In 2011 Council agreed to maintain a retirement age (the “Employer Justified Retirement Age” or EJRA) for University academic and academic-related staff, including (in respect of their University appointments) the holders of joint appointments, primarily to support the University's mission to sustain excellence in teaching, research and administration and to maintain and develop its historical position as a world-class university (see the Aims of the EJRA, below).
Following the completion of the 10-year review of the Policy in 2022, Congregation decided to maintain the EJRA but with a revised age and coverage.
From 18 October 2022, the Vice-Chancellor and all holders of the posts of Statutory Professor, Associate Professor and grade RSIV researcher, and equivalents of those posts are deemed to have a retirement date of 30 September preceding the 69th birthday (rising to the 30 September preceding the 70th birthday with effect from 1 October 2023) which shall be the EJRA. Applications to work beyond the EJRA are considered in accordance with the Procedure that has been approved by Council, on the recommendation of the Personnel Committee, and will only be approved in specific and exceptional circumstances.
[In cases where, under the Personnel Committee's procedures applying until 30 September 2011, a member of staff has a retirement date set by individual agreement to be later than the EJRA, the retirement date specified in the agreement will continue to apply.]
The application and outcomes of the EJRA and its procedures are reported annually to the Personnel Committee and will be subject to a further review in 2027. This review will take into account all relevant considerations, including the continued relevance of the Aims of the EJRA to each of the groups of staff to whom the EJRA applies, the application of the EJRA, and the procedure for exceptional limited extended employment, as well as relevant external developments in relation, for example, to pensions and longevity.
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