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Barnett Waddingham
0333 11 11 222
The past few years have been a time of fast-paced change in the Higher Education (HE) sector and Barnett Waddingham have been at the forefront of addressing some of these changes.

Our HE team, led by Paul Hamilton, Partner and Head of Higher Education, have built a reputation for our ability to identify key challenges and help our clients respond to these promptly.

Our HE-specific experience stretches over 20 years and includes advice across a top-tier client list, spanning the UK and including both Russell Group and post-92 universities.

The team is superbly equipped to advise scheme trustees and institutions on defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) matters ranging from pension scheme funding and investment right through to handling administration smoothly and efficiently, together with applying state of the art technology to support these schemes, as well as risk management, staff well-being and pension tax matters.

Our expertise extends across the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), Teachers Pension scheme (TPS) and other nationwide schemes. We also advise extensively on university Self-Administered Trusts (SATs) and DC schemes.

“Paul attended a meeting of our full Board of Governors, and made insightful contributions to a discussion to the future of pensions in the sector. He clearly explained the risks around pensions, and effectively tailored his commentary to our institution. Members of our Board reported that the session had been extremely valuable in guiding them through the complexities of this significant issue for the HE sector.”
Dr Robin Kirby
Secretary to the Board of Governers, Falmouth University

BUFDG

As sponsors of BUFDG’s annual conference and regularly asked to speak at industry events, we are right at the heart of industry debate and can add real value to you quickly.

Click on the links below to find out how we help both trustees of SATs as well as HE institutions more generally.

Services for trustees of Self-Administered Trusts

Services for higher education institutions

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Blogs

  • Picture for Decoding pension scheme benefit design
    Decoding pension scheme benefit design

    Most private sector pensions accrual in the UK is now on a DC basis. When legislators think about DB, it is only to worry about protecting past service benefits; never to wonder about whether the framework for future benefits is fit for purpose.

  • Picture for Don’t give up on USS?
    Don’t give up on USS?

    On Friday 17 November, Universities UK (UUK) said that they want all staff in the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) to earn only defined contribution (DC) benefits going forward. Paul Hamilton shares his expertise on the matter.

  • Picture for Understanding risk: our summer project with the University of Liverpool
    Understanding risk: our summer project with the University of Liverpool

    We joined forces with students from the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Financial and Actuarial Mathematics (IFAM) to undertake a research project to understand the way in which the key risks facing the University can be quantified and modelled.

  • Picture for University Accounting Survey
    University Accounting Survey

    This is our eighth annual survey of the assumptions adopted by UK universities for determining the value of their pension liabilities for accounting purposes.

  • Picture for University Accounting Survey
    University Accounting Survey

    This is our seventh annual survey of the assumptions adopted by UK universities for determining the value of their pension liabilities for accounting purposes.

  • Picture for University Accounting Survey - July 2014
    University Accounting Survey - July 2014

    This is our sixth annual survey of the assumptions adopted by UK universities for determining the value of their pension liabilities for accounting purposes.

  • Long service and implications on annual allowance

    We were asked to advise a leading University in relation to its senior staff. Particular issues arose with one senior staff member with long service and he had exceeded the Annual Allowance (AA) (£50,000) in each of the last 3 tax years.

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