Symposium on the Pensions and the USS Dispute – 3rd May

SYMPOSIUM ON PENSIONS AND THE USS DISPUTE

The Social Policy Association , the Development Studies Association and the British Sociological Association’s Work, Employment and Economic Life study group are jointly organising a one-day symposium examining USS (Universities Superannuation Scheme) pensions, the subject of recent industrial action.

The symposium will take place at City, University of London, room D104, St John St, EC1R 0JD on Thursday the 3rd of May and will run from 10am until 3pm, with lunch provided.

The symposium will demonstrate support for members of the SPA, DSA and BSA in the UCU trying to protect their pension entitlements and ensure that careers in our disciplines continue to be valued. As well as bringing people together, the symposium will examine some of the proposed changes and also the nature of responses within universities. The symposium will also be an opportunity to recognise and discuss the context of these changes.

To book, visit: https://www.city.ac.uk/events/2018/may/one-day-pensions-symposium

Programme:

9:30am
Registration and refreshments

10am
Welcome
Professor Nick Ellison (University of York)
10:10am
Opening speaker – followed by questions
Dr Jo Grady (University of Sheffield) – ‘Activism, solidarity and the power of unity’
10:40am
UCU Pension dispute
Dr Rachel Cohen (City, University of London) – ‘Experiences of the strike’
11:00am
Panel 1: Understanding the Changes
Two twenty minute presentations
1 – John Murray (Insurance Consultant) – ‘USS; Why change?’

2 – Tim Pike (Pensions Policy Institute) – ‘The evolving DB landscape’

11:40pm
Panel 1 – questions
Chaired by Professor Nick Ellison
12:00pm
Lunch – provided
1pm
Panel 2: University staff response to the changes
Three twenty minute presentations
1 – Dr Paul Bridgen & Traute Meyer (University of Southampton) – ‘USS and the corporatisation of higher education’

2 – Prof Dennis Leech (University of Warwick) – ‘Pensions: Social contract or financial speculation?’

3 – Prof Mike Otsuka (LSE) – ‘Collective versus individual pensions: Not DB versus DC’

2:00pm
Panel 2 – questions
Chaired by Professor Nick Ellison
2:20pm
Closing speaker
Professor Felicity Callard (Birkbeck) – ‘’Citizen research’ and the pension dispute’
2:45pm
Summary and Thanks
Professor Nick Ellison
3pm
Finish

Note: All presentations represent the views of the speaker

The cost for the day, including lunch, is £25. For those engaged in recent UCU industrial action, the event will be free. Places are limited, so please book early.

To book a place, https://www.city.ac.uk/events/2018/may/one-day-pensions-symposium