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Breaking the silence - preventing harassment and sexual misconduct


Personal relationships between students and staff, where a member of staff has a professional responsibility for a student, should be avoided. However should such a situation arise, the policy and guidance below sets out the requirements for disclosing the relationship and the arrangements to be put in place to protect both parties from any perceptions of preferential or other inequitable treatment.

Policy concerning personal relationships between staff and students  

Guidance - personal relationship between staff and students


Any member of staff or student who has questions about the policy or guidance and its application should discuss them with their Head of Department or equivalent post-holder.

  • Additional advice for staff may be sought from their Departmental Administrator, HR Business Manager, HR Adviser, or from a trade union.
  • Additional support for students may be sought from here or from their College Tutor.

The University operates a Counselling Service for both students and for staff and signposts students and staff to other sources of advice and support.