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Principal Research Fellow, Survey of English Usage, University College London

Turbulence and plane crashes are not the same: UUK’s muddled ‘risk appetite’ – Sean Wallis

The question of how to value a pension scheme as large and complex as USS has recently seen a number of converging arguments by a wide range of independent academic commentators following the publication of the September 2018 Joint Expert … Continue reading

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Is an employer commitment to ‘no detriment’ feasible in the USS dispute? – Sean Wallis

The idea of ‘no detriment’ is such a basic defensive principle of trade unionism that it is surprising sometimes to hear a trade union leader arguing for her members to accept a detriment! Yet in two emails promoting the latest … Continue reading

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Petition for government to act as guarantor to USS – DFE responds

In March, a Government Petition created by members of the Convention for Higher Education was circulated widely and rapidly attracted some 12,000 signatures. The petition wording is below. Accept a role as guarantor to the USS pension scheme The USS … Continue reading

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There is no USS deficit – and here’s my working – Sean Wallis

Published as Mathematical operations with the Normal distribution, corp.ling.stats In my Made in Westminster post I summarised a financial and political analysis of the USS pension deficit. I also run a blog for discussing statistics in corpus linguistics, and it is … Continue reading

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‘No deficit’ letter to Guardian

University pension ‘deficit’ should be addressed by Government guarantee Add your name The University strikes over the future of the USS pension scheme reach a pivotal point this week. The employers’ federation, Universities UK, is deeply divided, with some, like … Continue reading

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Oxford’s and Cambridge’s role in the demise of USS – Mike Otsuka

This article is resyndicated from Medium.com. To be more precise: what follows is an account of the role of these two universities, and their constituent colleges, in the demise of USS as a multi-employer scheme that promises a decent, defined benefit … Continue reading

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Made in Westminster – Sean Wallis

Made in Westminster: The source of the USS ‘crisis’ – and the solution In our letter to the Guardian we wrote that [The USS ‘crisis’] is the result of the misrepresentation of the finances of the USS, and the desire … Continue reading

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