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Durham University

Sexual Violence & Misconduct: Prevention and Response

Education and Training

Prevention and Response Training

Preventing sexual misconduct and violence is not the responsibility of the person subjected to sexual violence. The training programme offered to students and staff focuses on understanding what sexual violence is, how to intervene, and how to respond. Education for students focuses heavily on understanding consent, respect and healthy relationships and active bystander intervention. Education for staff focuses on building awareness around these issues, learning practical skills to respond to disclosures and how to support survivors.

For students

  • Consent Matters: Boundaries, Respect, and Positive Intervention
    • This 1-hour self-paced online course covers the areas of consent, communication, healthy relationships, and bystander intervention. All new students (UGs and PGs) are expected to take this course as part of their induction to the University. Students can find the course on Oracle Learning.
  • SMV Induction Awareness Induction Talks
    • Each College delivers this talk to all new starters during Induction Week, covering core messages around understanding consent, the Sexual Misconduct and Violence Policy and information on where students can access support.
  • Active Bystander Course Durham
    • This 2-hour interactive course is delivered by trained peer-facilitators. The aims of the course are to educate students on understanding sexual misconduct and violence and the concept of bystander intervention; to help students empathise with others regarding the impact of these issues; to equip students to be able to identify problematic situations (focusing on consent, coercion and control) and intervene appropriately; and to empower students by encouraging them to consider their role in shaping their community. To book on or schedule a course, please contact the Students’ Union.
  • Consent Workshops
    • This 1-hour interactive course is delivered by trained peer-facilitators and is organised by Colleges. The aim of this course is to learn about the importance of sexual consent, combat rape culture and victim-blaming and learn how to create a positive consent culture.
  • Consent Workshop Train the Trainer
    • This course equips peer facilitators with the skills to successfully facilitate Consent Workshops in Colleges. To book on or schedule a course, please contact clarissa.j.humphreys@durham.ac.uk.
  • Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence as a Student Leader
    • The aim of this 90-minute session is to equip student leaders with skills to respond appropriately to peer disclosures of sexual misconduct and violence and to know how to signpost to appropriate support and practice self-care. To book on or schedule a course, please contact clarissa.j.humphreys@durham.ac.uk.
  • SMV: Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence eLearning
    • The aim of this self-paced online course is to equip staff and student leaders to respond appropriately to disclosures of sexual violence. This course may also be used as reference or a refresh from the Durham-specific training offered above.

For staff

All staff are encouraged to attend training to better understand their responsibilities under the Sexual Misconduct and Violence Policy and to be able to appropriately respond to their students or colleagues who may disclose to them.

The following sessions are bookable via the Oracle Learn system. Staff can find these courses by going to their profiles on Oracle, clicking on ‘Learning’, and then searching 'SMV' in the learning catalogue search box.

  1. SMV: Policy Briefing
    • The aim of this 30-minute briefing is to raise awareness of the Sexual Misconduct and Violence Policy which applies to all students and staff. This can be scheduled to be delivered during department meetings if requested.
  2. SMV: Awareness and Disclosure Training (Level 1)
    • The aim of this 2-hour interactive course is to raise awareness of sexual misconduct and violence which can impact students and staff within university communities and equip staff with skills to respond to disclosures and signpost to support in line with the Sexual Misconduct and Violence Policy. All staff are encouraged to attend.
  3. SMV: Disclosure and Support Training (Level 2)
    • The aim of this half-day interactive workshop is to prepare staff in support roles to respond appropriately to disclosures of sexual misconduct and violence and support students/staff during investigations and disciplinary procedures, as appropriate, in line with the Sexual Misconduct & Violence Policy building from the Level 1 course. Staff in student/staff support or pastoral roles are asked to attend. However, all staff are welcome to attend.
  4. SMV: Domestic Abuse & Stalking Awareness & Disclosure Training
    • The aim of this half-day interactive course is to raise awareness of domestic abuse and stalking and equip staff to respond appropriately to disclosures of these specific forms of SMV in line with the Sexual Misconduct & Violence Policy. Staff in student/staff support or pastoral roles are asked to attend. However, all staff are welcome to attend.
  5. SMV: Trauma-informed Investigation, Adjudication and Sanctioning Training
    • The aim of this course is to build confidence and enhance skills for investigators and discipline decision-makers considering reports of sexual misconduct and violence. Staff who would like to attend for CPD may request a place on the course
  6. SMV: Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence eLearning
    • The aim of this self-paced online course is to equip staff and student leaders to respond appropriately to disclosures of sexual violence. This course may also be used as reference or a refresh from the Durham-specific training offered above.
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Other Training Providers

There are other local and national organisations that provide training to university students and staff.

Further information

For more information or to request training, please email durham.svmog@durham.ac.uk.