Loughborough University
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Loughborough University

Counselling and Disability Service


The UK currently has no official definition of bullying but it is generally thought of as the repeated use or individual occurrence of threat, force or intimidation, to abuse, shame or aggressively dominate others. Generally bullying will fit into the following types of behaviour:

Rationalisation for such behaviour sometimes include differences of social class, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, appearance, behaviour, body language, personality, reputation, lineage, strength, size or ability. However, whatever the reason, bullying is generally about difference and an imbalance in power.

Bullying can have a huge detrimental effect on a person as it is meant to be intimidating and frightening. There have been studies that say bullying can lead to increased cases of anxiety and depression, many victims report feeling sad and lonely, whilst also suffering an effect on their confidence, self-esteem, sleeping and eating patterns.

Bullying or Banter?

Sometimes the lines between bullying and banter can be confused. Generally the definition of banter is ‘the playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks’, whereas the definition of bullying is, ‘to use superior strength or influence to intimidate someone, typically to force him or her to do what one wants’. Banter should not make anyone feel upset or hurt, bullying always does.


Further Help

University policy


The Guardian - Bullying and your rights

Anti bullying network

NUS advice

Stop bullying.gov


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