We are excited to share the main outcomes of the Combat Misconduct project. Since 2019, we have been working in partnership with Universities UK and the NUS to improve responses to sexual violence, harassment and misconduct across the higher education sector. We also worked closely with five partner universities and student unions: Aberdeen, Anglia Ruskin, Queen’s University Belfast, St George’s, and Warwick.
This project was funded by Rosa’s Justice and Equality Fund.
To support universities to tackle sexual misconduct, we produced three online resources, outlined below. These were developed through consultation with our partner universities, research with university students, and in close cooperation with recent graduates with a wealth of experience campaigning and influencing change in universities.
AVA also provided bespoke consultancy for partner universities ensuring that their sexual misconduct policies and practices were robust and relevant. We also provided grant funding and training workshops on sexual misconduct and harassment for our partner student unions.
For consultancy inquiries, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org. We can provide expert support when working with survivors of gender-based violence and abuse and can help to inform policies and processes for tackling sexual misconduct.
- The Impact Matrix is an online tool which helps higher education institutions to measure and improve their university’s approach to tackling and preventing sexual misconduct. The tool supports institutions to collect and analyse evidence. It helps in assessing their response to sexual misconduct whilst also tracking progress towards established sector standards, and provides expert recommendations for improvement. Access here.
- Combat Misconduct Resource Hub is an online tool which provides tailored information, guidance and resources on sexual misconduct for university students and staff. Split into two sections, the separate staff and student sections of the hub cover topics from awareness, prevention, support, investigation and campaigning. Access here.
- Toolkit and quick guide for vice-chancellors, principals and senior leaders provides peer-to-peer advice based on interviews with vice-chancellors who are leading the way in tackling sexual misconduct, harassment and all forms of hate.
- Report into studentexperiences of sexual misconduct at UK universities. AVA conducted nationwide research scoping the impact and nature of sexual misconduct at university. This report makes informed recommendations to help tackle sexual misconduct at universities.
- Quick Guides to help universitied embed safe and effective ways of reviewing, developing and assessing responses to sexual misconduct on campus.