Here at Edinburgh Napier we believe that threatening behaviour, bullying and harassment are never okay.

Bullying is offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting or threatening behaviour involving the misuse of power that can make a person feel vulnerable, upset, humiliated, undermined or threatened.  

Harassment is when someone intentionally or unintentionally violates a person’s dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment, which interferes with an individual’s learning, working or social environment.

Harassment may involve sexual harassment or be related to characteristics such as age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Some forms of harassment are considered a Hate Crime.  A hate incident or crime is any act of violence or hostility against a person or property that is motivated by hostility or prejudice towards a person due to a particular characteristic which is protected in law.

Bullying and harassment are contrary to the Equality Act 2010 and the University’s Dignity at Work Policy and our Student Code of Conduct

What to consider 

Are you in immediate danger?
If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured, you should call 999 (or 112 from a mobile).

Finding a safe space. 
If an incident has just happened try and find somewhere you feel safe. If this isn't possible and you are scared or fearful you can call University Security on 0131 455 6119.

What are bullying and harassment?
It might be useful to think about what is meant by bullying and harassment and how these behaviours are described.  


To a friend.
Talking things through with someone you trust can sometimes help. 

For Students

Student Counselling and Mental Wellbeing
- the team offer a range of support and advice for students who are experiencing stress, anxiety or other mental health issues.

Your School. Students can talk to their Personal Development Tutor

Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association (ENSA)
ENSA employs a team of professional advisers to provide one-to-one advice to Edinburgh Napier University students. It’s a free and comprehensive welfare rights and education service. They can offer information, support and advice with signposting and referral to more specialist services.

Residence Life team.
If you are a student in our accommodation, all of the residences have a team of Student Accommodation Officers and Resident Assistants (RLA’s) living in-house. This team can be an important source of guidance and support for students.

For staff

Human Resources. If you are a member of staff your HR partner will be able to identify the support that’s available for you.

Trade Unions.
There are two trade unions that represent staff at the University: Unison and the EIS.

MCL Medics.
Workplace Options is the University's Employee Assistance Programme Provider and they provide a free, confidential and independent resource to help employees balance their work, family and personal lives.  This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by phone, e-mail or online and provides information, resources and counselling.


Report and Support. Students and staff can report an incident using the University’s Report and Support system. You can choose to do this anonymously or you can request support from an advisor. If you choose to talk to an advisor they will be able to talk through the options and support available to you, in confidence.

You can choose to make a formal complaint to the University about a student or member of staff and there are procedures which set out the steps you'll need to follow. Bullying and harassment are contrary to the Equality Act 2010 and the University’s Dignity at Work Policy and our Student Code of Conduct.


Get Support 

Take care of yourself.
It’s important that you take care of yourself. If you’ve experienced or heard something distressing or if something is troubling you, the University's Wellbeing Service offers confidential help for students and staff can use the MCL Medics service.


There are two ways you can tell us what happened