20 Tavistock Square
This conference will offer practical assistance to institutions to tackle violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting students and for responding to student concerns. One year on from the release of Changing the culture: Report of the Universities UK Taskforce examining violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students, it will help delegates to discuss what has happened in this year, and to evaluate and develop their own policies and processes.
This conference will be an opportunity to discuss the recommendations one year on from their release, to examine what has happened in the last year, and to develop what needs to happen next to continue to address violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting students. Delegates will be able to share best practice on implementing and developing an institution-wide approach to harassment, violence against women and hate crime.
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Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool
Professor Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Sussex
Nicola Bradfield, Director of Group Legal Services, Vice Chancellor’s Office, Coventry University
Dr Veena O’Halloran, University Secretary and Compliance Officer, University of Strathclyde
David Malpas, Director of Student Affairs, Middlesex University London (INVITED)
Professor Graham Towl, Professor of Psychology, Durham University
Simon Lee, Student Support Manager (Development and Inclusion), Northumbria University
Professor Alison Phipps, Director of the Centre for Gender Studies, Dr Liz McDonnell, Senior Research Fellow, and Dr Gemma North, Research Fellow, University of Sussex and Jess Taylor, Organisational Development Consultant
Jo Jones, Student Wellbeing Service Manager, and Iona Jones, Halls Wellbeing Coordinator, University of Derby
Dr Paula Harrison Woods, Director of Student Administration and Support and Kate Little, Project Officer (Student Administration and Support), University of Liverpool
Lesley O’Keeffe, Assistant Director Student Services, and Anne Chappell, Director of Teaching and Learning, Brunel University London
Shakira Martin, President, National Union of Students (NUS)
Professor Sylvia Walby, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and UNESCO Chair in Gender Research, Violence and Society UNESCO Centre, Lancaster University (INVITED)
Fiyaz Mughal, Founder, Tell MAMA
David Brown, Executive Director, Union of Jewish Students (UJS)
Reverend Garry Neave, National HE and FE Policy Adviser, The Church of England Education Office
Professor Janet Beer took up post as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool in February 2015, having formerly been Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University.
Professor Beer is President of UUK, England and Northern Ireland with effect from 1 August 2017. She is also a Trustee of the British Council.
She chairs the Liverpool Knowledge Quarter Board and is a member of the Liverpool Science Park Board. In June 2017 she was appointed by the Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram as the adviser on Higher Education for the Liverpool City Region.
Professor Beer has an established record of research and scholarship in late nineteenth and early twentieth century American literature and culture and most recently completed a study of the late writing of Edith Wharton.
Simon Lee is Student Support Manager (Development and Inclusion) at Northumbria University where he leads the University’s approach to a number of key student support services and inclusion initiatives, including coordinating the University’s response to the lad culture agenda. Simon recently led an AMOSSHE Insight research project into the challenges of designing and managing effective multi-faith spaces on University campuses and represented UK universities in the 2015 AMOSSHE exchange visit to Colorado, USA. Before joining Northumbria, Simon was Diversity Adviser at Durham University where he was also Secretary of the Senior Common Room at Josephine Butler College.
When to Refer is fundamental to the way we ensure that students at Northumbria University are quickly and effectively connected with relevant wellbeing support and guidance. It is an essential tool which is designed to be able to expand into new topics and to be revised easily as advice and guidance changes. When to Refer is being used by colleagues in all roles across the University, and helps them to identify the key signs that a student may need some additional support, how best to respond and most crucially how to ensure that support can be accessed. The resource has already influenced practice in a number of universities in the UK and beyond, and this workshop will outline how its development was achieved, the benefits it has brought and how it continues to evolve in response to emerging pressures, such as the challenges of channelling support issues around preventing or responding to “Lad Culture”.
Alison Phipps is Professor of Gender Studies at Sussex University. She co-authored the 2013 NUS report on ‘lad culture’ and has worked with a number of Students’ Unions, university administrations, and Universities UK on issues of sexual harassment and violence. She has also written extensively on these issues in both academic and non-academic arenas. Changing University Cultures was formed following her commissioned research (with Dr Liz McDonnell) on equality and diversity issues at Imperial College. Alison is also currently co-leading (with Dr Pam Alldred) the pan-European project Universities Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence, which provides disclosure training to university staff.
Gemma North is a Research Fellow at the University of Sussex, working with the ‘Changing University Culture’ team. Her wider research and teaching interests include innovative research methods, organisational culture, use of self and emotions, practitioner work with emotional abuse and substance misuse. Prior to this work Gemma gained extensive professional experience; working initially in the media production industry, before moving to the statutory and charitable social care sector. Here she was a substance misuse worker and subsequently a child protection social worker. These roles contributed to her interest in participatory research into the complexities of professional work, with a particular focus on deep understandings of challenging interpersonal behaviours.
With an MSc in Organisational Development, Jess has a keen interest in the psychology, leadership and practice of systemic change, and 15 years’ experience of developing, delivering and strategically managing a range of consultancy interventions. These include: multi-agency domestic and sexual violence services, coaching and leadership programmes, and cross sector partnership projects. She has a particular interest in health, housing, higher education, the criminal justice system and multi-agency community based services. She has supported a wide variety of organisations to implement transformational change programmes, developing strong governance and change frameworks in support of these processes. With an enduring commitment to principles of partnership, diversity and social justice, she uses a range of systemic tools to ensure quality, value and sustainability of service provision in contexts involving highly complex processes and conversations.
Jo Jones is the Head of Student Wellbeing at the University of Derby and the strategic lead for Derby's 'It Takes a University' Project.
During her time at Derby she has overseen the development of a number of innovative projects, that have been recognised as national examples of good practice, in areas such as disability, mental health, autism, wellbeing in student accommodation, psycho-education and student wellbeing and learning.
Jo has a professional background in mental health and an MA in Health Service Management. Prior to working in Higher Education, Jo worked in and managed a number of mental health services.
Iona joined the University of Derby in January 2013 as the Halls Wellbeing Coordinator, building the partnership between Student Wellbeing and Student Living developing policy, sharing good practice and facilitating training as well as responding to individual student’s needs. She is coordinating the university response to student safety.
She has an extensive background working in the statutory and voluntary sectors – addressing a variety of issues which impact on the wellbeing of individuals and the community as a whole including mental health; education; poverty and inequality. Throughout her practice, she has been involved in all aspects of safeguarding as well as advocating on behalf of individuals and facilitating access to appropriate support.
After completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Paula worked in the voluntary sector with young people including working with survivors of sexual violence and supporting young peoples’ campaigning activity on this issue. Paula then moved to the HE Sector working in Student Services and Student Administration. Paula has worked at the University of Hull, the University of Chester and the University of Liverpool as a practitioner and manager. She has combined practice with academic study completing a Masters and a PhD in Student Support and Management. Her PhD considered how Higher Education Institutions Respond to Students who Present a Risk to Self or Others and included consideration of issues relating to violence between students. Paula is currently Director of Student Administration and Support at the University of Liverpool and contributes to the senior leadership of the institution. Paula is leading Liverpool’s work in this area which includes a HEFCE Catalyst project looking at the role of student leaders in culture change and an AMOSSHE funded project considering student expectations of their institution when disclosing sexual misconduct.
Kate has worked at the University of Liverpool for 18 months as a Project Officer in Student Administration and Support, providing management and support for Division-level projects affecting student welfare. Her major project, Safe and Welcoming Campus Environments, focuses on developing the University’s policy framework in response to the UUK Taskforce report, as well as implementing training and guidance for staff and students on sexual consent and responding appropriately to disclosures. Prior to working for UoL, Kate was the policy lead for the National Student Survey at the National Union of Students for three years, where she worked to empower student leaders to engage with their teaching and learning, particularly in the area of assessment and feedback. Kate built her career in students’ unions, beginning as an elected Education Officer at Manchester before taking on roles at Manchester and Queen Mary Students’ Unions, as well as volunteering as a trustee at Bournemouth SU for two years.
His working history includes over 18 years experience in the community and voluntary sector in positions that have included social policy lobbying, project and general management, conflict resolution work and leading organizations as the Chief Operating Officer.
Fiyaz has worked in a number of organizations providing training to women right through to European transnational faith related programmes and advice and information projects. Currently, Fiyaz Mughal is currently the Founder and Director of a not for profit organization called Faith Matters (www.faith-matters.org) which works on reducing extremism and developing platforms for discourse and interaction between Muslim, Sikh, Christian and Jewish communities right across the UK. Faith Matters also works extensively on community cohesion, interfaith, conflict resolution and prevent programmes at a local, national and international level.
Fiyaz is also the founder and Director of the national anti-Muslim hate crime monitoring project called TELL MAMA. TELL MAMA ensures the mapping monitoring and measuring of anti-Muslim hatred across England and Wales and is the only national project that works in this area. Since 2012, the project has assisted over 11,400 people and ensured over 700 arrests across the country.
Fiyaz was previously a Councillor in Haringey (2006-2010) and a Councillor in Oxford (2002-2004). A previous Deputy President of a mainstream political party in the UK, he has also campaigned heavily on Black and Minority Ethnic (group) inclusion within political parties and discourses. He was also appointed to be on the Working Group for Communities that was linked to the Extremism Task Force developed in 2005 after the 7/7 bombings. In early 2008, Fiyaz was successful in becoming an elected member IDeA Peer Mentor for national work with local authorities on the Preventing Violent Extremism agenda.
Fiyaz was also previously appointed by the Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government (the Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP) to be a member of the Local Delivery Advisory Group on Preventing Violent Extremism. He was also appointed as the Advisor to the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg MP, on interfaith and preventing radicalisation and extremism between 2009 - 2010. Fiyaz was honoured in June 2009 by Her Majesty the Queen and was bestowed with the Honour of the Order of the British Empire.
Between 2012-2014, Fiyaz was part of the Government’s Advisory Committee on Tackling Anti-Muslim Hatred, administered by the Department for Communities and Local Government. Fiyaz has also served on various Parliamentary committees in an advisory capacity and in 2016, was an Adviser to the Women and Equalities Committee. He is currently a trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Day Charity.
David Brown is Chief Executive Officer of the Union of Jewish Students [UJS]: “… the voice of over 8,500 Jewish students and 60 Jewish Societies in the UK and Ireland. Together we create and deliver powerful campaigns; fighting prejudice, challenging stigma, and inspiring education and action on the issues that matter to us. Locally, nationally and internationally, we passionately engage with Israel; initiate inspiring interfaith projects; and proudly support social action.”
David’s previous roles include Campaigns Manager at JHub (an operating programme of Pears Foundation), Social Responsibility Manager and Leadership Training Coordinator at UJIA, and Youth Worker at Redbridge JCC. David is a graduate of Nottingham Trent University, where he gained a BA (Hons) in Youth Studies.
David lives with his husband Adam, is a proud uncle to six nephews and one niece, and enjoys the recent highs (after suffering a lifetime mainly of lows) of being a Spurs fan.
Garry Neave is the Church of England’s National further and higher education Policy Adviser, whose responsibilities include supporting chaplaincy in universities, colleges and schools, liaising with government and regulatory bodies and with university leaders. He has been a Chaplain, Director of Student Services, Assistant Principal and Education Director before taking up his present post and has a particular interest in pastoral care, leadership development and the evolution of multi-faith chaplaincy provision. Garry is a Church of England priest and assists in a parish in Harlow.