Cash in lieu of USS pension contributions

Gary Watt made this Freedom of Information request to Heriot-Watt University

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Dear Heriot-Watt University,

Are any of your senior Academic or Professional Services staff receiving cash in lieu of USS pension contributions as part of their remuneration packages?

I do not wish to identify any individuals by name or role but I would like a breakdown of opt-out numbers by school or service together with an indication of whether the beneficiary is faculty or professional services staff.

Anonymised

Yours faithfully
Gary Watt

Freedom Of Information,, Heriot-Watt University

Dear applicant

Thank you for your information request dated the 7th February 2018 regarding pension contributions.

In order to provide you with the information you need, please visit our Governance pages on our website which provides guidance about how Our University is managed. This will help us identify who you consider to be Senior Academic and Professional Services staff.

You may also note that we do not have Faculties so you may not be able to compare our information with those of other Universities.

Our Governance pages can be viewed by clicking on the link below:

https://www.hw.ac.uk/about/profile/gover...

We look forward to hearing from you. If you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate in contacting us via [Heriot-Watt University request email]

Kind regards

FOISA Team
Heriot-Watt University
Governance and Legal Services
Edinburgh Campus
Riccarton
Edinburgh EH14 4AS
Telephone:

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Dear Freedom Of Information at Heriot-Watt

Thank-you for this link.

I would like to know the number of employees on HE national spine point 45 or above who currently receive a cash benefit instead of an employer contribution into the USS scheme.

If you offer these terms please break down by academic and non-academic members of staff.

Yours sincerely,
Gary Watt

Freedom Of Information,, Heriot-Watt University

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Dear Applicant

 

Thank you for your information request dated the 12th February 2018
regarding Senior staff pensions.  Your request has been handled Scottish
legislation: the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

 

We can confirm that there are <5 individuals in Professional Services are
receiving cash in lieu of USS pension contributions. Given the nature of
the information request and the low numbers of individuals involved, there
is a risk of individuals being identified and so we present the figures in
a format which complies with the UK Information Commissioner’s guidance on
anonymization.

 

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FOISA Team

Heriot-Watt University

Governance and Legal Services

Edinburgh Campus

Riccarton

Edinburgh EH14 4AS

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