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All members of the University community are required to comply with the University’s Harassment policy

DPAG Respectful Behaviours Framework

We ask all members of our community to adhere to the core principles of the DPAG Respectful Behaviours Framework. This is not an exhaustive or restrictive list of acceptable behaviours, rather a framework establishing the expected spirit by which we treat and respect each other.  The framework aims to ensure that individuals are accountable for their own behaviours, whilst encouraging the creation of healthy working relationships across the department.  This will help to foster an environment where people are treated fairly, and feel recognised and valued for their contributions and ideas.  It will help us all to engage in open and respectful communication, and address conflict constructively.

If you feel that you are being treated disrespectfully, please reach out to the HR Team, Head of Administration & Finance, EDI Officer, or a Harassment Adviser (details below).  You can also share feedback, anonymously if preferred, using the DPAG feedback form: ( and staff can report anonymously via the University’s Report and Support tool

DPAG has four Harassment Advisors who are trained to listen and confidentially support those who feel they are being bullied. They are:

Alternatively, if you would prefer to speak to someone outside of our department you can contact the Biochemistry Welfare Officers:

Anna Lastuvkova:

Marie Hockney:

Chris Manning:

Jane Mellor:

Mark Wormald:

Rita Emberton:

Kiren Bhomra:

Melissa Webby:

Ben Foster:

Alternatively, you may wish to contact colleagues in the Institute of Developmental and Regenerative Medicine (IDRM):

Amarjit Bhomra (Department of Paediatrics):

Or call the Harassment Line and ask for a referral:

Tel: 01865 270760

Harassment Advisors are available for a confidential chat via Teams and can be emailed to arrange. If you would like to speak to an advisor outside of DPAG and Biochemistry, email

Students can also talk to the OUSU Student Advice Service which is specifically designed for students to provide support in a wide range of situations.  Tel: (2)88466. Email: Please see Harassment and conflict advice for students for further information on resources available to students.

Anti-Bullying and Harassment training is now mandatory for all departmental staff members: Challenging Behaviour: Dealing with bullying and harassment in the workplace.

The University website has a dedicated harassment advice section which outlines the resources available to you. This includes information on Responsible bystander intervention, a vital component in tackling bullying and harassment, as we all have a part to play in creating our workplace culture.

For further training, you can log into LinkedIn Learning and search for key words including Assertiveness, Resilience, or Difficult Conversations for a range of courses and videos.