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Introduction to Active Bystander at Warwick workshop

The Community Values Education Programme offers a one-hour 'Introduction to Active Bystander' workshop to academic departments for all incoming UG and PGT students.

We can all contribute to a positive campus experience by developing the skills, knowledge, and confidence to be active bystanders and safely challenge unacceptable behaviours. Co-created with students, this short online workshop explores what it means for students to uphold our shared Warwick values, through practical examples and techniques.

"I personally just believe this is really really important at university. This kind of education is what makes a difference in communities. Everyone should do it."

- Warwick student after completing the workshop

The full Active Bystander Intervention course open to students is signposted at the end of the workshop, along with further opportunities across the University to engage with our community values.

Book your workshop

The 2022/23 workshop calendar is now open for bookings. UG and PGT student workshops are running between Welcome Week and week 5.

Communicating your workshop

Suggested wording and digital assets are available to support you communicate your workshop to your students.

Further opportunities

Our resources and activities support the development of knowledge, skills and confidence as active bystanders.

Student feedback on the workshop

Of the 452 students who completed the workshop feedback form in the first term of 2022/23:

  • 95% would recommend the workshop to a friend or peer.
  • 95% agreed that they had developed new or additional knowledge in being an active bystander.
  • 92% agreed that they had developed new or additional confidence as an active bystander.
  • 93% agreed that they had developed new or additional skills as an active bystander.
  • Many students shared positive feedback about the workshop facilitators, the delivery style, the interactive format, the content, and the messages. Many were pleased to see Warwick's investment in this project.
  • Feedback included a request for examples of ableist behaviours and to explore the intersection with socioeconomic status. The programme has organised a co-creation workshop in response to this feedback.

Student feedback quotes

"I liked that the situations were realistic and real life as it gave your more confidence in applying the techniques to actual situations you may face."

"The workshop was accurately depicted and fundamentally poignant."

"I enjoyed the acknowledgment of the role race and gender plays in certain things."

"All I can say is thank-you. For us who have been affected by such events it’s comforting to know that people hear us while preventing/minimising the risk of this happening in the first place."

"It was highly engaging and I now feel even more confident moving forward that I will be able to effectively support other students and that, if I ever needed support from an active bystander, other students would be equipped to help me too".

"Thank you we need more of these sessions!!"

"I had a situation where I was looking after a flatmate who was very drunk. I have learnt stuff from this session that I will be able to use to make sure that (if this happens again) I can deal with it EVEN more respectfully, assuring their safety."

"I didn’t think I needed this. Nonetheless [tutor name] was very very informative. I was so engrossed and engaged - the hour felt like 5 minutes!"

"I have taken away a great few to think about and implement in my day to day!"

"there are other methods that were mentioned which I would feel much more comfortable doing rather than direct confrontation and so it has increased my likelihood of getting involved in a poor situation"

"THIS. SHOULD. BE. MANDATORY. FOR. ALL. STUDENTS. AND. STAFF."

"I personally just believe this is really really important at university. This kind of education is what makes a difference in communities. Everyone should do it."

"I believe this workshop is absolutely vital and is hugely important for every student and member of staff to undertake."