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Bullying and Harassment

Advance HE Bespoke Research Options The sensitive nature of bullying and harassment means that many institutions find it difficult to obtain information from staff regarding their experiences.

The sensitive nature of bullying and harassment means that many institutions find it difficult to obtain information from staff regarding their experiences. As a neutral third party, Advance HE’s bespoke research on bullying and harassment provides institutions with invaluable insight into the prevalence and impact of bullying and harassment in their institution, as well as recommendations for how to improve staff perceptions and experiences.

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The bespoke research options

  • Whether the prevalence of bullying and harassment reported is an accurate reflection of that which takes place within the institution;
  • The impact of bullying and harassment within the institution on staff (eg staff development, retention) and the institution’s workplace culture;
  • Staff confidence in reporting bullying and harassment and whether current reporting mechanisms are effective/sufficient; and
  • The avenues that the institution can investigate to reduce bullying and harassment and improve staff perceptions and the workplace culture within the institution.

These research questions are an example of the topics addressed in this work, but additional topics or concerns can be explored depending on the institution’s requirements. For example, this research can be conducted with students as well as staff if the institution would like to learn about the experiences and perceptions of both populations.

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Structure

This bespoke research consists of a series of focus groups and interviews with target members of staff, and the number of focus groups, interviews and target sample is tailored to individual institution’s needs and context.

Stage one: Needs assessment and project planning

An Advance HE Researcher will schedule a preliminary meeting to discuss your specific needs, which research questions are relevant to your institution and any additional issues or questions that you would like addressed. Based on this discussion, the Researcher will draft a research proposal outlining the number of focus groups, interviews and target members of staff for you to review along with a timeline and estimated budget.

Stage two: Recruitment and data collection

Institutions will be provided with recruitment materials (such as cover letters, consent forms, and so on) to distribute to eligible staff members. Those interested in participating will be asked to contact the Researcher directly to schedule their interview/focus group attendance in order to maintain their anonymity.

Stage three: Data analysis and synthesis into a final report

An inductive, thematic analysis will be applied to focus group and interview data and summarised in a cohesive, individualised report for the institution. The final report will not only address the research aims, but also highlight what institutions are getting right and which areas may need improving. Although findings in this report should inform future equality and diversity work, responses to recommendations made in this report will not necessarily result in an Athena SWAN or Race Equality Charter award for the institution or departments.

If desired, the Researcher can present the findings to relevant staff at the institution in the form of a workshop.

Useful resources

The following resources have been created to share good practice and guidance:

Dignity at work: a good practice guide for higher education institutions
A good practice guide on dealing with bullying and harassment in the workplace

Promoting good relations on campus: a guide for higher and further education
Guidelines for fostering good relations, preventing hate crime and managing intolerance on campus

Evaluation of Safeguarding Students Catalyst Fund Projects
Catalyst funding from the Office for Students is aimed at promoting safeguarding for students in higher education. The Catalyst Fund allocated £4.4million in one-to-one match funding to help higher education institutions (HEIs) with 108 one-year projects designed to keep students safe from sexual misconduct, hate crime and online harassment.

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