Morning, Wednesday, 1st April 2020
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This conference will examine the priorities for effectively tackling sexual harassment in UK universities.
The agenda looks at:
- How universities can develop effective prevention strategies,
- Where the disciplinary and reporting process can be improved to support victims, and
- Opportunities for creating partnerships and putting in place coordinated, effective approaches to removing sexual harassment from universities.
There will be a keynote address from: Jessica Trahar, Head of Student Welfare and Safeguarding, Office for Students, as well as contributions from Professor Emma Bond, Director of Research and Head of Graduate School, University of Suffolk; Georgina Calvert-Lee, Head of UK Practice and Senior Counsel, McAllister Olivarius; Fay Maxted, Chief Executive Officer, The Survivors Trust and Julie Norris, Partner, Kingsley Napley.
Context for discussion
The seminar will be an opportunity to discuss:
- Analysis suggesting that reports of sexual assault in universities continue to rise;
- Advance HE’s Catalyst for change report which evaluated more than 100 pilot schemes designed to tackle sexual assault in universities - finding progress but that universities need to do more in terms of staffing, leadership and the allocation of resources to safeguard students - as well as the subsequent OfS call to action on training and involving students;
- Universities UK’s ‘two years on’ evaluation of its Changing the Culture report showing progress on gender-based violence and how universities are addressing challenges through preventative campaigns, training, and partnerships with specialist organisations and the third sector .
- Policy priorities for safeguarding students in HE;
- Campus culture and strategies for prevention - awareness campaigns, training and specialist staff, and tackling online harassment;
- Reviewing the disciplinary process - increasing reporting rates, speed and transparency in dealing with incidents, and supporting victims and alleged perpetrators;
- Responding to student complaints;
- A collaborative approach to tackling sexual violence and harassment - developing partnerships, coordinating investigations and creating a joined-up process for students; and
- Next steps for improving the HE sector’s approach to sexual harassment.