On Wednesday 14 November UCU Branch Officers Dr Bram Mertens, Branch Secretary, and Dr Matt Green, Branch President met with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shearer West and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Professor Sarah Sharples.
There is a shared recognition that instances of bullying take place at the University as well as a shared desire to tackle it in a meaningful manner. While the University and the Union approach the issue from slightly different perspectives, the meeting identified considerable common ground and we have agreed to work collaboratively in order to combat bullying wherever it appears across the institution.
Specifically, while governance and management formed part of the broader discussion, both UCU and the University have encountered examples that demonstrate that bullying is multifaceted. We therefore seek to address bullying in all its manifestations, including: peer to peer; manager to staff; staff to manager; student to staff; and staff to student.
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