The AMOPP Group is committed to providing an
inclusive, safe and respectful work environment, and to actively
supporting all its group members. This page summarizes the resources
available to staff, postdocs and students, and the different policies in
place regarding harassment and bullying.
Creating a positive and inclusive work environment
is a responsibility shared by all, and therefore all group members
should educate themselves. Please do not ask or expect the
survivors of harassment to do it for you. There is a large body of
professional literature on harassment in the workplace, with this review recommended as a possible starting point. There are also numerous informative blogs tackling sexism in science, for example Women in Astronomy.
- The Department of Physics has endorsed the UCLU zero tolerance pledge for sexual harassment, making it official departmental policy.
- The UCL Dignity at Work statement applies to all staff members (including postdocs) and covers all aspects of bullying, intimidation, harassment and victimisation.
- The equivalent code for students is the Policy on Harassment and Bullying.
There are many routes to reporting any form of bullying or
harassment. Group members can choose whichever route they feel most
- All staff members, including postdocs, have a responsibility under the Dignity at Work guidelines to challenge unacceptable behaviours (whether on or off UCL premises) and support the targets of such behaviour. If you are targeted, you can approach any staff member that you feel comfortable talking to.
- Students can approach Ruth Siddall who is UCL's student mediator and independent of any department. Everything that you tell Ruth is in strict confidence and she will not take any further action unless you ask her to.
- Students can seek advice from the Student Union for advice and support.
- Staff members can seek advice from one of the Dignity at Work Advisors.
- Anyone can make a formal complaint directly to the Head of Department, Prof Jon Butterworth, to the UCL Registrar (students) or to the UCL Director of Human Resources (staff)
- Anyone can arrange to talk to UCL's community police officer. The first point of contact for anyone wishing to arrange a meeting is Ruth Siddall.
- All group members can also contact the Departmental Equal Opportunities Liaison Officer, Julie Smith.
Should anyone decide to place a formal complaint (we stress
again that this will only happen at the explicit request of someone
coming forward), procedures will take place as prescribed by UCL Human Resources if the complaint is made against a staff member (including postdocs), or by the Academic Manual (in the case of complaints against students). Questions can be addressed to the UCL Registrar or to the UCL director of human resources.
Group members are encouraged to request that conferences they are contributing to as invited speakers or SOC members put in place a code of conduct that spells out clear guidelines and the consequences for not following them (examples from UCL cosmology conference, Bash Symposium, STFC Summer School).