Any form of unlawful discrimination is #Never OK.

For students
  • Student Welfare Team For emotional and practical support, for personal issues impacting on your wellbeing and studies.
  • Hall Wardens/Mentors  If you are a student in University Halls you can ask to speak to your Warden or Hall Mentors. They are available weekday evenings and weekends if you wish to talk things through.  
  • Counselling & Wellbeing The University’s team of professional counsellors and mental health workers offers confidential emotional and wellbeing support. 
  • Disability Advisory Service The University’s dedicated disability advisors can provide advice, guidance and support to students on a range of practical adjustments to your work and studies. 
  • Chaplaincy Offering support and a safe place to talk for students of faith and non-faith. 
  • Reading Students' Union for impartial advice, support and information
  • Exceptional Circumstances. If you feel your studies have been affected by what has happened.
For employees
  • Harassment Peer Support Network is made up of employees of the University from any staff group who have volunteered their time to provide confidential support and information to colleagues who are experiencing unwanted behaviour, bullying or harassment. They are there to listen, talk through options available and, if appropriate, signpost to other sources of support and advice. 
  • Employee Health and Wellbeing These pages will offer information and resources to fully support employee wellbeing in day-to-day life.
  • Employee Assistance Programme The University provides an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is an independent, free, confidential support and counselling service which is run by CIC and is called Confidential Care.
External support
If you would prefer to seek help and support outside of the University, here are some contact details of relevant organisations. 

Equality Advisory Support Service: provide information around discrimination, including British Sign Language options. 
Phone: 0808 800 0082 (Mon- Fri 9 am – 8 pm and Sat: 10 am-2 pm) | online contact form 

Citizens Advice: offer a range of online information around the protected characteristics, the Equality Act and discrimination. They also offer advice on reporting hate crimes. for a more legal and policy-based overview of your rights and what to do if you experience discrimination. 

ACAS: give an overview of discrimination and the law. 

Civil Legal Aid: some may be eligible for civil legal aid which can help in cases of discrimination, as well as other issues. 
Mind: a national mental health charity providing information, advice and support. They also offer a free legal advice line that can support you if you experience discrimination. 

Rethink: provides advice and information relating to mental health and wellbeing. 

National Bullying Helpline: offer both free online resources and advice as well as a helpline for both adults and children. 

Helpline: 0300 323 0169 | Phone: 0845 225 5787 (9-5, Mon-Fri). 

Age UK: provides specific information and resources for age-based discrimination. 

Phone: 0800 678 1602 (8am to 7pm, 365 days a year). 

BAME Specific 
Black Thrive: an organisation aiming to reduce inequality and injustices experienced by Black people in mental health services. 

Black Minds Matter UK: a charity supporting Black people to access mental health services. 

The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network: offers resources and information relating to mental health and wellbeing. 
LGBTQIA+ Specific 
Stonewall: a charity offering information and support for LGBT+ communities and their allies. 
Phone: 0800 0502020 (9:30am - 4:30pm, Mon to Fri). a webpage listing information and links to services and guidance for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. 

LGBT Foundation: offer a range of services to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. 
Phone: call 0345 330 3030 | Email 

NHS support: the NHS provides specific mental health support information for LGBTQ+ people.

Disability Specific 
Mencap: information and advice for people with a learning disability, their families and carers. Services include an online community. Phone: 0808 808 1111 

Office for Disability Issues: works to remove inequality between disabled and non-disabled people. 

Scope: a charity working toward equality for disabled people. They provide a range of advice about experiencing disability-based discrimination. 

DLS (Disability Law Service): general overview of disability discrimination law.

Training and awareness 

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