Developing our response to sexual harassment on campus

Undergraduate Research Scholarship project 2020

Department of Modern Languages

Project academic: Dr Elliot Evans

Project summary

The University of Birmingham and University of Amsterdam are currently collaborating in the area of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Following discussions with UvA, as well as a research project investigating consent and the #MeToo movement across national contexts, UoB has offered funding for the development of joint training materials and online resources between UvA and UoB (e.g. online training resources, video production, peer-led workshops) with Birmingham Guild of Students and the student-led organisation at UvA, ‘Our Bodies, Our Voice’.

Drawing on best practice across the sector in combatting sexual harassment on campus, this project will offer the CAL UGR scholarship student the opportunity to work alongside student societies and organisations at both UoB and UvA, as well as EDI staff and researchers specialising in the area in order to develop these materials.

What you will do 

  • Assist with the analysis of current training resources and internal policies regarding sexual harassment at the University of Birmingham, as well as assisting with research of best practice across the sector.
  • Liaise with students and staff working on the issue at the University of Birmingham, including the Equality and Diversity team, and at the Guild of Students, including the ‘Not On’ campaign and student societies including the Women and Non-Binary Association (WANBA). 
  • Liaise with students and staff working on the issue at the University of Amsterdam, including the student-led organisation providing consent training at UvA, ‘Our Bodies, Our Voices’.
  • Work alongside the researcher, student and staff colleagues and a specialist filmmaker to assist in the production of training materials and online resources for staff and students. 

Skills required 

  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with people from different sectors in a professional manner (only English language skills will be required).
  • Ability to use communications software for collaboration such as Google Docs, Skype or Slack. 
  • A strong commitment to, and enthusiasm for, working to combat sexual harassment on campus.
  • A level of engagement with the Guild of Students, or student societies such as the Women and Non-Binary Association (WANBA) would be desirable.

How will the project benefit you?

  • The opportunity to materially shape a project with tangible outputs including a film and training materials, which will be used with the aim of improving life on campus and contributing to gender equality. 
  • Develop knowledge of and experience working within the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion sector. 
  • Experience of working to develop online resources including training materials. 
  • Experience of working with stakeholders from multiple sectors and internationally. 
  • Experience of working with a specialist film maker to produce training materials.

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