The University of Birmingham believes that bullying of any kind is unacceptable, and that those who choose to work or study here should not be subjected to Bullying in any form.

Bullying is a pattern of offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour that abuses or misuses an individual’s power in order to undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient. For example, consistent invalid or unwarranted criticism, persistently ‘singling out’ an individual without good reason or isolating or ignoring them.
Bullying can be verbal or physical or be communicated through means, such as letters, emails, websites, applications, social media, text messages and graffiti. Bullying may include, by way of example:
  • shouting at, being sarcastic towards, ridiculing or demeaning others
  • insults, name-calling and offensive language and gestures 
  • physical or psychological threats
  •  deliberately excluding, isolating or ignoring an individual 
  • overbearing and intimidating levels of supervision
  • inappropriate and/or derogatory remarks about someone's performance
  • abuse of authority or power by those in positions of seniority
  • deliberately excluding someone from meetings or communications without good reason
Bullies often target people in less powerful positions than themselves. However, bullying can also occur in less obvious scenarios. For example, a member of staff may be bullied by a student, or a manager by a member of staff.

If you are a student, find out what report and support options are available to you at the University of Birmingham.
If you are a member of staff and want to talk to someone about bullying, please make a report

There are two ways you can tell us what happened