We are proud at this college to have a campus community that is respectful, welcoming and inclusive to all. We want students and staff to be proud of where they study and work, and to create a sense of belonging within the College community.
Our Respect campaign has been well backed this year, so for the final blog post of 2017 we asked one of our students if she’d be happy to share one of her recent features on bullying and how people can access support at the College.
The following has been written by NC Social Science student, Georgia Louchran.
It is estimated in the UK that over 1.5 million people have experienced some form of bullying but only about half the cases have been reported, most likely due to fear and embarrassment.
Bullying can happen to anyone and doesn’t just affect young people. It can also take many forms, such as: physical assault, teasing, making threats, name calling & cyber bullying. This is not a definitive list and no behaviour that makes you feel fearful or uncomfortable should be accepted.
People who are being bullied deserve help and support, but help and support also needs to be provided to those who are doing the bullying. Often there are reasons behind their behaviour and sometimes the bully doesn’t even realise the impact that their behaviour is having – so they don’t realise that they are actually bullying. Banter can sometimes get out of hand, especially online where the sentiment behind the messages can often be misinterpreted.
If you feel you are being bullied there are people who can help.
Your lecturers and the Student Services team are there to support you, however you can approach any member of staff if you are in a position where you feel uneasy, afraid or at risk of harm due to another persons actions towards you.
The campus Police Liaison Officer, Kimberley Bradford, is also on hand to offer advice. Kimberley can be contacted through Student Services.
In addition to this, Ayrshire College is a Third Party Reporting Centre for incidents of hate crime. A hate crime is a criminal offence against an individual that is motivated by a persons hatred of someone because of their race, religion, transgender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
If you have witnessed or been the victim of hate crime, there are staff members at the College who can take a statement and offer support.
When not on campus, there are lots of great online resources available for advice (see links below).
Bullying can have a devastating impact on the victim and can also negatively impact the person who is doing the bullying. From one student to another, if you find yourself the victim of any kind of bullying, speak out, there’s someone here to help.