A1. When am I insured with the workplace pension scheme provided by the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)?
USS is the occupational pension scheme for employees in an academic or academic-related role. When working in the UK for an employer who is a member of USS you automatically enter the USS pension scheme. Many USS affiliated employers are UK universities or other such higher education institutes. However, not all UK universities and higher education institutes are affiliated to USS and other types of employers are also members of USS. See which universities and higher education institutes participate in the USS pension scheme: https://www.uss.co.uk/employers/who-participates<
Please note: If you are on a variable time contract you might not be insured with the USS pension scheme automatically. Meaning, you haven`t got fixed working hours making your employment and earnings unpredictable. Please ask your employer if you will be joining the USS scheme or not.