The legislation on age discrimination can be found in the Equality Act 2010. In this context age refers to people of the same age and people of a particular range of age.


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 law protects people of all ages. In terms of employment, age is the only protected characteristic that allows an employer to justify direct or indirect discrimination. An employer may be able to justify direct or indirect discrimination if they can show that their actions were a proportionate means of meeting a legitimate aim. This means that different treatment can be justifiable if there is objective evidence to support the decision. Under the Equality Act 2010 the Default Retirement Age is being phased out. This means a mandatory retirement age cannot be enforced by an employer. Employees have the right to request working beyond retirement age and there is a duty on employers to consider that request.


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: Friday, 13 June 2014 12:55