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Information for Course Participants

Room locations: See the table below.

Tutor profiles: Find out more about the course tutors.

Bank holidays: Sessions will go ahead as planned on bank holidays.

The sessions are not recorded: If you need to swap a session or are unable to make a session, please email to discuss switching to another group for the week you cannot attend. There are small and big group activities in every session.

Other questions? The full list of FAQs is hereLink opens in a new window.

Culture of the course: At the start of each session, the course tutors will discuss the intended culture of the course. Although the course deals with issues of sexual misconduct and abuse, no participant is expected to share personal experiences or stories. The course tutors will aim to create a non-judgemental and supportive environment. If you need a break, please feel free to take one at any time, but do let the tutors know that you are OK.

Themes for each session:

  • Session 1: Introduction to Active Bystander theory, research and principles and the 5D's (Direct, Delegate, Delay, Document, and Distract), why we are focusing on sexual misconduct, how this course is relevant to exec club members, start to explore scenarios and explore potential interventions. Raising awareness of university support services. Exploring the concept of safe interventions. Getting to know the rest of the group.
  • Session 2: Explores the impact of harmful social norms and how these develop in society, building empathy for the victims of sexual misconduct, explore what consent is/is not, debunk myths around sexual misconduct and explore why it is so important to challenge myths. Also applying learning to more scenarios and lots of small group discussion.

  • Session 3: More in-depth focus on sexual misconduct scenarios and breaking down potential interventions based on previous learning. Using examples from the media and applying our thinking to what role we could play as active bystander.
  • Session 4: This session looks at abuse within relationships and focuses on raising awareness of the signs of abuse. Looking at the research in this area and the impact of abuse on victims and on wider society. Applying learning to more scenarios and lots of discussion based activities.
  • Session 5: Applying learning around making interventions in small group role-plays allowing students to practice interventions and to build confidence. Also start to discuss how we might apply techniques to other unacceptable behaviours such as racism and homophobia. Explore listening to disclosures and also reflect on looking after yourself when supporting others. Reflect on learning and explore how to apply learning going forward.

Access to support: The course deals with issues of sexual misconduct and abuse. We understand this may be a difficult and potentially upsetting topic for many. If you need support or need to talk, you can reach out to your course Tutor and/or explore the University's support services.

Upon completion of the course:

  • Certificate of participation: Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the course.
  • HEAR accreditation: UG students will receive HEAR accreditation.
Room locations - Courses starting in week 6 of Term 3 (w/c 30th May):
Day of the week Time Tutor Room
Monday 10-12pm Pierre OC1.07 (Oculus building)
Monday 1-3pm Pierre OC1.08 (Oculus building)
Monday - non-exec only 2-4pm Cherisse R0.04 (Ramphal building)
Monday 2-4pm Sam R0.03 (Ramphal building)
Tuesday 10-2pm Cherisse FAB2.43 (New Faculty of Arts Building) - NEW ROOM FOR WEEK 5 ONLY
Tuesday 12-2pm Cherisse FAB2.43 (New Faculty of Arts Building) - NEW ROOM FOR WEEK 5 ONLY
Tuesday - online 6-8pm Sam Online
Wednesday 10-12pm Pierre S0.20 (Social Sciences building)
Thursday - online 9-11am Alison Online
Thursday - online 9-11am Sam Online
Thursday 11-1pm Alison R1.04 (Ramphal building)
Friday 10-12pm Alison

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Contact: Please email if you have any questions.