Tackling Gender Based Violence in Universities

Tuesday 14th March 2017

The Research Beehive, Newcastle University

A joint symposium between Newcastle University (Kathryn Hollingsworth and Nikki Godden-Rasul), Northumbria University (Ruth Lewis) and the British Sociological Association Gender Study Group

Gender-based violence (GBV) on UK campuses has finally begun to gain the attention of scholars, government, the media and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), decades later than it has in some other countries (notably the USA). The 2016 Changing the Culture report published by the Universities UK Taskforce - established to examine violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students - and the accompanying guidelines advising universities on how to handle alleged student misconduct that may also constitute a criminal offence, mark a turning point in the regulatory framework governing HEIs’ response to GBV. These changes have happened amidst a wider revival of resistance to GBV in all its forms. In universities, the resistance has focused particularly on sexual harassment, sexual violence, and sexual objectification, ‘lad culture’ amongst students, and the enduring legacy of abuse by academic staff against other staff and/or students. This one-day symposium seeks to illuminate critical perspectives on these developments.

9.30-10.00 Registration

10.00-10.10 Welcome
Nikki Godden-Rasul (Newcastle University), Kathryn Hollingsworth (Newcastle University) & Ruth Lewis (Northumbria University)

10.10-11.15 Key Note Panel
Tackling Gender-Based Violence in University Communities in the UK: Challenges and Possibilities
Sundari Anitha (University of Lincoln)
Theoretical Underpinnings of Bystander Approaches to the Prevention of Gender-Based Violence in UK Universities?
Rachel Fenton (University of West of England)
Bystander Intervention programme at University College Cork
Louise Crowley (University College Cork)

11.20-12.30 Culture, Cultural Conditions, and Gender-Based Violence in HE
Understanding University Rape Culture through Narrative and Complexity
Diane Crocker (St Mary’s University)
“Is it okay to go out with my mates, drinking and on the pull without it being nasty?” Lads’ culture and the challenge of engaging male students
Mike Jeffries (Northumbria University)
‘It’s on us to stop sexual assault’?: Celebrity advocacy, neoliberalism and the media
Sabrina Moro (Nottingham Trent University)

12.30-1. Lunch

1.30-2.45 Legal Frameworks for University Prevention & Responses to
The HEI reaction in front of sexual violence in universities: The Catalan case study
Sara Cagliero & Barbara Biglia (Universitat Rovira i Virgili)
From Government policy to University priority: Reframing Gender-based violence in Scotland– Equally Safe in Higher Education (ESHE)
Anni Donaldson & Melanie McCarry (University of Strathclyde)
Gender-Based Violence in Higher Education: Universities’ Legal Obligations to their Students
Nikki Godden-Rasul & Kathryn Hollingsworth (Newcastle University)

2.45-3.00 Refreshments Break

3.00-4.15 Students’ Experiences & University Support Mechanisms
Feminist Activism and Gender-Based Violence in Universities
Ruth Lewis (Northumbria University)
Positioning Universities as a Source of Help when Gender Based Violence, Harassment And/Or Hate Are Experienced By Students
Catherine Donovan, Nicola Roberts, Kate Tudor & Matthew Durey
Universities Supporting Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence:
Thinking Critically about a ‘Response’ Approach
Charlotte Jones and Anne Chappell (Brunel University London)

4.15-5.00 Closing Words
Nikki Godden-Rasul (Newcastle University), Kathryn Hollingsworth (Newcastle University) & Ruth Lewis (Northumbria University)


5.00-6.30 Public Lecture
Alison Phipps (University of Sussex)
Elizabeth Sharpe (Texas Tech University)

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