• Thursday 9 June 2011
  • NO. 4956
  • VOL. 141

Consultative notices

Consultation on proposed arrangements to implement an Employer Justified Retirement Age

During Hilary term 2011, the Personnel Committee conducted a consultation1 on a proposal to maintain an Employer Justified Retirement Age (EJRA) of 67 for academic and academic-related staff, on the abolition of the statutory default retirement age from 1 October 2011. The responses to the consultation revealed broad support for that proposal: all the academic divisions supported the maintenance of a retirement age, the vast majority of colleges favoured maintaining an EJRA for joint appointments and college-only academic staff, and the Oxford UCU (following consultation with its members) supported the proposal. Nineteen individual responses were received, about half of which were in favour of introducing an EJRA.

In the light of these responses, the Personnel Committee intends in due course to recommend to Council the adoption of an EJRA of 67 for academic and academic-related staff with effect from 1 October 2011; but now seeks the views on a proposed procedure for considering requests from individuals to continue in employment beyond the EJRA. This procedure reflects the comments and suggestions received during the previous consultation, and seeks to provide a fair and inclusive process through which the collegiate University is able to manage the future of academic and academic-related posts by retirement, or retention in the existing role, or through reaching agreement on a new set of duties and associated terms and conditions which are acceptable to the employer(s).

The Personnel Committee believes that the details of the proposed arrangements may clarify the rationale for introducing an EJRA and reassure individuals and appointing bodies about the way in which serious consideration will be given to requests to work beyond the EJRA and the circumstances in which such requests will be approved if this is justified.

It is proposed that the EJRA should operate for an initial period of ten years from 1 October 2011; and that the application and outcomes of these arrangements be reported annually to the Personnel Committee and be subject to an interim review after five years. This will allow account to be taken of experience of implementing the EJRA here and elsewhere, of the direction in which case law on the EJRA might develop, and of wider changes in patterns of employment.  

Further details of the proposals and the consultation exercise may be found at Any individuals who wish to comment on the proposals are welcome to do so. The consultation closes on Friday, 8 July 2011.

1The consultation document may be found on the Staff Gateway at:

General notices


Sheldonian Theatre

At the Encaenia to be held in the Sheldonian Theatre on Wednesday, 29 June, the Curators of the Theatre propose to allot seats as follows, and subject to availability, to those who apply for tickets:

(a) one visitor's ticket each to Heads of Houses, Canons of Christ Church, members of Council, and certain other persons holding official positions in the University;

(b) one visitor's ticket to each Professor;

(c) one ticket to each member of Convocation (i.e. any matriculated member of the University on whom any degree of the University has been conferred, or any member of Congregation who does not hold such a degree).

Applications for tickets in the above categories, stating the name and standing of each person for whom a ticket is requested, should be made not later than Wednesday, 15 June, to the University Card Office, Examination Schools (email: For security reasons, all requests for tickets must state the names of the persons for whom the tickets are intended.

Tickets for all other members of the University (i.e. those who have not been admitted to any degree of the University) will be distributed through college authorities. All applications for tickets in this category should be made to the college authorities and not to the University Card Office.

The gates and entrances to the Theatre will be opened at 10.45 a.m. and the proceedings will begin at 11.30 a.m. Holders of tickets are requested to be in their places inside the Theatre by 11.15 a.m.

All current members of the University are required to wear subfusc and full academic dress. Doctors will wear their robes and other graduates their hoods.

Oxford Institute of Archaeology

The Oxford Institute of Archaeology will celebrate its fiftieth Anniversary on 29 September 2011.  Alumni and friends of the Institute are warmly invited to help us mark our Golden Jubilee with an Open Day at the Institute from 2 to 5 p.m., when it will be possible to visit old haunts, catch up with old friends and attend brief presentations on a range of fieldwork and research projects being undertaken by current staff and students.  Exhibits relating to the work and history of the Institute will be on display and refreshments will be available.

In the evening, from 5.30 to 8 p.m., there will be a drinks reception in the gardens of St Cross College (or in the Hall, if inclement), to which all are welcome.  Spaces for the reception are limited, so please email if you would like to attend.


Headship of the Sub-department of Particle Physics

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has conferred the Headship of the Sub-department of Particle Physics upon Neville Harnew, BSc Sheff, MA Oxf, PhD Lond, Professor of Physics and Fellow of St Anne's, for a period of three years from 1 July 2011.


University Lecturer (non-medical)

Medical Ethics

Michael John Parker, BEd West Eng, MA Oxf, PhD Hull; Fellow of St Cross, University Lecturer (non-medical) in Medical Ethics and Professor of Bioethics, has been reappointed until the retiring age with effect from 1 May 2009.

Clinical Tutor


Ashok Inderraj Handa, MB BS Lond, MA Oxf, FRCS, FRCS (Edinburgh); Clinical Tutor in Surgery, Reader in Surgery and Consultant Surgeon, has been reappointed until the retiring age with effect from 1 July 2011.

Visiting Professorships

George Eastman Visiting Professorship 2013–14

G. John Ikenberry, BS Manchester College, MA PhD Chicago, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School and Department of Politics, Princeton, has been appointed to the George Eastman Visiting Professorship 2013–14 in the Social Sciences Division for a fixed term of twelve months from 1 October 2013 to 30 September 2014.

Professor Ikenberry will be a Professorial Fellow of Balliol College.

Visiting Professorships

Professor N. Thrift, BA Worc, MA Oxf, DSc PhD Brist. The Social Sciences Division has, on the recommendation of the School of Geography and the Environment, re-conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Geography. From 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2014.

Dr R. Jones, BSc PhD Lond. The Social Sciences Division has, on the recommendation of the School of Geography and the Environment, conferred the title of Visiting Professor. From 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2014.

Professor J. Gardner, BSc MSc PhD PGCE Quebec. The Social Sciences Division has, on the recommendation of the Department of Education, reconferred the title of Visiting Professor. From 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2013.

Recognition of Distinction

Medical Sciences

The following title has been conferred on behalf of the Recognition of Distinction Committee:

Luqmani, R., BM BS DM Nott, Senior Clinical Research Fellow in the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, Professor of Rheumatology with immediate effect.

Selection Committees

Composition of a Selection Committee

The composition of the selection committee to the post below, proceedings to fill which are currently in progress, is as follows:

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Personnel and Equality)

  Appointed by 
Mr Vice-Chancellor ex officio
The Warden of Keble Council
The Principal of Lady Margaret Hall Council
Professor Alison Etheridge Council
Professor Roger Goodman Council
Professor Yvonne Jones Council
Dr John Nightingale Council
Professor Nick Rawlins Council
Mr Laurence Whitehead (Senior Proctor) Council

Musical Events

The Queen's College Chapel

7.30 p.m., Saturday, 18 June

The Choir of The Queen's College perform 'Music for a Summer's Evening'. Britten: Hymn to St Cecilia; Finzi: Seven Poems of Robert Bridges, madrigals and part-songs.

Tickets:  £12 (adults) £9 (concessions) and £5 (students), including two glasses of wine or soft drink, are available from or Oxford 279125.