The Briefs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#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

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

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

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

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

Eric Lybeck, University of Exeter

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

#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

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

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

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

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

#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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#USSbriefs30 (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

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

#USSbriefs32 (Medium / PDF / SoundCloud)
Understanding ‘Test 1’: a submission to the USS Joint Expert Panel
Sam Marsh, University of Sheffield

#USSbriefs33 (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

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

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

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

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

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

#USSbriefs39 (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

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

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

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

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

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