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Managing career endings and the transition to retirement: the case of academics

The Leverhulme Trust are funding Professor Graham Crow, a sociologist at the University of Edinburgh, to study the later career and retirement trajectories of academic staff at UK Universities.

The project’s mixed methods research design includes:

  • two surveys (one for academic staff pre-retirement and one for those who have mainly or wholly retired from that role)
  • an imagined futures essay component
  • interviews
  • and the analysis of documents relating to policies adopted by UK Universities that relate to the retirement of their staff