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An Oxford physicist has claimed he was unfairly forced to retire before his 70th birthday despite the fact that his research was ‘blossoming’.
Former head of atomic and laser physics Professor Paul Ewart is the latest to challenge the university’s Employer Justified Retirement Age policy.
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This was introduced in 2017 to ensure older professors make way for younger, more ethnically diverse academics.
Last summer John Pitcher, a Shakespearean scholar at St John’s College, Oxford, lost his claim for age discrimination and unfair dismissal after an employment tribunal ruled the policy was a ‘necessary and appropriate means of achieving [a] legitimate aim’.
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Now Professor Ewart, who worked at Oxford for 38 years until September 2017, is claiming his ‘dismissal’ was unfair and amounted to age discrimination, according to the Times Higher Education website.
In his witness statement to an employment tribunal, the physicist said that in 2014 he had been given an extension to carry on working until he was 69, and that he had expected to receive another allowing him to continue to 2020.
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Professor Ewart argued that his research was ‘blossoming’ in his final two years, when he published 15 papers and won leading roles in projects to create ultra-efficient engines.
His enforced retirement also scuppered efforts...
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