The Equality Act 2010 includes provisions that ban age discrimination against adults in the provision of services and public functions. The Act covers people of all ages.


We value diversity and are committed to creating a positive working and learning environment where all people are treated with dignity and respect. We're working to enable all staff and students to fulfil their personal potential by providing fair treatment in work, study, recreation and leisure for staff, students and visitors of all ages. We're determined that no student or member of staff should be treated less favourably on the grounds of age.

The Equality Act 2010 says that you must not be discriminated against because:

  • You are (or are not) a certain age or in a certain age group
  • Someone thinks you are (or are not) a specific age or age group. This is known as discrimination by perception
  • You are connected to someone of a specific age or age group. This is known as discrimination by association

Age groups can be quite wide (for example, ‘people under 50’ or 'under 18s'). They can also be quite specific (for example ‘people in their mid-40s’). Terms such as ‘young person’ and ‘youthful’ or ‘elderly’ and ‘pensioner’ can also indicate an age group.


Age UK

Age Concern and Help the Aged have joined forces to become Age UK.

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Duties include tackling age discrimination and promoting age equality as well as providing information on age discrimination and helpline support.

Equality Challenge Unit

Supports the higher education sector to realise the potential of all staff and students and provides reports on equality in higher education institutions, including age-related issues.

Last Updated: Thursday, 04 January 2018 15:51