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Durham University

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Bullying and Harassment Support Advisors

We have a network of bullying and harassment support advisors that can assist staff and students with enquiries, and provide information on University policies and sources of help and support.

The network acts as a first point of contact for those who feel they have experienced, or have been accused of, harassment or bullying. Advisors are able to provide impartial, confidential guidance to help people to understand what options and services are available to them. Our advisors can:

  • Offer confidential information on issues relating to harassment, bullying and equality
  • Listen to you without making any judgments about what you say
  • Help you to clarify your thoughts about what is happening
  • Explain the informal and formal procedures under the Respect at Work and Respect at Study Policy's
  • Help you to explore the various options available to you
  • Explain the mediation process and make a referral
  • Help you to explore other sources of support which may be available to you

Our Advisors are volunteers from across both academic and professional services staff within the University. All have received training to support them to undertake this role. A list of contacts is available below, where you can find out more about their location and how to get in touch. More formal advice on options available to staff experiencing bullying and harassment is also available from our HR Advisors.

If you would like to know more about the work of the network or would like to volunteer, please contact the EDI Team



Beth Bromley

Beth Bromley joined the University in 2010 and is an Associate Professor in Biophysics. She took up the role of Science Faculty Athena Swan lead in May 2018 and she has led her department’s successful Athena SWAN application and sits on the University’s Institutional Athena SWAN Committee.

Work pattern: 9:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday.

Contact Beth Bromley

Tim Buckle

Tim joined the University in 2005 and is currently Acquisitions Co-ordinator at the Bill Bryson Library on the Science Site. Tim is also responsible for the running of the Staff LGBT Network which is open to all LGBT+ staff and postgraduate students, as well as their partners, friends and anyone else with an interest in LGBT issues. He also sits on the University’s Institutional Athena SWAN Committee.

Working pattern: Monday to Friday 9:00 – 17:00

Contact Tim Buckle

Jennifer Barton

Jen joined the University in 2004, she has held various positions in Recruitment and Admissions. Jen’s current role of Student Recruitment Manager, involves working with teachers across the country and managing university-wide postgraduate recruitment. While working at Durham Jen has completed a degree in Business Management and Administration.

Work Pattern: Monday to Friday 8.30 - 16.30

Contact Jen Barton

Hayley Duffy

Hayley joined the University in January 2005 and is the Accommodation and Allocations Manager within the PVC Colleges and Student Experience Office, based in the Mountjoy Centre. Hayley leads the team responsible for the college allocation of undergraduate and postgraduate students, accommodation arrangements, and help and advice regarding private rented accommodation within Durham and the surrounding areas. This includes maintaining links with private accommodation providers and Durham County Council.

Work Pattern: Monday - Friday 9.00 - 17.00

Contact Hayley Duffy

Caroline Foster

Caroline joined the University in 2009 and works in the salaries section of Finance, based in the Mountjoy centre. After leaving University where she studied Religion and History, she worked in a small local business responsible for accounts and payroll.

Work Pattern: Monday to Friday 9.00 - 17.00

Contact Caroline Foster

Linda Joyce

An MBA graduate from Newcastle Business School, Linda is Category Manager with responsibility for Catering, Domestic and Furniture categories. Linda is Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS) qualified and has worked at the University since 2005.

Work Pattern: Monday to Friday 9.00 - 17.00

Contact Linda Joyce

Alex Harrington

Alex joined the University in 2001. She is a Reader in Russian Studies, based in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. She is currently co-ordinating Athena SWAN for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and is a member of the University’s Coaching and Mentoring Network group. Alex is on research leave until October 2019 but will be available to contact following that date.

Louise Herron

Louise joined the University in 2001 and is the Equality and Diversity Co-Ordinator. Louise has had various roles within the University with a varied remit. Currently Louise is involved with Equality and Diversity Charter's including Athena SWAN and Stonewall. She represents the University as a volunteer for the Durham Pride Committee.

Working pattern: Monday to Friday 8.30- 16.30

Contact Louise Herron

Jane Macnaughton

Jane Macnaughton joined the University in 2000 and is now a professor in the Department of Anthropology. She leads the University’s Centre for Medical Humanities and also works part time as a medical doctor in the field of women’s health. She led her previous department’s successful Athena SWAN application and sits on the University’s Institutional Athena SWAN Committee.

Work pattern:

Monday mornings Clinic pm Students

Tuesdays Research Day

Wednesdays Departmental Day (Anthropology) Teaching/Students

Thursday and Friday – IMH

Contact Jane Macnaughton
Michelle Taylor

Michelle joined Durham University in October 2013 and is currently the Equality & Diversity Trainer. This role includes identifying equality and diversity training requirements, and designing and implementing a range of training and development events with an equality and diversity focus. She has previously worked in both the private sector in a variety of management roles, and as a Lecturer in Management in HE.

Work Pattern: Monday - Friday 9.00 - 17.00

Contact Michelle Taylor

Carol Walker

Carol Walker has worked at Maiden Castle in many sport-related roles since joining the University in 1996. She currently works with the Dean of Experience Durham and the Head of Sport assisting with the management and delivery of projects in the areas of sport, music and theatre. Carol is also a member of the University Coaching Network. Contact Carol Walker