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Abolition of the default retirement age - job applicants over 65

The government has confirmed that the default retirement age (which is currently age 65) will be abolished completely with effect from 1 October 2011. Implementation of the change commenced on 6 April 2011 and we have been advised that, from this date, the University will no longer be able to reject job applications from external candidates who are over 65, as had been University policy.

Therefore, Personnel Services will no longer be filtering out applications from external candidates who are over 65; such applicants should be treated in the normal way - age-related factors must not be used as a criteria for non-selection.

For further information please see equality and diversity in the recruitment and selection process.

If you have any queries regarding this issue please contact the Recruitment Team.