Council and Main Committees

  • Thursday 2 December 2010
  • No. 4937
  • Vol 141

Council of the University

Register of Congregation

Mr Vice-Chancellor reports that the following names have been added to the Register of Congregation:

Conway, D., Business Services and Projects
Downing, A., All Souls
Papachristodoulou, A., Worcester
Schmidt-Eisenlohr, T., Saïd Business School
Thomas, G.L., Lady Margaret Hall
Tirmizi, S.H.A., Faculty of Clinical Medicine
Voyce, C.J., Wolfson
Whitmarsh, T.J.G., Corpus Christi
Zeitlyn, D., Wadham

Conway, D, Business Services & Projects

Downing, A, All Souls

Papachristodoulou, A, Worcester

Schmidt-Eisenlohr, T, Saïd Business School

Thomas, G L, Lady Margaret Hall

Tirmizi, S H A, Faculty of Clinical Medicine

Voyce, C J, Wolfson

Whitmarsh, T J G, Corpus Christi

Zeitlyn, D, Wadham

Congregation30 November

30 November

1 Approval on a division of amendment to resolution to conduct a consultative ballot on changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme put forward by the Employers Pensions Forum and the University and College Union

Text of Amendment

The purpose of this amendment is to ensure that the consultation and ballot should take place with proper information available, and to invite USS, through the University, to make good the major defects in the existing consultation. As the requested further information may lead to consultation responses that cover more than the two choices in the ballot, we also remove the requirement that the ballot result be the 'principal' local response.

Replace 'as the principal local response' in (iv) by 'as part of the local response', remove 'and' from the end of (iv), replace the final '.' in (v) by ';' and then add

'(vi) seek proper information from USS, in conformity with the guidance provided by the Department of Work and Pensions on the conduct of a formal consultation by employers on major changes in a pension scheme; this information should include a suitable range of worked examples; and

(vii) request USS to restart the consultation after this information is made available, with those who have already submitted responses being allowed to modify them; if USS refuses, re-start the local consultation.'

[For: 181; against: 33]

2 Approval on a division of amended resolution to conduct a consultative ballot on changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme put forward by the Employers Pensions Forum and the University and College Union

Text of Resolution

Congregation notes that the University as an employer has a statutory obligation, under the Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Consultation by Employers and Miscellaneous Amendment) Regulations 2006, to consult affected employees on the changes that have been proposed to the Universities Superannuation Scheme.

Congregation further notes:

(a) that persons who are active members of USS or are eligible to join the scheme have received as part of that consultation process a copy of a USS document outlining the proposed changes and a document from the Employers Pension Forum for Higher Education which purports to explain 'why changes are needed' and that 'the proposed changes are considered by the employers to be right for the benefit of the scheme and its members'; and

(b) that as the body representing all employee members of USS under the rules of the Scheme, the University and College Union has published on its website  criticism of the process being followed by Higher Education employers in carrying out the consultation, and a critique of the EPF document.

Believing that consultation, if it is to be meaningful, must seek the views of those consulted when the latter have been provided with all the information necessary for them to make an informed response, Congregation determines that the University will:

(i) publish to all affected employees the alternative proposals for changes to USS put forward by the EPF and by UCU, together with supporting arguments for each;

(ii) conduct a consultative ballot on those alternative proposals;

(iii) publish the result of the ballot to scheme members within the University;

(iv) send the ballot result to USS as part of the local response to the statutory consultation exercise;

(v) ensure all members of USS are able to engage in the process and that their comments are fully reflected in the institution's response to USS and that they are published locally;

(vi) seek proper information from USS, in conformity with the guidance provided by the Department of Work and Pensions on the conduct of a formal consultation by employers on major changes in a pension scheme; this information should include a suitable range of worked examples; and

(vii) request USS to restart the consultation after this information is made available, with those who have already submitted responses being allowed to modify them; if USS refuses, re-start the local consultation.’

[For: 161; against: 25]


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