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Bullying and Harassment

Bullying and Harassment

In a world class research and innovation sector there is no place for bullying and harassment – of staff or of students – from any source. Our vision is for an environment in which everyone is supported to contribute on the basis of their talent and skills, and where the wellbeing of staff and students is actively nurtured and promoted as a priority.

As the UK’s largest funder of research and innovation, UKRI can and will play a significant role in tackling bullying and harassment.

In October 2019 we published an evidence review (PDF, 3.3MB) looking at challenges with respect to bullying and harassment and examining evidence around the effectiveness of approaches being used to address and tackle the issue. We used these findings to inform our Bullying and Harassment Position Statement (PDF, 981KB).

The statement outlines the actions UKRI will take over the next three years to address bullying and harassment in research and innovation. As a starting point we will require organisations that receive funding from us to adopt ACAS good practice guidance on bullying and harassment (or be able to demonstrate that they have measures in place that match or exceed these recommendations). Please refer to the position statement (PDF, 981KB) and our terms and conditions for further details.

UKRI will also publish a toolkit to help organisations meet our expectations and work with partners to build an evidence base around bullying and harassment. Our goal is to achieve greater transparency and establish effective preventive measures as well as reporting structures. Progress updates on our work will be available on this page.   

We welcome feedback on any aspect of our approach. You can contact us at Equality@ukri.org.

Read a blog post by Professor Jennifer Rubin on tackling bullying and harassment.