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Bullying & Harassment

Bullying and harassment are negative behaviours that can adversely impact on an individual’s or a group’s wellbeing. These are behaviours that Queen Mary will act against where demonstrated.

Bullying can be defined as intimidation on a regular and persistent basis or as a one off, which serves to undermine the competence, effectiveness, confidence and integrity of the person on the receiving end. This negative behaviour can be on a regular and persistent basis or as a one-off; it may be by an individual against an individual; or involve groups of people.  

It should be noted that whilst harassment is defined in law, bullying is not.

Harassment is unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic that has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for the complainant or violating their dignity.

Harassment can be based on an actual or perceived protected characteristic that an individual may have under the Equality Act 2010 this includes:  age; disability; gender reassignment (transgender); marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy, maternity and paternity; race; religion or belief (including no belief); sex (gender identity); and sexual orientation. 

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Our ambition is for Queen Mary to be the most inclusive University of its kind, anywhere. If you, or someone you know, has experienced bullying and harassment, a hate incident or gender-based violence, we want to know about it. All staff, students and visitors to our campus can access support information about specialist services or make a report to the University.


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Our Active Bystander workshops will help you to address problems you’ve encountered around campus, and work towards building a healthy workplace culture of constructive challenge and personal responsibility.

The workshops will focus on bullying, intimidation, sexual harassment and other inappropriate behaviours which can contribute to a toxic culture. This innovative and award-winning training equips staff with the skills to challenge unacceptable behaviours, including those that may have become normalised over time. All sessions include tried and tested decision-making and personal effectiveness techniques, designed to overcome the initial fear of tackling challenging situations.

These interactive sessions include:

  • Overcoming fear and paralysis in difficult situations
  • Using the right words and expressions when challenging behaviours
  • How to tackle micro-aggressions, such as eye-rolling, sighing and constant interruptions
  • Applying these tools to real-life scenarios and exploring how to handle a variety of situations

Please reach out to Organisational & Professional Development Team ( to explore our workshop delivery options.



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  • Self-assessments & recommended resources
  • Creative tools to help express how you’re feeling
  • Wide range of self-guided courses to do at your own pace


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