Age of retirement

The following summarises the age of retirement for the different staff groups at the University:

  • For support staff (grades 1-5): University support staff do not have a normal or fixed retirement age, and may decide when they wish to retire. Support staff may elect to retire at, or at any time after, the minimum pension age stipulated in the Rules of the pension scheme to which they belong, provided that they give the requisite notice. Please refer to your contract and to the Support Staff Handbook to determine the requisite notice period for your appointment.
  • For staff at grade 6 and 7: Since 1 October 2017[1], there has been no normal or fixed age at which academic-related staff at grades 6 and 7 have to retire. Staff at grades 6 and 7 may elect to retire at, or at any time after, the minimum pension age stipulated in the Rules of the pension scheme to which they belong, provided that they give the notice period specified in their contract, which is normally three months’ written notice. 
  • For academic and related staff at grade 8 or above: The University operates an Employer Justified Retirement Age (EJRA) for all employees in posts at (or assessed as equivalent to) grade 8 or above. Following consultation in Congregation, the University moved the age at which the EJRA is set to the 30 September before the individual’s 69th birthday with effect from 1 October 2017.


[1] Please note that until 30 September 2017, the University’s EJRA applied to all staff at grades 6 and 7. Staff at grades 6 and 7 who reached the age of 67 on or before 30 September 2017 should have retired by that date unless they had an approved extension to work beyond their original retirement date. For further information, please contact your HR Business Partner .