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Universities UK is committed to tackling all forms of harassment at universities. Following two autumn seminars on Tackling racial harassment and Managing staff to student misconduct at universities, we will be running our annual Tackling violence, harassment and hate crime at universities conference.
This highly-regarded national conference will explore what progress has been made in the sector since the release of the Equality and Human Rights Commission review into racial harassment in October 2019, as well as other topics such as addressing online harassment, and how to tackle LGBT hate crime affecting students and staff.
Why should you attend?
Universities are uniquely positioned to drive cultural change to help combat the pernicious problem of harassment and violence in our society. This conference will focus on providing practical guidance to support you in developing your strategies, policies and processes on these topics. We will share the most recent best practice in tackling sexual and racial harassment, as well as findings from the UUK staff to student sexual misconduct advisory group.
Our expert speakers will include a keynote address from Professor Julia Buckingham CBE, President of Universities UK, and Vice-Chancellor and President of Brunel University, London.
This conference is open to all with an interest in the topic, but will be particularly useful for all university staff who have responsibility for or play a part in the management of student and staff services and wellbeing.
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Professor Cara Aitchison, President and Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Professor Julia Buckingham, President, Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor, Brunel University London
An update on progress made since October's EHRC report into racial harassment in higher education, exploring how the sector can come together to tackle the issue. This will be followed by a panel discussion with speakers reflecting on both the staff and student perspective.
Professor David Richardson, Vice-Chancellor, University of East Anglia
Fope Olaleye, Black Students' Officer, NUS
Sandra Kerr, Race Equality Director, Business
in the Community
Kim Doyle, Chief Executive, LimeCulture
This session will provide an introduction to the
sexual misconduct risk and needs assessment tool published in
December 2019, and an opportunity to discuss approaches to implementation
of a risk management model in universities.
Risk and need identification and management are an essential part of any
university’s response to reports of sexual misconduct. Effective support
from the university should be based on an awareness of their student or staff
member’s overall needs as well as an awareness of the degree of risk that
they may face or present to themselves and / or others.
Ammara Khan, Head of Race Equality Charter, AdvanceHE
Dr Joanna Jasiewicz, Equality
and Diversity Consultant, University of Cambridge
Nicola Ratcliffe, Head of HR (Strategy & Policy), Keele
Dr Stephanie McKendry, Head of Access, Equality and Inclusion, University of Strathclyde
PC Becky Hurrell, Police
Association Higher Education Liaison Officer, University of Leeds
We will hear quick-fire keynotes on emerging issues or challenges institutions have overcome, as well as updates from sector-wide organisations. Delegates will then split into groups and select one topic to discuss in more detail.
Emma Douthwaite, Safeguarding and Welfare Manager, Office for StudentsAmy Norton, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Office for Students
The quick-fire keynote will focus on providing a short summary of the proposals included in our current consultation on harassment and sexual misconduct in higher education, including the themes set out in our statement of expectations and our proposed regulatory approach.
The breakout session will include more detailed discussion into the statement of expectations and our proposed approach to regulation in this area. With the group, we will explore in more detail specific elements of the statement of expectations and seek to understand how institutions may implement these in practice.
Fiona Drouet, Founder and CEO, The EmilyTest
Fiona will talk us through her daughter Emily's experience of abuse whilst studying at University. She will outline what their charity, EmilyTest has been doing to ensure positive intervention and prevention of gender based violence across campuses in Scotland and beyond.
Dr Fiona O'Rourke, Research Associate, University of Liverpool
Dr Craig Haslop, Senior Lecturer in Media, University of Liverpool
Craig and Fiona will present findings from the #Speakout project, which aimed to understand the scale and forms of online harassment amongst students at the University of Liverpool and develop context specific interventions to tackle these practices.They will share their student-led approach to the interventions and the subsequent evaluation results, which suggest their approach helped to improve willingness to report all forms of online harassment. In the workshop, they will invite further questions about their approach and ask participants to share their learnings and best practice around raising awareness of online harassment, tackling online sexual harassment specifically and improving willingness to report.
Professor Cara Aitchison, President and Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff Metropolitan University
UUK is currently working on bringing out guidance for institutions to handle cases of staff to student sexual misconduct. This session will explore key recommendations and best practic around the subject.
Professor Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Sussex
Further speakers to be announced
This session will look at the whole university approach to tackling violence, harassment and hate incidents.
Professor Cara Aitchison is Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Geography and Cultural Economy at Cardiff Metropolitan University, having been Vice-Chancellor of Plymouth Marjon University from 2013-2016. She was previously Head of Moray House School of Education and Chair in Social and Environmental Justice at Edinburgh University, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Sport at the University of Bedfordshire, and Professor in Human Geography at Bristol UWE.
Cara is Chair of Universities UK's Staff Student Sexual Misconduct Advisory Group and a Council Member of the Academy of Social Sciences, CBI Cymru/Wales and Cardiff Capital Region Economic Growth Partnership.
Professor Buckingham has been Vice-Chancellor of Brunel since 2012 following a number of senior leadership positions at Imperial College London and Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School. She has been an active member of UUK, supporting policy developments and using her experience of working with research funders, professional bodies, industry, NHS, the government and various national and international organisations to represent the sector at select committees and political meetings. Professor Buckingham was first elected to the Board of UUK in 2014 and was elected Treasurer in 2016.
Throughout her career Julia has combined research and education with supporting the broader aspects of academic life through work with the research councils, medical charities and learned societies. She has published widely in her field, served on numerous national and international review panels and received a number of prestigious awards and honours for her work; she was awarded a CBE in 2018 for services to Biology and Education and elected to a Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2019.
She is currently a Director of Imperial College Health Partners and of the National Centre for Universities and Business, Chair of The Concordat Strategy Group, supporting the career development of researchers, and Chair of the Athena SWAN Review Steering Group.
David Richardson is the Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Bacterial Biochemistry at the University of East Anglia (UEA) on the Norwich Research Park. He joined UEA in 1991, and held positions of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor before being appointed as Vice-Chancellor in 2014. He is President of the Aurora Network of Universities and a Non-Executive Director of the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Board. He was a member of the UUK Taskforce that authored the 'Changing the Culture' report that provided recommendations for a whole institution approach to tackling violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students and has led on the implementation of this in partnership with students at UEA.
Emma Kosmin is Head of Public Sector Memberships at Stonewall, Europe's largest lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) charity. Emma leads Stonewall's Public and Third Sector Memberships team, delivering their Diversity Champions programme to over 400 of the UK's leading public sector employers. Emma and her team work closely with these organisations to create inclusive and accepting workplace environments, in which LGBT staff are accepted without exception. Emma was previously Index and Benchmarking Manager at Stonewall, project managing the Workplace Equality Index; the UK's leading benchmarking tool for LGBT inclusive workplaces.
Kim qualified as a barrister and joined the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in the UK in April 1986. Throughout her 24-year career in the CPS she worked tirelessly to improve the standard of rape and child abuse investigations and prosecutions. Kim was responsible for the creation of specialist Rape Prosecution teams in CPS (RASSOs), was one of the authors of 'Without Consent'; a thematic review of the investigation and prosecution of rape published in 2007 and was instrumental in the development of a specialist children service at St Mary's SARC.
Kim established LimeCulture in 2011 as an organisation dedicated to professionalising the response to sexual violence. In 2015 she co-authored Chapter 5 of Changing the Culture which focused on university wide responses to sexual misconduct and then developed the role of the Sexual Violence Liaison Officer, now adopted in over 40 universities.
Joanna Jasiewicz works as an Equality and Diversity Consultant at the University of Cambridge and is a sociologist by background. Joanna specialises in the area of race and racism, and is particularly interested in institutional change, normalising discourse about race and racism, and the impact of white privilege and white fragility.
Emma is the Safeguarding and Welfare Manager at the Office for Students, a position she's held since January 2019. Emma oversees the OfS's work in a range of policy areas including mental health and hate crime, harassment and sexual misconduct with the aim of supporting students to thrive in a safe, healthy and inclusive higher education sector. Emma is leading the OfS's current consultation on harassment and sexual misconduct in higher education.
Emma's background is in access and participation having joined the OfS from the Office for Fair Access where she led on the development and implementation of OFFA's access agreement and monitoring regulatory functions. In the first year of the OfS, Emma played a lead role in the development of the OfS' provider-level regulation role in access and participation.
Amy Norton is Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the Office for Students (formerly the Higher Education Funding Council for England). As well as overseeing the implementation of OfS's Public Sector Equality Duty objectives and action plan, Amy leads on work to tackle sexual harassment, violence and hate crime affecting students and OfS's work to enhance support for students experiencing mental health difficulties. She works within the Directorate for Fair Access and Participation, aiming to identify and promote effective practice in E,D&I in the context of the new higher education regulatory framework. Outside of work, Amy is a Trustee Board member of Gloucestershire Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre.
Fiona Drouet is the mother of Emily Drouet. At only 18 years old, Emily took her own life after being subjected to a relentless campaign of physical, psychological and sexual abuse by a fellow student while living in University Halls. After discovering Emily had approached University staff visibly injured yet returned to her room alone, Fiona and her family have been successfully campaigning for policy & procedural reviews, staff training, support pathways, data collection & various other initiatives. Now a registered Scottish charity, working closely with the Scottish government, Universities, Colleges, Police Scotland and the third sector, EmilyTest has been and continues to be instrumental in reshaping further and higher education's response to violence against women.
Dr Haslop's research explores the relationship between gender, sexuality and the media. He is Principal Investigator for two funded research projects, which both explore issues relating to masculinities and forms of online harassment.