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Equality and Diversity

Harassment Contacts

Durham University Harassment Contacts

To support our Equality and Diversity agenda, Durham has a network of Harassment contacts who assist staff and students with enquiries and provide information on University policies and sources of help and support.

For further information regarding the role of Harassment Contact or to register your interest in joining the network; please contact Hannah Francis, Policy Support Officer (Equality & Diversity) (01913346762)

The role of the Harassment contact can be found in the below document.


Jennifer Barton

Jen joined the University in 2004, she has held various positions in Student Recruitment and Admissions. Jen’s current role of student recruitment officer, involves working with teachers across the country. While working at Durham Jen has completed a degree in Business Management and Administration. Previous to working for the University she worked at New College Durham in the Purchasing department.

Neil Defty

Originally a maths graduate from Newcastle University, Neil has been working as a project manager for the Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring (CEM), an educational research group within Durham University, for more than 20 years. He has been a Harassment Contact for more than 10 years.

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.

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.

Stuart McNulty BEM

Stuart joined the University in November 1998 and is now the Configuration and Asset Manager for Hardware, which involves the long term planning for the refresh of all the PCs within the University, and also accounting for all equipment (IT related) for the University, from setting up contracts to major purchasing. Stuart is the Departmental Health and Safety Officer and Harassment Contact (for 13 years) and qualified as a First Aider.

Gemma Metcalfe

Gemma is a Research Grants and Contracts Officer in the Research Operations Team in Research and Innovation Services. Gemma joined the University in October 2013 working in the Business School. Previous to this she completed a Sociology PhD. at Newcastle University.

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.

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.