Responding to UCU's plan to ballot over pensions this September, a Universities UK spokesperson said:
“While employers are keen to avoid a further damaging dispute, it is clear that a ‘No detriment’ solution where employers and members refuse to pay additional contributions will not be acceptable to the USS Trustee or The Pensions Regulator. We continue to seek a conclusion to the valuation that all stakeholders can support.
“We understand that the decision to suspend Professor Hutton was taken unanimously by the USS Trustee board – which has other UCU-nominated directors. We have asked The Pensions Regulator and USS to keep stakeholders updated on this matter.”