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From thought leadership to technical pieces, knowledge hub keeps our members and pensions professionals up to date with the recent developments in the industry.

The importance of diversity and inclusion at Aviva
05 February 2021

The importance of diversity and inclusion at Aviva

This year we changed our company statement to “with you today, for a better tomorrow” to reflect how, as a business, we would like to support our customers and treat the communities that we serve equally.

We provide workplace pensions to over 4 million customers, and peace of mind through insurance and investments to millions more. Our customers are representative of the whole of UK society. To ensure that we truly understand what our customers need from us, we recognise that our business and workforce must be diverse. We don’t just need to understand our customers, we need to be our customers.

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Taking the pulse of pensions: PMI’s fifth survey results
05 February 2021

Taking the pulse of pensions: PMI’s fifth survey results

It has now been two years since we ran the first PMI Pulse survey. This initiative, developed by the Policy and Public Affairs Committee, was intended to serve two specific purposes. The first was to assess PMI members’ confidence in the general direction of UK pensions policy and the performance of The Pensions Regulator (TPR). As a result, the first four questions of any Pulse survey will be the same. The second purpose of Pulse is to seek members’ views on specific topical issues. Pulse surveys are issued every six months and, over time, we are able to track trends in members’ views on policy.

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Actuarial diversity: do we all play golf?
05 February 2021

Actuarial diversity: do we all play golf?

Progress has been made in improving diversity and inclusion within the pensions industry but more still needs to be done. Representation is important; inspiring learning is a must; and apprenticeships can open the door to recruiting a more diverse workforce.

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‘Diversity and inclusion’ – it’s good for your sole (trustee)!
05 February 2021

‘Diversity and inclusion’ – it’s good for your sole (trustee)!

“You never learn anything whilst you are talking” is a relatively well-known phrase; even Rocky Balboa quoted a version of it in the 2015 film ‘Creed’. An equally valid, but far less catchy truism is that you also learn nothing (or very little) if the only people you listen to already share your views.

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DB funding code: risk or not de-risk?
05 February 2021

DB funding code: risk or not de-risk?

One thing that has come through in much of the commentary and responses to The Pensions Regulator’s (TPR’s) Defined Benefit (DB) funding code consultation is support for the idea that maturing schemes should be on a pathway to limiting the risk they are taking when they become very mature.

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The new normal in education… ‘hashtag online’
06 January 2021

The new normal in education… ‘hashtag online’

With a year since the first official reporting of a COVID-19 case, we have almost arrived at a global paralysis of regular education and training provision. This unprecedented situation affected all learning at all levels. Basic and secondary education, initial and continuing training, and work-based learning all came to a stop as we knew them. It upturned course schedules and attendance, disrupted teaching and learning, frustrated examinations and assessments, delayed certification, and will affect the immediate and future careers of millions of learners.

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The new normal in education… ‘hashtag online’
06 January 2021

The new normal in education… ‘hashtag online’

With a year since the first official reporting of a COVID-19 case, we have almost arrived at a global paralysis of regular education and training provision. This unprecedented situation affected all learning at all levels. Basic and secondary education, initial and continuing training, and work-based learning all came to a stop as we knew them. It upturned course schedules and attendance, disrupted teaching and learning, frustrated examinations and assessments, delayed certification, and will affect the immediate and future careers of millions of learners.

Read more
The importance of diversity and inclusion at Aviva
05 February 2021

The importance of diversity and inclusion at Aviva

This year we changed our company statement to “with you today, for a better tomorrow” to reflect how, as a business, we would like to support our customers and treat the communities that we serve equally.

We provide workplace pensions to over 4 million customers, and peace of mind through insurance and investments to millions more. Our customers are representative of the whole of UK society. To ensure that we truly understand what our customers need from us, we recognise that our business and workforce must be diverse. We don’t just need to understand our customers, we need to be our customers.

Read more
Taking the pulse of pensions: PMI’s fifth survey results
05 February 2021

Taking the pulse of pensions: PMI’s fifth survey results

It has now been two years since we ran the first PMI Pulse survey. This initiative, developed by the Policy and Public Affairs Committee, was intended to serve two specific purposes. The first was to assess PMI members’ confidence in the general direction of UK pensions policy and the performance of The Pensions Regulator (TPR). As a result, the first four questions of any Pulse survey will be the same. The second purpose of Pulse is to seek members’ views on specific topical issues. Pulse surveys are issued every six months and, over time, we are able to track trends in members’ views on policy.

Read more
Actuarial diversity: do we all play golf?
05 February 2021

Actuarial diversity: do we all play golf?

Progress has been made in improving diversity and inclusion within the pensions industry but more still needs to be done. Representation is important; inspiring learning is a must; and apprenticeships can open the door to recruiting a more diverse workforce.

Read more
‘Diversity and inclusion’ – it’s good for your sole (trustee)!
05 February 2021

‘Diversity and inclusion’ – it’s good for your sole (trustee)!

“You never learn anything whilst you are talking” is a relatively well-known phrase; even Rocky Balboa quoted a version of it in the 2015 film ‘Creed’. An equally valid, but far less catchy truism is that you also learn nothing (or very little) if the only people you listen to already share your views.

Read more
DB funding code: risk or not de-risk?
05 February 2021

DB funding code: risk or not de-risk?

One thing that has come through in much of the commentary and responses to The Pensions Regulator’s (TPR’s) Defined Benefit (DB) funding code consultation is support for the idea that maturing schemes should be on a pathway to limiting the risk they are taking when they become very mature.

Read more