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In the last few weeks, university staff who are members of the USS pension scheme have faced further uncertainty about the future of their pension. A somewhat contentious valuation by USS has led to talk of a significant deficit and the need for increased contributions from members and employers, a possible reduction in the benefits and perhaps ultimately, the loss of the defined benefit element of the scheme (the bit that means your pension is based on your salary and the number of years you’ve paid in rather than how well a pot of money has performed in the markets). Read the rest of this entry »

In June this year, at the University of Sheffield Engineering Symposium (USES), PVC Professor Tony Ryan gave a wonderful talk on collaboration and one of his pearls of wisdom was “Serendipity favours the prepared and open mind”. Serendipity has been described as “an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident; good fortune; or luck.” How true I thought of my life, when several times it has seemed an opportunity has just fallen into my lap! On reflection the only reasons these were ‘lucky’ was, because of the range of experience I already had, from not following a structured career path. “The harder I work, the luckier I get” said Samuel Goldwyn, so perhaps opportunities only come when we have worked hard to ensure we are ready! Can we be prepared for the opportunities that come our way?

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