Don’t stand by, stand up! International Stand Up to Bullying Day is a semi-annual event that takes place both in February and November with the aim of raising awareness about bullying and the harmful effects it can have. This year we will be observing the day on Friday 23rd February 2024.

As an institution we aim to be a truly inclusive university, but we can’t be truly inclusive while any form of unacceptable behaviour takes place, and that includes bullying. Dignity and Respect outlines the expected standards of interpersonal behaviour of all members of our University community, and the process for disclosing, reporting and addressing unacceptable behaviours, together with available support. 

The Standing Together team at the University are a dedicated team that provide support to students affected by inappropriate behaviours. Students and staff can disclose an incident of bullying, along with other unacceptable behaviours, through Report and Support. Additional resources are available on this page on how to access support, and navigate through difficult circumstances that involve bullying. 

Wear Pink
We are encouraging the university community to wear pink to raise awareness of this anti-bullying initiative and to promote solidarity. 
Tag us on Instagram and use the hashtags #PinkSupportsKindness and #InternationalStandUptoBullyingDay to accompany your posts. 

Pledge your support
Staff and students can make a pledge to not remain silent about bullying through the online pledge wall.  

We will be active on Instagram with a series of posts that will raise awareness, shine light on bullying themes and signpost to support.   

What is bullying?
Bullying is offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour involving the misuse of power that can make a person feel vulnerable, upset, humiliated, undermined or threatened. 
‘Power’ does not always mean being in a position of authority, but can include both personal strength, age, social status or the power to coerce through fear or intimidation.
Bullying can take the form of physical, verbal and non-verbal conduct. Including postings on social media. 

International Stand Up to Bullying Day is an opportunity to help to raise awareness about the issue and promote positive relationships. We encourage you to take action to prevent bullying and support those who have been affected by it.

You can help by; sharing our anti bullying week resources, letting people know that you are prepared to speak out against bullying behaviours by signing our pledge, and sharing support information with people you think might be affected by bullying.

Why International Stand Up to Bullying Day is Important
  1. A day to take a stand-International Stand Up to Bullying Day is the best way to take a stand against bullying and harassment within the university community. Take a stand today.
  2. It makes spaces inclusive-International Stand Up to Bullying Day hopes to create spaces that are inclusive for everyone. No one feels left out or uncomfortable.
  3. Hopes for a better future-International Stand Up to Bullying Day imagines a future where no one is bullied and everyone gets along. It envisions a better future for all.

Bullying can be distressing and it can make life feel really difficult. This video created by The Mix helps us to think about how we can support our peers and colleagues who may be experiencing bullying. One kind word can make a huge difference to someone who is being bullied.


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