Terms & Conditions

  1. General conditions
  2. Reliance on information posted
  3. Permitted use of this website
  4. Third party sites
  5. Warranties
  6. Your conduct
  7. Viruses, hacking and other offences
  8. General
  9. Governing law

Please note that use of this website is subject to the terms and conditions set out below (Terms) and by accessing/using the website, you agree to abide by the Terms. If you do not agree with the Terms, please do not use the website.

In the event of any inconsistency between the content of these Terms, the website and any other conditions that may apply to your use of the website (including any secure part thereof) (Specific Terms) and the Trust Deed and Rules of Universities Superannuation Scheme, the Trust Deed and Rules of Universities Superannuation Scheme (as applicable) shall take precedence, followed by any Specific Terms, then these Terms, and then the website.

The information on this website is directed at those persons who are affected employees of USS (current active members of USS and employees who are in roles eligible to join USS) and their representatives (trade unions and other recognised representatives).

Nothing on this website shall either constitute any offer to provide to any person any goods or services or give rise to any obligation or liability to pay any benefits.

USS may terminate, change or suspend any part of this website, including any of its content or features, at any time without notice and in addition USS reserves the right to refuse or suspend access to the website or to close it. USS will not be liable if for any reason this website is unavailable at any time or for any period.

USS reserves the right from time to time and without notice to vary these Terms. Your continued use of the website shall be deemed acceptance of any such revised Terms.

Neither any commentary nor any other materials posted on this website are intended to amount to advice on which reliance should be placed. USS disclaim all and any liability, to the fullest extent permitted by law, arising from any reliance placed on such materials by any visitors to this website or by anyone who may be informed of any of its contents.

This website, including its design, operation and content is USS proprietary material. All rights are expressly reserved.

You may use the material contained on this website in accordance with these Terms for the purposes of accessing consultation material and providing a response on the proposed scheme changes, including printing hard copies of any page of this website and saving any pages of this website (including saving copies of any documents and other materials).

You may not adapt or modify any of the images or content on this website.

Any other use of materials on this website is strictly prohibited.

From time to time we may include links on this website which lead to websites operated by other parties. We provide these links because we think they may be of use and interest to you. USS has no connection with such other websites and USS can accept no responsibility for their security, content or availability. You should check the terms and conditions and privacy policies of any third party websites.

As noted above, we try to provide general information on this website which we believe will be of use to affected employees, their representatives and participating employers of USS. However, please be aware that the information, commentary and other materials contained in this website should be treated as general guidance only and not as financial or professional advice. In particular, please note that USS makes no warranties, representations or guarantees, express or implied, as to the accuracy of the information, guidance, commentary and other materials provided on this website. Each individual's circumstances are different and USS advises that users of the website seek specific advice and contact a financial adviser.

Whilst we make every effort to protect it, USS does not guarantee that use of this website will be uninterrupted or error free, or that the website and its servers are free of computer viruses.

You must not use the website in any way that causes, or is likely to cause, the website and/or access to it to be interrupted, damaged or otherwise interfered with. In particular, you must use the website for lawful purposes only and not use the website in connection with any fraudulent and/or unlawful activity.

You must not, and you must not allow any other persons to:

  • misuse the website by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful;
  • gain unauthorised access to the website, the server on which the website is stored or any server, computer or database connected to the website; or
  • attack the website via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of-service attack.

If you breach any of the above restrictions, you will commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. USS will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and USS will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity. In the event of such a breach, your right to use the website will cease immediately.

Nothing in these Terms shall confer on any third party any rights or benefits under the provisions of the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999. This does not affect any right or remedy of any person which exists, or is available, otherwise than pursuant to that Act.

If at any time any provision of these Terms is or becomes illegal, invalid or unenforceable, that shall not impair the legality, validity or enforceability of any other provision of these Terms and such illegal, invalid or unenforceable provision will be severed from the rest, to the extent that this does not affect the validity of the remainder.

These Terms, and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with them, are governed by, and shall be construed in accordance with, the laws of England and Wales.