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Emeritus professors of an English university: how is the wisdom of the aged used?

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This study of emeritus professors at an English university aims to stimulate debate about their professional and leisure activities in retirement, how much use they make of their university’s facilities and how much use their universities make of them. It reveals that about half remain very happily active in teaching and research, though not always remunerated for it or recognised by their universities for their contributions. Unlike their North American counterparts, hardly any have celebratory rites of passage to emeritus status, or emeritus associations or centres that they can join. There was some disquiet amongst emeriti about their status and no university policy about using emeriti’s contributions, but generally England’s emeriti are healthily active, enjoying a wide range of activities and some contacts with their previous careers.
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Keywords: academic identity; career perception; emeriti; emeritus; lifelong learning; professors; retirement

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Centre for Educational Research and Development,University of Lincoln, Brayford CampusLincolnLN6 7TS, UK

Publication date: September 1, 2011

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