#MeToo on Campus: Next Steps for Universities and Colleges

The ‘#MeToo movement’ highlighted the urgent need for universities to address the serious problem of sexual misconduct on university campuses. At this timely event, we examine institutional responses to gender and sexual-based violence on campus, measures to tackle ‘lad culture’, and what next steps should be taken to protect and support students. 

Fostering a campus culture that condemns gender-based violence 

Research by NUS Scotland in 2014 found that one in five students suffer sexual violence or harassment in their first week at university and that fourteen per cent of women students had experienced serious sexual violence. Only four per cent had reported the violence to their university: the most common reason for non-reporting was embarrassment or fear of not being believed. 

This is not only a student issue, however. A 2018 NUS report Power In The Academy found that four in ten students in the UK had experienced unwelcome advances and assault by university staff, including sexualised comments, inappropriate touching, and rape. In those instances, some students do not report for fear of academic consequences.  

The fact that these statistics and reports exist is in no small part down to the #MeToo movement. Along with campaigns such as the #emilytest – led by the mother of a student who took her own life after being in an abusive relationship – Scottish universities have recourse to the Equally Safe in Higher Education Toolkit that was rolled out by £400,000 of Scottish Government funding. Student unions have also adopted zero-tolerance policies in relation to sexual harassment and universities have developed procedural frameworks around reporting and addressing violence.

Join us to network with colleagues from across Scottish HE and learn from successful institutions with strong campaigns, policies, and training that are improving 'prevention and response' to sexual misconduct at university.

Why come to this event?

  • Hear from leading policymakers and expert speakers 
  • Learn what the Equally Safe in Higher Education Toolkit means for your institution
  • Leave with increased knowledge of the scale of the issue and what next steps can be taken to tackle sexual misconduct on campus
  • Enjoy peer-to-peer learning and give your views in our interactive roundtable session 

Confirmed speakers

  • Anni Donaldson, Project Lead for the Equally Safe in Colleges and Universities (ESCU) and co-author of Equally Safe in Higher Education Toolkit, University of Strathclyde
  • Mary Senior, Scotland Official at UCU 
  • Aamer Anwar, Rector of the University of Glasgow & human rights lawyer
  • Poppy Gerrard-Abbott, PhD researcher in Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, University of Edinburgh
  • Fiona DrouetEmilyTest 
  • Jill Stevenson, Dean of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Stirling
  • Professor Lesley McMillan, involved in GCU's Erase the Grey campaign, Glasgow Caledonian University 
  • Dr Anna Bull, senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Portsmouth and founding member of The 1752 Group
  • Chaired byLauren MacGregor, Vice President of Student Welfare, Dundee University Student Association 

Who should attend? 

This event will be of interest to everyone involved in further and higher education, student support organisations, and those involved in the justice sector. 

Agenda*

9.30 Registration and morning refreshments 

09:55 Welcome and introduction from the Chair. 

Chair: Lauren MacGregor, Vice President of Student Welfare, Dundee University Student Association 

10:00 Session 1: An insight into gender-based violence at Scottish Universities  

  • Delivering evidence-based, pragmatic, relatable interventions
  • Common failings in the way universities handle misconduct complaints
  • Overcoming funding challenges and gaining leadership buy-in
  • The importance of anonymous reporting

10:00 Anni Donaldson, Project Lead for the Equally Safe in Colleges and Universities (ESCU) and co-author of Equally Safe in Higher Education Toolkit, University of Strathclyde

10:25 Aamer Anwar,  human rights lawyer and Rector of the University of Glasgow

10:50 Jill Stevenson, Dean of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Stirling

11:15 Questions and Discussion

11:25 Refreshments and networking 

11:45 Poppy Gerrard-Abbott, PhD researcher in Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, University of Edinburgh

12:10 Interactive Session best approaches to support victims

This interactive workshop is designed to provide peer-supported advice on the challenges to best supporting victims. Participants will be divided into groups and each challenge will be brainstormed by your group in quick-fire cycles. Each group will be asked to note down two questions that come out of these discussion and these will be put to the closing panel. 

12:40 Lunch and networking 

13:30 Session 2: Working alongside victims - how to best change culture on campus

  • Understanding the profile of survivors and perpetrators in the context of a university
  • Learning from the victims' journey - where and when is support needed
  • Reaching men and boys not typically engaged in conversations about gender


13:30 Fireside Chat with Fiona DrouetEmilyTest 

14:00 Panel discussion

Speakers:

Dr Anna Bull, senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Portsmouth and founding member of The 1752 Group
Mary Senior, Scotland Official at UCU 
Professor Lesley McMillan, involved in GCU's Erase the Grey campaign, Glasgow Caledonian University

14:55 Closing remarks from the Chair 

Chair: Lauren MacGregor, Vice President of Student Welfare, Dundee University Student Association 

15:00 Close of Event 

*The agenda is subject to change 



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Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course. 

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Dates
25 September 2019
Location
Central Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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