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Active Bystander Intervention course

What is the Active Bystander Intervention course?

The Active Bystander Intervention course addresses the following questions:

  • What do our community values look like in practice?
  • How do we build a community that embodies our values?
  • How do we respond when something happens that is contrary to our values?

The Active Bystander Intervention course introduces our role as active bystanders within the university community (and beyond), and equips participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make effective interventions.

Register your interest in the Active Bystander Intervention course here.

    Who can take the Active Bystander Intervention course?

    All undergraduate and taught postgraduate students are invited to participate.

    If you are a postgraduate research student interested in participating, please contact the CVEP team via

    How long is the course?

    The course is delivered in 5 weeks. There is a single 2 hour session each week, which includes a 10 minute break.

    What is the benefit of taking the course?

    Participants receive a certificate of participation, and the course will appear on their HEAR transcript.

    Warwick is committed to providing a campus environment in which all members of our community feel safe and are respected. Taking part in this course is a positive way to contribute to efforts to build a community that embodies our values, tackling issues such as sexual violence, misconduct, and abuse.

    Participating also supports the development of leadership, communication and listening skills.

      Is the course assessed? Are there any assignments, or pre-reading?

      The course is not assessed, and there are no exams, assignments, or coursework. There is no pre-reading.

      Who will lead each session?

      The course is delivered by a team of facilitators based in the Dean of Students' office. The facilitators are experienced in this area and have been trained in delivering this specific content.

      You can contact the Programme Manager via

      Who developed the Active Bystander Intervention?

      The programme is evidence-based and was developed by Public Health England, various experts in this field, and students from the University of the West of England.

      It has subsequently been redeveloped for the University of Warwick by the staff and student community at Warwick.

      Does my department support this course?

      Yes. All Heads of Department are aware of this course and support student participation.

      What format does the course take?

      You will be expected to attend each session, where possible.

      The sessions take a workshop style and are interactive. You will learn about bystander theory, explore what healthy and unhealthy behaviours look like, as well as learn about and practice being an active bystander.

      If you find the content difficult or upsetting at any point, our facilitators are trained to support you.

      I'm not a perpetrator of sexual misconduct, abuse, or violence - why should I take part?

      Research shows that community-based programmes work best in tackling issues of sexual violence, misconduct, and abuse on campuses.

      If everyone in the community takes a stance against problematic behaviour then the behaviours become socially unacceptable and reduce. The programme can only have an impact if as many people as possible get involved.

      Have Warwick students been involved in developing the programme?

      Yes! We work with students to ensure the content is relevant to students' everyday experiences.

      Feedback has found that students who take the course would recommend it to others.