We want your views! Have your say in the #StandByMe Consultation

Tuesday 26-04-2016 - 13:07

This consultation is being launched by NUS Women’s Campaign. We want to know what policies and procedures Students’ Unions think should be in place to support students who are affected by sexual assault.

Last November the NUS Women’s Campaign launched the #StandByMe campaign to improve support for student survivors across the UK. Ultimately we are calling for institutions to reject the Zellick guidelines and are calling for the creation of new robust reporting and disciplinary guidelines and survivor reports. The same month saw the Universities Minister Jo Johnson invite Universities UK to convene a taskforce to look at sexual violence and ‘build on existing efforts to bring about cultural change and provide new guidance for the sector’. So far the taskforce has met twice, once in November 2015 and once in March this year, with one more meeting scheduled in June. The final report is due by the autumn. 


To feed into the next meeting we are calling for students’ unions to complete this consultation and share ideas for better systems and proposals for guidelines so that we can create a national view of what change SU's want to see across the UK. We intend to use the outcomes of this consultation to feed into UUK’s final guidance and recommendations as well as contribute to the revision of the Zellick guidelines.


Complete the consultation here and have your say on the future of changing the culture on sexual violence in UK universities. The consultation will close on Friday 13 May.  We have put together this workshop to guide you through the steps of the consultation that you will be asked to complete.

In each section you will be asked to provide comments on where you think things could be improved and provide solutions to barriers that may be in place.

If you have already consulted with students on your institution, please use the views and information you have gathered to inform this response.


Further information

  • For more information on the taskforce please click here.
  • For further information on the Zellick guidance please download our briefing paper.  You can also download the full Zellick report.
  • To find out about NUS’ work on sexual harassment and assault please click here.


If you have any questions about this consultation please contact or


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