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Dignity at work

The Institute fosters a positive cultural climate where all staff and students can flourish and be their authentic selves.

At the Institute we uphold the UCL-wide “Dignity At Work” policy, which, together with support available, protects staff and students from unacceptable behaviour. All employees and students are entitled to:

  • a workplace free from bullying, intimidation, harassment or victimisation
  • be treated with dignity, respect and courtesy
  • experience no form of unlawful discrimination
  • be valued for their skills and abilities

“Many people delay seeking advice. They often finish the first meeting with a comment such as ‘I wish I had spoken to someone about this sooner.”

(Dr Caroline Selai, Dignity at Work Advisor)

All staff and students are responsible for ensuring that they behave in an appropriate manner, showing respect for each other and anyone working alongside or engaged with the UCL community.

Inappropriate behaviour may be verbal or written, intentional or unintentional. Comments or actions made outside the standard workplace, such as on work related social events or via social media, that impact on work can be subject to UCL disciplinary procedures.

Managers have particular responsibility for setting standards and ensuring appropriate workplace behaviours are maintained. They should set a good example and ensure concerns raised are acted upon.

All staff are responsible for appropriately challenging inappropriate behaviours and raising concerns with managers so these can be dealt with. Students are encouraged to do the same.

Support and advice is available for staff and students experiencing or witnessing bullying, harassment or discrimination.

We, as a department, pledge:

  • To never tolerate, condone or ignore sexual harassment of any kind.
  • To educate students and staff about sexual harassment and why it’s never ok.
  • To support students and staff when they talk about, report or challenge sexual harassment
    • This includes making appropriate adjustments to ensure that those who have experienced sexual harassment or violence are supported in continuing their studies or work with as little disruption as possible.
  • To actively challenge the culture within which sexual harassment happens

The Faculty of Brain Science pledges to further race equality at UCL:

  • contribute funding via The Wellcome Trust to develop the Inclusive Advocacy Scheme within SLMS
  • appoint a Faculty BME Attainment Lead
  • consider utilising Fair Recruitment Specialists

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