Joint Forum Against Sexual Violence and Harassment
The Vice-Chancellors of the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and the University of Bristol, and Presidents and Student Officers of both Students' Unions have committed their institutions to a zero-tolerance approach to sexual violence and harassment.
The Joint Statement
A joint Forum Against Sexual Violence and Harassment was established in July 2015 to support progress with the undertakings made in the joint statement.
The Joint Forum
The Forum is co-chaired by Professor Jane Harrington (Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost at UWE Bristol) and Professor Judith Squires (Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Bristol) and includes senior staff and officers from both universities and students’ unions and external representatives from Avon and Somerset Police, Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS), South Gloucestershire Council, Bristol City Council, and The Bridge.
In summary, the key aims are to:
- Have a zero tolerance approach to sexual violence and harassment
- Promote safe space on and off of campus
- Raise awareness of what we deem to be appropriate sexual conduct, and provisions for victim support
- Identify appropriate support for survivors of sexual violence and harassment.
The Forum meets quarterly and has an agreed series of projects for which it provides oversight.
The Forum has welcomed the recent report, Changing the Culture, from the Universities UK Taskforce examining violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students. Both Universities are committed to working together in the coming months, and with our Students’ Unions and Forum partners, we intend to use the Taskforce Report to review and enhance existing activity.
In addition, both universities are active and proud partners in the Zero Tolerance initiative which is working towards Bristol being a city free from gender based violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation.
For further information about the work of the Joint Forum, please contact Lisa Mayo on +44(0)117 32 86296 or Lisa.Mayo@uwe.ac.uk.