Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment can include any of the following behaviours:

  • Any unwanted conduct of a sexual nature;
  • Verbal harassment includes whistling, catcalling, sexual comments, sexual innuendo, telling sexual jokes, displaying pictures of a sexual nature,making sexual gestures, and sending emails containing sexual content.
  • ‘Revenge porn’ - the disclosing of private photographs and films with intent to cause distress.
  • Stalking which is persistent and unwanted attention (in person or online) which makes you feel fearful, harassed or anxious.

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Sexual Harassment Topics

Sexual Violence

Sexual violence or sexual assault can include:

  • unwanted touching and kissing;
  • rubbing, groping or forcing a person to touch another person in sexual ways;
  • catcalling or whistling;
  • non-consensual electronic sharing of explicit images;
  • exposure of genitals;
  • secretive viewing of others naked or during sex

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Sexual Violence Topics

Relationship Abuse

Relationship abuse (also referred to as 'domestic violence') can take many forms within an intimate relationship.

Behaviours include:

  • emotional and verbal abuse
  • physical ans sexual abuse
  • financial abuse e.g. controlling or limiting access to money
  • sexual abuse and coercion e.g. ignoring you if you don't want to have sex
  • digital / online abuse
  • forced marriage and honour-based violence

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Relationship Abuse Topics

Hate Crime/Incident

Incidents of hate crime can be against a person or against property and includes materials posted online. Some examples of hate crime include:

  • Verbal abuse like name-calling and offensive jokes
  • Harassment
  • Bullying or intimidation by children, adults, neighbours or strangers
  • Physical attacks such as hitting, punching, pushing or spitting
  • Threats of violence


Hate Crime/Incident Topics


The law in the UK defines consent as being given when someone agrees by choice, and has the freedom and capacity to make that choice.

Consent is:

  • respectful;
  • retractable;
  • voluntary;
  • comfortable;
  • communication;

Consent is NOT:

  • pressured;
  • being in a relationship;
  • assumed;
  • deception or manipulation;
  • under the influence;
  • previous consent

More information and advice can be found at the below link.

Consent Topics

What happens after a report is made?

The University has robust policies and procedures in place for supporting staff and students who have made a report. 

Find out more about how the disclosure and support process works, including what happens if a report is made about you.

  • Non-academic misconduct process;
  • How the University handles a complaint;
  • Staff discipline process;


What happens after a report is made? Topics


Bullying is offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour involving the misuse of power that can make a person feel vulnerable, upset, humiliated, patronised, undermined or threatened and creates an intimidating working or learning environment.

It may include:

  • physical or psychological threats;
  • overbearing and intimidating levels of supervision;
  • inappropriate derogatory remarks or criticism about someone’s performance;
  • deliberately excluding someone from work or social activities;
  • regularly making jokes about someone or belittling them

Bullying Topics


Discrimination occurs when someone is treated unfairly because of who they are or because of a protected characteristic.

Under the Equality Act 2010, protected characteristics encompass:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity

However discrimination can also include smaller, less obvious behaviours or microaggressions that can make a person feel like doesn't belong or invalidates their experience.

Discrimination Topics

Staff and Student Training

As a University, we want to educate, inform and empower our community to recognise signs of GBV, within our own behaviour and attitudes, as well as others’. 

We have a number of training modules available to staff and students.

These include:

  • Consent on Campus
  • Bystander Training
  • Responding Appropriately to Disclosures of Sexual Violence

Staff and Student Training Topics

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