Welcome to the Imperial College Pensions Office

The Pensions Team provide information, guidance and support to members and prospective members of the College.  Pension Schemes - USS, SAUL and the NHS.

One of the many benefits of joining the staff of Imperial College is access to membership of an Occupational Pension Scheme. Membership of a pension scheme is not compulsory but new members of staff are deemed to be in membership providing they have been issued with a contract of employment or are workers who meet the Auto-Enrolment criteria.  Contributions are automatically deducted from pay.  Contractual staff who are members of USS and SAUL participate in the schemes under the PensionSMART contribution method which reduces the amount of National Insurance contributions that they pay each month, resulting in higher take home pay.

There are three Staff Pension Schemes currently available to the staff of Imperial College London.  Information on each of the three schemes can be found below.  

Please note that the information is in the process of being updated in line with the recent and forthcoming changes.  Please refer to the sections below to find up to date information on the changes.

Pension Schemes


SAUL is a multi employer pension scheme, open to colleges and other institutions with links to the University of London.


The NHSPS is a public sector pension scheme and membership can be continued for medical staff who have participated in the scheme in the preceding 12 months.

Pensions Auto Enrolment and Opting Out

Auto-enrolment is intended to get more people saving into a pension scheme to provide for their retirement. New duties have been placed on the College by the government which require us to automatically enrol all eligible employees and casual workers into a workplace pension scheme if they are not already in one.

Pensions Auto Enrolment

Employees currently contributing to the pension scheme wishing to opt out/withdraw should return the relevant form to the College Pensions Office.

New employees should return their opt out form to their HR representative along with all other new starter paperwork.

The Pension Input Period for all College Pension schemes is 1 April to 31 March

Trade Unions and Pension Updates

One to One Consultations

 If you need to discuss your pension in detail please contact the Pensions Office at pensions@imperial.ac.uk and a member of the Pensions Team will contact you to arrange a meeting.

 All enquiries will be treated confidentially.