rachael Gilmour, Queen Mary University of London
Prof Nicholas O’Shaughnessy, Queen Mary University of London
Kirsty Rolfe, University of Sussex
Prof Daniel Kane, University of Sussex
Prof Sara Crangle, University of Sussex
Jennifer Cooke, Loughborough University
Catherine Packham, University of Sussex
Prof Andrew Hadfield, University of Sussex
Matteo Mandarini, Queen Mary University of London
Prof W. Daniel Wilson, Royal Holloway, University of London
Athena Mandis, Queen Mary University London
David Nye, Queen Mary University of London
Tom F. Wright, University of Sussex
Angus McNelly, Queen Mary University of London
Georg von Graevenitz, Queen Mary University of London
Sophie Holmes-Elliott, University of Southampton
Jamie Melrose, University of Bristol (UCU branch secretary)
Prof Robert Fitzgerald, Royal Holloway, University of London
Roser Beneito-Montagut, Cardiff University
Roser Beneito-Montagut, Cardiff University
Lucie Glasheen, Queen Mary University of London
Manuel Hijano, Durham University
Carol Trent, University College London
Chris Howorth, Royal Holloway, University of London (UCU branch president)
Mark Mathuray, Royal Holloway, University of London
Aengus Ward, University of Birmingham
Zbigniew Ciechanowicz, Royal Holloway, University of London
Prof Chris Smith, Royal Holloway University of London
Gary Boorman, Royal Holloway, University of London
Daniel Beer, Royal Holloway, University of London
Prof Michael Gold, Royal Holloway University of London (UCU departmental rep)
Jonathan Seglow, Royal Holloway, University of London
Neil Gascoigne, Royal Holloway, University of London
Benjamin Bland, Royal Holloway, University of London
Stefan Brown, Royal Holloway University
Prof Geraint Wiggins, Queen Mary University of London
Amy Tooth Murphy, Royal Holloway, University of London
Prof Mandy Merck, Royal Holloway, University of London
Steven Franklin, Royal Holloway, University of London
Jennifer Neville, Royal Holloway, University of London
Maria Gee, Royal Holloway University of London
Prof J. P. E. Harper-Scott, Royal Holloway, University of London
Simon George, Royal Holloway, University of London
Sarah Papworth, Royal Holloway, University of London
Silke Placzeck, Royal Holloway, University of London
Benedict Allbrooke, University of Sussex
Jacob Kempster, University of Birmingham
Chris Clarkson, Queen Mary, University of London
Prof Geoffrey Chew, Royal Holloway, University of London (retd.)
Keith Buckman, Royal Holloway, University of London
Ibrahim Halawi, Royal Holloway, University of London
Gareth, University of Bedfordshire
Amanda Murphy, Royal Holloway University of London
Keith Jebb, University of Bedfordshire
Mark Muldoon, University of Manchester
Licia Cianetti, Royal Holloway, University of London
John Miller, University of Sheffield
Nigel Harwood, University of Sheffield
Rhys Davies, Royal Holloway College, University of London (UCU department rep)
Katie Edwards, University of Sheffield
Richard Smith, Royal Holloway, University of London
Gillian Gordon, Royal Holloway, University of London
Victoria Mapplebeck, Royal Holloway, University of London
Katharine Leney, University College London
Robert McKay, University of Sheffield
Prof Cathy Shrank, University of Sheffield
Jorge Tovar-Torres, Royal Holloway University of London
Meredith Warren, University of Sheffield
Kook-Hee Gil, University of Sheffield
Douglas COwie, Royal Holloway, University of London
Emil Dauncey, Royal Holloway University of London
Prof James Bennett, Royal Holloway, University of London
Tessa Wright, Queen Mary University of London
Robert Gillett, Queen Mary University of London
Michael Kindellan, University of Sheffield
Lara Atkin, University College Dublin
Anita Mangan, Keele University
Olga Goriunova, Royal Holloway University of London
Mark Berry, Royal Holloway, University of London
Prof Adam Piette, University of Sheffield
Dan Stowell, Queen Mary University of London
Emma Jackson, Goldsmiths, University of London
Ruth Hemus, Royal Holloway, University of London
Will Jones, Royal Holloway University of London
Donna Brown, Royal Holloway University of London (UCU branch committee member)
G. Anthony Bruno, Royal Holloway, University of London
Mariam Motamedi-Fraser, Goldsmiths University of London
Gail Pearce, Royal Holloway, University of London
Catherine Sebastian, Royal Holloway, University of London
Prof Liz Schafer, Royal Holloway, University of London
Chloe Nast, Goldsmiths University of London
James Smith, Royal Holloway, University of London
Prof Jennifer Saul, University of Sheffield
Fabienne Collignon, University of Sheffield
Prof Stephen Rose, Royal Holloway, University of London
Ismael Al-Amoudi, Cardiff University
Sevasti-Melissa Nolas, Goldsmiths College, University of London
Prof Robin Walker, Royal Holloway, University of London
Prof Marsha Rosengarten, Goldsmiths, University of London
Prof George Dickson, Royal Holloway, University of London
Steve French, Keele University (UCU branch committee member)
Prof Nathan Widder, Royal Holloway, University of London
Bill McDonnell, University of Sheffield
Clayton Littlejohn, King’s College London
Jonathan Ellis, University of Sheffield
Liam Campling, Queen Mary, University of London
Marc Isaacs, Royal Holloway, University of London
Michael Guggenheim, Goldsmiths, University of London
Szonya Durant, Royal Holloway, University of London
Lauren McCarthy, Royal Holloway University of London
Prof Neil Roberts, University of Sheffield (retd.)
Simon Behrman, Royal Holloway, University of London
Alessandra Forti, University of Manchester
Samuel Solomon, University of Sussex
Gabriel Moshenska, University College London
Prof Elizabeth Graham, University College London
Prof Evelyn Ruppert, Goldsmiths University of London
Sirio Canós-Donnay, University College London
Mark Hodgkinson, University of Sheffield
Prof Stephen Shennan, University College London
Davide Porzio, University of Manchester
Mordechai Katzman, University of Sheffield
Prof Gregory Claeys, Royal Holloway, University of London
Tim Williams, University College London
Prof Fiona Moore, Royal Holloway, University of London
Prof Jeremy Tanner, University College London
Prof James Steele, University College London
Bill Sillar, University College London
Mijke van der Drift, Goldsmiths, University of London (UCU branch committee member)
Prof David Simon, Royal Holloway, University of London
Akil N Awan, Royal Holloway, University of London
Michaela Benson, Goldsmiths, University of London
Jane Simmm, University of Sheffield (retd.; former UCU branch vice president)
Enrique Lopez-Juez, Royal Holloway, University of London
Hugh Shanahan, Royal Holloway, University of London
Jiri Masik, University of Manchester
Prof Andrew Gibson, Royal Holloway, University of London
Pavlos Alifragis, Royal Holloway, University of London
Arabella Stanger, University of Sussex
Prof Dimitrios Theodossopoulos, University of Kent
Zara Grout, University College London
Anthony Rafferty, University of Manchester
Harriet Phillips, Queen Mary University of London
Alexey Lyapin, Royal Holloway, University of London
Prof Engin Isin, Queen Mary University of London
Govind Songara, Royal Holloway, University of London
Mark Baxendale, Queen Mary University of London
Rebecca Thomas, Royal Holloway, University of London
Moira Kelly, Queen Mary University of London
Corinna Riva, University College London
Meighan Boyd, Royal Holloway, University of London
Luke Lavan, University of Kent
Steve Conway, University of Leicester
Jackie Ferguson, University of Sheffield
Prof Anna Morcom, Royal Holloway
Catherine M Draycott, Durham University
Innes M. Keighren, Royal Holloway, University of London
Prof David Wengrow, University College London
George Tsoulas, University of York
Tim Morris, University of Dundee
Joan Soler-Adillon, Royal Holloway, University of London
Mark Ariyanayagam, Queen Mary University of London
Prof Michael Fischer, University of Kent
Chloe Preece, Royal Holloway
Miguel Alexiades, School of Anthropology and Conservation
Prof Florence Myles, University of Essex
Prof Roumyana Slabakova, University of Southampton
Christopher Reid, Queen Mary University of London
Huw Marsh, Queen Mary University of London
Jonas Larsson, Royal Holloway University of London
Michael Bacon, Royal Holloway, University of London
Tom Wagner, Royal Holloway, University of London
David Overend, Royal Holloway, University of London
Mervyn Watson, Royal Holloway University of London
Alex Houen, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge
Prof Monika S. Schmid, University of Essex
Helen Lewis, University College Dublin (ex-Oxford University USS member)
Prof Louisa Sadler, University of Essex
Dan Swift, University College London
Jesper Hansen, University College London
Amanda Greenslade, University College London
Elisabete Cidre, University College London
Claire Nalty, University College London
Karl Huxham, University of Liverpool (Unison Convenor)
Adriana Paramo Perez, Royal Holloway University
Prof Diana Laurillard, University College London
Nigel Hayward, University College London
Waseem Yaqoob, University of Cambridge (UCU branch secretary)
Anne Stephenson, University College London
Samuel James, University of Cambridge (UCU branch vice president)
Zoe Groves, University of Leicester
Jenny Bangham, University of Cambridge
Peter King, Queen Mary University of London
Prof Des Freedman, Goldsmiths, University of London
Ruth Dar, University College London (UCU branch treasurer)
Emmett Sullivan, Royal Holloway, University of London (former UCU branch secretary)
Dan Lawrence, Durham University
Henning Flaecher, University of Bristol
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David Reat, University of Strathclyde
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Alan Kemp, University of Strathclyde
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Jan Underwood, University of Bangor (UCU branch committee member)
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Briony Pulford, University of Leicester
Stephen Jones, University of Liverpool
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Principal Research Fellow, Survey of English Usage, University College London
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2 Responses to Letter to Guardian

  1. HL says:

    When I spoke with USS last week they told me that they will only pay pensions into UK accounts. Since you now need to maintain a UK residency in order to keep your bank account open, I wonder how this will affect those who have retired overseas?

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    • Sean says:

      Thanks for highlighting this. While not directly related to the current pension attack (I assume this is due to UK Government ‘money-laundering’ rules) it is very important for many nonetheless. One potential outcome of the devaluation of future pensions is that it may be the last straw for many EU colleagues.

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