Course spotlights impact of gender based-violence

A training course that raises awareness of the extent and impact of gender-based violence in colleges and universities has been launched.

The joint initiative, led by the University in partnership with the University of the Highlands and Islands, will help staff to identify forms of abuse and advise on how best to support those affected.

The interactive, online courses can be accessed easily and will be available to support staff at 17 colleges and universities across Scotland.

This training resource enhances a range of work already taking place at Edinburgh which aims to both reduce the incidence of gender based violence (GBV) and to ensure that those affected receive the help they need. Our aim is to support a culture where students and staff feel safe and are confident in reporting and challenging GBV wherever it occurs.

Lesley JohnstonSexual Violence & Harassment Liaison Manager, the University of Edinburgh

I am extremely proud of everyone that worked on this project. The digital learning materials delicately balance the need to develop understanding of how gender-based violence affects individuals and the wider campus community, whilst also offering guidance on how to recognise and respond sensitively to a disclosure from a survivor of gender-based violence.

Dr Iain MorrisonDean of Students, the University of the Highlands and Islands

Building support

This new training resource complements Equally Safe - Scotland’s national strategy to address GBV and has the support of a wide range of groups within the education sector.

We believe this training will sit well alongside the existing active bystander training offered to our student leaders, and funded by the University, which this year was completed by more than 700 of our members. We will continue to offer impartial support to all students who have experienced gender-based violence through our Advice Place, whilst actively campaigning to enhance the support available to survivors on campus, and ultimately working to ensure that GBV is ended wherever it occurs.

Niamh McCrossanVice President Welfare, Edinburgh University Students’ Association

Related Links

Support for victims of sexual violence

Equally Safe

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Association of Managers of Student Services in Higher Education