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19 September 2014: Here are slides from presentation "USS Update – AHUA Conference, 19 Sept. 2014". AHUA is the representative body for senior University managers in UK & Ireland. As far as I can see, the AHUA does not go back to conferences before 2016 ahua.ac.uk/event-type/con…
USS Update – AHUA Conference, 19 Sept. 2014:

Here is the 5th slide. Notice the Employers Pensions Forum footer. The slide is titled UUK response to USS. Benefit package should include re-defining the salary linkage for past service<br />
final salary benefits.<br />
• Majority of institutions would prefer to focus primarily on extending CRB for<br />
all<br />
• Leave potentially more radical changes for a later date.<br />
• A significant minority favour more radical action sooner.
USS Update – AHUA Conference, 19 Sept. 2014. (Not available on the AHUA website)

Here is the 6th slide. Benefit Changes<br />
Redefine final salary a “given”?<br />
CRB for all, or more radical<br />
USS Update – AHUA Conference, 19 Sept. 2014 (NB Not available via AHUA website)

Here is the title slide, listing the authors:
Bill Galvin & Brendan Mulkern - USS
Will Spinks and John Neilson - JNC #NoCapitulation #USSStrikes
USS Update – AHUA Conference, 19 Sept. 2014 (NB Not available via AHUA website); details of people listed on the author slide #NoCapitulation #USSStrike BILL GALVIN was appointed USS Group Chief Executive Officer in Aug 2013. Before joining USS, he was CEO at Pensions Regulator (tPR) for 3 years; prior to that, he was executive director for strategy at tPR. <br />
https://www.uss.co.uk/how-uss-is-run/your-trustee/people/group-executive<br />
<br />
BRENDAN MULKERN was Chief Policy & External Affairs Officer at USS (till Jan 2016) <br />
USS Update – AHUA Conference, 19 Sept. 2014 (NB Not available via AHUA website)

Here is the title slide, listing the authors:
Bill Galvin & Brendan Mulkern - USS
Will Spinks and John Neilson - JNC #NoCapitulation #USSStrikes #ucustrike Slide listing the names included in the tweet above
USS Update – AHUA Conference, 19 Sept. 2014 (NB Not available via AHUA website); details of people listed on the author slide #NoCapitulation #USSStrike

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Oct 2, 2018
Given importance of HE sector "there may be a case for future governments to consider alternative options" (incl "state-backed guarantee" or "measures enabling more risk-taking"). Powerful piece from @JMariathasan on #USS DB debate post-#JEP ipe.com/analysis/blogs… #USSstrike 1/
Article argues that central problem lies in regulatory changes that transformed management of a DB pension scheme into "a risk management problem, not an investment one" 2/
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Thank you to @EricRoyalLybeck & all the other organisers in Exeter, as well as @ExeterUCU: Volunteer University Revisited was such a magical day. Gathering all of our energies for the months & years to come #YesVolUniCan 1/
Particularly magical to meet some people in the flesh for the first time -- incl. @thetroutpouts @lizmorrish @TheGraceK @sstroschein2 Mike Finn, Alison Wood, @ProfAlastair @ms_rhian @NoisyBits 2/
So many ideas for ways forward. So many kinds of expertise being bought to bear on what now, how, for universities as a community. Also so many testifying to violence, intimidation, threats to academic freedom – & of particular subjects being of course more exposed 3/3
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Sep 16, 2018
There's a bonanza of new FOI responses that give us a much better sense of the range of university responses to #UUK #USS consultations from Oct 2016 and Feb/March 2017. Picking through them it's fascinating to see which universities challenged the direction of travel 1/
e.g. Aberdeen: "Aon ... & UCU have indicated that it may be advantageous to consider other models. We are interested in the Trustees views as to whether there are alternative models that could result in a more considered outcome" whatdotheyknow.com/request/508696… cc @aberdeen_ucu 2/
e.g. LSE: "We note that the latest benefit changes were implemented less than 12 months ago. The School’s view is that it is too soon for further changes to be made." whatdotheyknow.com/request/509128… 3/
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Sep 16, 2018
So with the publication of the #JEP, the issue of UUK consultations with employer institutions is back big time. Both the famous Sept 2017 survey – and now the possibility, if JEP recommendations are taken up, of UUK reassessing employers' appetite for risk.

I'm worried. 1/
#JEP has emphasised the problems with how UUK framed the questions. What's really obvious if you look back Sept survey is that all the focus is on risk and on a *reduction to benefits*. And NOT on the potential to increase contributions. Or on amending the technical provisions 2/
You can see the structure of the questions here, in Nottingham's response (one of the institutions that wanted less risk): whatdotheyknow.com/request/440685… 3/
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Sep 15, 2018
2. #JEP has a lot to say about Test 1. Its sentence 'The view of the Panel is that Test 1 is not well understood outside of USS' is ... well ... certainly marvellously diplomatic.

Cf. and 6/
3. #JEP's discussion of #USS's & #UUK's 'differing perspectives' on the shift from Sept to Nov valuation shows just how murky the deliberations that resulted in this shift still are.

This remains a big issue, given #JEP proposal to reassess employers' atttude to risk (p. 45) 7/ Extract from p. 45 of JEP report
4. #JEP agrees w many of us that UUK's 'framing' of questions around risk in their consultations has serious consequences.

How can we be confident that any future assessment of employers' risk appetite by UUK shows an improvement in their use of social scientific methods? 🧐 8/
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Sep 15, 2018
After a few weeks away from Twitter, I'm back to think – alongside many others – about content & rhetoric of the #JEP.

And abt what we at @USSbriefs have been doing all summer w @OpenUPP2018 to encourage deliberations over #USS valuation to take place in public #USSstrike 1/
Many (incl. @NJSHardy @gailfdavies @DrJoGrady @etymologic @MikeOtsuka) have already provided cogent analyses of the #JEP report & its implications. So here I'll just going to pick out some of what has struck me most forcefully on a first read. #USSstrike 2/
1. There's a judicious use of rhetoric – particularly around 'confidence', '(mis)understanding' & 'communication'. This cleaves closely to that used by #UUK & Bill Galvin – whether that is deliberately so as to increase likelihood of acceptance by those parties, you can decide 3/
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