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School of Social work & social policyEqually Safe in Higher Education

Equally Safe in Higher Education (ESHE) aims to eradicate gender-based violence in Higher Education.

In a 2011 report, the NUS found 1 in 4 female students have reported unwanted sexual behaviour during their studies.

The project, funded by the Scottish Government, will develop a toolkit using Strathclyde as a pilot site, to challenge gender-based violence (GBV) across Scotland’s university campuses.

Addressing themes identified in Equally Safe, the Scottish Government’s strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls, ESHE’s Research Team works on generating new data on attitudes to and extent of gender-based violence (GBV) within Scottish Higher Education Institutions.

ESHE also develops awareness raising campaigns and GBV prevention education and training programmes for staff and students.


Rapid Review III – Report on a review of the Scottish Colleges’

This report provides an analysis of interview, case study and documentary data from four Scottish colleges who agreed to pilot the Equally Safe in Higher Education (ESHE) Toolkit during the period 2018-2019.

The Scottish Intervention Initiative

The materials are now available to be used, this is a free resource but we would recommend that you contact our Research Lead to discuss this training before you implement this. Please email equallysafe@strath.ac.uk

What Works?...Seminars

Building on the success of the three ESCU Regional events held in early 2019, ESCUare organising a series of half day ‘What Works’ regional seminars on themes which emerged from participants at those events.

ESCU Regional Events Report 2019 and Key Summary

Following the publication of the Equally Safe in Higher Education toolkit, a series of regional events took place in Kilmarnock, Stirling and Inverness, to help clarify key messages ahead of Fresher’s week 2019 and develop a national community of practice focussed on preventing gender-based violence on our campuses.

Rapid Review of Scottish Higher Education Responses to Gender Based Violence- Part II

This Rapid Review II follow-up report firstly outlines developments in the current policy context for GBV prevention in the Scottish Higher Education context; secondly it presents the findings from data obtained from interviews with key stakeholders across the Scottish HE sector undertaken during the period October 2017 to January 2018.

Equally Safe in Higher Education Toolkit

New practical guidance for universities to tackle gender-based violence on campus has been published. Guidance and training for staff, better data collection and well-publicised support information for students are some of the recommendations set out in the toolkit, which has been produced by the University of Strathclyde and funded by the Scottish Government.

Staff Training: GBV-First Responder Training for Trainers

TThe aim of this two day course is to equip members of staff to deliver the following two courses 1. What is Gender-based Violence (GBV)? and 2. Responding Effectively to Disclosures of Gender-based violence (GBV)

16 DAYS OF ACTION-ESHE/GVAWP- Seminar -LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND, Working in Partnership to end Gender-based Violence - Thursday 7th December 2017

As part of our ongoing commitment to 16 Days of Action to Eliminate Violence Against Women, Equally Safe in Higher Education in partnership with the Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership are co- hosting a half-day seminar demonstrating the value of partnership working for Universities and Colleges working to prevent gender-based violence.

Bystander Training - The Intervention Initiative

Would you like to be part of the solution rather than the problem? Would you like to learn how to safely intervene in interpersonal safety issues? Click the link above to find out more

Strathclyde launches online course to tackle violence against women around the world

The University of Strathclyde has launched a new online learning course aimed at tackling the global issue of violence against women. The free MOOC, entitled ‘Understanding Violence Against Women: Myths and Realities’, aims to increase awareness of the subject and look at ways to address it.

The Equally Safe in Higher Education (ESHE) Survey

The Equally Safe in Higher Education (ESHE) Project Team have issued a survey link to all Strathclyde University Staff. Please click the link above for further information

Inside Outside Exhibition Reviews

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Staff Training: What is Gender-based Violence (GBV)?

The aim of this half day course is to highlight what gender-based violence is, why it happens and will focus on good practice responses

Rapid Review of Scottish Higher Education Responses to Gender Based Violence

Equally Safe in Higher Education Research Team have carried out a desk-based review to explore current activity aimed at tackling GBV across Scotland's 19 HEI's.

Inside Outside Exhibition 22 June 2017

This multi-media exhibition of art, photography, video and audio installations provides a rare insight into the hidden world of women who have been involved in street prostitution, escorting, brothels and saunas. Powerful and hard-hitting, the exhibition is based on and features the voices and stories of women involved in prostitution in Scotland . The exhibition is free and open to the public. Please note that some of the content in the exhibition deals with sexual violence, abuse and exploitation which some people might find upsetting.

Understanding forced marriage in Scotland' published

Understanding forced marriage in Scotland' sets out a series of recommendations arising from research carried out to better understand forced marriage in Scotland. ESHE's Research Lead Dr Melanie McCarry contributes to this collaboration between the University of Central Lancashire and Scottish Women’s Aid, Shakti, Women’s Aid (Edinburgh) and Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid (Glasgow).