Author Archives: Sean

About Sean

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

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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Letter to Guardian

  University pension ‘crisis’ triggered by HE market madness Published in the Guardian as University staff are right to be striking (30 January 2018)  Add your name The university employers have provoked the largest vote for industrial action ever seen in … Continue reading

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