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Tackling online harassment

17 Jun 2019, 09:30 - 17:00
British Computer Society
5 Southampton St
Covent Garden, London WC2E 7HA

​Overview

Social media and the internet have become inescapable parts of our society. The internet allows us to communicate and share information with millions of people across the world, however sometimes this comes at a cost. This was acknowledged by UUK's Taskforce to address harassment in their Changing the Culture report

This report highlights the growing problem of online harassment and the inherent complexity of managing this now that students use social media extensively in everyday life. This was echoed in evidence to the Taskforce from the NUS and wider stakeholders including Jisc and Tell MAMA, all of whom highlighted that social media is becoming a more prominent vehicle for harassment and hate crime.

To this end, we are hosting the Tackling Online Harassment conference, to help you put in place the strategies and practical solutions you need to fight this pernicious issue.

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 exploring new guidance from UUK which looks at:

• Strategies to prevent and respond to online harassment

The impact online harassment has on students

The legal implications for both institutions and students

• The technical and pastoral solutions you can implement

• What universities are doing to tackle online harassment.

Confirmed speakers include:

Eva Crossan-Jory, Vice-President: Welfare, NUS
Dr Carrie-Anne Myers, Lecturer in Criminology, City University
Emma Bond, Director of Research and Head of the Graduate School, University of Suffolk
Holly Everett, Head of Education, Ditch the Label
Emma Short, Reader in Cyber Psychology, University Bedfordshire
Sarah d'Ambrumenil, Head of the Office, Office of Student Conduct, Complaints & Appeals, University of Cambridge
Andy Phippen, Professor of Social Responsibility in IT, Plymouth University.

Who should attend?

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:

  • Director/Head of Student Services
  • Director/Head of Human Resources
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer/Manager
  • Head of Student Conduct and Appeals
  • Director/Head of Student Support and Wellbeing
  • Community Liaison Managers/ Community Engagement
  • Head of Student Counselling
  • Head of Student Welfare/Student Welfare Officer
  • Safeguarding Leads
We have a range of sponsorship opportunities available at this event. Please contact Esther Dudley, Head of Events and Engagement for information, tel: 020 7419 5412; email: esther.dudley@universitiesuk.ac.uk.

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Sanaa Busaidy-Hubert

Sanaa Busaidy-Hubert

Events Producer
Universities UK

Esther Dudley

Head of Events and Engagement
Universities UK

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