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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

A guide to highlight useful information resources relating to EDI themes. We hope it will promote awareness and discussion, broaden horizons, and challenge us all.


Age Equality

The Equality Act 2010 includes age as a protected characteristic, which could apply to people of any age group, no matter how specifically the age group is defined (e.g. 'over 80s' or 'young people').

The Equality and Human Rights Commission further outlines four main categories of age discrimination:

  • direct discrimination (treating someone worse because of their age)
  • indirect discrimination (an organisation's policies put people of a certain age group at a disadvantage)
  • harassment (when somebody makes you feel humiliated, offended or degraded because of your age)
  • victimisation (if you are treated badly because you have made a complaint of age discrimination under the Equality Act)

It also explains the circumstances when it is lawful to treat someone differently because of their age.

In this section, you'll find information resources relating to age inequality. The resources include books, films, archives, and social media, and they examine these issues from many perspectives, including history, society, politics, culture, literature, and more. 

We hope you find the resources here and on our reading list informative and interesting, and as always, we welcome your suggestions for books and other resources to include. 

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Reading List

Take a look at our EDI Reading List for Age Equality.

Please get in touch if you have any recommendations to add to this list - whether already available in the Library or not!

Archives and Special Collections


The Library has access to several archives, both in its own Special Collections and Archives, as well as digitised collections, which cover subjects relating to people of particular age groups. 
We've curated a list below, together with information about major collections held elsewhere (some of which are available online).

Age Equality - ACTION

Take a look at Newcastle University's AGE Research Group.

National Institute for Health Research is a collaboration between Newcastle University and Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It focuses on the conversion of lab-based research in ageing and long-term conditions, into practical and meaningful benefits for patients, the public and the health and care system.

The Campus for Ageing and Vitality is home to the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre as well as ageing research labs, businesses, and one of the country’s first Clinics for Research and Service in Themed Assessments (CRESTA); a working NHS facility for patients.