Bullying and harassment toolkit

Bullying and harassment are a major hazard for UCU members.

The UCU stress toolkit provides the resources to help branches tackle workplace bullying and harassment.

Factsheets for members

Posters

'Workplace violence - don't ignore it' poster - male [74kb] (opens in a new window)

Bullies are a workplace hazard - poster [122kb] (opens in a new window)

Cyber-bullying is a workplace hazard - poster [77kb] (opens in a new window)

Staff notice: this is no place for... - poster [151kb] (opens in a new window)

No entry for bullies - poster [65kb] (opens in a new window)

No entry for bullies - poster 2 [90kb] (opens in a new window)

'Workplace violence - don't ignore it' poster - female [67kb] (opens in a new window)

Hard copies of these posters can also be ordered, as well as sets of stickers - please email campaigns@ucu.org.uk

Additional resources

Some employers accused of bullying often claim that it isn't bullying, it is simply a robust managerial approach; and that in an academic environment staff should be able to deal with that by argument and debate. This simple questionnaire should help you test if your employer is a bully or merely 'robust': Robust management style or bullying? - UCU factsheet [131kb] (opens in a new window)

UCU and other unions have reached a national agreement with the Association of College for all FE colleges which branches and LAs can use as a model for local implementation: Guidelines on harassment & bullying in FE (England) [89kb] (opens in a new window)

Tackling bullying and harassment at work - a two-day UCU course for reps

Model member letter to manager on bullying & harassment [145kb] (opens in a new window)

UCU template survey on bullying [176kb] (opens in a new window)

Example survey on bullying - South Thames College [35kb] (opens in a new window)

Example survey on bullying - Leeds Metropolitan University [91kb] (opens in a new window)

Further information

Stress toolkit

Safety representatives, branches and LAs should approach their regional office initially for advice or contact the health and safety advice service.

See also, UCU's Equality resource centre.


Other sources of information

Health and Safety Executive
Rose Court
2 Southwark Bridge
London SE1 9HS
www.hse.gov.uk

Useful publications:
Management Standards for Work Related Stress
Tackling Work related stress in education
Guidance for Safety Representatives

Equality Challenge Unit
7th floor, Queens House
55/56 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London WC2A 3LJ
www.ecu.ac.uk

Useful publications:
Handbook on Dignity at Work for HE Institutions (includes input from UCU)

Association of Colleges
2-5 Stedham Place
London WC1A 1HU
www.aoc.co.uk

ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service)
Brandon House
180 Borough High Street
London SE1 1LW
www.acas.org.uk
Guidance on bullying and harassment

Labour Research Department
78 Blackfriars Road
London SE1 8HF
www.lrd.org.uk

Useful publications:
Tackling bullying and harassment - a trade unionist's guide

Trades Union Congress
www.tuc.org.uk
See TUC health and safety pages

College and University Support Network
www.cusn.info
Excellent web site and professional counselling and support

The Andrea Adams Trust
www.andreaadamstrust.org
Leading anti-bullying charity

Last updated: 11 August 2015