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This conference will offer practical assistance to institutions to challenge violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting students and for responding to student concerns. It will help delegates to develop policies and put processes in place.
This conference will be the first opportunity for delegates to discuss the recommendations of Universities UK's taskforce to address violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting students. Delegates will be able to share best practice around the taskforce's recommendations on implementing an institution-wide approach to harassment, violence against women and hate crime.
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Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive, Universities UK
Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool
Maria Lorenzini, Director of Student Experience, Bangor University and Executive Member, Association of Managers of Student Services in Higher Education (AMOSSHE)
Hareem Ghani, Women’s Officer, National Union of Students (NUS)
Mark Harrison, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, SOAS
SOAS launched its new Guidance on Preventing and Responding to Gender Based Violence in December 2015. In addition to a strong emphasis on prevention, the Guidance sets out how SOAS will go beyond the Zellick recommendations and investigate allegations of sexual harassment and assault when appropriate.
This workshop will consider the historical context and the motivation for adopting a new approach. It will cover the importance of senior leadership, working closely with the students union and consulting expert agencies.
The discussion will include the barriers to adopting a renewed approach, managing expectations, the training required for staff and students, and the lessons learned from the early cases.
Cath Prescott, Equality and Diversity Office, University of Manchester, Jenni Smyth, Womens Officer, University of Manchester, Trudy Coe, Head of the Equality and Diversity Unit, University of Oxford, and Catherine Paxton, Director of Student Welfare and Support Services, University of Oxford
Technology is beginning to play a key role in the tackling of sexual violence, harassment and hate crime. This session will examine two successful examples of this and allow you to consider the right approach for your institution.
As part of the joint We Get It campaign between the University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Students' Union, an online Report and Support System has been developed. The first part of today's presentation will talk you through our story so far. We will look at why we developed the system, the importance of collaboration, how someone makes a report and how they can get support, how we manage the system, what do we do with the anonymous reports, and new developments and next steps.
Incidents of sexual violence are more likely to take place out of office hours, so being available in person immediately is rarely an option. Staff and students at Oxford are using technology to bridge the gap and ensure timely help is at hand. In the second part of this session we will explore the First Response app and dedicated web resources that have been developed in response to this need.
David Brown, Executive Director, Union of Jewish Students (UJS), Joshua Nagli, Campaigns Director, Union of Jewish Students (UJS)
Following some high profile incidents in 2015-16, UJS will outline manifestations of antisemitism on campus and best practice for responding to them. The session will include:
Insights from the 2011 National Jewish Student Survey and 2016 JPR focus group research
Definitions of antisemitism and their application to varied areas of campus life
Models of successful policies and good practice from institutions across the UK based on recent campus incidents
Antisemitism and anti-Zionism
Fostering debate and activism without demonising Jewish students
Signposting key agencies and support available
Jess Lishak, Women’s Officer at Manchester University Students’ Union (2014-2016) and member of the UUK Taskforce, and Laura Dent, Head of Publishing, Epigeum.
Consent Matters is an online course for students covering the key areas of consent, relationships and communication, and bystander intervention. Evidence-based and highly interactive, the course uses activities, animations, relatable scenarios, and real student opinions to help students understand consent and promote positive change within the university community. Consent Matters has been developed by Epigeum, in collaboration with Brook, the sexual health and wellbeing charity; Dr Alan Berkowitz, a leading expert in bystander intervention, as well as a panel of experts from a range of universities.
This workshop focuses on how online approaches can be an effective and scalable way to provide prevention education across campus. Jess Lishak, Women’s Officer at Manchester University Students’ Union (2014-2016) and member of the UUK Taskforce, will share her experiences of promoting change in the student community and discuss her experiences of collaborating on the online course. There will be a demonstration of the Consent Matters course and Epigeum will share examples and approaches to successfully implementing the course across campus. There will also be the opportunity to discuss specific university challenges in a Q&A session and consider how Consent Matters could be part of a university-wide prevention strategy.
Dr Rachel Fenton, Principal Investigator, The Intervention Initiative, and Senior Lecturer – Department of Law, University of the West of England, Bristol
The Intervention Initiative is a bystander programme for the prevention of sexual and domestic violence in universities, commissioned by Public Health England. This workshop will comprise a 30 minute talk by Dr Rachel Fenton on how The Intervention Initiative works and how to implement it at your university. This will be followed by 30 minutes of Q and A with the audience. The workshop will briefly cover the theoretical underpinnings of the programme giving a taster of the teaching materials. It will then cover the practicalities of implementation, such as timing, timetabling, facilitation and cost, and discuss how The Intervention Initiative can be adopted as part of a strategic university-led response.
Chris Lyle, Senior Lecturer, University of Wolverhampton, and Dr Angela Morgan, Senior Researcher, University of Wolverhampton
This workshop will present the research and policy work of the Violence Against Women and Girls Research Custer at the University of Wolverhampton, and provide case study examples of the challenges faced by universities in the contemporary climate.
Open discussion will be facilitated about the culture and experiences of other HEIs and what they are accomplishing in terms of developing their own policies in light of the UUK’s agenda.
Critically, discussants will engage in debate about how to embed such policies in HEIs across the UK when faced with cultural diversity and multifarious opinions and attitudes towards violence against women.
Workshops will be divided either side of lunch.
Professor David Richardson, Vice-Chancellor, University of East Anglia
Nicola Bradfield, Senior Associate, Pinsent Masons LLP
Professor Susan Lea, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of Greenwich
The University of Greenwich believes that an institution-wide approach is required to develop an appropriate, robust response to sexual violence. A university-wide steering group, led by the deputy vice-chancellor (academic), was established in early 2016. This group comprises academic and professional services staff as well as students’ union representatives, and aims to review existing university policy, protocol and practice, and develop a co-ordinated, cross-institutional strategic response.
Professor Susan Lea will examine the work of the steering group, including:
How can I implement an institution-wide approach in my university?What can be learnt from the experience of fellow delegates?
Professor Janet Beer took up her current post in February 2015. From 2007-2015 she was Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University. She is Chair of the Higher Education Public Information Steering Group which has oversight of the National Student Survey and Chair of the Board of the Equality Challenge Unit. She is also Vice-President of UUK, England and Northern Ireland, Chair of the UUK HEGlobal Advisory Board, a Board member of UCAS, a Board member of National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB), and a Trustee of the British Council. Professor Beer also chairs the Liverpool Knowledge Quarter Board and is a member of the Liverpool City Region Innovation Board and the Liverpool Science Park Board.
Maria Lorenzini is Director of Student Experience at Bangor University. Before working in higher education, Maria taught in secondary and further education, and a student-centred approach has always underpinned the design and delivery of the services she has managed. From 1995 to 2010 she worked at the University of Leicester where her last role was as Head of Student Development. Her original specialism in higher education was in learning development, and as a practitioner she developed an approach that combined central services for students with collaborative working with academics within the disciplines.
Maria is currently Director of Student Experience at Bangor University where she has been in post since 2010. Her role combines overall management of student services with responsibility for Bangor University’s Student Experience Strategy. Her work is underpinned by a commitment to partnership working with students and the ongoing development of an inclusive campus community.
Hareem Ghani is the elected NUS Women's Officer for 2016/17. She was previously a full-time student at King's College London where she held the position of KCLSU Women's Officer, Founder of the Women of Colour Network, and Co-President of the Intersectional Feminist Society. During this time, she passed a policy of free sanitary products at her respective Students' Union and also founded the anti-harassment campaign "It Stops Here". The campaign was immensely successful and featured on various media outlets including the BBC, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and many others! The campaign called for a review of the harassment procedures and services available to students at King's and resulted in student ambassadors being recruited (and paid) to promote consent on campus.
Jane is a Research Fellow for the Centre for Mobility and Transport Research at Coventry University. Her research interests include equality of access for all, and she has published on gender, disability issues and mobility, sexual harassment and public spaces, and issues of consent for young people. Jane's voluntary work includes being chair of KairosWWT, a local charity that aims to increase the life-chances, choices and wellbeing of women caught up in prostitution, affected by or at risk of sexual exploitation in Coventry, and managing editor of Women's Views on News, a women's news, opinions and current affairs site.
Sarah is the Communications and Development Officer for Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC), one of the largest and busiest Rape Crisis Centres in England & Wales. She is a dedicated advocate for survivor-focused policy and practice and most recently developed a set of survivor-focused outcomes, now incorporated as core standards in tackling sexual violence across statutory and voluntary agencies in the West Midlands. Sarah is currently working on an audio project, recording, editing and digitally publishing survivor experiences in their own words for Rape Crisis England and Wales and is studying for a Masters in Woman and Child Abuse at the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit at London Metropolitan University.
With roles spanning the housing, charity an HEI sectors, Mark has been a specialist in the field of equality, diversity and inclusion for 10 years. Whilst at the Housing Corporation, Mark produced the national housing sector guidance for housing associations on the Equality Act (2010) and on responding to domestic violence. At Metropolitan, a national provider of housing and social care, he ensured they reached 5th in the Stonewall Top 100 index. Moving to a national children's charity, Mark launched their first ever diversity and inclusion strategy and established a new national charity sector E&D network. Mark joined the HEI sector in 2015 and has produced new outcome focussed strategic approaches to inclusion for both SOAS and the University of London. Mark was also responsible for producing the new SOAS guidance on preventing and responding to gender based violence.
Chris is the Award Leader for the Masters in Public Health and has developed strong links with domestic violence services within the local area in order to raise the profile of domestic violence as a public health issue both nationally and internationally.
Through her research, Chris brings specialist knowledge and experience in the area of domestic violence management and resources. She has carried out extensive research that focuses on organisational responses to domestic violence prevention and their impact upon policy development. Prior to this research, Chris conducted a number of evaluations of Perpetrator Programmes within the West Midlands area and has presented these findings both to local domestic violence organisations and at national conferences.
Chris has many years of experience in both teaching and researching the area of domestic violence. She has developed specific teaching modules focused on different aspects of violence within the post graduate portfolio within the Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing and has been instrumental in including aspects of child related domestic violence into programmes such as School Nursing and Health Visiting. She has actively encouraged students to focus on domestic violence as a public health issue for their post-graduate research studies.
Angela has conducted research on domestic and sexual violence and abuse over the last twelve years. Her key research interest has focused on improving the health and wellbeing of victims and survivors of gender-based violence through contributing to enhancement of provision of specialist support services.
Angela has extensive experience in research, consultation and evaluation of social policy and practice. Working in the area of social policy, health and social care improvement for over twelve years, she has completed consultation and development work for a range of statutory and community health and social care agencies.
Angela’s research methods expertise lies in in-depth interviews, focus groups, and participatory methods to provide insight to inform service improvement. She uses a range of methods tailored to client and service needs when researching with vulnerable and challenging children and adults (including photography and activity-based participatory techniques). The research of two of Angela’s current PhD students is focused on aspects of female genital mutilation.
Catherine Paxton joined the University of Oxford in January 2015 as Director of Student Welfare and Support Services, having previously worked as the Senior Tutor of one of Oxford's colleges. Before moving to the HE sector, Catherine was an NHS general manager.
Trudy leads a team of E and D advisors responsible for developing policies, procedures and guidance on equality and diversity issues as they affect staff and students; advising senior staff and University bodies on the diversity and equality implications of new legislation and policy; and working with administrative departments and colleges to support them in implementing effective E and D policies and practices. In particular, she has focused with colleagues on putting in place a framework of support for all those experiencing harassment at Oxford, including sexual violence, focusing on prevention, culture change, reporting and support for the individual.
Jennifer's role as the Women’s Officer at the University of Manchester Students’ Union involves ensuring women are represented within the Union and University and facilitating campaigning on women’s issues.
Dr Rachel Fenton is the project lead for The Intervention Initiative, a bystander intervention programme for the prevention of sexual and domestic violence in UK university settings, accompanied by a literature review, commissioned by Public Health England. Rachel has led the first controlled evaluation of The Intervention Initiative. Rachel has a long-standing research interest in violence against women, with many publications about sexual offences and issues relating to gender and the law. She is a co-editor of Gender, Sexualities and Law (Glasshouse 2011) and is currently writing a monograph entitled "Vulnerability, Violence Against Women and University Contexts" for Routledge.
Josh Nagli is the Campaigns Director of the Union of Jewish Students (UJS), which is the representative body for over 8,500 Jewish students studying in the UK and Ireland. Having last year served as Campaigns Officer at UJS, Josh supports Jewish students in ensuring that they are properly represented at their universities and unions and that they are safe to live Jewish lives on campus. He is a graduate of the University of Bristol, where he gained a BSc in Economics.
David Brown is the Executive Director of the Union of Jewish Students who represent over 8,500 Jewish students in the UK and Ireland.
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 is a member of the ROI Community, an occasional volunteer with Keshet UK, and a trustee of the Jewish Youth Fund.
David lives with his fiancé 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.
Jess Lishak is an accomplished campaigner, having organised the biggest Reclaim the Night in the country with over 3,500 people taking to the streets to march against street harassment, rape culture, victim blaming and sexual violence against women. She worked in partnership with the University of Manchester to run the ‘We Get It’ campaign, which started by focusing on zero tolerance to sexual harassment and which has widened to deal with all forms of harassment and discrimination. The campaign has led to the university increasing the number of harassment advisors, providing specialist training and developing a new online tool for students and staff to report harassment and discrimination. Jess is also a trained ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor) and is a prominent voice often calling for improved consent and healthy relationship education from a young age, and speaking out against violence against women and cuts to women's services and refuges. She is a member of both the Universities UK Taskforce and the subgroup overseeing the legal review of the 'Zellick report' and was on the review panel for Epigeum's 'Consent Matters' online course.
Laura leads the publishing strategy for new programmes, services and programme updates.
She is responsible for framing the publishing strategy for Epigeum’s range of programmes and services, scoping developments in Higher Education and online learning, and undertaking market research to identify opportunities for new programmes and products. She also shapes the approach and curriculum for new programmes and services, and seeking collaborations with leading experts in the field
Laura has over a decade of experience in academic publishing, and has worked with two of the leading global education publishers (Pearson and McGraw-Hill). She is experienced in researching new market opportunities and in commissioning print and digital content, with experience in online assessment and content systems as well as adaptive and personalised learning. Laura has extensive experience of leading publishing and content strategies across international markets.
David Richardson joined UEA in 1991, and has also held positions of Dean of Faculty of Science, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor before being appointed as Vice-Chancellor in 2014. He is also a Non-Executive Director of the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital (NNUH), Board member of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and Chair of the Norwich Research Partners LLP. His research group is active in the area of bacterial bioenergetics, and his work has shed important light on the mechanism of greenhouse gas production by bacteria and the molecular basis and function of bacterial nanowires.
Nicola leads Pinsent Masons' contentious universities team. She specialises in dealing with complex and sensitive matters relating to governance, regulation and students. This includes advising on the impact of new legislation, challenging adverse judgments by regulators and dealing with a variety of student cases including those involving allegations of unlawful discrimination, breach of contract, non-compliance with consumer law, sexual assault and fitness to practise.
She handles contractual disputes, fraud cases, defamation matters, judicial review proceedings and claims for breach of statutory obligations including obligations under the Human Rights Act 1998, Equalities Act 2010 and Data Protection Act 1998.
Professor Susan Lea is responsible for academic strategy including all aspects of quality, standards and enhancement. She joined the University of Greenwich in April 2015 from King's College London, where she served as Interim Vice-Principal (Education) and the Dean of Education in the Institute of Psychiatry, and Psychology & Neuroscience. Prior to this, she held a variety of senior management positions at the University of Plymouth. Originally, Susan trained as a community psychologist at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She went on to gain her PhD from Loughborough University. Susan is a National Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her research interests are in the field of social justice, and include sexual and domestic violence.