Following a period of engagement and consultation with the University community, including staff, students and victims/survivors of GBV, the University and Students' Union have launched our revised strategy for the 2021-24 period. 

The strategy builds on the achievements of the original strategy launched in 2016, continuing to focus on four key areas of work around preventing and responding to GBV. These are: 

  • fostering a culture where GBV is actively challenged and in which people experiencing GBV are respected, support and empowered; 
  • responding robustly and effectively to incidents of gender-based misconduct when they occur in our community; 
  • ensuring our staff and students are i) clear about their options and receive appropriate support if they have experienced GBV, and ii) are clear about how to appropriately respond to and support those who have experienced GBV; 
  • improving our knowledge and understanding about the prevalence of and impact of our work to prevent and tackle GBV. 

Some of our achievements from our last strategy include; developing First Responder Guidelines and offering training sessions in this area; training 17 specialist Sexual Violence and Misconduct Liaison Officers (SVMLOs) to support staff and students; developing strong partnerships with local support providers including Forth Valley Rape Crisis, Stirling and District Women’s Aid, Police Scotland and The Meadows; a comprehensive GBV website with information and support; providing staff and student bystander training sessions; and the roll out of an online bystander module for students and GBV module staff.

You can find out more information on our Gender Based Violence webpages.

Our revised Gender Based Violence Strategy 2021-24 was approved by University Court in June 2021. The strategy is owned jointly by the University and the Students' Union.

Bystander training

We regularly offer Bystander training for interested students. Sign up forms will be posted here ahead of each training session. 

The bystander approach by Graham Golden does not simply aim to teach others how to intervene. It is an approach that is used to create much needed conversations around behaviour and social norms. Removing the traditional ‘victim, perpetrator’ approach, Graham is able engage audiences in conversations which cover a variety of social issues. The bystander approach used by Graham is a strategy to re-enforce the already existent pro-social norms that exist in society.

The style of training delivered by Graham supports the healthy majority which we know exists in society.

If you want to hear more, check out this video of training attendees