Bullying and sexual harassment at work


UCU is committed to stop bullying and harassment in work. If you feel you are being bullied, or if you witness bullying, you can find information and support in the UCU Bullying and harassment toolkit.

Depending on your particular context, you may wish to contact your Departmental rep, our Equality and Diversity officer (Laurence Totelin, TotelinLM@cardiff.ac.uk), our LGBTQ officer (Sofia Gameiro, GameiroS@cardiff.ac.uk), our Disability officer (Michelle Aldridge-Waddon, AldridgeM@cardiff.ac.uk), or our Trans contact (Claire Thurlow, ThurlowC1@cardiff.ac.uk). You can also get support from a UCU caseworker. See our casework page to find out how this works.

You could also contact the Education Support Partnership who provide independent, confidential 24/7 support, to help members deal with stress and anxiety, bullying, career and money worries, and a range of other issues. Contact Number: 08000 562 561 (helpline) / 07909 341229 (text)

Sexual Harassment

You are protected from sexual harassment in the workplace by the Equality Act 2010.

It does not matter how long you have worked for your employer or whether you are a permanent employee, an apprentice or trainee, on a fixed-term contract or supplied by an agency, you are still protected by this legislation.

This TUC booklet [PDF] describes the offence, its impact and the rights you have to fight back if it happens.

UCU can help you to enforce your rights, providing support for you to handle the issue informally or to bring a formal complaint, which might eventually lead to an employment tribunal claim. You can get in touch with our Sexual Harassment contact (Joanna Chojnicka, chojnickaj@cardiff.ac.uk), speak with your Departmental rep and/or contact the UCU office by email ucu@cardiff.ac.uk, or telephone 029 2087 4443.