Code of conduct

We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and actively encourage diversity and promote inclusion and accessibility at our events. We value the participation of each individual and want all participants to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.

The HA Annual Conference is intended to be a safe space, designed to encourage the sharing of professional knowledge and ideas. We take our attendees’ safety seriously and support delegates of all backgrounds, needs and interests to feel safe and get fully involved in Conference.

• We expect everyone who attends Conference to behave professionally and to treat others equally and respectfully. These recommendations on behaviour extend equally to all attendees: delegates, presenters, visitors and staff.
• We will not tolerate harassment, abusive or racist language, bullying or aggressive behaviour.

• We encourage you to be an active bystander and supportive of others where you have concerns. If you are unsure, this short piece from the University of Cambridge has helpful advice:

• If you have any concerns about behaviour or experience disrespectful or discriminatory speech or actions, please talk confidentially to a member of the HA staff or the Conference Team at the registration desk, who will deal with the situation with discretion.
• While you may not agree with everything that you hear, we ask you to listen to others’ views and to engage constructively with them.
• While we encourage delegates to use their social media platforms to talk about Conference, we expect the same professional behaviours of respect and equality in the online space as we do in the physical space.
All communication and behaviour should therefore be appropriate for a professional audience, including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual or discriminatory language and imagery will not be tolerated. Delegates violating these rules may be asked to leave the Conference without a refund at the sole discretion of the Conference organisers.