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No 6518

Wednesday 22 August 2018

Vol cxlviii No 42

pp. 890–893


University salaries and stipends

20 August 2018

The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) has proposed a pay settlement from 1 August 2018. The settlement provides for a 2% increase to the stipends and salaries of non-clinical staff on all spine points, except spine points 11 to 27 where the increases will be as follows:

Points 11 to 14

2.76% increase

Point 15

2.70% increase

Point 16

2.65% increase

Point 17

2.60% increase

Point 18

2.55% increase

Point 19

2.50% increase

Point 20

2.45% increase

Point 21

2.39% increase

Point 22

2.33% increase

Point 23

2.26% increase

Point 24

2.20% increase

Point 25

2.14% increase

Point 26

2.08% increase

Point 27

2.02% increase

It should be noted that the New Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff (New JNCHES) trade unions remain in dispute over the offer. However, UCEA has confirmed that the formal dispute resolution procedure set out in the New JNCHES agreement has been exhausted and has therefore advised that implementation of the pay settlement may proceed.

Pending the outcome of further discussions at national level, the Council and the General Board have agreed that increases on the basis set out above should be made in all relevant stipends and salaries with effect from 1 August 2018.

The stipends and salaries of certain University staff require the approval of the Regent House. The Council is accordingly submitting a Grace (Grace 1, p. 893) to the Regent House for the approval of an increase of 2% to 2.76% (as specified above) in these stipends and salaries. An updated Cambridge general stipend and salary scale, showing the proposed new stipends and salaries for each grade, is included in this Notice. This indicates the 50 points of the national single spine as well as those points, above and below, which are extensions to the spine in Cambridge. Changes will also be applied to associated payments directly linked to a single spine stipend/salary point.

Subject to the approval of this Grace, the corresponding increases will be implemented in the stipends of those offices which do not require the approval of the University as well as in the salaries of analogous unestablished staff. In the case of contract research staff and other staff supported on non-central funds, payment of the increase will be conditional on funds being available to meet the cost of the increase from the relevant funding source.

It is expected that, if the Grace is approved, the increases will be paid to staff in the September 2018 payroll.


University of Cambridge: Single Salary Spine as at 1 August 2018

Notes to the University of Cambridge Single Salary Spine

Note 1:

An asterisk (*) denotes a contribution point and progress through these is awarded on merit.

Note 2:

Grade T is for staff who are studying for an approved qualification or undergoing 'in-service' training. Points 1–10 of Grade T are no longer in use.

Note 3:

On 1 January 2010 the first contribution points of Grades 2, 3, and 4 became service points.

Note 4:

University Lecturers (ULs) and University Senior Lecturers (USLs) will be appointed to Grades 9 and 10 respectively.

ULs may progress through service points 1–9 of Grade 9.

USLs may progress through service points 1–3 and contribution points 4–5 of Grade 10.

Readers will only be appointed to point 2 in Grade 11 (point 63).

Senior Research Associates will be appointed to Grade 9.

Research Associates will be appointed to Grade 7 spine point 40 from 6 April 2017 and to spine point 41 from 1 October 2017.

Research Assistants will be appointed to Grade 5.

The contribution points in Grades 9 and 11 do not apply to ULs and Readers. They apply to academic-related staff.

The professorial minimum will be point 68 in band 1 of Grade 12.

Note 5:

For academic staff (other than Professors and USLs) contribution will be recognized through the promotions procedure as now and not by use of contribution points.

USLs will also have access to the Senior Academic Promotions procedure under which they may also be awarded contribution points 4–5 in Grade 10.

Note 6:

Academic-related professorial-equivalent staff will be appointed on the contribution bands of Grade 12 according to the HERA points boundaries for each level.

Note 7:

Specific arrangements will apply to progression in service-related points on some grades in compliance with the Memorandum of Understanding.

Note 8:

Incremental progression through the service-related points occurs on the incremental date which will normally be on the anniversary of appointment or 1 April, 1 July, or 1 October respectively for staff engaged on terms and conditions for Manual, Clerical/Secretarial, and Technical Division appointments.

Note 9:

Direct employees of the University appointed to Grade 1 will not be paid below spine point 17, with effect from 1 November 2015.

Note 10:

Points 32 and 50 were aligned to the National Single Pay Spine for Higher Education Academic and Support Staff, as negotiated by the Universities and Colleges Employers Association on behalf of UK higher education employers, with effect from 1 January 2014.

Note 11:

On 1 January 2015 the first contribution points of Grades 1, 5, and 6 became service points.

Note 12:

Spine point 13 was removed from the National Spine and the University’s Grade 1 with effect from 1 August 2016.

Single Salary spine as at 1 August 2018

Cambridge University Assistants' Contributory Pension Scheme

20 August 2018

Regulation 5 of the regulations for the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 151), and Rule 5 of the Scheme rules permit the rules of the Contributory Pension Scheme to be amended from time to time. Except where the amendment is required to ensure the Scheme’s continued approval by the Savings, Pensions, and Share Schemes Office of the Inland Revenue (now HM Revenue & Customs) such changes require the authority of a Grace.

Rule 5 of the rules of the CPS further provides that the University shall have the power to amend the rules of the Scheme from time to time on the recommendation of the Trustee, C. U. Pension Trustee Limited, provided that the change has the approval of two thirds of the directors of the Trustee and provided that this power of amendment shall be restricted so that there shall be no change in the main purpose of the Scheme. The proposed changes were considered and approved by the Trustee on 18 June 2018.

The changes are designed to bring the provisions on late retirement for active members of the scheme in line with those for preserved members; that is, members who left employment without an immediate entitlement to a pension from the CUACPS. An explanatory note and the changes proposed are available at The current rules of the Scheme are available on the Pensions website at

The Council is submitting a Grace (Grace 2, p. 893) for the approval of the amendments to the rules of the Cambridge University Assistants’ Contributory Pension Scheme as set out at