Age is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 and it is unlawful to discriminate against someone because of how old or young they are. Discrimination happens when someone is treated unfavourably because of their age, without justification, or is harassed or victimised because of their age. This is also known as ageism.

The 2011-12 Diversity Survey Report highlighted that the students' unions’ workforce is very young, as the majority of respondents were aged under 40.

Age discrimination

Information from the Equality and Human Rights Commission on age discrimination e.g. what is age discrimination is? When and where could age discrimination take place? And when is age discrimination lawful?

Age and the workplace

A guide from ACAS for employers and employees. 

Age UK

Age Concern and Help the Aged have joined to become Age UK. Age UK aims to improve later life for everyone through providing information, advice, services, campaigns, products, training and research.

Employers Forum for Age

The Employers Forum for Age (EFA) is a part of the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion and aims to tackle ageism at work. The EFA is an independent network of leading employers who recognise the need to attract and retain valuable employees whatever their age.

Managing flexible retirement and extended working lives

This Equality Challenge Unit guide presents a range of information and resources to help higher education institutions develop their own best practice in managing flexible retirement and extended working lives, aspects of which can be adopted by students’ unions.   

The Age & Employment Network

A network of organisations seeking to improve employment equality for older workers. The Network provides online resources and training events.