New, digital course on diversity and inclusion launched by Defence Academy

14 July 2020 / Categories: DA News and Events

Shrivenham – The Active Bystander Fundamentals course, a fully digital course on equality, diversity and inclusion, was launched earlier this month by the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. 

Grid of coloured squares containing words denoting different types of discriminatory behaviourIn the UK, studies generally agree that 10-20% of all people in the workplace have experienced bullying, across all working sectors. The Active Bystander Fundamentals courses aims to combat bullying and harassment in the workplace by empowering individuals to identify and safely challenge unacceptable behaviours.  

The concept was originally piloted in September 2018 by the Defence Academy and the Defence Studies Department from King’s College London.  Initially delivered as an interactive workshop, for 18 months it trained nearly 1000 attendees and was judged to be “leading practice” in the Ministry of Defence’s June 2019 ‘Report on Inappropriate Behaviours’.  

The Defence Academy has taken this best practice and created the new Active Bystander Fundamentals on-line course and is available to all staff across the MOD.

Through a series of six modules, the online course promotes a peer-led approach to improve negative organisational and peer culture, by encouraging active intervention by anyone witnessing it.   On completion of the course, students will be able to define unacceptable behaviour, explain the Bystander Effect, recognise barriers to intervening and identify actions to safely intervene.

Chief Executive of the Defence Academy and Commandant of Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC), Maj Gen Andrew Roe said: “The Defence Academy’s mandate to deliver high-quality professional military education means that diversity and inclusion must be central to our working culture.  By capitalising on differing experiences and perspectives, we develop fresh ideas and become more innovative.”

The Active Bystander Fundamentals course is available on the Defence Learning Environment (DLE) via Defence Gateway to all those with an existing account. (Please note this course is not supported by Microsoft Internet Explorer).

For further information, please visit the Defence Academy website.

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