Taskforce to examine violence against women, harassment and hate crime: Report on the national seminar to inform the Taskforce’s work

We hosted a national day-long seminar to inform the work of its Taskforce to examine violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students.

The seminar was held in London and was attended by more than 80 delegates and speakers including representatives from more than 40 universities, students’ union staff and representatives from a range of organisations including those that provide specialist support to survivors of sexual violence.

Summary of the seminar and key discussions

This report summarises each of the sessions including the key points from each speaker:

  • Session 1: Scene setting, political setting, institutional setting, evidence base, legal context 
  • Session 2: Case-studies - sector examples of good practice 
  • Session 3: Harassment taskforce: emerging themes feedback to sector
  • Session 4: Roundtable session to gather sector input 

Next steps

  • The next meeting of the Taskforce is on 10 June 2016. A further progress report will be published on the UUK website soon after.
  • The final meeting of the Taskforce is in September 2016.
  • The Taskforce will publish a report and recommendations in autumn 2016.
  • Universities UK will be convening a national conference in London on 3 November 2016. Details will be published on the our website. ​

Katy Haigh

Policy Researcher
Universities UK

Daniel Hurley

Dan Hurley

Policy Manager
Universities UK

Fiona Waye

Fiona Waye

Policy Manager
Universities UK


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