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Durham University

Respect: creating a place where we can all flourish

Respect Commission Report


About the Project

The Durham Commission on Respect, Values and Behaviour was set up in October 2018 to understand people’s experiences of working and studying at Durham University and what can be done to create positive change.

The Commission was led by an Independent Chair and included staff and student representatives. It reviewed existing University policies and practices as well as best practice elsewhere, undertook interviews with staff, students and people who had left the University, held focus groups and ran a University-wide survey.

The Commission’s final report includes 20 recommendations for improvement, which have been endorsed by the University’s governing bodies. We hope that these recommendations encourage respectful behaviours from all of our community, as we continue to work to make Durham a safe and welcoming place for all.


The Report

The report sets out the culmination of a year’s worth of research and investigation, led by the Commission Group. The Commission has suggested a series of recommendations which have been designed to be actionable and impactful, delivering a blend of operational, strategic, and cultural changes which will seek to ensure that respect is at the heart of the University’s values and community.

Read the report in full here.


Independent Chair: Fiona Ellis

Vice Chair: Professor Simon Hackett

Professor Tom Allen

Rachel Archbold

Dr Helen Cramman (Commission Researcher)

Roisin Bogle (Commission Secretary)

Alishya Dhir

Dr Simon James

Meg Haskins

Dr Fire Kovarovic

Dr Gretchen Larsen

Amelia McLoughlan

Professor Jane Macnaughton

Dr Marek Szablewski

Michelle Taylor

Dr Julie Van de Vyver (Commission Researcher)

George Walker

Professor Nicole Westmarland

Lorna Wilson