Appendix C - Respect Advisers Network

The University has a volunteer network of employees who support staff and students who think they may be experiencing bullying or harassment.

The contact details for the Respect Advisers Network (RAN) is available here -

The University has a duty of care for students, staff and visitors and is committed to maintaining a professional working, learning and social environment that is free from any form of bullying and harassment. Respect Advisers play a vital role in promoting this environment by being a useful support contact person for staff and students who have an issue with bullying or harassment.

Respect Advisers are provided with training which covers the law in relation to discrimination, harassment and bullying, the University’s Dignity at Work and Study Policy and their role.

The University recognises and appreciates the value of the contribution of this role and reasonable time off normal duties to fulfil this function will be given.

The role is voluntary and there is no remuneration for these duties, however it is expected the role will be recognised within the Adviser's Performance and Development Review. 

Purpose of the role is                        

  • To raise awareness of the University’s Dignity at Work and Study Policy.
  • To provide a confidential, as appropriate, listening service for staff and students who think they may be being bullied or harassed.
  • To facilitate informal resolution in cases of harassment in line with the University’s Dignity at Work and Study Policy. 
  • To advise on the role of Respect Adviser and provide guidance, assistance and advice on the courses of action available.
  • To identify, and refer, serious allegations to the appropriate University authority.

Purpose of the role is NOT

  • To undertake any investigations or decide on the validity of a complaint.
  • To decide whether the behaviour / conduct of an individual(s) constitutes harassment.
  • To take action against an alleged harasser.
  • To represent or accompany individuals who choose to follow a formal procedure.
  • To provide counselling.