British Computer Society
5 Southampton St
Covent Garden, London WC2E 7HA
Why should you attend?
The safety and wellbeing of students is vital. If students do not feel safe, are being bullied, or experience online harassment this will affect their physical and mental health, their social life and their academic experience. This conference will help universities to address this by looking at:
This conference will be useful for all university staff who have responsibility for or play a part in the management of student and staff services and wellbeing.
Relevant job titles include:
Professor Debra Humphris, Vice-Chancellor, University of Brighton and Chair of the Universities UK Student Policy Network
Dr Carrie-Anne Myers, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, City, University of London
What is online harassment? How and why does it happen? Who does it affect? Why should universities care about it? In this morning keynote, Dr Carrie-Anne Myers will look to answer these questions and frame the issue of online harassment and how universities can understand and tackle it.
Emma Bond, Director of Research and Head of the Graduate School, University of Suffolk
Dr. Emma Short, Director of the National Centre for Cyberstalking Research, University of Bedfordshire
Dr Carrie-Anne Myers, Lecturer in Criminology, City, University of London
Katy Haigh, Policy Officer, Universities UK
This panel is comprised of several academics whose research has been integral to the development of the new UUK guidance on online harassment. It provides opportunity for attendees to question and explore the guidance directly with those who supported its development.
Julian Sladdin, Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP
Students often don’t understand that what they see as ‘banter’ or a prank online can actually have real legal and moral consequences. We are delighted to welcome Julian Sladdin who will be exploring the legal frameworks that students and institutions are accountable to.
Andy Phippen, Professor of Social Responsibility in IT, University of Plymouth
Eva Crossan-Jory, Vice-President (Welfare), National Union of Students
Holly Everett, Director of Education, Ditch the label
This panel will also include students who have experience online harassment to share their story.
This panel will explore the types of impacts students may face as victims and as perpetrators of online harassment, as well as exploring the impacts institutions themselves may face.
Emma Bond, Director of Research, University of Suffolk
Katie Tyrrell, Research Associate, University of Suffolk
Fay Harris, Head of Membership Services, Keele University Students' Union
Daniel Aldridge, Senior Policy and Programmes Manager, British Computer Society
Vinous Ali, Head of Policy, Skills (Skills, Innovation and Digital Strategies), techUK
Nelson Ody, Security Services Manager, Jisc
Casey Calista, Head of Tech and Digital, Lodestone
Melanie Oldham, Founder, Bob's Business
Technology can play an important role in providing supportive, therapeutic spaces for students in as much as it can foster exclusive and hateful spaces. Led by BCS, this panel will explore how technology can be utilised to improve user safety and how users can be better supported to increase their digital safety and resilience skills.
Sarah d'Ambrumenil, Head of the Office of Student Conduct, Complaints & Appeals, University of Cambridge
Online reporting and specifically, the opportunity to report anonymously, is understood to be a preferred means of reporting all types of harassment and hate crime among students. This panel will explore the pitfalls of anonymous reporting as well as the benefits in order to equip you with the information to provide the best reporting systems for your students.
Maithreyi Rajeshkumar, Policy and Communications Manager, Project deSHAME lead, Childnet International
We are delighted to welcome Maithreyi Rajeshkumar to speak about project deSHAME and Childnet more widely.
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Debra took up post as
Vice-Chancellor at the University of Brighton in December 2015. In 2017 she was
elected to chair the UUK Student Policy Network and was subsequently returned
in March 2018 to serve a further three years. In addition she chairs the UCEA Clinical Academic
Staff Advisory Group (CASAG) and is Treasurer to the University’s Alliance. In 2018 Debra was elected as a Fellow of Royal
College of Physicians
joined University of Brighton from Imperial College in London, where she held
the position of Vice-Provost (Education) between 2012 and 2015. On leaving the
College she was made a lifetime member of the Imperial College Union of
openly LGBT senior leader in higher education and is passionate about equality
Carrie is the Undergraduate Programme Director for the Department of Sociology at City, University of London and a Senior Lecturer in Criminology. She has extensive research experience in a number of key areas including: Youth Crime, School Violence and Bullying, Cyberbullying Across the Educational Lifespan and Victimisation Processes. Her research on Cyberbullying at University considers the intersections between Criminological and Psychological theory, gaps in policy and the legal boundaries that need to be acknowledged with this particular age group (those over 18). Her research has attracted both national and international acclaim and has fed into policy initiatives globally. She is currently working with Universities UK to develop guidance on addressing online harassment and cyberbullying and her most recent publications are being used as part of the Prevent Cyberbullying in HE initiative in Australia.
Professor Emma Bond is Director of Research, Head of the Graduate School and Professor of Socio-Technical Research at the University of Suffolk. She has extensive research experience focusing on online risk and vulnerable groups, especially in relation to domestic abuse, revenge pornography, sexual abuse and image-based abuse. Emma has 17 years teaching experience and social science undergraduate and post-graduate courses and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her research on virtual environments, mobile technologies and risk has attracted much national and international acclaim and she has been interviewed for BBC Breakfast, ITV, The Today Programme on Radio 4, Channel 4’s Sex Education Show and for various national media channels in the UK, America and Canada.
Emma is a Chartered Psychologist and Director of the National Centre for Cyberstalking Research (NCCR), University of Bedfordshire. Emma led the Electronic Communications Harassment Observation project (2009-2012), one of the first to clearly define the cyberstalking relationship to mental health and the measurable impact caused by this form of abuse. She was the academic project lead for a HO funded project, developing a technological platform to manage cases of cyber abuse, which successfully concluded in March 2018. Emma’s current projects include the experience of victimisation and investigation in cases of image-based abuse and responses to online harassment and hate crime. Emma is working with Universities UK to develop guidance on addressing online harassment and cyberbullying.
Katy is a Policy Officer at
Universities UK. She works in the programme of activities to prevent and
respond to harassment, hate crime and gender-based violence. Katy has led the
work investigating the nature, scope and impact of online harassment on
students in higher education: developing guidance to better equip the sector to
prevent and respond to this issue.
Katy also works within a
number of other programmes at Universities UK such as Health and Skills.
Before joining Universities
UK, Katy worked as a sabbatical trustee at the University of Oxford Students'
Union, representing the needs and interests of the institution's women
Julian is a Partner in Pinsent Masons and heads up the firm's universities disputes practice. He has advised universities in relation to risk and reputation management issues for over 17 years. Legal 500 refers to Julian as a "tremendous lawyer with exceptional versatility". He has consistently been awarded Acritas Star Lawyer status. Julian's present work is focused on student safeguarding issues, including harassment, discrimination and mental health and freedom of speech and expression. Julian regularly advises universities about updating their student disciplinary procedures and managing disciplinary cases in line with the 2016 Pinsent Masons and UUK updated guidance on serious misconduct cases.
Professor Andy Phippen is a Professor of social responsibility in Information Technology at the University of Plymouth and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Suffolk. He has specialised in the use of ICTs in social contexts for over 15 years, carrying out a large amount of grass roots research on issues such as attitudes toward privacy and data protection, internet safety and contemporary issues such as sexting, peer abuse and the impact of digital technology on wellbeing. He has presented written and oral evidence to parliamentary inquiries related to the use of ICTs in society, is widely published in the area and is a frequent media commentator on these issues.
Katie is a Research Associate at the University of Suffolk and a member of the Suffolk Institute of Social and Economic Research (SISER). Since joining the University, Katie has worked alongside local, national and international organisations to investigate the impact of interventions, programmes and service delivery upon the welfare and wellbeing of people across the lifespan using both qualitative and quantitative methods. She also has research experience investigating online risk and vulnerable groups, especially in relation to image-based sexual abuse. She is currently undertaking a PhD investigating student online relationships in higher education.
Fay works as the Head of Membership Services at Keele Students' Union. She is responsible for Advice & Support at Keele. A member of the senior leadership team at KeeleSU, it is Fay's responsibility to lead the strategic and operational development of Keele SU through the effective management of Membership Services. Fay has recently been interim CEO at KeeleSU. Fay is a past member of NASMA and is a qualified Mental Health First Aid instructor. Fay sits on a number of university committees and is currently working on a number of projects, including working with the advice service manager to propose changes in processes to deal with exceptional circumstances. Previous research projects led by Fay have also included student finance, debt and loan sharks and a research project investigating the experience of international students at Keele University and more recently, on tackling hate crime and online harassment. Fay co-authored 'Investigation of International Students' Perception of 'Community' in a British Higher Education Institute'. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice Vol 3, No 3 2015 and is aiming to publish research recently undertaken on hate crime.
Holly is Head of Education at Ditch the Label, one of the world’s largest anti-bullying charities. Their mission is to combat bullying by tackling the root issues. Each month, thousands of young people aged 12-25 benefit from their online resources and digital one-to-one support. Holly’s role involves creating and developing empowering teaching resources which give schools and students the tools and confidence to tackle the root causes of bullying. Before Ditch the Label, Holly worked as a secondary school teacher. She has a First Class Honours degree from the University of Birmingham and a PGCE from the University of Oxford.
Daniel works for the British Computer Society (BCS) – The Chartered Institute for IT as Senior Policy Manager. Dan’s work prioritises three broad areas: ethical data governance, diversity and inclusion and public digital literacy within the overarching ethos of ‘making IT good for society’.
Prior to BCS, Dan worked for the Office for Students and HEFCE overseeing the delivery of their student safeguarding projects and since taking up his position at BCS, has ensured that mitigating online harms and ethical and inclusive conduct is a priority for the BCS. Dan originally studied Psychology at the University of Exeter and is a member of the Chartered Institute for IT and Association of Project Managers.
Vinous is Head of Policy at techUK working to develop and deliver policies to make the UK the best place to start, scale and base tech businesses alongside working on wider issues around the digital strategy, skills, data ethics and the future of work.
Prior to joining techUK Vinous worked as Adviser on Home Affairs and Justice in the UK Parliament and previously in European Union delegations in Morocco and Thailand where she worked on issues such as Human Rights and Democratisation.
She is currently undertaking a Policy Fellowship at the Centre for Science and Policy at Cambridge University.
The three pillars of security at Jisc are; Protect the network, Protect our members and Help our members protect themselves. As the Security Service Manager, I am deeply involved in all three aspects.
The team and I research, design, implement and run services and frameworks from National and International level projects down to small single site providers. My mission is simple: make the UK the safest place to study and teach!