The University expects the highest standard of behaviour from its staff, and that all staff are aware of how their behaviour can affect others.
To achieve the highest standard it is the general expectation that all members of staff, including others who may be working on behalf of the University, will behave in an acceptable manner - treating others with courtesy, respect and consideration - and conducting themselves professionally when interacting with members of the University community.
Acceptable Workplace Behaviour Advisor – Invitation to submit an expression of interest
The University provides a network of Acceptable Workplace Behaviour Advisors – trained members of staff who have volunteered to provide a confidential and informal advisory service that is available to staff who may be experiencing unacceptable behaviour, bullying or harassment at work. The Advisors can also support staff who may themselves be facing allegations about their own behaviour. We are now seeking additional volunteers who can join this network. We are keen to attract a diverse range of staff with a variety of backgrounds and personal experiences.
All those expressing an interest in becoming an Advisor must be:
- Currently employed by the University as a member of staff.
- Be available to complete a briefing session on 'acceptable behaviours at work' which will be held on two alternative dates (tbc).
- The role of the advisor is independent and impartial. To avoid conflict of roles, please note that members of HR, the University Mediation Service and Trade Union representatives are unable to apply for this opportunity.
Please follow the link to download an application pack.
Support for staff
Acceptable Workplace Behaviour Advisory Service
The University has a network of Acceptable Workplace Behaviour Advisors who staff can contact to confidentially discuss issues connected to workplace behaviour. The Advisors are current members of staff who provide an informal and confidential means through which you can discuss any concerns you have about behaviour in the workplace.
You can discuss any issues freely and in confidence without having to take matters further. The Advisors can help you think through possible courses of action and can support you as the complainant or the person against whom a complaint is made. You can contact any Advisor directly - they don't necessarily have to be based in your Faculty / Department.
Trade Union Representation
If you are a member of a Trade Union you may wish to approach your representative in confidence to discuss any issues related to workplace behaviours. Your representative can also accompany you to any meetings where you may have to address concerns about workplace behaviour - whether you are the complainant or the person against whom a complaint is made.
Staff Counselling Service
The Staff Counselling Service provides individual confidential counselling, which can help you to manage the impact of difficult working relationships. It offers the opportunity to have more in-depth psychological support, taking into account the context of your personal life and individual history if appropriate. Counselling is adaptable to the needs of the individual, whether that is exploring the impact of your behaviour on others, managing stress, or developing assertiveness.
Staff Mediation Service
Mediation is a voluntary process that supports people in resolving a workplace dispute. Early, constructive discussion through mediation can assist with resolution before problems escalate and working relationships deteriorate. Parties to the dispute are encouraged to communicate openly, in a confidential setting, and to create their own solution. The University Secretary’s Office run the Staff Mediation Service via their Student Complaints and Mediation Coordinator. If you would like to access the Staff Mediation Service, please contact your HR Team in the first instance.
The Professional Behaviours model highlights the behaviour patterns that distinguish effective performance in Higher Education.
Your HR Team can provide advice to staff whether you are the complainant or the person against whom a complaint is made. Support can also be provided to managers seeking to resolve issues under this Policy.