Middlesex University is committed to maintaining a working and learning environment free from any form of bullying or harassment. We all benefit from working and studying in an environment free from intimidation; whether you are the victim or witness, bullying and harassment contribute to stress-related ill-health and an unpleasant atmosphere.
The University has a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to provide a safe working and learning environment, and that includes taking steps to ensure staff and students do not suffer ill health as a result of stress.
Harassment is commonly defined as unwelcome attention in the form of unacceptable and/or offensive behaviour. Harassment on the grounds of Race, Gender, and Disability are all illegal in the UK, and in addition the Protection from Harassment Act (1997) widens the definition to include any behaviour that a reasonable person would regard as harassment. It does not matter that the harasser does not intend to harass.
Bullying is the abuse of power or position to, for example, threaten, abuse, intimidate, insult, ridicule or criticise; to humiliate and undermine a person so that their confidence and self-esteem is destroyed. This can range from unlawful violence, shouting and sarcasm to more subtle forms such as setting a person up for failure with impossible workloads and deadlines. Please see the University's Anti-Bullying Policy - Anti-Bullying - HRPS18 for more information.
We have a number of 'Harassment Advisors' to help support any member of staff or student who feels they may have been subject to bullying or harassment.
The service is completely confidential, and aims to facilitate an early resolution to problems. You can contact the Advisers by email or telephone directly:
Telephone: 020 8411 4433 (free and dedicated line)