Morning, Thursday, 23rd June 2022
This conference focuses on the next steps for addressing sexual misconduct in Higher Education. It will be a timely opportunity to take stock of the position of the sector, and examine priorities going forward.
The discussion comes with recent sector reports on addressing sexual misconduct from UUK and UCU, and the new sector pledge to restrict the use of Non-disclosure Agreements.
Areas for discussion include:
- priorities and next steps - tackling sexual harassment & misconduct in UK universities ◦ issues for students and staff ◦ best practice examples ◦ the way forward
- practicalities - whole-institution approaches ◦ evidence-based strategies and policies ◦ staff training ◦ awareness ◦ prevention ◦ NDAs
- off-campus - effective collaboration ◦ local authorities, police & businesses ◦ key agencies, charities & expert organisations ◦ safety in student accommodation ◦ wider community role of HEIs
- online safety - the impact of remote learning on sexual violence & harassment ◦ new technologies ◦ strategies for combatting misconduct in digital environments
We are pleased to be able to include a keynote session with Professor Cara Aitchison, President and Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff Metropolitan University; and Chair, Universities UK Sexual Misconduct Advisory Group.
The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the DfE; and The Scottish Government.