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Dignity at Work

The University is committed to providing a working environment which is free from unfair discrimination and where individuals are treated with respect and dignity. The University wishes to create and maintain a positive working culture where bullying is known to be unacceptable and where individuals are able to deal with any incidence of bullying with confidence that issues will be addressed quickly and sensitively.

Dignity At Work Advisors

The University provides a network of Dignity at Work Advisors, which are members of staff across the University who have volunteered and are trained to undertake the role.  The Dignity at Work Advisor is an unbiased, neutral colleague who provide a confidential and informal service to assist alleged victims of harassment or bullying or those accused of harassment or bullying. The aim of this role is to facilitate informal resolution in line with the University Dignity at Work Policy

The Dignity At Work advisor is an unbiased, neutral colleague who can assist alleged victims of harassment or those accused of harassment. The aim of this role is to facilitate informal resolution in cases of harassment in line with the University’s Dignity at Work Policy

Details of the Dignity At Work Advisors.


Rights and Responsibilities

Each individual employee has the following rights:

  • To be treated with dignity and respect.
  • To be treated fairly and without discrimination.
  • To disagree and present alternative views.
  • To challenge and be assertive.
  • To be consulted on decisions that affect their work.
  • To have their contribution recognised.

Each individual also has the following responsibilities:

  • To treat others with dignity and respect.
  • To challenge inappropriate behaviours in others.
  • To respect the authority and decisions of others.
  • To deal with conflict constructively.
  • To recognise the needs of the business and others.


Dignity at Work Meetings

The purpose of a 1:1 meeting is for the Advisor and Advisee to discuss the situation to provide some options and a way forward.

The Advisor is there to:

  • Listen
  • Provide a supportive, confidential and informal environment
  • Provide support
  • Provide information on options that are available
  • Assist with informal resolutions

Rights and Responsibilities of the Advisee;

  • To treat the Dignity at Work Advisor with respect
  • To understand that the Advisor’s role is not that of a counsellor
  • To understand that the Advisor is not there to solve your problem, but to help you come to a solution yourself
  • If you feel that a particular Advisor is not compatible it is your right to sound out another Advisor
  • To be open to challenges around a particular issue
  • That you have the right to access any logged information regarding your case


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