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Active Bystander Introduction

What is the Active Bystander Introduction workshop?

The Active Bystander Introduction workshop focuses on three questions:

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

The workshop provides an introduction to our role as (active) bystanders within the university community (and beyond), and supports participants on their journey towards possessing the knowledge, skills and confidence to make safe, effective interventions.

More Active Bystander Introduction workshops will be run in 2021/22.

    Who can attend an Active Bystander Introduction workshop?

    All students are invited to attend an Active Bystander Introduction workshop.

    First year undergraduates will receive an invitation via their department.

    How long is the workshop?

    The workshop is an hour long, with the (optional) opportunity for further questions afterwards.

    What is the benefit of taking the workshop?

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

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

      Is the workshop assessed? Is there any pre-reading?

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

      Who will lead the workshop?

      The workshops are 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 this workshop provides an introduction to 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 workshop?

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

      What format does the workshop take?

      The workshop is interactive, but you can contribute anonymously throughout if you wish. You will learn about bystander theory, explore what healthy and unhealthy behaviours look like, as well as learning about strategies for safe, effective interventions as an active bystander.

      I'm not a perpetrator of unacceptable behaviour - why should I take part?

      Research shows that community-based programmes work best in tackling issues like sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, 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.