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Falmouth University staff brought in-house and onto Teachers' Pension Scheme

23 June 2023

UCU welcomed Falmouth University's decision to bring on-campus academic staff in-house from Tuesday 1 August 2023.

The move means staff will automatically be enrolled onto the Teachers' Pension Scheme (TPS), which has employer contributions of 23.6%. 

UCU said that other employers should look to Falmouth and make sure their staff can access the sector's leading pension schemes. 

All new campus-based academic jobs will also be employed directly through the university, rather than a subsidiary company. 

The decision brings a long-running dispute to an end with Falmouth UCU members overwhelmingly voting to resolve the dispute and work constructively with management going forward. 

Falmouth University UCU branch co-chair David Devanny said: 'We have been campaigning for this for some time, and this is clearly an issue which means a lot to UCU members here at Falmouth, who have sacrificed a lot. This outcome allows on-campus members to be employed by the university again, giving them the same terms, conditions and pension rights as colleagues at other universities. It goes to show what productive collaboration between university leadership and trade unions can achieve.' 

UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: 'Today I want to send a big congratulations to each and every member at Falmouth University for getting a deal for all on-campus academic-contracted staff to be brought back in-house. Other employers need to look to what Falmouth's management has achieved and work with UCU to make sure staff can access the sector's leading pension schemes.'

Last updated: 26 June 2023