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Anti-bullying week 2019

Published: 11 November 2019
National Anti-bullying Week
Anti-bullying Week takes place from 11th-15th November 2019

Anti-bullying week runs from today, Monday 11th November 2019, until Friday 15th November 2019. The theme for this year’s anti-bullying week is “Change starts with us”. We believe that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect, and it takes a collective responsibility to change bullying. The Anti-Bullying Alliance states that 'Change starts with a conversation. It starts with checking in. It starts with working together.'

What is bullying?

  • Bullying is the abuse of personal or group power, or a position of authority, causing a recipient to feel upset, threatened, humiliated or vulnerable.
  • Harassment is unwarranted and unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct.
  • Victimisation is the unfavourable treatment of an individual, a group of people or those associated with someone who is believed to have made a complaint against the victimiser.
  • Cyberbullying takes place over digital devices, like phones, computers or tablets.  This includes sending, posting or sharing negative, harmful, false or mean content about someone else.

For more information, see our Bullying and Harrassment page.  For information about sexual harassment, please visit the link. 

What support is available for bullying?

The University's trained Harassment Contacts provide a confidential listening and information service to students or staff who feel bullied or harassed. They can help you explore your options to address the problem, including formal processes that might follow. Their support is also available to those who have been accused of harassment and may need support and assistance in understanding the processes that may be undertaken. 

The Mediation Service offers a discreet and confidential way of addressing the issues at hand, finding a way to resolve the problem, improve relationships that negatively affect your wellbeing, draw a line under events and move on.

The Students’ Union Advice Centre also offer support for bullying and harassment. You could also use their website to Report Harassment: you can do this anonymously, for yourself or for someone else, or as a witness to an incident.  

If bullying or harassment is affecting your wellbeing or you are concerned about someone else, come and talk to a trained advisor at a Student Support Drop-in. Visit this page to find out the various times and locations that you can access this service.

Alternatively, you could contact Student Life or Nightline for support outside of Enabling Services’ office hours. 

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