This isn’t to comment on the decision itself – about which I know nothing, Rather, the ghastly bureaucratese of the justification.
Oxford University in ageism row as celebrated poets ineligible for top job because they are too old
Well, OK. It’s this that grates:
A spokesperson for the university said: “The University of Oxford operates an Employer Justified Retirement Age (EJRA) for employees in all academic posts.
“From 1 October 2017, the University has adopted an EJRA of 30 September before the employee’s 69th birthday. Despite its unusual appointment process and duties, as an employed professorship the Professorship of Poetry is subject to the EJRA.”
Yes, yes, we know what you’ve done. What we want to know is why?