Dear Colleagues,

Many of you will have seen the local and national results of the UCU strike action ballot over pensions. We were notified yesterday that the turnout threshold for those eligible to vote in the ballot at Imperial was not met. You can read the detailed results of the industrial action ballot at Imperial in the report from the Independent Scrutineer attached.

Recognising the continued depth of feeling around this important issue we want to assure you that our commitment remains unchanged. We will advocate strongly for you in the national pensions dispute and work with you on an overall remuneration package that is sustainable, equitable and fair.

We continue to support the work of the Joint Expert Panel (JEP) and we expect their second report to be published before the end of this year. As the first institution to call for the JEP to be established we will maintain pressure on the Pensions Regulator and the USS Trustee to listen to its recommendations and to be open and transparent with their own deliberations.

As part of the Pay and Benefits Review last year we asked Professor Nigel Brandon, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering to lead a Benchmarking Working Group. Their next milestone report will be presented to Provost’s Board in December and we will share the findings and summary of the discussion at that meeting with you.

In the meantime please visit our USS pensions webpages for more detailed information and updates.

Best wishes,

Alice and Ian

Professor Alice P. Gast, President

Professor Ian Walmsley, Provost