Retirement and age discrimination

Free half day workshop for Human Resource practitioners and Equality specialists


Held on: Thursday 17 February 2011 at 10 am - 2 pm

Venue: Boardroom 1, Clerici Building, Gipsy Lane, Oxford Brookes University

A series of free workshops is being held as part of a HEFCE project on retirement and age discrimination in Higher Education, to explore the implications for the management of human resources of extending working lives.

The first workshop will take place on Thursday 17 February 2011 at Oxford Brookes University and it will focus on some of the legal implications arising from the removal of the retirement age. In particular it will look at the following areas:

  • A review of EU and national case law on retirement, age discrimination and objective justification;
  • Introduction to findings from empirical research about staff attitudes towards retirement and Higher Education Institutions’ approaches to extending working lives;
  • Issues relating to age discrimination and performance management.

The workshop forms part of a project funded by HEFCE under its Leadership Governance and Management scheme, to support the HE sector to build management capability to deal with the challenges and opportunities presented by the phasing out of the default retirement age (DRA) and the abolition of mandatory retirement in October 2011. The broad aims of this project are to identify and share good practice about different approaches to flexible retirement, learn from the experience of employers that are managing without a mandatory retirement age, and develop dedicated tools and training to help the sector to respond to changes to the DRA

This project is led by the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice and undertaken in partnership with the Equality Challenge Unit.

The workshop will be led by Professor Lucy Vickers, Law Department and Associate Fellow to the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice (CDPRP) and Dr Simonetta Manfredi, Reader in Equality and Diversity Management and Director of the CDPRP.

Registration and coffee will take place between 10 and 10.30 am. Lunch will be provided and the workshop will conclude at 2 pm.

Information and dates of other free workshops will be circulated in due course.

These will include:

  • approaches to flexible retirement;
  • legal protection against age discrimination;
  • the work-ability approach to occupational health


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