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Everyone at Brookes can expect respect and equality
whatever their age. We are delighted that our university community includes
people of all ages, from the youngest children at our excellent nursery to people past normal retirement age
who are still studying or working at Brookes.
undertaken by Brookes on staff age-related issues include our apprenticeship scheme and our internship scheme for new Brookes’ graduates. October 2011 saw
the abolition of the default retirement age - so employees are now no
longer expected to retire at age 65 and can voluntarily retire at a time of
their choosing. Our main pension schemes now offer
opportunities for flexible retirement, under which staff can reduce their
working hours and/or grade and draw part of their pension benefits.
The Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice has a
particular focus on Age Diversity. It has conducted research to understand the
implications of the legislation on age discrimination and the removal of
mandatory retirement for the Higher Education Sector in the UK. It has developed management resources in
partnership with the Equality Challenge Unit for the sector to support change
in this area (funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England).
Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) and the National Institute
of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) and Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have
more information on the regulations.