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We do not tolerate bullying or harassment and have six dedicated officers to whom you can report harassment if you should witness or experience it. - Professor David Paterson, Head of Department









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

DPAG has six Harassment Advisors who are trained to listen and confidentially support those who feel they are being bullied:
Louise Cotterell

louise cotterell

Tel: 01865 272116


If you are a DPAG member of staff and interested in becoming an Harassment Advisor, please get in touch with Louise.


Wanda Groenewald

Tel: 01865 272457

Paul Riley

Paul Riley

Tel: 01865 282366

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brent ryan

Tel: 01865 282764

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tertia softley

Tel: 01865 282522

Fiona Woods

Fiona Woods

Tel: 01865 272496

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

Jane Mellor (

Mark Wormald  (

Rita Emberton (

Kiren Bhomra (


Or call the Harassment Line and ask for a referral:

Tel: 01865 270760


During the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 interventiona 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.