Discussions and support

Looking forward to retirement: Discussing your retirement plans

Retirement is a natural part of the employment journey and the University encourages all staff to have open discussions with their managers about their plans for the future, at all stages of their career. With no statutory retirement age there is no specified time when this discussion takes place.

Early, open and honest discussions will enable you and your manager to plan more effectively for the future and facilitate a smooth transition from work into retirement.

These conversations may:

  • ensure that you are supported in meeting personal or career objectives before your retirement;
  • provide you with the opportunity to discuss your own training and development needs;
  • enable early discussions about potential flexible retirement options, where early consideration is important for both pensions implications and to allow time for the department to make the necessary arrangements to accommodate a flexible working request, if approved;
  • enable your department to consider succession planning (where appropriate).