The University Harassment Adviser Service aims to provide support to employees who feel they are experiencing bullying or harassment in the workplace.

If you feel you are being bullied or harassed at work then you may find a discussion with a Harassment Adviser to be beneficial. You can contact any of the Harassment Advisers and request to meet with them. The discussion will take place in a location that you are fully comfortable with.

Your Harassment Adviser will listen to your concerns and will be guided by your preferences regarding how you wish to proceed. The Adviser may provide you with alternative sources of support which you had not previously considered. Together you will decide what your next steps could be and your Harassment Adviser will provide information on the routes open to you.

Harassment Advisers are not trained counsellors or mediators and so their remit does not include these activities. They will, however, be able to provide advice on the University providers of these services.

The conversations will, unless in very exceptional circumstances, be kept in the strictest confidence.

For further information about the Service, contact Janine Chalmers, Equality and Diversity Adviser:

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 27 3883


University Harassment Advisers

Geraldine Anthony, School of Medicine and Dentistry

I joined Aberdeen University in 1999 and the Centre of Academic Primary Care in 2005. I now feel old as my daughter and son are both University students. In fact the whole household are doing studies of some description. I work as a Research Fellow 4 days a weeks and as a Nurse Consultant in Colposcopy and Cervical Screening at Dr Grays Hospital in Elgin. I am one of the original Harassment Advisers to be appointed and still enjoy doing the job. I like to think I’m a good listener and certainly need good communication skills for my clinical role. My experience is that the sooner an issue is discussed the sooner life gets better for all concerned.


Carol Baverstock, Student Recruitment and Admissions Service

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 27 3504

David Bremner, Research Assistant, Rowett Research Institute

I joined the Rowett in 1992 and was a member of the Staff Support Group for about 3-4 years before the merger where we did our best to offer support to all those who came to see us. I currently work as a research assistant in the Energy Balance and Obesity Division. I am a very good listener should you need one, and will do my best to help whatever the problem. I attended a BBSRC listening and counselling skills course in 2005. In 2008 I attended BBSRC courses on Harassment and Bullying and also Conduct, Capability, Discipline and Grievance procedures.

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 438785

Heather Crabb, Executive Assistant & Project Officer, University Secretary's Office

Heather joined the University in 1999 and has supported members of staff and managers in all three Colleges and the Professional Services Directorates as a member of the Human Resources team.  Latterly, she was responsible for developing a number of staffing policies and procedures as HR Adviser (Policy and Projects).  In July 2014, Heather took up the post of Executive Assistant & Project Officer in the University Secretary’s Office.  Heather has been involved with the Harassment Advisers network since it first began so is used to dealing with sensitive and confidential matters.  She is happy to support colleagues from all parts of the University who feel they would benefit from speaking to a Harassment Adviser.


Susan Duthie, Senior Research Fellow, Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health

I am a married white female and will never see 40 again. I have been at the Rowett Institute since 1992. I was Chairperson of the Rowett Staff Support Group before becoming a Harassment Adviser for Aberdeen University. I have very good listening skills and believe that my 16 years experience at the Institute stand me in good stead for helping to resolve any problems that any University staff might want assistance with.

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 43 8777

Sharon Gordon, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 43 8467

I came to the university as an undergraduate in 1988, then did my PhD and have been employed at the university since 1996. I spent 10 years as a postdoc in CLSM and in 2006 took up the role of Skills Development Adviser for Post-doctoral Research Staff, and in that capacity I met with many post-docs to discuss issues around their personal development and career progression. In April 2009 I changed role again and now manage a programme grant in Child Health. I have two kids and have worked part-time for a number of years. My background and understanding of how difficult and complicated post-doctoral research careers can sometimes be is what made me apply for the harassment adviser post but I am very happy for any member of staff to get in touch if they think I can help.

Sue Heard, Emeritus Teaching Fellow in Geography and Environment in the School of Geosciences

I have been employed by the University since 1991, when I graduated from Aberdeen as a mature student. I am the mother of two children who are independent adults.

I am an Advisor of Studies and available to students who have a problem and wish to talk to someone independent within the School. I have completed short courses in counselling and gender and diversity. I consider myself to be an effective listener, who is interested in people and have a strong belief in equality of human beings and the right to work without harassment of any kind.


Fraser Lovie, Policy Adviser in Policy, Planning and Governance

As a Policy Adviser in PPG my role includes examining issues as diverse as Corporate Social Responsibility, Cultural Engagement and Internationalisation. I've been with the University since early 2007, although I previously worked in both Politics and International Relations and Registry after completing an MA and MLitt at the University.

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 27 3165

Mandy Murray, Secretary, Estates

I have been the Office Manager in the Estates Section for the last two years and have spent the last 20 years in academic administration several of those in a supervisory position so I am used to mediating between staff and dealing discreetly with difficult situations.

My previous job was at Aberdeen College where I was the accommodation officer, and often had to deal with disputes between landlords and tenants. At the same time I worked as a part-time lecturer at the College and dealt on a daily basis with students and their problems. I was also a Union representative for several years.

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 27 2063

Brian Paterson, Technician, School of Natural and Computing Science

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 27 3804

Anne Shipley, Head of Student Support, Student Advice & Support

I have worked for the University for almost 30 years having worked in various parts of the Institution. I have been a Harassment Adviser since January 2002 and have met with a number of staff from across the University to assist them through their concerns.

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 274531

Patricia Spence, Manager of the Centre for Academic Development

I have worked at the University in various roles for over 10 years and am now the Manager of the Centre for Academic Development which is part of the Directorate of Student and Academic Services. I have held a line management position in academic-related areas for 8 years and currently manage a team which includes part-time, academic-related and secretarial staff.

As well as my on-the-job experience I have had training in work-based coaching, something which can support a positive approach to tackling different circumstances in the work environment.

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 27 3924

Linda Stephen, ICT Learning Support Assistant, School of Education

I started working at Northern College in 1993 and joined the University at merger in 2001. I have a teaching qualification and have completed a course in counselling skills. I am a good listener and use this whilst working along with and supporting all levels of staff and students and in my family life with my grown up children.

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 27 4585

Ritu Vij, Department of Politics and International Relations

I teach International Relations at the School of Social Science. I believe I bring a diversity of experience to my role as an Adviser at Aberdeen, having worked in academic institutions in the USA, Japan, and India.

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 27 4359

Kirsteen Watt, College of Life Sciences and Medicine

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 43 7088