Student Safeguarding and Wellbeing: Preventing Harassment, Bullying and Hate Crime on Campus

Date:     Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Time:     9:30am - 4:00pm

Venue:  Broadway House, Westminster

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Incidents of harassment, sexual violence and hate crime have increased markedly on university and college campuses in recent years. The frequency and gravity of this abuse is alarming and according to a 2018 poll by Revolt Sexual Assault and The Student Room, of the current university students and recent graduates surveyed, 62% had experienced sexual assault during their studies. Furthermore, a recent NUS research study found that one in seven further education college students reported being raped or subjected to an attempted rape. These incidents however are not just limited to sexual violence - the national increase of 17% in hate crimes is also echoed within the educator sector across England and Wales.

To address these serious and challenging issues, the Office for Students has invested £4.7m over three years in 119 Catalyst Fund projects as it strives to take forward many of the zero-tolerance prevention, reporting and response recommendations put forward in Universities UK’s Changing the Culture report published in 2016. These funding packages aim to establish ‘what works’ in disrupting sexual harassment, bullying and hate crime as well as seeking to support effective local practice, raise awareness and identify new ways to strengthen student safeguarding.

In June 2019, Advance HE released an updated evaluation report examining the progress-to-date of the Catalyst Fund, which concluded that while substantial progress is being made, education providers needed to do much more to protect student safety and wellbeing in the areas of staffing, leadership and resources.

This special Policy Foresight symposium offers a timely opportunity to examine the findings from the latest Advance HE report into the Catalyst Fund projects and learn from themes and good practice emerging from them. The symposium will examine how to establish more proactive early intervention frameworks, strengthen victim-centred reporting and disciplinary procedures and explore how the HE/FE sector can embed a wider culture change through better joined-up working so that every student is able to study in an environment which is safe, healthy and inclusive.

Resource - Office for Students: Student safety and wellbeing

Resource - CHANGING THE CULTURE: Report of the Universities UK Taskforce

Latest News - 12 June 2019: Catalyst for change: Protecting students from hate crime, sexual violence and online harassment in higher education


Registration and Morning Refreshments


Chair's Welcome and Opening Remarks


Morning Panel Session:
Zero-Tolerance on Sexual Harassment, Bullying and Hate Crime – Listening, Learning and Raising Awareness

  • The national context – Understanding the nature and scale of the problem in universities and colleges
  • Evaluation of the Office for Students Catalyst Fund projects – Analysing the lessons learned from implementing effective safeguarding strategies
  • Promoting positive behaviours – Engaging more effectively with students and the wider community to promote sustainable culture change and enhance prevention
  • Upskilling staff and utilising data to better identify, intervene and support students in incidents of harassment and hate crime
  • Tackling barriers to reporting and ensuring support services work with under-represented groups within the student population at risk from harassment, bullying and hate crime

  • 11:30am

    Morning Refreshments


    Discussion Groups


    Question Time: Morning Panel Debate


    Networking Lunch


    Afternoon Panel Session:
    Towards A Harassment-Free and Hate-Free Campus Life – Embedding a Joined-Up Institution-Wide Approach to Culture Change

  • Implementing an institution-wide approach to disrupt hate crime, sexual violence and harassment
  • Strengthening partnership working between Higher Education Providers, Student Unions, the Police, NHS, SARCs, Counselling Services, the Voluntary Sector and Community Organisations
  • Widening access and integrating support across a student’s learning, community and living environments
  • Improving university and college disciplinary procedures to prioritise victim experience and safety
  • Securing more robust support from university leadership for institutional change to transform existing safeguarding structures

  • 2:30pm

    Afternoon Refreshments


    Discussion Groups


    Question Time: Afternoon Panel Debate


    Chair’s Summary and Closing Comments


    Networking Reception


    Andy Shenstone, Director of Business Development and Delivery, AdvanceHE

    Universities UK

    Fiona Waye, Senior Policy Lead - Inclusion, Equality and Diversity, Universities UK


    Rachel Hewitt, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Higher Education Policy Institute


    Elizabeth Bowles, Head of Inquiries, Equality and Human Rights Commission

    University of Exeter

    Professor Janice Kay CBE, Provost, University of Exeter; Former Member, Taskforce on Violence against Women, Harassment and Hate Crime, Universities UK


    Kelsey Paske, Behavioural Change Lead; Member, Preventing Sexual Misconduct Strategy Group, UCL


    Rachel Watters, Women Students’ Officer, National Union of Students

    West Yorkshire PoliceUniversity of Leeds

    Rebecca Hurrell, Higher Education Police Officer for the University of Leeds, West Yorkshire Police

    Goldsmiths, University of London

    Pewist Osman, Head of Student Support Services, Goldsmiths, University of London

    • Representatives from all Universities & Colleges
    • Deputy Vice-Chancellors
    • University & College Administrators
    • Directors of Student Services
    • Deputy Heads of Student Services
    • Student Service Managers
    • Heads of Student Support
    • Heads of Student Engagement
    • Heads of Student Experience
    • Heads of Student Welfare
    • Welfare Officers & Advisors
    • Heads of Safeguarding
    • Safeguarding Officers & Advisers
    • Safeguarding Managers
    • Accommodation Services Officer
    • Directors of Human Resources
    • Deputy Heads of Human Resources
    • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Managers
    • Head of Student Conduct & Appeals
    • Head of Student Support & Wellbeing
    • Community Liaison Managers
    • Heads of Community Engagement
    • Community Engagement Officers
    • Directors of Student Counselling
    • Student Support Coordinators
    • Heads of Student Wellbeing
    • Student Wellbeing Managers
    • Heads of Security
    • Campus Security Officers
    • Campus Health Professionals
    • Equality & Diversity Practitioners
    • Student Union Officers & Advisers
    • Chaplains & Faith Leaders
    • Disability Advisers
    • Senior Lecturers
    • Head of Legal Services
    • Head of Campus & Operational Services
    • Halls of Residents Managers
    • Police
    • NHS Trusts
    • Local Authorities
    • Government Departments
    • Community Organisations
    • The Voluntary Sector

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