Oxford University dons lose new vote over retirement age

Academics at Oxford University have failed in a new bid to challenge rules forcing them to retire at 67, reports the BBC.

The university's congregation – which is made up of academics and administrative staff – voted down a call to axe the retirement age. Paul Ewart, a 69-year-old professor of physics at Oxford, said it was "disappointing ... but not the end".

Oxford University said its rule created "career progression" and "inter-generational" fairness. Ewart has described the rule as "age discrimination" and said it affected many colleagues still teaching at "the peak of their form". He said he and his colleagues respected the vote but individuals could still take their cases to employment tribunals.
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