Building Respect and Changing Cultures in the University Community

This one year OFS (formerly HEFCE) project based in the Student Wellbeing Centre. The project is a response to the Universities UK Report ‘Changing the culture: Report of the Universities UK Taskforce examining violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students’

The main objectives of the project are to design and implement bystander intervention programmes for our staff and students, and to create a clear and accessible online reporting system for those who experience sexual violence whilst at university. The project will also run relevant education and awareness campaigns across campus. The project is supported by specialist external agencies and academic staff, who will provide advice on the objectives and monitor the projects alignment with research and regional priorities.

Impact will be reviewed via statistical analysis of the number of staff and students who engage with the bystander intervention programmes, as well as surveys and focus groups with students from the University. Findings will be disseminated through relevant University governance committees, as well as Lincolnshire’s Sexual Violence and Abuse Delivery Group (SVDG) and the Association of Managers of Student Services in Higher Education (AMOSSHE).

Beyond the funding period, the principles and recommendations from the project will be embedded into key training areas for staff and students. If you are interested in learning more about this project please visit the dedicated blog detailing its progress here


Jacqueline Mayer – Head of Student Services and Deputy Director of Student Affairs
Julie Spencer – Head of Student Wellbeing
Katy Brookfield – Project Assistant