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Tackling Rape, Sexual Assault and Harassment at Universities and Colleges

Strand Palace Hotel Wednesday 11th January 2017

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KEY SPEAKERS:

 

Audrey Sebatindira
Women's Officer
Cambridge University Students' Union

Claire Thompson
Head of Student Welfare
University of Nottingham

Anna Dodridge
Student Advice Manager
King's College London Students' Union

Dr Mary Cobbett-Ondiek
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
University of York

Nikolas Kirby
Departmental Lecturer in Philosophy and Public Policy
University of Oxford and Co-founder - Good Lad Workshop

Dr. Vanita Sundaram
Senior Lecturer in Education
University of York

Laura Gibbs
Chief Operating Officer
Queen Mary University of London

Kim Doyle
Joint) Chief Executive
LimeCulture CIC

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A survey conducted by the National Union of Students (NUS) in September 2014 revealed that from a total of 2,156 respondents, 37% of women and 12% of men had faced unwelcome sexual advances. Worryingly, according to the survey, 60% of respondents said they were unaware of any codes of conduct implemented by their university or students’ union that tackle sexual comments, unwelcomed sexual advances and verbal harassment.

An earlier survey (NUS Hidden Marks, 2010) had revealed that the majority of perpetrators of stalking and sexual assault were students, most of whom were studying at the same institution as the respondent.

Yet the NUS Lad Culture Audit Report, published in 2015, found that just over half of institutions (51%) had a formal policy on sexual harassment, whereas complaints and disciplinary procedures were largely inappropriate and unsuitable for victims of sexual harassment and assault.

Responding to the need for further action, in 2014 Cambridge University made it obligatory for new students to attend “sexual consent classes”. In September 2016 Oxford University also implemented compulsory consent classes, while other universities across the country have introduced similar courses on an optional basis.

Following a request from then Business Secretary Sajid Javid, in November 2015 Universities UK established a taskforce to examine violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students. On 20 October 2016, the taskforce published its final report which is making a series of recommendations on addressing these issues through effective prevention and response. The report concluded that partnership working is fundamental and an effective response should include the police, community leaders and specialist services.

The taskforce also decided to review the Zellick Report, the 22 year-old university guidance on managing situations where a student’s behaviour might constitute a criminal offence. The Zellick guidance has been long criticised for being at odds with recent equalities and human rights legislation. Following the review, the taskforce drafted the new guidelines, which were published alongside the final report. These guidelines relate to all types of student misconduct which may constitute a criminal offence and provides some specific recommendations in relation to sexual misconduct.

More timely than ever, this symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for universities and FE colleges, practitioners from across the police, social and health services to come together and develop new strategies to tackle sexual assault, harassment at universities and colleges.

Delegates will:


For further details about the symposium, please refer to the enclosed event brochure. Do feel free to circulate this information to relevant colleagues within your organisation. 

In the meantime, to ensure your organisation is represented, please book online or complete and return the attached registration form at your earliest convenience in order to secure your delegate place(s).


Kind regards,

Conference Team
Public Policy Exchange
Tel: 020 3137 8630
Fax: 020 3137 1459