Today Universities UK published recommendations for higher education providers to help implement approaches to address violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting students. AMOSSHE, The Student Services Organisation, was part of the taskforce set up to examine these issues, and contributed a Student Services perspective to the recommendations.
AMOSSHE Chair Ben Bailey said today:
“AMOSSHE welcomes Universities UK’s recommendations, because the difficult and sensitive issues they deal with continue to be recognised and addressed across the higher education sector. Student Services are often at the front line in tackling incidents of violence, harassment and hate crime, and a joined-up approach within institutions and a collective effort by the sector as a whole is essential for creating an environment where these challenges can be tackled effectively, and eliminated as far as possible. Students feeling safe supports them to achieve their academic potential, and implementing these recommendations will help create the positive, secure educational experiences that so many students already enjoy, but all deserve.
“Having contributed to the taskforce through our representative Maria Lorenzini (Director of Student Experience, Bangor University), AMOSSHE is confident that the perspectives and concerns of Student Services are reflected in the recommendations. AMOSSHE will continue to focus on ensuring that Student Services leaders have the knowledge and confidence to apply the recommendations in their own institutional context.”
In response to the publication, AMOSSHE is hosting an event to explore the recommendations in a Student Services context. The event explores how to implement the recommendations through Student Services strategy and practice, while sharing good practice and ideas. Find out more about the event here: Tackling gender-based violence.
Here are the Universities UK recommendations: Taskforce publishes recommendations to universities on dealing with violence against women and harassment.