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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.


    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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).