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Pensions Office
University of Surrey


Margaret Janes
Pensions Manager
Tel: +44 (0)1483 689049

Heather Wilson
Pensions Officer
Tel: +44 (0)1483 682031

Sarah Dimes
Pensions Administrator
Tel: +44 (0)1483 682029

Pensions Section

Welcome to the University of Surrey’s Pension Page

You will have received the appropriate pension information, along with your contract of employment. There are forms that you need to complete in relation to your pension scheme membership, dependant’s benefits and any transfer of benefits from previous pension schemes that you may wish us to investigate on your behalf.

Please visit the Pensions Office on level 7, Senate House on commencement of your employment in order that we can provide you with your forms for completion and go through any queries you may have. We will also need to take a copy of your original birth certificate or passport if you have not already provided this to your HR Manager.

If you are transferring from another University we will need to be made aware of your transfer, even if you are remaining in the same scheme.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the pension team on ext 2029 or email for assistance.

If you do not wish to join the pension scheme you will need to visit the Pensions Office as soon as possible to complete the appropriate form to ensure no deductions are taken.

We look forward to seeing you.

Auto Enrolment

Auto Enrolment – What is it?

The Pensions Act 2008 introduced a new legal requirement for all employers to automatically enrol all eligible jobholders into a qualifying workplace pension scheme, if they are not already in one. The staging date for the University of Surrey to comply with its legal obligation under auto enrolment is 1st May 2013.

What does this mean to you?

For all employees who are currently active members of one of the University’s occupational schemes this will mean very little.

For most employees not currently contributing to one of the University’s pension schemes, the University will be required, by law, to enrol you and to commence deductions from the staging date.

To be eligible under the Auto Enrolment criteria, there are age and earnings limits. For those who are not enrolled automatically, the opportunity to opt-in to a scheme will be provided.

Any member of staff once enrolled, may elect to opt out of the scheme, but every 3 years employers are required to re-enrol all eligible staff who, at that time, are not members of a qualifying scheme.

Where can I find out more?

The University is currently reviewing the workforce and making preparations for our auto enrolment obligations to commence from 1 May 2013.

The websites listed below provide further general information.


Previous updates

USS Update

diam7USS presentations on 06/03/2013 – invites sent by email. Limited spaces so book your place now

diam7Member's Annual Report

diam7Summary Funding Statement as at March 2012


diam7Surrey Pensions News: New LGPS 2014 update




Sept 2012


Member’s Annual Report (pdf)

Sept 2012


Summary Funding Statement (pdf)

July 2012


Surrey Pensions News (pdf)