Dignity and Respect at Leicester

Staff Dignity and Respect Contacts

Be part of our approach to ensuring a more respectful workplace.

Following the launch of our Standing Together Against Bullying Pledge in 2017 we’ve been working alongside trade union colleagues and student representatives to develop a dignity and respect framework for the University.

The policy will be supported with a number of procedures depending on the particular circumstances of any concerns that are raised.

The policy and procedure documents are in the final stages of development and will be launched across the organisation from the end of June. In terms of the procedure for staff, the successful implementation is dependent of the introduction of Dignity and Respect Contacts, therefore the University is looking to recruit a number of Dignity and Respect Contacts who will volunteer to provide an impartial, confidential listening service to staff who are either experiencing or responding to complaints about harassment, bullying or other inappropriate behaviours. You’ll provide information to enable staff to explore options in accordance with University policies and procedures.

The Role:

We’re looking for people who:

  • Share the University’s principles and values to stand against inappropriate behaviours
  • Can remain calm, objective, impartial and non-judgmental in all situations and respond sensitively to the needs of a diverse range of people
  • Can listen effectively and encourage others to talk about difficult issues
  • Have the facilitation skills to empower others to think through options and implications for themselves and respect other peoples’ points of view and beliefs, while keeping their own views, opinions and feelings to themselves

We welcome applications from across the University and particularly from staff who reflect our diversity. Given the nature of this role, and the impartially and objectivity required, it is not open to trade union representatives, the HR Generalist Team or those who cannot maintain impartiality due to their role within the University or own personal commitments or values.

The commitment of these roles is expected to be no more than seven meetings of one hour per year plus one day initial training, biannual two hour Dignity and Respect Contact network meetings and ongoing CPD in relation to the role.


To apply for this role you will need write 500 words on how you meet the essential skills and knowledge as detailed in the person specification and role description. You should send these to dignityandrespect@leicester.ac.uk no later than 26 June 2019.

You must be available to attend a one day training programme on 23rd July.

Person Specification and Role Description:

For information of the Dignity and Respect Contacts person specification and role description, this can be found here.

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Contact Details

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
0116 252 3334


Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Dr Angie Pears
0116 373 6424

EDI Projects Manager
Humaa Noori
(Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
0116 252 2747

Senior Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Dr Faye McCarthy
0116 229 7567

EDI Coordinator
Michaela Lefley
(Monday - Wednesday)
0116 252 3334

EDI Assistant
Patrick Ward
0116 373 6420

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team, University of Leicester- Room 008, Astley Clarke Building, Central Campus, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH,