If you think someone you know has been discriminated against, there are lots of ways in which you can help them. Most people will be able to describe what has or is happening to them and how it's making them feel. 
Discrimination is contrary to the Equality Act 2010 and the University's Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Code.

  • Understanding the behaviours associated with discrimination is a good place to start
  • Listen to them. Just taking the time to listen to someone talking about what has happened can help. Click here for six active listening tips that might help you support them (Published on Oct 4, 2015 based on the Samaritans' guidelines for active listening)
  • Give options.  When they have finished talking ask them if they are okay to talk through some possible options and next steps.
  • Is this a situation that could be resolved without intervention? For instance, talking to the person who is discriminating against them. They should only do this if they feel safe and confident to do so.
  • Take care of yourself. Make sure you look after yourself and if you need support during this process ask for it.
  • Reporting to the University. Students and staff can report an incident using the University’s Report + Support pages. This can be done anonymously or by making a report with contact details. If someone chooses to make a report with contact details, we will be able to talk through the options and support available, in confidence. A report can be made using the buttons below.
  • University Procedure. If someone chooses to make a formal complaint to the University about a student or member of staff there are procedures that set out the steps they will need to follow.
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