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Pay, Pensions & Reward at Durham University

We aim to create a working environment (whether in Durham or remotely if staff are working away from the workplace) that recognises and rewards staff for their contribution to the University. In addition to competitive pay and excellent long term rewards via our pension schemes, we provide opportunities to develop in a unique learning environment.

There are many excellent benefits when you work at Durham University.

Durham University's Pension Schemes

The University provides two main pension schemes. DUPS (Durham University Pension Scheme) is for staff in grades 1-5, and USS (Universities Superannuation Scheme) is for staff in grades 6 and above and hourly paid part time teachers.

You will pay a percentage of your monthly salary each month directly from your pay into your pension. The University also contributes a percentage of your monthly salary. 

Joining a pension scheme is an excellent way to save for your retirement. The key benefits of USS and DUPS include:

  • generous contribution from the University
  • tax relief on pension contributions
  • reduced NI payments through Pensions+
  • the option to make Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs)
  • life assurance

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