Harassment training

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Bullying and Harassment Training for Employees

The course has been created to help everyone to identify, prevent and tackle bullying and harassment, with the aim of removing it from the workplace altogether and creating a respectful, inclusive culture in the workplace.

It aims to provide practical steps and conscientious guidance on what to do if you identify bullying behaviour and decide to take action.

The objectives of the course are: 

  • Understand the terms bullying, harassment, discrimination, and victimisation
  • Understand how to contribute to a positive, inclusive, and productive workplace environment
  • Know how to professionally address bullying with confidence

You will need your single sign on credentials to access the training - Bullying and Harassment Training for Employees

Estimated course duration - 30 minutes

Equality and diversity briefing: online course

This practical course is strongly recommended for all University staff. It introduces you to what equality and diversity mean and why they are so important both to the University and to you as an individual. It provides an overview of the legislation, your rights and responsibilities, and guidelines for ensuring that equality and diversity are embedded in your work.

Using your single sign-on credentials, download the course.

Little things matter: The Impact of micro-behaviours in the workplace

Four short videos that explore micro-behaviours and micro-inequities and the important part they play in our working relationships, and in addressing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Using your single sign-on credentials, view the videos.

Student mental health e-learning for university / college staff

free e-learning package for all university / college staff from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust is now available. For students in distress, the first point of contact is often with non-specialist university/ college staff such as porters, domestic staff, bar staff, security, academic tutors or maintenance staff. The first conversation students have with a member of staff like this can be vital – in ensuring they receive a warm, empathic and understanding response to help them immediately, and that they are then signposted, if necessary, to receive help from a mental health specialist.

Developed by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, this new e-learning package is designed to give non-specialist staff the skills, knowledge and confidence to offer this first line of support. Introduced by well-known TV presenter Alexander Armstrong, the package consists of six, easy-to-follow 20-minute sessions, including: Signs to look out for, key helping skills, knowing who else to involve, and supporting students at risk or in crisis.

Responsible Bystander Workshop

Bystander intervention is a vital component in tackling bullying and harassment, as we all have a part to play in creating our workplace culture.  Through our everyday interactions we are challenging or enforcing social norms, we are leading by example and role modelling behaviour.  The Responsible Bystander workshop aims to empower you with the confidence and tools to challenges problematic behaviour in a safe, respectful and productive way before it escalates to bullying and harassment.  

If you would like to organise this training for your department or faculty, please contact harassment.line@admin.ox.ac.uk

Assertiveness and Difficult Conversation

People and Organisational Development have links to a number of self-access courses and resources on their website, in particular:

The essentials of assertive communication

Difficult conversations

Dealing with challenging conversations 

The Oxford University SU runs a variety of training for students including:

  • Sexual Consent workshops
  • Queer Consent workshops
  • Bystander Intervention training
  • Sexual Violence training
  • First Responder training.

For more information please visit their website: www.oxfordsu.org 

The following training is offered to Harassment Advisors:

  • Induction (refresher) training - Required 
  • Monthly, term time Talk and Support: An hour dedicated to subjects relevant to your role. Past talks have been delivered by the Proctors Office, the Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Service, HR, Security Services, we have also had talks on Race Awareness, Mental Health awareness, Listening skills and Assertiveness skills.  The sessions provide an opportunity learn, ask questions and talk with other Harassment Advisors. 

The options are:

Face-to-face session

The next Harassment Advisor induction training is scheduled for Tuesday 9 January 2024 from 9:30-12:30.  It will take place at Wellington Square Gardens (Room 3). 

Hybrid learning programme

This version is being piloted between October and December 2023. It includes a self-learning part followed by an online facilitated session. 

Step 1
A self-guided presentation 

Step 2
Attend an online session. The first online session is booked for 8th November at 11.30am. 

You do need to complete the first part of the programme before attending the online session. And both sections of the hybrid programme need to be completed to become a Harassment Advisor.
Please email the Harassment Line to state which training you would like to complete in the subject line.