Harassment & Bullying

UCA is committed to creating and maintaining a workplace and learning environment based on respect and dignity. One that is free from any form of bullying, harassment or discrimination. To this end the University will take appropriate measures to ensure that the principals of equality, fairness, respect and dignity are embedded into its policy and culture.

Bullying and Harassment

These terms are often used interchangeably but have different meanings in law and policy. These are set out in detail in the Policy and Procedures document below.

In the simplest terms both bullying and harassment  can involve behaviour that is percieved to be offensive by a person, although the precise wording is different. The key difference between them is that harassment refers specifically to conduct in the Equality Acrt where a person has a 'personal characteristic'....

Harassment is a form of discrimination under the Equality Act 2010. 

Under the Equality Act 2010 harassment is unwanted conduct that relates to a person’s protected characteristic (i.e. their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation) that has the purpose or effect of:

  •  violating that other’s dignity, or
  • creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for another individual.

Bullying can be defined as offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour which intentionally or unintentionally undermines, humiliates, denigrates or injures the recipient. Bullying may be obvious, or it may be more covert.

Policy and Procedures

Download the Harassment and Bullying Policy and Procedures.


The above policy contains information on a range of support option if you believe that you have been bullied or harrased, or accused of such behaviour. UCA has a lomgstanding commitment to maintain a created a network of volunteers, from across all functions, who are specially trained to provide help and support. HR are currently developing a scheme to update the current Harassment and Bullying Contacts network with Wellbeing Advocates. For more information please contact Joe McCarron, the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Manager




Becoming a Wellbeing Advocate

How to access support

If you are interested please contact Learning & Development at ldev@uca.ac.uk or on 01252 891471. Alternatively, please contact the EDI Manager, Joe McCarron on 01252 892937 or email joe.mccarron@uca.ac.uk 


For information on training to be a Wellbeing Advocate or a refresher, contact Joe McCarron, EDI Manager. Contact on 01252 892937 or email joe.mccarron@uca.ac.uk

The objectives for the Bullying and Harassment component of the Wellbeing Advocate role are:

  • To understand the legal definitions of harassment and bullying in the workplace
  • To understand the UCA policy on harassment and bullying
  • To describe the role of the contact and relevant boundaries
  • To understand sources of support for contacts
  • To understand general issues arising in practice.

In addition to the training events, Wellbeing Advocates are encouraged to attend regular support meetings where any matters of concern arising in practice can be discussed in a confidential setting. These are coordinated by the EDI Manager, Joe McCarron on 01252 892937 or email joe.mccarron@uca.ac.uk