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Eligible staff to be automatically re-enrolled in workplace pension

22 May 2016

What auto re-enrolment means for the University and how it will affect you

In 2013, in response to a government reform to pensions law, the University began enrolling eligible workers automatically in workplace pension schemes. This reform was designed to help more workers to build up their own pension to supplement the State Pension when they stop working.

If you were among the majority of University staff who already belonged to a pension scheme (USS, UMSS, GMPF or NHSPS) at that time, you weren't affected by this change and didn't need to take action.

From 1 May 2016, three years after the University implemented auto enrolment, we are required by law to assess for auto re-enrolment any eligible jobholder who has previously been automatically enrolled, but who has subsequently opted out of or ceased active membership of a pension scheme.

The Pensions Office will contact you to confirm either:

  • that we have enrolled you into a workplace pension because you were eligible; or
  • that we have taken no action because (a) you were already saving for a pension that met the auto-enrolment criteria, or (b) you were not eligible to be enrolled automatically.

If you have previously opted-out of a workplace pension scheme, you can opt-out again within the statutory one month opt-out window.

Further information

We have created a webpage where you find out more about what auto re-enrolment into a University pension means for you, and the benefits of staying enrolled:

Not currently saving for your own pension?

You can, of course, apply to join a pension scheme at any time by contacting the Pensions Office at: