Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity


The University of Kent is committed to fostering a positive working environment where all staff and students are treated fairly, with dignity, courtesy, respect and consideration.

What is harassment?
Harassment – unwanted behaviour or conduct which is related to a legally protected characteristic, defined in the Equality Act (2010). It has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual. It may be against an individual by an individual or by a group of people. Whether it is deliberate or unintentional, the point is the individual feels it is unwelcome, unwanted and it is unreciprocated.

We all have the responsibility to create an environment that is free from harassment and bullying.

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Harassment Contacts

The University has appointed and trained some members of staff as Harassment Contacts, who can be contacted for advice and support. Staff/students can choose to contact any of the Harassment Contacts and may prefer to speak to someone from a different department or section. If you are interested in becoming a harassment contact for the University of Kent please email ldev@kent.ac.uk where we can take you through what it involves.

Dignity at Work and Policy

Advice and support can be sought from a variety of different sources. For a full list see Dignity at Work Policy and Process and the Dignity at work: Staff guide.




How to report incidents of

Guidance for reporting incidents of harassment can be found by a harassment step by step reporting process for members of staff.


Staff Training
All staff are required to complete the Diversity and Inclusion in HE eLearning, as part of probation and on a 3 yearly refresher which outlines the Equality Act (2010) and the behaviours expected of all Staff.

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Last Updated: 01/06/2020