The Students’ Union and UWE Bristol work collaboratively to tackle Gender Based Violence

The Students’ Union at UWE and UWE Bristol take pro-active action and work collaboratively with students, staff and the city of Bristol to tackle Gender Based Violence

The Students’ Union at UWE is committed to developing and cultivating an inclusive campus for all our students to thrive within. We are proud to work in close partnership with UWE Bristol to continually review our approach to sexual violence and harassment on campus and ensure we have effective proactive campaigns in place, as well as vigorous support mechanisms. We want you to #SpeakUp if you see or hear something that's not right, and be an active bystander.

Rachel Colley (Community Manager at The Students’ Union at UWE), Dr Helen Bovill (Associate Head of Department Research and Scholarship), Ana Miguel Lazaro (Student Inclusivity Project Officer, UWE Bristol) and Charlotte Gage (Bristol Zero Tolerance) spoke at the Bristol Forum ‘Creating positive action through research and collaboration’ event on Friday March 29th 2019, at City Hall.

They spoke about ‘Collaborative problem solving to address the challenges students face in relation to sexual and domestic violence’. Helen discussed bystander intervention as part of the SpeakUp campaign, Ana and Rachel spoke about the wider work of the campaign within UWE Bristol and the involvement of The Students’ Union at UWE within this.

For example, discussing that more than 5000 UWE Bristol Fresher’s students received messages from the SpeakUp campaign during induction. The five short films, developed by UWE Bristol as part of the Office For Students (OFS) funded social norms campaign, formed part of this induction. These films explore issues of: ‘unwanted touching and groping’, ‘consent’, ‘inappropriate use of social media’, ‘domestic abuse’, and ‘initiation and humiliation ceremonies’. 

Helen, Ana and Rachel talked about student involvement in the research that underpinned the social norms campaign, with UWE Bristol students identifying these five social norms as problematic in student life. They also discussed how UWE Bristol works with students and the city of Bristol, with an understanding that UWE Bristol students are ambassadors for the University in the city of Bristol and beyond. Charlotte Gage from BZT discussed working with UWE Bristol on this campaign and the collaborative approaches used. She also considered the wider work regarding GBV and BZT within Bristol such as the Stop Street Harassment Campaign. Both talks demonstrated that UWE Bristol sees itself at the forefront of measures to counteract GBV, and is working in a pro-active and collaborative manner with both students and the city of Bristol.

If you are passionate to support this work, why not join the new Speak Up Society! Click here to find out more. 

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