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Tackling violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students


Welcome and opening remarks

Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive, Universities UK​


​Minister’s address

Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science (INVITED)


Engaging senior leadership

Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool


Taking an institution-wide approach: recommendations from the taskforce

Maria Lorenzini, Director of Student Experience, Bangor University and Executive Member, Association of Managers of Student Services in Higher Education (AMOSSHE)


Students as agents of change - engaging effectively with your student body

Hareem Ghani, Women’s Officer, National Union of Students (NUS)




Refreshments and networking



University Challenge: developing a sexual violence strategy

Sarah Learmonth, Communications and Development Officer, Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, Dr Jane Osmond, Research Fellow, Coventry University and Caron McKenna, Advice Centre Manager, Coventry University Students’ Union

This workshop will present the outcomes of a recent collaborative study into Coventry University’s existing approach to supporting students who have experienced incidents of sexual violence. In particular, the focus will be on presenting the development of an online disclosure training module for staff, which Universities will be able to purchase – a key feature of which is a bespoke referral pathway document for all staff. Following this, the workshop will then work with participants to develop the beginnings of their own sexual violence strategy.  


Going beyond Zellick - the motivation, practicalities and the lessons learned   

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.


Institutional culture versus individual experience: Challenging institutional barriers in order to develop a policy that is fit for purpose

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.

How can we use technology to tackle and respond effectively to sexual violence, harassment and hate crime?

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.

Implementing The Intervention Initiative

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.

​Promoting change within the student community: an online approach to preventing sexual violence



Lunch and networking



Above list will be divided either side of lunch


​Refreshments and networking


Afternoon Chair's welcome

Professor David Richardson, Vice-Chancellor, University of East Anglia​


​​​A review of the Zellick guidelines

Nicola Bradfield, Senior Associate, Pinsent Masons LLP


​How to implement a successful institution-wide approach

Professor Susan Lea, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of Greenwich​


​Facilitated discussion

How can I implement an institution-wide approach in my university?
What can be learnt from the experience of fellow delegates?


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