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Tackling Sexual Violence and Harassment on Campus: Policy and Practice

The #USVreact project has developed and evaluated unique education  programmes across six European countries to help university staff  respond to disclosures of sexual violence. This free one-day conference, held at Brunel University London, will share the learning from our project  and explore how disclosures can be dealt with in a variety of different  institutional settings.

In the morning attendees will hear from our first keynote speaker, Amy Norton, Senior Policy Adviser at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), who will discuss HEFCE’s role in supporting the sector to tackle sexual violence and harassment on campus. We will also be joined by representatives from UUK and members of local sexual violence referral services, who  will share their work and discuss how support services and universities  can collaborate effectively. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and participate in discussion.

After lunch, researchers and a number of other speakers, including Brunel University senior  management and staff from Brunel Student Welfare and the Students’ Union will discuss various actions and approaches to sexual violence. Representatives from other UK Universities will also discuss their own context and approaches, before the day closes with a final keynote talk from Professor Vanita Sundaram, University of York.

The conference will be relevant to Brunel  staff and students, teachers, police officers, youth workers, sexual  violence practitioners, university support staff, academics and others.  Everyone is welcome.