Friday 23-10-2015 - 10:00
Today I'm really pleased to be able to launch the NUS Lad Culture Strategy hub on NUS Connect.
This Lad Culture Strategy hub aims to provide information about NUS Women's Campaign on going work on lad culture and allow the student movement to follow the progress of the national lad culture strategy pilot unions.
On Wednesday, we launched our results of this year's Lad Culture and Sexism survey, which showed that 17 per cent of freshers had been victims of some form of sexual harassment during their first week of term, with a further 29 per cent having witnessed it directed at somebody else.
Even with the mass coverage of media that lad culture and sexual harassment has had on campus we still found that two thirds of freshers who completed the survey said that they were not made aware of any codes of conduct implemented by their university, with a further 29 per cent not sure. In relation to this, there's no wonder that 66 per cent stated they were not aware of the procedure to report these incidents.
This is a clear message institutions and students unions should be doing more to show a zero tolerance stance to discrimination and sexual violence on campus, especially when 59 per cent of these incidents happened during social events or at night clubs, and a further 33 per cent of incidents took place in halls of residence. Students' unions have been leading the way in innovative campaigns to challenge lad culture and part of the lad culture strategy is making sure that we showcase that to inspire others.
However, we understand the need for guidance and examples on how to tackle these issues on campus and I feel the project should be transparent and accessible to the change makers on campus. Which is why we've developed this hub of information and resources that will be updated throughout the year to provide the student movement with up-to-date best practice - together we can create more inclusive and safer campuses.