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Scottish Teachers' Superannuation Scheme (STSS)

The scheme covers academic staff in the Scottish conference sector and some of those transferred to other universities on merger.

About STSS

STSS is administered by the Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA). In most cases the scheme applies in the same way as TPS: the current exceptions are listed below:

  • if an STSS member dies during a period for which he or she is not paying contributions, a lump sum death benefit is payable in respect of that member only if he or she died during the first two months of that period or within the first year of such a period which began on account of the member's permanent incapacity
  • members of STSS are not normally entitled to bring their pensions into payment before age 60 (even at the cost of actuarial reduction) unless they have retired on the grounds of ill-health or redundancy or in the interests of the employer's efficiency
  • a member of STSS who has become entitled to a pension from the scheme and is again employed as teacher can accrue STSS pension in that new employment only if it began before April 1997.

The Teachers' Superannuation (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/393) introduced the following changes:

  • introduced new provisions for paternity and adoption leave
  • where a teacher wishes to transfer into STSS deferred benefits from another pension scheme that MUST be done within 12 months' of joining
  • clarified that when a member dies within 12 months of retirement on the grounds of incapacity a death grant is NOT payable.

Leaflets and other information on the scheme can be found at

Scheme changes 2019

The Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA) have announced that the employer pension contribution increases will now only take effect from 1 September 2019 and not 1 April 2019: Change announced to STPS contribution increase date

Last updated: 22 March 2019