Overview

15 Dec, 20218:45 am-3:20 pm

The Tackling Sexual Harassment across the Higher Education Sector Forum 2021 will explore the next steps for universities in enhancing their processes and policies to develop a robust preventative approach to sexual harassment and abuse. The Forum will examine how institutions can meet the Office for Student’s new Statement of Expectations, as well as offering the latest practical insights on enhancing reporting, transparency and support for victims of sexual harassment.

What to Expect:

  • Insights on meeting the Office for Student’s new Statement of Expectations
  • Live roundtable discussions on enhancing policies and reporting
  • Leading best practice on delivering a robust preventative approach
  • Practical workshops and panel discussions offering solutions in tackling sexual harassment and abuse across the sector

Other Speakers

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Shane Simpkin
LGBT+ Member of the Liberation Campaign Committee
NUS
Sunday Blake photo
Sunday Blake
President
Exeter Students’ Guild
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Jill Stevenson
Director of Student Services and Dean of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
University of Stirling
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Michael Natzler
Policy Officer
Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI)
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Peter Mandeville
Student Welfare Service Lead
University of Oxford
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Sophia Hartley
Former Welfare Officer
Leeds University Union

Agenda

8:45 am
Registration, Refreshments and Networking
9:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Mehrunnisa Lalani
Mehrunnisa Lalani
Interim Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
University of Manchester
Invited
9:40 am
OfS Update: Expectations on Harassment and Sexual Misconduct in Higher Education
  • Examining the Office for Student’s statement of expectation on preventing and addressing sexual harassment in the sector
  • Analysing how the OfS will monitor and assess performance against the statement of expectations
  • Assessing the future of the regulatory approach on sexual harassment and how this may link to conditions of registration
  • Exploring the Office for Student’s request to universities to review processes and policies on sexual harassment by summer 2021
Amy Norton
Amy Norton
Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Office for Students
Confirmed
Estelle Kane
Estelle Kane
Access and Inclusion Skills Manager
Office for Students
Confirmed
10:00 am
The Importance of Incremental, Inclusive and Bespoke Policy Development for Sexual Harassment within UK Universities
  • The importance of incremental: Understanding that all universities are at different stages in addressing sexual harassment; culturally, policy and procedurally
  • The importance of bespoke: The need for our university specific reports that outline clear steps to drive change in individual institutions
  • The importance of inclusive: Including all students in the discussion around sexual harassment and actively addressing the intersectionality of the issue
Imogen Horrocks
Imogen Horrocks
Co-Founder
The Last Taboo
Confirmed
Kelly Balmer
Kelly Balmer
Co-Founder
The Last Taboo
Confirmed
10:30 am
Break, Refreshments and Networking
10:50 am
Panel Discussion: Delivering Effective Policies and Reporting on Sexual Harassment in Higher Education
  • Examining how to effectively engage with students to ensure reporting and support mechanisms have the confidence of those using them
  • Assessing the next steps in ensuring transparency and fairness in reporting and investigation processes
  • Developing an institution-wide approach to communicating and implementing preventative support
  • Analysing how institutions can evaluate and review the effectiveness of their sexual harassment process
  • Exploring the role of embedding pastoral and welfare support for victims
Rachel Sandby-Thomas
Rachel Sandby-Thomas
Registrar
University of Warwick
Confirmed
Professor Louise Bryant
Professor Louise Bryant
Dean for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
University of Leeds
Confirmed
Professor Graham Virgo
Professor Graham Virgo
Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education
University of Cambridge
Confirmed
11:40 am
Workshop: Developing Effective Pastoral Support and High Impact Interventions for Victims

This interactive workshop session will allow you to evaluate the effectiveness of your victim support and assess how pastoral interventions should feature within an institution’s response to a sexual harassment incident.

The workshop will allow you to consider what high impact interventions look like and how support should be delivered following a report. This is your opportunity to reflect on practice and gain new ideas on enhancing student support for victims.

Peter Mandeville
Peter Mandeville
Student Welfare Service Lead
University of Oxford
Confirmed
12:20 pm
Lunch Break and Networking
1:00 pm
Challenging Power Dynamics: Tackling Staff to Student Sexual Harassment and Misconduct
  • Assessing what an effective student complaints process looks like in relation to staff misconduct and staff discipline
  • Examining the power dynamics in staff student relationships and assessing how institutions can develop preventative solutions
  • Supporting improved reporting around staff – student misconduct and protecting complainants
  • Managing an effective investigative process in relation to staff complaints and ensuring fair and equitable outcomes
Jill Stevenson
Jill Stevenson
Director of Student Services and Dean of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
University of Stirling
Confirmed
1:20 pm
HEPI Finding and Action Points: Sex and Relationships Among Students

This session will examine the findings from critical research conducted by HEPI in their report, Sex and Relationships Among Students.

Michael Natzler
Michael Natzler
Policy Officer
Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI)
Confirmed
1:40 pm
Break, Refreshments and Networking
2:00 pm
Intersectionality and Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) – Action Points for HE Leaders
  • Examining the role of intersectionality in tackling Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) on higher education campuses
  • Assessing the distinct risks facing LGBTQ+ and ethnic minority students and how this should form part of a preventative approach
  • Analysing how higher education leaders can ensure policy and process design is delivered from an intersectional standpoint as part of a wider approach to equality, diversity and inclusion
Dr Adrija Dey
Dr Adrija Dey
Director of International Knowledge Exchange
The 1752 Group
Confirmed
2:20 pm
The Student’s Perspective: Delivering a Preventative Approach

In this honest and reflective session student leaders will assess what action is required to deliver safe campuses and a genuine preventative approach across an institution.

The session will consider how universities can improve their engagement with student and improve confidence in policies and reporting processes.

Temi Adebayo
Temi Adebayo
President
University of Salford Student’s Union
Invited
Sophia Hartley
Sophia Hartley
Former Welfare Officer
Leeds University Union
Confirmed
Shane Simpkin
Shane Simpkin
LGBT+ Member of the Liberation Campaign Committee
NUS
Confirmed
Sunday Blake
Sunday Blake
President
Exeter Students’ Guild
Confirmed
2:50 pm
Roundtable Discussions: Evaluating Strategies on Sexual Harassment and Abuse

In these roundtable discussions you will get an opportunity to engage in 2 key discussions around your institution’s approach to tackling sexual harassment and abuse. Each discussion will last 15 minutes and allow you to reflect on key ideas for improvement in line with the Office for Student’s Statement of Expectations.

Discussion A: Prevention
Discussion B: Reporting
Discussion C: Transparency and Reporting
Discussion D: Victim Support
3:20 pm
Chair's Closing Remarks and Forum Close

*Programme subject to change

Audience

This Forum is designed for the higher education sector. Those in attendance will include:

  • Directors of EDI
  • Directors of Student Experience
  • Directors of Student Services
  • Heads of Campus Services
  • Heads of Legal Services
  • Heads of Complaints and Appeals
  • Heads of Student Discipline
  • Heads of Student Support and Wellbeing
  • EDI Officers
  • Student Counsellors and Pastoral Leads
  • Welfare Managers
  • Student Service Managers

Pricing

For group discounts and enquiries about your registration please contact us on 020 3770 6580 or [email protected]

Venue

London