Bullying and Harassment Advice

The Department of Oncology is committed to creating a working environment where we treat each other with mutual respect, courtesy and consideration, regardless of position or status. Any form of harassment or victimisation cannot, and will not, be tolerated and should be challenged where perceived. We all have a responsibility when it comes to creating the community we aspire to.

Departmental sources of support and advice 

We have developed some guidance to raise awareness of what constitutes bullying behaviour, to highlight the roles of Oncology's harassment advisors, and to promote the support services available to staff and students:

Bullying and Harassment - some facts and how to help yourself

Common Bullying Questions Answered

Anti-Bullying Information for Staff and Students

To discuss any issues you may be experiencing with bullying or harassment in confidence you can contact our trained bullying and harassment advisers in the department. Details are posted on department notice boards.

Val Macaulay, Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant in Medical Oncology

Katie Morrison, Building and Laboratory Facilities Officer

Gillian Roberts, Executive Office Manager

Claire Shingler, Operations Manager

Michael Youdell, Centre Manager, Cancer Research UK Oxford Centre 

University sources of support and advice

The University offers many different sources of support and advice to help staff and students who have experienced or witnessed bullying or harassment.

Harassment advisor network

There are approximately 370 harassment advisors within the University, with at least two (one of either sex) appointed within each department and faculty. There are also confidential advisors appointed within the colleges. The University recommends that you discuss the situation with a harassment advisor before taking any other steps in response to the alleged harassment. Talking through the events and your feelings with the advisor will help you decide on the best way to deal with the behaviour and will clarify the options available to you.

Oncology harassment advisors are listed above, however if you would prefer to speak to someone outside of the department you can arrange this by e-mailing harassment.line@admin.ox.ac.uk or calling 01865 270760.

Other sources of support

The University Equality and Diversity Unit provides help and training to all staff and students and the Occupational Health Service will be able to advise on dealing with stress and provide access to counselling.

For students, the Student Counselling Service (run centrally) and the Student Advice Service (run by the Oxford University Student Union), are excellent sources of advice and support.


There are several training options available for both staff and students; useful information is provided on the Equality and Diversity Unit Harassment training web pages.

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