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No 6435

Wednesday 21 September 2016

Vol cxlvii No 1

pp. 1–10



1 October, Saturday. Michaelmas Term begins. Congregation of the Regent House at 9.30 a.m. (Vice-Chancellor’s address, and election and admission of the Proctors).

4 October, Tuesday. Full Term begins.

11 October, Tuesday. Discussion at 2 p.m. in the Senate-House.

16 October, Sunday. Preacher before the University at 11.15 a.m., Professor T. Beattie, Professor of Catholic Studies and Director of the Digby Stuart Research Centre at the University of Roehampton.

20 October, Thursday. End of first quarter of Michaelmas Term.

Discussions (at 2 p.m.)


11 October

1 October, Saturdayat 9.30 a.m.

25 October

22 October, Saturdayat 11 a.m.

8 November

26 November, Saturday at 2 p.m.

22 November

6 December

Preacher at Mere’s Commemoration in 2017

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that he has appointed Professor Ian McFarland, Fellow of Selwyn College and Regius Professor of Divinity, as Preacher at the Commemoration of John Mere to be held in St Benedict’s Church at 11.45 a.m. on Tuesday, 25 April 2017.

Review of the University Retirement Policy

The Joint Report of the Council and the General Board on a retirement policy for University staff (Reporter, 6249, 2011–12, p. 347) stated that the continued application of a retirement age for University officers should be subject to review and its impact and other relevant factors be monitored. In June 2015, the Council and the General Board agreed that the Human Resources Committee should appoint a group to review the operation of the University’s current Employer Justified Retirement Age (EJRA) (Reporter, 6390, 2014–15, p. 616). Following consultation with the Heads and Secretaries of the Schools, Heads of Department, and Chairs of Faculty Boards, the Retirement Policy Review Group reported on its findings to the Council on 11 July 2016 and the General Board on 1 June 2016, and those bodies approved its recommendations, to take effect from 1 October 2016, namely:

1. The EJRA of 67 should be maintained;

2. The aims of the EJRA should be redefined as set out in Annex A below, retaining the existing aims but also acknowledging expressly, in new paragraph (ii), the importance of the EJRA in helping institutions to plan their staffing structures to allow maximum effectiveness across their activities;

3. The criteria for evaluating requests to work beyond the EJRA should be reworded as set out in Annex B below;

4. The separate VRA procedure should be brought within the Retirement Policy and individuals should be permitted to choose whether an extension is paid or unpaid;

5. Only one extension should be granted and the current procedure for considering extension applications should be maintained;

6. The employment duties during a period of extended employment should be clarified and confirmed;

7. The EJRA should continue to apply equally to academic and academic-related University officers;

8. The current titles in operation for individuals during a period of employment beyond the EJRA should be maintained, with salary progression accommodated as appropriate;

9. The documentation should be reviewed to ensure that it is relevant, appropriate, and respectful; and

10. Forward planning should be encouraged and supported.

Annex A: Aims of the Employer Justified Retirement Age

The University of Cambridge operates an Employer Justified Retirement Age for University officers in order to:

(i)Ensure inter-generational fairness and career progression;

(ii)Enable effective succession-planning;

(iii)Promote innovation in research and knowledge creation;

(iv)Preserve academic autonomy and freedom.

Annex B: Criteria for evaluating requests to work beyond the EJRA

An extension of employment may only be granted in very exceptional circumstances, where:

(i)The individual concerned is the most appropriate person able to complete a specific project or task that is already underway;

(ii)The individual concerned is the most appropriate person able to secure the full benefit of a project already completed;

(iii)The individual concerned is the only person able to attract specific and significant funding; and/or

(iv)It would enable effective planning for departure and recruitment.

In all cases, an extension must not undermine the aims of the EJRA and must be aligned to the strategic aims of the relevant institution.

Annual Reports

The following Annual Report has been received by the Council and is available on the website indicated:

Careers Service Annual Report 2016 *

* 10/02/2017: Available at