Stand Up Speak Out (SUSO) Advocates

Stand Up Speak Out (SUSO) Advocates are part of our wider Stand Up Speak Out campaign that aims to encourage colleagues to take action against bullying, harassment and other forms of unacceptable behaviour they may experience or witness at work.

We want everyone at the University to feel that they belong and work together to create a positive working culture. For times when it doesn’t feel like this, we have trained staff volunteers who are available to offer informal guidance and support to staff dealing with and experiencing unacceptable and exclusionary behaviour. Our Stand Up Speak Out (SUSO) Advocates (formerly called Acceptable Behaviour Supporters) are trained to help signpost to appropriate forms of support and next steps. It is a confidential, informal and judgement-free service and can even be used when you are worried about your own behaviour and its impact.

Staff across the University, both academic and professional services staff, can contact a SUSO Advocate. Staff can choose whether they want to speak to someone local within their School, Faculty, or department (where available) or an Advocate who works in a different department. 

Get support

Contact a SUSO Advocate by visiting the staff intranet. The SUSO Advocate service is for staff only.

Other contacts

Student support

Students and Post Graduate Researchers can get advice on reporting unacceptable behaviour on the student support webpages.

Stand up speak out Download and print

‌Help to raise awareness of Stand Up Speak Out and the support staff can receive by printing and distributing the poster below:

SUSO Advocates poster (PDF, 139kB)

Stand Up Speak Out Advocates provide an essential and invaluable service at the University. These volunteers provide a safe space for staff to talk through their experiences of unacceptable behaviour, and as such are fundamental in helping to build an inclusive and supportive workplace.

Jeremy Tavare, Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences and Stand Up Speak Out Champion
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