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We will explore the legal and policy context, along with the design of policies, why we need to look at institutional cultures to drive change; and initiatives already in place to tackle this form of harassment.
The input from the conference will be used to feed into UUK's new guidance to support universities to create a whole institution approach to tackling staff to student sexual misconduct due Spring 2020.
This conference will be useful for all university staff who have responsibility for or play a part in conducting inquiries and investigations. This conference is open to all with an interest in this topic, however particularly relevant job titles include:
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Margaret Ayers, Director of Human Resources & Organisational Development, Canterbury Christ Church University, and member of the UUK Staff to Student Sexual Misconduct Advisory Group
Rachel Watters, Women Students' Officer, NUS
Chris Mordue, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland
Siân Jones-Davies, Senior Associate, Eversheds Sutherland
Kelsey Paske, Behaviour and Culture Change Manager, UCL
Lorren Rea, Head of Employment Policy, UCL
Richard Peachey, Head of Business Development, CMP
Will Fitzmaurice, Assistant Director (Student Registry), University of Greenwich
Naina Patel, Director of Human Resources, University of the Arts, London
Mick Confrey, COO, Intersol Global
Fiona Waye, Policy Manager, Universities UK
Roshan Israni, Deputy Chief Executive, Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA)
This session will introduce the four pillars of the staff-to-student misconduct guidance which UUK is currently developing. Following the introduction of each pillar, there will be an opportunity for delegates to work in small groups to feed in their perspectives, questions and challenges. The outputs from this session will assist in the development of the UUK guidance.
Dr Tiffany Page, Co-founder, The 1752 Group and Lecturer in Sociology, University of Cambridge
Dr Helen Mott, Independent Consultant, and member of the UUK 'Changing the culture' taskforce
Margaret has been a Human Resources professional for more than 20 years. She began her HR career in the retail sector and have worked as an HR Director at four universities: Christ Church, Edinburgh, Kent and Queen Mary University of London. Her main accomplishment in these roles has been in creating meaningful people strategies that support the organisation and the people who work in it.
Margaret has a very broad appreciation of HR, from people development and organisational development to employment law (which she studied for a postgraduate diploma) and reward. Margaret used to teach Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development students reward and employment resourcing at a local college. She is also interested in how the whole organisation works, so she enjoys being part of SMT and working beyond the HR function.
Rachel Watters is the current Women Students' Officer at the National Union of Students and a former Women's Officer of NUS-USI (the student movement in Northern Ireland). The NUS Women's Campaign has led the fight against sexual violence and harassment in UK Higher Education, collaborating with the 1752 Group to publish 'Power in the Academy: staff misconduct in UK higher education' in 2018. The most recent Women's Campaign publication is the June 2019 'Sexual Violence in Further Education' report. In her role, Rachel works with student activists, students' union officers and sector experts to remove barriers to support and justice for student survivors, and for institutions to be held accountable for failing to keep students safe.
Siân Jones-Davies is a Senior Associate in the Eversheds Sutherland Education Sector team, providing legal and strategic advice to universities on student-related issues including the student contract/consumer law, student complaints and court claims, conduct and discipline, fitness to practise, mental health and duty of care, and sexual misconduct. She also advises on student regulations and their lawful implementation, and regularly delivers in-house training and speaks at national conferences.
Siân contributed to Student Mental Health & Wellbeing in Higher Education A Practical Guide (Barden & Caleb) and the Good Practice Guide Student Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education (Universities UK and MWBHE).
I work in the Equalities team at UCL as the Behaviour and Culture Change Manager. My background has focus on gender equality, gender-based violence and international human rights law. I have worked within higher education and charities in the UK and Australia. My approach to behaviour and culture change is centred on holistic primary prevention and I am committed to furthering best-practice in the sector. My role at UCL is to develop a strategic approach to effective redress and prevention of bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct affecting members of our community.
Lorren Rea heads up the Employment Policy team at UCL and has the unenviable task of trying to juggle the opinions and priorities of 13,000 staff who are all consulted on HR policies. Lorren hopes the higher education sector will be a beacon in changing the culture around sexual misconduct and hopes that our influence will assist other sectors. Lorren has worked in Higher Education HR for 16 years, across three institutions, and prior to the education sector worked in retail, charities, leisure and investment.
Richard has been at the sharp end of employee relations for 15 years, being involved in protected conversations, mergers, TUPE, redundancies, disciplinary investigations, and mediations.
He is a trained workplace investigator and mediator, and he uses these interpersonal soft skills to support organisations to develop a culture where staff and students, feel empowered to challenge the status quo, harness difference, be more engaged and more productive, without the fear of reprisal or conflict.
He has been in his role at CMP for five years, which currently involves working closely with clients to enable them to fully understand their needs and provide robust and fair solutions to them.
Richard is a committee member for the Healthcare People Managers Association, and regularly works with the Office of Independent Adjudicator (OIA), UHR and UUK. Richard was a founding member of Mediation Awareness Group, the UK wide group for promoting all forms of mediation, founded in 2016, and supports the Civil Mediation Council, The College of Mediators and Hive: The Society of Mediators.
Will Fitzmaurice started his career in Higher Education in 2004, and over the past 15 years has worked in roles at UCL, University of London, King's College London and the University of Greenwich. Will's roles have included responsibility for student support and administration, quality assurance, marketing and student recruitment, technology enhanced learning, and timetabling. In his current role at Greenwich, Will leads on policies for students and student casework, alongside admissions, student records, timetabling, international compliance and advice – and academic registry. Recent projects at Greenwich have included a review of the academic calendar, the centralising of admissions decision-making, and a major relaunch of the academic regulations.
Naina is the Human Resources Director at the University of the Arts London.
Naina has over 20 years experience of working in the higher education sector, prior to which she worked in the NHS. She joined the University in January 2015 and is a member of the Executive Board.
Naina has a social sciences degree, is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a trained coach. She has held governor roles at primary and secondary schools, and at a further education college. She plays an active role in the sector and is currently a member of the Universities Human Resources executive committee, Chair of the M25 HR Directors Group and on the Employers Pension Forum. Naina has been involved in joint gender pay and race working groups in the sector, and is currently a member of the UUK Advisory Group on tackling racial harassment.
Mick Confrey is a leading subject matter specialist in investigation and investigative interviewing.
Mick featured as the investigative interview adviser on the highly acclaimed BBC/Open University forensic psychology documentary series 'Eyewitness'.
Mick has close links to a number of universities and is committed to the delivery of high-quality training and investigation.
Mick designed the UK's first vocational qualifications in investigative interviewing – Level 3 Award in Dealing with Difficult Conversations (RQF) and Level 3 Certificate in Investigative Interviewing (RQF)
Mick holds a PGC in Forensic Psychology and is the co author of The Psychology of Criminal Investigation.