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Dunn School supports Anti-Bullying Week 2023 with Responsible Bystander training 

As part of fostering a culture of respect and inclusivity, the Dunn School of Pathology hosted a Responsible Bystander Workshop on 15 November.

The event, held as part of Anti-Bullying Week 2023, echoed the Anti Bullying Alliance’s call to “Make A Noise About Bullying” and reinforced the University of Oxford’s zero tolerance harassment policy.

Led by Louise Cotterell (Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer, DPAG and the Dunn School) and Jarlath Brine (Staff Development Manager, Engineering Science) the workshop equipped members of the department with a number of practical tools.

Key Takeaways from the Workshop:

  • Empowering Insights: Participants gained valuable insights into their role in preventing harassment and promoting a positive culture within the Dunn School community.
  • Practical Strategies: The workshop equipped attendees with a diverse set of strategies, including direct intervention, distraction, delegation, and delay, tailored to various situations.
  • Confidence Building: Participants left the session with increased confidence in their ability to take constructive action as responsible bystanders.

The workshop exemplified the Dunn School’s commitment to creating a positive departmental culture. Reflecting on the success of the event, Louise Cotterell said: “It was heartening to see the enthusiasm and engagement of the participants. Being responsible bystanders is not just a concept; it’s a commitment we make to each other for a more inclusive Dunn School.”

Underpinned by University Policy:

This initiative aligns seamlessly with the University of Oxford’s harassment policy, which serves as the foundation for the Dunn School’s approach to policy, reporting, and resolution of bullying and harassment. The University’s robust framework ensures a comprehensive and fair approach to handling staff and student cases, further reinforcing the Dunn School’s commitment to providing a safe and respectful research environment.

Harassment Advisors:

As a further testament to our commitment to supporting our staff and students, the Dunn School emphasises the availability of harassment advisors as part of a University wide harassment advisor network. Our advisors are ready to assist individuals in navigating situations: offering guidance on policies, and clarifying available options.

Harassment Advisor, and administrative staff member, Melissa Wright commented: “Anti-Bullying Week is one week in the year but as a harassment advisor my commitment to combatting bullying and harassment and supporting my colleagues, is year-round and unwavering. Harassment advisors are a crucial complement to responsible bystanders.”

Written by Jo Peel, HoD office

Responsible Bystander Workshop 15.11.23

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