Anti-Bullying and Harassment Guidance
The Department is committed to creating a happy and healthy working environment, where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. We do not tolerate any form of harassment, bullying or victimisation.
The Department and University takes all allegations of harassment seriously. By its very nature, cases must be dealt with both sensitively and confidentially. For this reason, it may, at times, appear that matters are not being progressed and dealt with. We can assure staff that we apply the full rigour of the policy, as appropriate, but the precise details of the steps being taken can only be shared with the parties involved; all parties are bound by the principles of confidentiality.
We recognise that staff experiencing harassment may have reservations about coming forward, not least a fear they will not be taken seriously or that there may be an impact on their career. All parties in the process are treated with dignity and respect and with full regard for how challenging formal investigations can be for the individuals involved. Individuals are supported throughout the process by appropriately trained professional staff.
If you feel you are being bullied it is important that you talk to someone and seek advice as soon as possible. The Mathematical Institute has a number of Harassment Advisors, who are part of the University’s confidential harassment advisor network and are trained to listen and confidentially support those who feel they are being bullied. We would also encourage you to make yourself familiar with the University Policy and Procedure on Harassment and Bullying. This will explain the process that will be followed to resolve issues both formally and informally.
What can the harassment advisor do?
- Listen to staff and students who believe they are being harassed, clarify the options open to them and assist them in resolving the matter informally where possible and provide similar support to those accused of harassment.
- Where requested, support individuals throughout the resolution of their concerns. This may include discussing with the individual what they may wish to say or write to the person whom they feel has harassed or bullied them, or how they might approach a senior member of staff for assistance in resolving the issue. This list is not exhaustive but includes empowering and supporting the individual.
- Deal with all cases with the utmost confidentiality except in cases where there is an unacceptable risk to a member of staff, student or the institution.
The harassment advisor cannot:
- approach the alleged harasser in an attempt to mediate or resolve the matter for you;
- act as your representative or advocate; or
- be involved in any formal stage of the process, be it in writing the formal complaint, the investigation, disciplinary or grievance procedures, except by way of giving you the support you need during this time.
MI Harassment Advisors:
PA to Sedleian Chair
Professor of Applied Mathematics
Head of Academic Administration
Undergraduate Studies Administrator
Conference and Events Assistant
Alternatively, if you do not feel comfortable talking to someone from within the Department, you can access the University’s anonymous Harassment Line (01865 270760). If you would like to speak with a Harassment Advisor who is BME or LGBTQ, please visit the Harassment Advisor Network pages.
If you'd like to become a Harassment Advisor yourself, please contact @email
TRAINING COURSES AND RESOURCES
The Mathematical Institute aims to maximise the use of the training courses and resources available within the University to facilitate the enhancement of understanding and foster an inclusive culture which promotes equality, values diversity and to create an environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. With this in mind, all new staff members, regardless of staff category or seniority, are encouraged to complete the following online training courses:
- Equality and Diversity Briefing - Introduces you to what equality and diversity mean and why they are important both to the University and to you as an individual. It provides an overview of the legislation, your rights and responsibilities, and guidelines for ensuring that equality and diversity are embedded in your work.
- Implicit Bias in the Workplace - Introduces the topic of implicit bias and its origins, considers how it might manifest itself in our behaviour, and provides practical tips and reflections to help you reduce the risk of bias in your own work.
- Challenging behaviour: Dealing with Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace - Teaches you to recognise bullying and harassment behaviours and gives you the tools to respond to inappropriate behaviour.