Event Summary

A significant number of post-18 students have experienced sexual harassment and violence during their time in education. Indeed, students in England and Wales are three times more likely than average to have experienced sexual assault*. This ranges from inappropriate comments and unwanted touching to stalking, sexual coercion, assault, spiking and rape.

Female students are the most likely to experience this behaviour, with disabled students and LGBTQ+ students also disproportionately affected**.

This timely conference considers the issue of sexual harassment and violence for post-18 students in education.

Attend Westminster Insight’s Tackling Sexual Harassment and Violence in Higher Education Conference to understand how to implement a sexual harassment policy, change university cultures and define and prevent unacceptable behaviour. Create clear procedures for reporting so students and staff can feel safe on and off campus. Learn how you can respond to incidents effectively and provide better support for victims, including students and staff. Discover more about the legal duties of colleges and universities to prevent sexual harassment and maintain the safety and wellbeing of students.

Ensure your higher education setting is meeting the statement of expectations set out by the OfS including offering proactive staff and student training, effective reporting and disclosing of incidents, and embedding an organisation-wide approach to all forms of harassment and sexual misconduct.

Save this date in your diaries and don’t miss this unique opportunity to network with higher education providers, share best practice and work together to prevent sexual harassment.

* Data from ONS from Mar 18 – Mar 20
** Sexual harassment and violence in further and higher education, House of Commons Research Briefing 9 Feb 22

Key Points

  • Understanding your legal duty of care to protect students from sexual harassment and misconduct
  • Creating safe spaces for students and cultivating cultural change
  • Developing effective policies to tackle inappropriate behaviour
  • Responding to incidents and resolving complaints: setting out timeframes and dealing with perpetrators
  • Working with staff to ensure a zero-tolerance approach to sexual harassment
  • Improving provision and available support for victims including students and staff
  • Removing barriers to reporting sexual harassment: ensuring women and minority groups feel safe to disclose their experiences
  • Collaborating with further education providers, student unions, police, NHS, nightclubs and bars

Venue Details and Access

In-person – The conference will take place in Zone 1, Central London. The venue will be announced shortly.