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Our School has a zero-tolerance policy of bullying, harassment, and discrimination against any person because of their actual or perceived age, race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, nationality, socio-economic status, background, political views, or any other identifiable characteristic.

We strive for ensuring an inclusive, supportive and a collegial place to work and study for our whole community. Students and staff who experience or witness bullying, discrimination, harassment, and any form of inappropriate behaviour are not alone.

We have resources in place that can be accessed for confidential support or information on the procedures for raising complaints.

Students can contact their academic tutor, Programme Directors, the Head of School, the Head of Department, the UG, PGT, and PGR Directors, or the EDI Lead; staff can contact their line manager, Head of Department, Head of School, HR Partner, or the EDI Lead.

How to report an incident 

Students can report an incident of bullying, harassment, or discrimination by emailing #NeverOk is a joint University of Reading Students' Union campaign against all forms of bullying, harassment, and discrimination. 

Staff can receive support and advice by reaching out to one of the trained volunteers from the Harassment Peer Support Network across the University. 

If you require urgent assistance, call the University’s Security Team on 0118 378 7799 (or 0118 378 6300 in an emergency). If there is an imminent threat to someone’s safety, please call 999. 


Welfare and counselling support 

The University offers a variety of types of support for personal difficulties to students and staff, whether with regards to a particular incident or not. These can relate to adjusting to University life, crises, family or relationship issues, drug or alcohol, or violence, and a range of other issues. 


The Student Welfare Team is here to help, and students can contact them on or 0118 378 4777. 

Students can also access Counselling and Wellbeing on or 0118 378 4216 for further support. 


Staff have access to confidential advice and support through the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) on or 0800 085 1376. This service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

In addition, there are a range of other Wellbeing resources available to staff, including Well Online (log in required) and the Wellbeing Peer Support Network, a network of trained staff volunteers who can offer peer support if you are experience a mental health issue, poor wellbeing or emotional distress. 

Athena Swan

The Athena Swan Charter is a framework which is used across the globe to support and transform gender equality within higher education and research.

The School of the Built Environment was awarded an Athena Swan Silver Award in April 2024.

Diversity and inclusion


At Reading, we want to be the place where everyone can fulfil their full potential. We believe that supporting diversity and inclusion helps us to attract and retain high-quality staff and students.

Policies and resources

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The University of Reading recognises the importance of fostering a working environment that protects the physical and mental wellbeing of its staff. Read more about how our School and University support staff health and wellbeing.

Athena SWAN Silver Award