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Active Bystander Intervention Course

The Active Bystander Intervention course explores our role as active bystanders within the University community, and equips participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make safe, effective interventions in response to harmful behaviours.

What the course covers

  • What our community values look like in practice, and spotting the signs of unacceptable behaviours like bullying and domestic violence.
  • How we identify and interpret behaviour as unacceptable, and why people may fail to.
  • Our role in building a community that embodies our values, shifting problematic beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours through safe and effective interventions as an active bystander.
  • The barriers to becoming an active bystander, and how we can overcome them.
  • Effective intervention strategies for a wide range of scenarios, including sexual violence, harassment, and hate.
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How the course is delivered

The course is delivered across five 2-hour in-person interactive sessions, each of which includes a 10 minute break. Participants must attend at least four of the five sessions to complete the course.

The course is not assessed, and there are no assignments to complete, but active participation is required within the course sessions.

The course is taught by experienced tutors within the Community Values Education Programme team. Course groups generally consist of 25-35 students and one tutor.

Why take the course

Taking part in the 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.

The course is HEAR accredited, and all students who complete the course receive a digital certificate of completion.

Register for the course

Register your space on one of the upcoming courses for the 2022/23 academic year.

Meet the team

Get to know the team who deliver the course and the wider programme.

Preview course content

Read an overview of the content within each session of the course.