Office of the President and Provost (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion)


Where do you draw the line?

Where do you draw the line? is a harassment prevention approach collaboratively developed by UCL, University of Cambridge, University of Manchester and University of Oxford.


It begins with the proposition that harassment in contemporary academia is more commonplace and widespread than we would like to admit. Going further, recent journalistic investigations have suggested that it is a systemic problem in universities. [1] For example, in a recent study of fieldwork, 18% of junior female scientists reported having been sexually harassed, while 59% had experienced inappropriate comments, with much of the harassment perpetrated by senior colleagues. [2]

Harassment is not always overt and can often be nuanced and coded. For example, harassment may be ambiguous and indirect, taking the form of 'harmless' insinuations and subtly inappropriate behaviour that is accepted as the cultural norm within a department or research group.

Underestimating the impact of harassment not only affects the wellbeing of individuals and their advancement in academia, it can be damaging to wider morale, performance, attrition rates and institutional reputations. 


'Where do you draw the line?' is a 2.5-hour online workshop and begins with an introduction from the head of your department. This ensures that it is discipline-specific and relevant to all participants.

The workshop offers departments the opportunity to undertake a collective analysis of the individual and contextual factors that might create and sustain a work environment in which harassment and bullying might occur. It aims to empower participants to work collaboratively to address this.


For UCL departments the cost of this session is £300 and it should be booked by or through the departmental lead - individuals cannot register directly.

The minimum number of attendees from the department required for a session to be held is 15, and the maximum is 30.

Upon booking, we will require the name of your department's finance officer to organise payment.

For more information, and a list of currently available workshop dates, please email: draw-the-line-training@ucl.ac.uk 

If there are no dates currently available, you may be added to a waiting list.

*In instances where the workshop is intended to address current issues of bullying, harassment and/or sexual misconduct in your area, please speak with the EDI Training Manager to determine whether the workshop is the best course of action.