Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity

Harassment Contacts

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The Harassment Contacts comprises of individual members of staff who have volunteered to take on the role of the Harassment Contact. 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.

Cases of harassment and bullying are best addressed promptly and locally. For this reason, the University's network of Harassment Contacts act outside of official reporting lines and will treat all discussions with confidentiality (unless the safety of staff or students is at risk). A conversation with a Harassment Contact does not need to lead to further action, but it is recommended that staff seek their support as soon as they can, if they suspect they are being subjected to behaviour or conduct which is in appropriate, or if they believe someone else is.

The role of the Harassment Contact is:

  • to offer a 'listening ear';
  • to offer independent support, guidance and advice as to whether the alleged behaviour falls within the Dignity at Work policy;
  • to talk through and advise on the process for resolving the problem, including providing guidance on speaking or writing to the alleged harasser;
  • to refer the matter to another source of help, or pursue more formal action.

How to become a Harassment Contact
Becomning a Harassment Contact comprises of individual members of staff who have volunteered to take on the role of the Harassment Contact. 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.

If you would then like to continue and become a contact we can then offer you a session with the harassment contacts network chair to take you through in more detail what the role covers and book you onto the harassment contact training which involves: training on harassment and your role as a contact, Bystander training and Crucial Conversation training, you would also be invited to the termly Harassment network meetings which is an opportunity for you to meet other contacts and share any of your experiences and gain advice and support from the other contacts if needed.

Harassment Contacts

Tania Durt

Tania Durt

Student Support


Tel. +44 (0)1227 8216295
Email:T.C.Durt@kent.ac.uk

 

Tania works at the Brussels School of International Studies, a post graduate school of the University of Kent in Belgium. She is the Office Administrator (Research Support & Events) and is responsible for all the logistics before, during and after events and that includes publicising events on the web pages and social media channels.She also provides administrative support to academic colleagues, As a small school, she shares with another colleague all front of house duties from the Reception desk: queries from students, colleagues or visitors, post, telephone, external services.

George Oatridge

George Oatridge

School of Psychology


Tel. +44 (0)1227 8216636
Email: G.A.Oatridge@kent.ac.uk

George is the Research Support Officer in the School of Psychology, which means that he assists academic and research staff with administration related to research. He also is responsible for the pastoral care of PhD students and MSc by Research Students. He used to be a University of Kent departmental Equality and Diversity Representative and is currently part of the LGBT+ staff network. He has previously been the PA to senior University of Kent staff and worked in Human Resources at a previous organisation.

Afroditi Pina

Afroditi Pina

School of Psychology


Tel. +44 (0)1227 823781
Email: A.Pina@kent.ac.uk

Dr Afroditi Pina is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology and a member of the Centre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology (CORE-FP) at the University of Kent. Her primary research interests include sexual violence against women and men, including rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. Her recent research focuses on online social media use and antisocial behaviours, including cyber-harassment, image based sexual abuse (a.k.a. revenge porn) and cybercrime. She is the Harassment Contact Network Chair and a member of the Sexual Violence Against Students steering group at the University of Kent.

Barbara Silarova

Barbara Silarova

Personal Social Services Research Unit


Tel. +44 (0)1227 16166
Email: B.Silarova@kent.ac.uk

Barbora is a Research Associate who joined the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) in September 2019. Barbora’s background is in clinical and health psychology and her research at PSSRU focuses on two projects: ‘Developing a scale of work-related wellbeing at work for adult social care staff’ led by Professor Shereen Hussein; and ‘Measuring the social care outcomes of people with dementia and their carers’ led by Stacey Rand. Before joining the University of Kent, Barbora worked at the University of Exeter and University of Cambridge, where her main research interest centered on understanding how we can use digital tools to support people to have a healthy lifestyle in order to decrease their risk of getting cardiovascular disease, cancer and dementia.

Tom Sharp

Tom Sharp

Student Support


Tel.+44 (0)1227 824356
Email: T.R.Sharp@kent.ac.uk

Tom is Disability Team Manager at Student Support and Wellbeing. Tom have worked at the University of Kent since 2002, working with disabled students and autistic students to provide academic support. His experience is largely based in coordination of student support teams, and one to one interventions. I am therefore happy to be consulted on matters relating to line management/team working, and matters relating to disability.

If a member of staff is interested in becoming a Harassment Contact, please emaill ldev@kent.ac.uk for further information.

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Last Updated: 03/06/2020