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Tackling Bullying & Harassment at UCL: “Where Do You Draw the Line?”

By Benjamin G M Meunier, on 23 October 2019

On the 3rd October, I participated in a “Where Do You Draw the Line?” workshop facilitated by the UCL Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) team. Where do you draw the line? is a harassment prevention approach collaboratively developed by UCL, University of Cambridge, University of Manchester and University of Oxford.

The workshop was jointly led by Kevin Coutinho from the EDI team and Martin Moyle, June Hedges and myself on behalf of Paul Ayris. It was very well-attended, and room 417 was completely full with managers from across Library Services, including many SMT members.

Colleagues who attended reported that it was helpful. One participant wrote:

“Firstly, I’d like to thank SMT for funding this session for Library Services Managers. I found it to be really helpful and I appreciated being able to participate alongside members of SMT and other managers in Library Services.”

This event was organised by Jennifer Brown, our Departmental Administrator, as part of our broader action plan for responding to findings from the Staff Survey.

Further work is needed to help eradicate bullying & harassment entirely from Library Services. There is no place for this type of behaviour at UCL, and the aim is for all staff to feel empowered and confident in challenging and reporting any instance where they encounter bullying or harassment. Given the success of this training event, and based on recommendations from colleagues attending, we will look to organise further events to ensure all staff receive this important training. The Library SMT will also consider a range of suggested next steps at the end of this month to follow up on this important matter.

For more information on how to respond if you witness bullying or harassment, please visit LibNet.

If you wish to report something or find additional support information for students and staff, please visit the Report+Support pages.

By challenging inappropriate behaviours we can all play a role in ensuring that UCL is a harassment free zone.

 

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