Workplace Ethics Challenge - Bullying and Harassment

Can you identify harassment and bullying in the workplace? How should you respond? What are the limits of privacy and confidentiality in workplace online communication?

Join students from across the university in an interactive face-to-face workshop to explore contemporary ethical challenges relevant to every graduate workplace. No matter where you work, whether you're going into business, public or third sector, the insight and experiences you will gain from this workshop will be valued by all employers.

Workplace Ethics Challenge - Bullying & Harassment

  • Thursday 13 October 2022, 5-7pm

  • Thursday 16 February 2023, 5-7pm



Find out more about the Workplace Ethics Challenge - Bullying and Harassment

"I liked that we covered a range of topics which were interesting and provided a good discussion. The content was relevant to what a workplace is like now!" (Student Feedback)

Key Facts About The Workplace Ethics Challenge - Bullying and Harassment

What is the workshop about?

The real-world practical ethical dilemmas at the core of this workshop will provide you with the opportunity to explore what responsible and ethical behaviour in any workplace might look like.

The topics covered will include an exploration of your own, and others’, ethical responsibilities in the workplace in relation to:

  • Harassment, bullying and discrimination
  • Privacy and confidentiality in an age of online communication
  • Being an active bystander

The themes explored in this workshop are relevant to any graduate workplace. 

*Please note that, if you have already completed the Workplace Ethics Challenge - Online, then much of the content of this workshop will be familiar to you. 

Who is the workshop for?

The controversial and contemporary topics covered in this workshop, and insights into real-world practical decision making, are relevant to all graduate workplaces, and will be of interest to students from any discipline.

This workshop is available to year 3+ University of Manchester undergraduates only.

What will I get out of it?

The workshop offers an opportunity to challenge yourself, and to explore your own ethical decision making, in a constructive learning environment, supported by real-world practitioners.

Taking part will also improve your employability by providing you with insights and experiences you can draw on in job applications and interviews.  

You will also gain valuable experience of working, and making decisions, in multi-disciplinary groups.

Attendance at the workshop will be listed on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report).

For students who began the First Year of their undergraduate studies in September 2016 or later, completing a Workplace Ethics Challenge also counts towards the Stellify Award.

How can I sign up?

Fill out this short online form to take part.  

If aren’t able to attend, see the Workplace Ethics Challenge Homepage for details of other Workplace Ethics Challenges available in this academic year.

Once you've registered, look out for a confirmation email from to let you that you have a place. The email will also provide further details and joining instructions.

What do other students say about the workshop?

"I liked that we covered a range of topics which were interesting and provided a good discussion. The content was relevant to what a workplace is like now!"

"Very friendly, interesting topics of discussion and a good opportunity to unpack and answer questions ourselves instead of just being told."

“I liked meeting new people and doing something different. I've now got an additional insight out of my degree.”

“I like the fact that we got to explore real problems that could happen in a workplace. Also the fact that you get to work with people from other degree programmes - different points of view.”

“The workshop gave examples that are relevant. Some I have experienced myself so I found it very engaging and thought-provoking.”

"I liked hearing other points of view on scenarios and thinking together how to go about them."


Who helped create the workshop?

The content of this Challenge workshop has been developed in partnership with graduate employers, academics and practitioners including:

Professor Steve Pettifer, Director of Teaching Strategy, Computer Sciences. (Chair)

Dr Dawn Edge, University Academic Lead for Equality & Diversity, Senior Lecturer & Winston Churchill Fellow, Psychology & Mental Health, FBMH

Dr Karen Niven, Work & Equalities Institute, Alliance Manchester Business School. 

Katherine Bond, Student Recruitment Manager (North), Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC)

Steve Connor, CEO, Creative Concern (leading Manchester media design agency)  

Dr Margaret Emsley: Reader, Management of Projects Group of Programmes, MACE

Professor Ismail Eturk: Senior Lecturer in Banking & AMBS Director for Social Responsibility and Engagement.

Janine Watson Cottingham: Former Assistant Chief Executive (Comms & Customer Engagement) Stockport Council, & Chair of UoM Alumni Association (2007-2017).



How can I find out more?

The resources listed below include links to sources of support, training and guidance available to you which are related to the themes explored in this Workplace Ethics Challenge workshop. 

The University of Manchester has a dedicated 'Report and Support' website, containing links through which you can:

  • Report bullying, harassment or discrimination that you have experienced or witnessed at The University of Manchester (anonymous)
  • Speak to an advisor
  • Find guidance on being an ‘active bystander’
  • Sign up to become a Speak Up! Stand Up! Champion 
  • Links to The University of Manchester Counselling Service and The University of Manchester Students’ Union Advice Service

The University of Manchester Careers Service ‘Equality and Diversity in Employment’ web pages provide guidance for students and graduates on common equality and diversity issues you may face, sources of support, and employers looking to recruit a diverse workforce.

Disability Rights UK website features a factsheet called Telling people you’re disabled: clear and easy guide for students.

Citizens Advice, and ACAS websites  provides a wealth of guidance about discrimination in the workplace, including how to identify unlawful discrimination at work and what you can do about it.

How can I take action?

Volunteering is a great way to make a difference and gain valuable insights and experience relevant to any workplace.

The Volunteer Hub lists a wide range of volunteering opportunities with organisations that provide support and guidance for people experiencing many of the issues explored in this Workpalce Ethics Challenge, which include discrimination, harassment and bullying. 

A few example organisations, which recruit voplunteers throughout the year are listed below, all of which support people experiencing bullying, harassment or discrimination and the mental health problems that can develop as a result of such experiences:

  • Greater Manchester Nightline is a confidential listening and information service run for students by students. They offer anonymous, non-judgmental and non-directive support for all callers
  • Citizens Advice work with over 23,000 highly trained volunteers, across the UK, in a variety of roles, to help thousands of people to resolve their legal, money, and a huge variety of other, issues by providing free, independent and confidential advice every year
  • Samaritans provide a confidential and non-judgmental listening service that can help people explore their options, understand their problems better