The Briefs

#USSbriefs64 (Medium / PDF)
What’s inside the Times Higher Education World University Rankings’ ‘Academic Reputation Survey’?
Leon Rocha, University of Liverpool

#OpenUPP2018 (Medium)
Employers’ responses to the 2018 UUK consultation on the JEP report
Compiled by the USSbriefs Team

#USSbriefs63 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Summary of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests for responses to the September UUK USS consultation
Neil Davies, University of Bristol
Alison Cameron, Bangor University
Joanna Smith, Bangor University

#USSbriefs62 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Lecture Capture: dubious scholarship and market forces
David Huyssen, University of York

#USSbriefs61 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / Google Doc / PDF / SoundCloud)
Resile and Resubmit: USS consultation response template
USSbriefs team, collaborators and friends

#USSbriefs60 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
‘An holistic view’ of risk? Universities UK’s leaked response to USS’s September 2017 employer consultation
Felicity Callard, Birkbeck, University of London
Jo Grady, University of Sheffield

#USSbriefs59 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
‘There must be something missing here’: Sam Marsh exposes new problems in the USS valuation
Felicity Callard, Birkbeck, University of London
Jo Grady, University of Sheffield
Nick Hardy, University of Birmingham
Jaya John John, University of Oxford
Nicky Priaulx, Cardiff University
Ruth Stirton, University of Sussex

#USSbriefs58 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
A flawed valuation: the layperson’s guide to my findings on USS’s ‘Test 1’
Sam Marsh, University of Sheffield

#USSbriefs57 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Risk and de-risking: implications for the USS valuation
Marion Hersh, University of Glasgow

#USSbriefs56 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
USS crisis: can the pension system be reformed?
Mervyn King and John Kay

#USSbriefs55 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Response to David Miles’ analysis of the role of Test 1 in USS valuation
Sam Marsh, University of Sheffield

#USSbriefs54 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Portability and redundancy in REF 2021
Anonymous Academic

#USSbriefs53 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Pensions trusts and the potential liabilities of the USS trustee
Alastair Hudson, University of Strathclyde and Academics for Pensions Justice

#USSbriefs52 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
The JEP report has vindicated the UCU strike, but where next for the USS dispute?
Felicity Callard, Birkbeck, University of London
Deepa Govindarajan Driver, University of Reading
Jo Grady, University of Sheffield
Nick Hardy, University of Birmingham
Jaya John John, University of Oxford
Claire Marris, City, University of London
Leon Rocha, University of Liverpool

#USSbriefs51 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Addendum to ‘Understanding “Test 1”: a submission to the USS Joint Expert Panel’
Sam Marsh, University of Sheffield

#USSbriefs50 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Financialisation imposes constraints on the USS Joint Expert Panel but a UCU success is still possible
Paul Bridgen, University of Southampton

#USSbriefs49 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
On de-risking and self-sufficiency in relation to USS
Woon Wong, Cardiff Business School

#USSbriefs48 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Not even wrong: why arguments for closing the USS based on its deficit are so badly flawed
Tim Wilkinson, formerly of RPMI Railpen

#USSbriefs47 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Pensions and the USS dispute: a sustainable social contract
Dennis Leech, University of Warwick

#USSbriefs46 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
The USS analysis of reliance is seriously flawed and biased against the scheme
Dennis Leech, University of Warwick

#USSbriefs45 #OpenUPP2018 (YouTube / Medium)
A talkthrough of a model of the USS valuation
Sam Marsh, University of Sheffield

#USSbriefs44 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
A manifesto on the USS valuation —present and future — from members and friends of USSbriefs
USSbriefs Members and Friends

#USSbriefs43 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
A breach of trust: employer underpayments, the deficit, and the role of the USS trustee
Deepa Govindarajan Driver, University of Reading

#USSbriefs42 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
European pension regulation: the ending of retirement and the political economy of USS
Carlo Morelli, University of Dundee

#USSbriefs41 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Crucial questions on the 2017 USS valuation
Richard Farndale, University of Cambridge — in consultation with Cambridge UCU Executive

#USSbriefs40 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Number crunching: transforming higher education into ‘performance data’
Ben Williamson, University of Stirling

#USSbriefs39 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Why USS’s Test 1 is not too risky and how Test 2 should be changed
Michael Otsuka, London School of Economics

#USSbriefs38 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
The ‘Hostile Environment’, racism, and the value of migrants in UK universities
Unis Resist Border Controls

#USSbriefs37 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Defending pensions: a fight for all our futures
Megan Povey, University of Leeds

#USSbriefs36 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
The state of USS: some observations
David Miles, Imperial College London

#USSbriefs35 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Reckless prudence: how investment sponsor risk-aversion is breaking USS
George Cooper, Chief Investment Officer, Equitile Investments

#USSbriefs34 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Industry debate and USS’s phantom deficit
Woon Wong, Cardiff Business School

#USSbriefs33 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Staying vigilant: leaked documents reveal new rift between UUK and USS over contribution increases and the future of the pension scheme
Felicity Callard, Birkbeck, University of London
Andrew Chitty, University of Sussex
Philip Garnett, University of York
Jo Grady, University of Sheffield
Nick Hardy, University of Birmingham
Jaya John John, University of Oxford
Leon Rocha, University of Liverpool

#USSbriefs32 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Understanding ‘Test 1’: a submission to the USS Joint Expert Panel
Sam Marsh, University of Sheffield
[Ed. note 1 September 2018: Readers may also wish to consult #USSbriefs51 below, the Addendum to this USSbrief.]

#USSbriefs31 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Precarity in the neoliberal university: some notes on the plight of early career academics
Josh Bowsher

#USSbriefs30 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Beyond 40 years, here be dragons: how to meet USS’s rationale for Test 1 without ‘de-risking’ the portfolio for at least 30 years
Michael Otsuka, London School of Economics

#USSbriefs29 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Organising for the future: what next after the USS strikes?
Jane Holgate, University of Leeds
Melanie Simms, University of Glasgow

#USSbriefs28 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
USS is a special case: 17 questions for the Joint Expert Panel
Dennis Leech, University of Warwick

#USSbriefs27 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Four key issues for the USS Joint Expert Panel
John Murray, formerly of Zurich Insurance

#USSbriefs26 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Open letter from Academics for Pensions Justice
Academics for Pensions Justice

#USSbriefs25 #OpenUPP2018 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Opening up the USS Joint Expert Panel
Felicity Callard, Birkbeck, University of London

#USSbriefs24 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
The ‘Hostile Environment’ in British universities
The International and Broke Campaign

#USSbriefs23 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
UCU’s national democratic structures: a case for reform
Rachel Cohen, City, University of London

#USSbriefs22 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud / Infographic)
Is this the JEP (Joint Expert Panel) you voted for?
Chris Grocott, University of Leicester
Jo Grady, University of Sheffield
Felicity Callard, Birkbeck, University of London
Stan Papoulias, King’s College London

#USSbriefs21 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Brief of Briefs (1-20)
Nick Hardy, University of Birmingham

#USSbriefs20 (MediumPDF / SoundCloud)
From 2010 to 2018: some observations about occupations
Dan Davison, National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC)

#USSbriefs19 (MediumPDF / SoundCloud)
How to constitute a Joint Expert Panel
Warren Pearce, University of Sheffield

#USSbriefs18 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Pressing ‘pause’ on strike action: historical context for the Joint Expert Panel
Jack Saunders, University of Warwick

#USSbriefs17 (MediumPDF / SoundCloud)
Protecting Defined Benefit: managers, trustees, regulators, and the possibility of a pension scheme that works for us
John Murray, formerly of Zurich Insurance

#USSbriefs16 (MediumPDF / SoundCloud)
The financialisation of Higher Education and the USS dispute
Clive Barnett, University of Exeter

#USSbriefs15 (MediumPDF / SoundCloud)
Who rules our universities?

Eric Lybeck, University of Exeter

#USSbriefs14 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
The UUK offer: context and analysis
Deepa Govindarajan Driver, University of Reading
Kurt Mills, University of Dundee

#USSbriefs13 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Cambridge and Oxford in the USS pensions dispute
Sam Dolan, University of Sheffield

#USSbriefs12 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Employers vs. UUK? Evolving positions in the USS pensions dispute
Susanne Hakenbeck, University of Cambridge

#USSbriefs11 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Debunking Sally Hunt’s email
Jo Grady, University of Sheffield
Claire Marris, City, University of London
Jess Meacham, University of Sheffield

#USSbriefs10 (MediumPDF / SoundCloud)
Why I have voted Yes to accept UUK proposal
Amanda Williams, University of East Anglia

#USSbriefs9 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Academic collective action and the future of our movement
Andy Balmer, University of Manchester

#USSbriefs8 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Misleading communication: case studies from Universities UK and the Employers Pension Forum
Felicity Callard, Birkbeck, University of London

#USSbriefs7 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Is there really a USS deficit?
Dennis Leech, University of Warwick

#USSbriefs6 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Why which way to vote on the latest UUK proposal should be an easy decision
Sam Marsh, University of Sheffield

#USSbriefs5 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
The role of consultancies in the USS dispute
Gail Davies, University of Exeter

#USSbriefs4 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Why USS pension cuts will not be spread equally
Claire Marris, City, University of London

#USSbriefs3 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
The pensions dispute and the marketisation of Higher Education
John Holmwood, University of Nottingham
Gurminder K Bhambra, University of Sussex

#USSbriefs2 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
The USS dispute and the dynamics of industrial action
Jo Grady, University of Sheffield

#USSbriefs1 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
The drive to convert to DC: a short history
Felicity Callard, Birkbeck, University of London