Academics ‘Staying on’ Post Retirement Age in English Universities Departments of Education: Opportunities, Threats and Employment Policies

George, Rosalyn P. and Maguire, Meg. 2020. Academics ‘Staying on’ Post Retirement Age in English Universities Departments of Education: Opportunities, Threats and Employment Policies. British Journal of Educational Studies, pp. 1-18. ISSN 0007-1005 [Article]

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In the UK, as a result of the Age Discrimination Act (2006) a default retirement age no longer exists and more people choose to ‘stay on’ in their academic posts. ‘Staying on’ poses opportunities and threats in the academic labour market. Older academics can make a positive contribution to their institution through their expertise and experience. By continuing to work, paying tax and keeping healthy, they may directly and indirectly reduce social health and welfare costs. Alternatively, in a context where academic jobs may be decreasing, older workers may be positioned as limiting the employment and promotion opportunities for younger colleagues by staying on. Drawing on twelve in-depth semi-structured interviews with academics who have stayed working in university education departments, this paper explores these issues alongside policy-related questions about employment in the sector.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/00071005.2020.1814951

Keywords:

Post-retirement work, ageism, employment policy, older academics

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Educational Studies > Centre for Identities and Social Justice

Dates:

DateEvent
20 August 2020Accepted
21 September 2020Published Online

Item ID:

29174

Date Deposited:

20 Aug 2020 14:19

Last Modified:

10 Sep 2021 18:38

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

https://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/29174

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