Retired couple As you approach that stage in your working life where your thoughts turn to planning for your retirement and beyond, whether you are just starting to consider your options or your planned retirement is fast approaching,  we will support you in your retirement plans to live well throughout this next chapter in your life.

On this page you will find information on the College pension schemes and retirement options, along with suggestions for how you may maintain your social connection with us after your retirement.

Retirement planning

Pensions and options for retirement

Pension schemes

The College offers three contributory pension schemes to its eligible staff:

  • Superannuation Arrangements for the University of London – SAUL
  • University Superannuation Scheme – USS
  • National Health Service – NHSPS

For each of these schemes the College also contributes a percentage of your pensionable pay in order to guarantee your benefits. In addition to this benefit, joining one of the pension schemes will give you immediate life cover, an inflation-proofed pension and long-term illness cover.

Whether you are considering joining a scheme, are already a member, thinking about retirement or are already taking your pension, our pension webpages will provide you with scheme information, answers to your queries and direct you to further sources of information.

Retirement options

Whether you are interested in the possibility of early retirement, working after you retire or wish to fully retire our approaching retirement webpage contains a wealth of information to inform you on the options available.

Keeping that Imperial connection

Friends of Imperial

Friends of Imperial

Friends  events provide a convivial platform to bring together neighbours, alumni, staff and supporters of the College to hear about leading-edge science, talk about its implications and chat with world-class scientists.  The benefits of membership include reduced rates for their programme of events as well as access to certain College facilities and opportunities to attend other special lectures, exhibitions, music and other events at the College. On production of your membership card you will also receive a discount at the various dining facilities (restaurants, cafeterias and bars) throughout College.

Thank you for making me so welcome. It was a great pleasure to meet such interesting people and I was very glad I made the journey. I am looking forward to the next opportunity already."

Sarah Welsh

Alumnus and Friend of Imperial College.

Imperial College Women's Club

Inspiring and connecting women of the College.

The Women's Club provides opportunities for women to network at College meeting people from other Faculties as well as Campuses. Lunches take place in elegent dining room surroundings during the months of February, May and November.  During the year, the Book Group and Day Events Group meet too.

As well as current staff, the Club warmly welcomes retired women of the College.

We love having the opportunity of meeting up with our friends and former colleagues. The Club also enables us to keep up to date with College news."

Two retired members of College staff.

Imperial Fringe

Imperial Fringe

Imperial Fringe is a series of public events exploring the unexpected side of science.  Find out more about the events offered by Imperial Fringe.

Imperial Festival

Every year the College showcases the best in science and arts at the College.  This is a free public event featuring interactive activities, performances and workshops.  Find out more about the Festival.


Imperial Perks

After you have left the College's employment, you will still be able to enjoy the savings offered through Imperial Perks by transitioning your account to the alumni program.