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Support, help and reporting

The Gurdon Institute doesn't tolerate harassment or bullying in any form or context.

If you wish to report something internally, there are several ways you can act:

  • Speak to your group leader or other line manager
  • Speak to your mentor
  • Speak to the Director (Julie Ahringer) or the Business & Operations Manager (Bruce Daniels) who are always available to discuss confidential issues 
  • Submit an anonymous suggestion or concern on paper to the Wellbeing, Equality & Diversity Committee pigeonhole outside the Admin office.

Ill-treatment checklist

Would you recognise the signs of ill-treatment, bullying or harassment? This Ill-Treatment Checklist Tool may help you to identify situations that ought to be addressed.


Students' complaints

Students who have experienced any form of harassment, bullying, discrimination or sexual misconduct have access to a range of support services whether or not they want to report.  They should speak to their College Tutor, Counsellor or Nurse, use the University's Counselling Service, the independent Students' Unions' Advice Service, or for sexual misconduct seek emotional and practical support from the Sexual Assault & Harassment Advisor.

Our local Responsible Officers are  and .


Breaking the silence - preventing harassment and sexual misconduct

The University is dedicated to creating and maintaining a safe, welcoming, inclusive and diverse community that nurtures a culture of mutual respect and consideration. All members of the University community must be able to thrive within their roles without fear of sexual violence, abuse, coercive behaviour or related misconduct.

The 'Breaking the silence' introductory film is available here.


University of Cambridge Dignity@Work policy

The University has a Dignity at Work policy and there are both an informal and a formal complaint procedures for staff who feel they are or have been subject to bullying, harassment, sexual misconduct, or any other inappropriate or unacceptable behaviour.

Dignity @ Work Contacts provide confidential advice to those who feel that they are experiencing difficult working relationships, including bullying or harassment, have witnessed bullying or harassment or who have been accused of it.

"There is no place for any form of harassment, victimisation or sexual misconduct at Cambridge. Such behaviour is contrary to the values and ideals of our shared community, subverts the University’s mission and core values and diminishes the dignity and integrity of all parties."


Wellcome Bullying and Harassment Policy

"We consider bullying and harassment of any kind, in any context, to be unacceptable. We believe that all people working at Wellcome or involved in Wellcome-funded activities should be able to work in an environment where everyone is treated, and treats others, fairly and with respect."


CRUK Policy on Dignity at Work in Research

"At CRUK, we expect all people involved in our research to treat each other with dignity and respect, and we consider bullying and harassment of any kind, in any context, unacceptable."


What to do if you have been accused of harassment or sexual misconduct?

Students or staff members that have been accused of harassment or sexual misconduct must know that the University will never take action on the basis of a complaint without conducting a full investigation, which will include them knowing the full detail of the complaint and having an opportunity to respond to the complaint.


Anonymous reporting

Anyone who is or has been a student, staff or visitor to the University can report anonymously any inappropriate behaviour of any kind from staff, students or members of the community, including harassment, bullying, discrimination and sexual misconduct. Keep in mind that the University cannot take direct action as a result of anonymous reporting.  If you wish an action to be taken you must formally report the incident to the College, University, or the Police.

Make sure that you log out before you complete the form so that you cannot be identified.


Be an Active Bystander

We can all be bystanders. Every day events unfold around us. At some point we may register unacceptable behaviour. When this happens, we will decide to do or say something (and become an active bystander), or to simply let it go (and remain a passive bystander). 


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