Employer Justified Retirement Age (EJRA)
Council has agreed to maintain a retirement age 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 Aim of the EJRA)
- All existing members of academic and related staff who have a normal retirement date of 30 September immediately preceding the 66th birthday will be deemed, from 1 October 2011, to have a retirement date of 30 September preceding the 68th birthday, which shall be the EJRA.
- All existing members of the academic and related staff who have a vested right to a normal retirement age of 67 will continue to have a retirement date of 30 September immediately preceding the 68th birthday.
- 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 other than 30 September preceding the 66th birthday, the retirement date specified in the agreement will continue to apply. Where the specified date is earlier than the EJRA, any request to work beyond the specified date should be referred to the Director of Human Resources.
The EJRA will operate for an initial period of ten years from 1 October 2011. The application and outcomes of the EJRA and its procedures will be reported annually to the Personnel Committee and will be subject to an interim review after five years.
These reviews will take into account all relevant considerations, including the continued relevance of the Aim of the EJRA above 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.
There is a procedure for considering all requests to work beyond the EJRA, including those in respect of prospective staff members and those that entail a modification of duties or working pattern after that date.
full details are available at Procedure
an outline overview of the different stages of the procedure is at Outline procedure
practical guidance and model letters to be used in implementing the EJRA are at Practical guidance